The Jaguars have recently fired their head coach Jack Del Rio, who coached the Jaguars for the past nine seasons, in search of greener pastures. Owner Wayne Weaver named Mel Tucker, who will be coaching his first NFL game this Monday night, the interim head coach as the Jags search for options to bring in next year.
The Chargers, meanwhile, have a coach of their own on the hot seat. After losing six straight games, falling from 4-1 to 4-7, the heat has been dialed up on Norv Turner and A.J. Smith. Many in San Diego have become disgruntled with the duo as they have failed to produce results with some of the most talented teams in the past decade.
Barring some miracle (playoffs run, Super Bowl, etc.) it looks as though both will be ousted at the end of the season.
It will be interesting to see which team plays harder; the team with the new coach or team with the coach whose days have been officially numbered by the front office.
Coaching fiascoes have put both teams on the brink of elimination 12 weeks into the season.
Monday night will be a proving ground for these two, as they have a lot to prove.
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Team Ranks, Facts
San Diego Chargers: Offense - sixth, Defense - 12th
- Malcom Floyd will be returning after missing the past four weeks. He will free up coverage on Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates, who have been limited in Floyd's absence.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Offense - 32nd, Defense - fourth
- Interim coach Mel Tucker has changed the pace of practice and shuffled up the new coaching staff (fired the wide receivers coach, reassigned the quarterbacks coach) in hopes of mixing things up. For a team that ranks dead last in total offense, things can only go up from here.