Jacksonville Jaguars and Jack Del Rio Together Again in 2010

Tim McClellanCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 06:  Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars moves the offense into position during the game against the Houston Texans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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After a meeting lasting several hours, Jack Del Rio emerged as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars after speculation over recent days indicating he was the top candidate for the vacated position at the University of Southern California.

According to media reports, a press conference will be held later this afternoon to detail the decision to stay the course with Jack Del Rio at the helm.

This commitment to Del Rio for the 2010 season puts to rest any question about instability with the coaching staff in Jacksonville, and allows the rebuilding process started this past off season to continue with the leadership in place.

It puts Jack Del Rio squarely in the hot seat for the upcoming season as he has already made it clear the team must make the playoffs this year. Based upon the events of the past 72 hours, Del Rio comes out of this meeting with a huge microscope watching his every move.

It also puts a lot of pressure on General Manager Gene Smith to match the success he enjoyed with his rookie class this year.