The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio Tuesday after eight seasons as the team's head coach. Del Rio will be a hot commodity for teams looking for a new defensive coordinator. The Raiders could be one of those teams, and for Del Rio, it would mean a trip back to where it all began.
Jack Del Rio grew up in the Bay Area. He was born and raised in nearby Castro Valley and attended Hayward High School. As an East Bay native, he was always a Raider fan. A standout linebacker, Del Rio was recruited and played at USC. Southern Cal had long been a favorite of Al Davis as he had coached there prior to his days in the NFL.
Del Rio played 11 seasons in the NFL before retiring and going into coaching. His success started as the Ravens' linebackers coach from 1999-2001. In 2000, the Ravens won the Super Bowl.
He moved on to be the Panthers' defensive coordinator in 2001 under then Coach John Fox. In his one season at DC, the Panthers went from 1-15 the previous season to 7-9. That instant success was due to their defense being ranked second in the league. Del Rio was swiped up by the Jaguars after that.
But now he is back on the market for any team looking for a defensive coordinator. And the Raiders will inquire. There is little doubt about that.
The Raider defense is currently coached by Chuck Bresnahan. He was brought in this season as a last resort. The Raiders put out feelers to a few other possible candidates, but they opted to sign elsewhere or stay with their current teams.
Bresnahan last coached in the UFL and didn't have any other NFL teams banging on his door to be their defensive coordinator. The Raiders brought him into the fold as an insurance policy to make sure they had someone in place at defensive coordinator if the market dried up. When they signed him, he didn't hold the title of defensive coordinator. He held a vague title of defensive assistant.
The Raiders never seemed committed to Bresnahan from the beginning. Since day one, he was a stopgap, a last resort. Despite this fact, Bresnahan went along with it because he just wanted a shot to get back in the NFL.
Bresnahan was fired after the Raiders' 4-12 season in 2002 along with the rest of then-Head Coach Bill Callahan's staff. He fit because he was willing to run the defensive schemes Al Davis had deployed for going on 60 years. Those same confines kept many defensive coaches away from coaching for the Raiders. Now with Al Davis passed on, the schemes have and will open up for defensive gurus looking to come in and put their stamp on this team.
Adding to the possibility of a turnover at DC for the Raiders is the play of the defense. After a resurgency late last season, they took a step back under Bresnahan. They have their good days but overall, the unit seems to lack discipline and is often confused as to their assignments. What was the Raiders' strong point last season, is now their weakest area.
But even with the defensive deficiencies, the Raiders are on a playoff run. Defensive freedom on a team with quality young talent and a playoff caliber offense make Oakland an attractive destination for a top quality defensive mind like Del Rio. And it all could lead to a trip back to his roots.
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OK. The defense is playing like crap so far against Miami. Stop a guy for a loss and then give up 20 the next play.
I have changed my stance now on keeping Bresnahan for the rest of the season as DC. Fire his ass now and hire Jack Del Rio....
Bresnahan sucks so bad that I think he will be the reason that we will not make the playoffs.....
I'm in two minds on this.
Oakland do give up heaps of yards, but at the same time, if you listen to Bill Belicek, or Lovie Smith, or any great defensive mind they all say, essentially - yards are misleading. It's how many points you give up, and how many big plays you make on D, that matters.
Sure, Oakland also give up a lot of points (25th in the league), but they also make a lot of big plays (always leading the lead in sacks and FF).
All I'm saying is, Oakland are 7-4. They may not have the defensive stats, but they're making the defensive plays when it matters.
Miami are awesome on defensive statistically. They're not that bad offensively either, statistically. They still lose........................
Statistics are misleading. Lots of the best teams in the league give up heaps of yards, and points every game (New Orleans being a good example) but they also make a lot of dynamic defensive plays as well.
Essentially, you rarely get the sack, the pick, or the FF, unless you risk giving up yards
We should sign Del Rio now, you know why? Cuz Indy fired their DC this week and they already have a DC spot open for him with Freeney and Mathis on the D-Line....
