Humiliation Comes with a Price: Jack Del Rio's Hot Seat Gets Hotter

Tim HigginsCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

I don't want to talk about the embarrassment that occurred this Sunday. I really don't. 

I don't want to admit that maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars are not as good as we thought. I really don't.

I don't want to say that our playoff chances our over. I really don't.

I don't want to say that Jack Del Rio needs to go. I really don't.

Del Rio has had a decent stay here with the Jaguars, sure, but at this point it is getting rather old.

The Jack Del Rio team never plays well against teams it should beat. It doesn't play well when it wins two games in a row. And it doesn't play well when a coach benches a player for no reason.

Or cancels his radio show.

Let's face it, Del Rio is strengthening this team's chemistry. But it's to the point where the players will rebel against him, the head, just to prove a point.

The Jaguars are not this bad, folks. They aren't. Sure, the Seahawks may be a better team, but at the least that game should have been a close matchup.

So why do they lose by a 41-0 drubbing?

There is massive speculation by many reporters that the Jacksonville team is trying for mutiny of the bounty, trying to get Del Rio to at least reform or, at worst, leave forever.  

Sure, they played fantastically last week after David Garrard's radio show, but the suspension of Mike Sims-Walker almost put me over the edge.

This is PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL, not pee-wee or high school, where, if a player breaks a certain rule, they should be held out of a quarter or half.

No, Sims-Walker was held out of an ENTIRE GAME. You don't hold one of your best players out for an entire game unless something major happened. I would have been perfectly fine with holding him out for a quarter or even a half. But not the WHOLE GAME. And for what? A violation of team rules. 

Let's be real, people. Why do you think the Jaguars wouldn't reveal the rule broken by Sims-Walker?

Probably because it was a stupid, non-important rule, and Del Rio, trying to assert himself over a rookie team, suspended Walker.

And look at the result. Sims-Walker is no Maurice Jones-Drew, but he is probably the second best offensive player on the team. 

Without Sims-Walker, Garrard couldn't do anything with the ball.

Lets also think here:

Didn't it seem funny that instead of trying to go score the touchdown early in the game, Garrard threw it away?

Didn't it seem funny his passes just always seemed to miss?

Didn't it seem funny Rashean Mathis had his worst game of his career?

Didn't it seem funny that MJD didn't have a great game against a mediocre defense, which also includes the offensive line?

Didn't it seem funny that a team that valiantly fought back against the Cardinals gave up so quickly against Seattle?



I'll leave that up to you.

So what does that mean we should do to Del Rio?

I have always been a Jack Del Rio fan, and I respected him for holding out Mike Peterson and yelling at Henderson for not stepping it up. I really thought he was not too bad of a coach. But I think that the line just snapped.

Not only is he hurting the team, he's hurting the business of the team.

I personally guarantee that the next Jaguars game will be blacked out.

And if the Jaguars had won the game, then I don't think it that would be the case.

It's that simple.

Not only does he need to leave, there are a number of great coaches out there that would be PERFECT for the Jaguars.

Bill Cower: Run-heavy football team, solid defense. This Jaguars team could benefit largely from this, and it might finally fix the pass rush.

Marty Schottenheimer: Look, I know he fails in the playoffs, but at this point, I want to see a team win some games. And his pound-the-rock philosophy would be perfect for the Jaguars.

Not to mention Mike Shanahan, Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren, or even Brian Billick.

For Del Rio, the hot seat just got really, really hot.

He better hope a different team shows up in St. Louis next week.


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