Jack Del Rio: It's Time For The Jacksonville Jaguars To Let Him Go

Jack WindhamAnalyst IJanuary 3, 2011

Jack Del Rio
Jack Del RioStephen Dunn/Getty Images

"Separate Ways" isn't just a fantastic Journey song. It's also the advice that should be given to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Reports have surfaced that Jack Del Rio will remain with the team as the head coach for at least another season. The decision comes after the team ended the season with eight wins and eight losses.

It's time for Del Rio to go.

Don't get me wrong. I'm loyal to the guy. Growing up, I fondly remember watching him play linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. He might not have been the best player ever, but he was very passionate on the field. That's why it was so easy to root for him as a coach.

However, change can be a good thing.

While Del Rio did a good job with the Jaguars (his career record with the team is 65-63), it wasn't enough.

For a franchise whose fan base has suffered for so long, breaking even just isn't enough. Throughout his entire eight-year tenure with the team, Del Rio has never been able to lead the team to a division title.

The team might need a new voice. Del Rio might need a new environment.

He has a good reputation in the league, so he might be able to land another head coaching job. If not, then he can bide his time by being a defensive coordinator or assistant head coach somewhere for a year or two.

Change is good.