There have just been too many times where I eould be scratching my wondering why Bresnahan called a certain play, like the play that allowed Knox to go 80 yards. Del Rio, for a while, had one of the best defenses in the league, especially against the run. That was back on the prime of Marcus Stroud and Big John on the D-Line. I think he'd love to work with all the raw talent we have on D.
I like the idea of hiring Del Rio as some kind of consultant/assistant now. That way we can lock him in before others get a shot at him. Maybe he can knock some sense into Bresnahan. Just scream in his ear "No More F____ing Prevent!!".
I wouldn't want Bresnehan fired mid season. We have to much going on to risk rocking the boat like that. At the same time, I don't have much faith in him. Last year I was saying that the Raiders level of success will be determined by how well the O-Line comes together, as that was our weak link. This year I have been saying all year that the Raiders success will be determiend by how well the defense does, as this is now our weak link. And I believe Bresnehan is to blame.
I agree with what seems like most others about not firing Chuck now, but end of season for sure. I would like to see Del Rio bought in as a consultant type of scenario for the moment though so he can start getting a feel for the players we have and what we need to do / who needs to be replaced before taking over the DC job at the end of the season.
I'm not sure hes talking about switching him out right now, but in the future as in right after the season. I for one am eager to take almost anyone other than Chuck, heck, bring back Willie Shaw!
Re: darkkush, I don't think its the time or place.... We can't be having that right now... And I quote, "the time is now!!"... Next yr is next yr, all 53 RAIDERZ r thinkin' bout this yr, n this yr only!! Including the coaching staff... We have something spectacular here NATION!!!! take it one game @ a time, and one yr @ a time!! Stay true, 2 what u do!! Just win baby!! RAIDER 4 life!!!!
yes bring him in now. we will NOT get worse with him implementing his will on this squad. we will get better on defense.
he could get paid more to be HC at UCLA ... i would follow the money, personally. i hope he comes here though, that would be awesome. anyone's better than Chucky B.
Why not bring Del Rio in now as a co-DC or assist DC with the understanding that he will be taking over next season? Hated the Bresnahan hire as soon as I heard about it. Bring Jack in now as co or assistant for the season so he can slowly add bits and pieces of his playbook to the current playbook. It'd still be just one playbook, Del Rio would just be adding some of his plays to it to get the defense ahead of the curve for next season with learning his playbook. Although I am sure his terminology would be different.
To be honest, I'm not so sure that'd be a good idea, at this time.?.?... We have alot going for us right now, and to try n change things in the middle of the season, is the last thing our raiders need... I do feel bresnahan is not the long term answer, and del rio will bring that fire n will with him, just don't c it benefiting us at this particular time... That's one thing that has changed this yr. No distractions in our locker room!!! Keep it that way!! It wouldn't b a bad idea if they bring him in just as a consultant, or def. Asst. But for him to go from head coach to that, just don't c it happening... Stay true, 2 what u do!! Just win baby!! RAIDER 4 life!!!
I am not in favor of firing Bresnahan in the middle of the season. I am in favor of him being let go at the end of the season bringing Del Rio in for next year. Del Rio would make us an immediate Super Bowl Favorite for next year.
I don't like Bresnahan, but making a drastic move such as firing a defensive coordinator with five games to go in the middle of a playoff run is waaaaaaaaaaay risky. Not only could it upset some of the players, but it would undoubtedly take at least several games for the players to adjust to a new system. With Green Bay and Detroit coming up, and only a one game lead on the Broncos, this would be a bad move in my opinion. If this had happend three or four games ago, I'd say go for it, but as late as it is in the season, I'd say maybe next year.
@JarrodRollins the offense didn't score either. Boss dropped some critical balls that could have kept our drive going when we were only down a score. There's enough blame to go around. If they can't score points then they definitely can treat the Packers. Now tied with whack as Denver and the Tebow praise continues. Even though Ponder literally threw that game away. If and I mean if the Raiders make the playoffs then we're in as a Wildcard. Hue is being too cautious with our star players. If on other teams these guys would just have to strap up and go. It has cost us dearly. They just don't have what it takes to be great. They are middle of the pack but don't have what it takes to "Just Win Baby"
@ChristopherMooney I see your point about statistics being misleading. At the same time, the thing about the defense that bothers me is that they have allowed practically every team we beat this year a chance to take the game back towards the end. If this keeps happening, eventually it will end up being a loss, and it has. Both the Buffalo game and the last Denver game was essentially won, only to be given back to them on both fronts. The offense stops scoring, and the defense fails to stop them, but it still seems to me the main cultprit in both those games was the defense collapsing in the second half.
@Raidah - Willie Shaw got the wrong end of the Gruden stick. Shaws defenses outshines Gruden and he couldn't have that. The only reason that Gruden succeeded early when he didn't have the offensive personnel that he wanted was due to Shaw. I liked his D. They were good. Where is he now?
@Raidah Thank you for being the first person to not misread this as me suggesting the Raiders would fire Bresnahan midseason. I suggested nothing of the sort.
@JesseJames16 read Jarrod's respond below. he's right. he can come on in some capacity... whether it be asst. DC or something else Hue can just make up(as they do for Al Saunders. he's not really the OC right?) ... lock him down NOW so no one else gets a crack at him. all this pending on whether or not he wants to go coach at the college level. but really, besides the more money he'll make HC'ing UCLA, who wants to take a step backward after being an NFL HC for as long as he has? bring him in now, let him drop some knowledge on Chucky B and maybe make the man look half way decent for another NFL team next year... then Jack can take over permanently in 2012 ... it's not like we didn't see Hue Jackson taking over for Cable coming, right?
@R8derMan YOU ARE RIGHT ON THE BALL.... Bresh is already feeling the heat with jack being unemployed... no need to do anything beyong that RIGHT NOW..... the team does not need people in the locker room talking rumors and who is really in charge and blah blah blah... they need to focus on the game ahead and that is it.... but BUT I am hoping that Amy and Hue made the call already to jack and said "Hey Jack, we want you as DC here so why dont you take some time off and enjoy your family, here is our playbook and we will hire/see you after we play in Indy in February..
I agree, I'd wait til after the season. Hiring a replacement near the end of the season in the middle of a play off run could effect the team in a negative way. Coincidentally, the D has played more aggressive since Als departure. I wouldn't be surprised if next year Chuck returns with a different style although he did squat in Cleveland.
@R8derMan none of you would sing this tune if we missed out on the playoffs because of Chucky B's horrible defense.
@NewFreedomFight I said nothing of the Raiders firing Bresnahan midseason. This would be an offseason move.
@ChristopherMooney I think the reason for the second half defensive collapses can be laid upon Bresnehan's defensive philosophies. He seems to think it makes sense to go into prevent once you get a couple of scores up. At least now he waits till the team is up a couple of scores up. I remember our last stint with him pulling my hair out on a few occaisons when the prevent would start with only one score up. Someone on this board commented at the beginning of the season that Bresnehan will cost us some games on the defensive side of the ball, and he was right.
If I remember correctly, Shaw had a good first year as DC, the D slipped the following year and I believe he had a fall out with Al not with Gruden. He wanted a more aggressive D and his hands were tied. Not sure where he's at now, I think he either came from or went to the Saints, maybe the eagles.
I don't think anyone is suggesting that you suggested firing Bresnahan. I think a lot of folk on here are suggesting firing Bresnahan now. I don't necessarilhy agree, but it is very aggravating watching every team that we have beat into a corner somehow manage to stand back up at the end of the game and damn near take it from us, or actually succeed in doing so. Not just this go around either, the same thing happened last time he was here.
@Raidah Also, if he throws the season just cuz Oakland signed Del Ro now to take over next year, he'd only be hurting himself cuz who would hire him then? Is it possible to keep the same playbook if Bresnahan was fired?
@Raidah He was in Cincinnati. Rob Ryan was in Cleveland.
So u say we'd miss the playoffs with chuck, what if we bring in del rio, u don't think chuck with feel he's losing his Job, and just blow the season, because he can't concentrate on his line of work??.. From here on out we need everyone at there top of their game.. And it actually seems like the "D" is coming around.. It is his first yr back too.. Don't worry peeps, everything will come around... RAIDER 4 life!!!!