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Del Rio: Jags Haven’t Given Up

Despite back-to-back loses to the Browns and Bengals, Jack Del Rio says that his team hasn’t given up on the season.

Del Rio says that the team’s effort isn’t a problem, but the execution has been an issue.

It was interesting to see the results of our poll on where 41% of voters said that the coaching was to blame for the Jaguars troubles this year. That was well ahead of the four other options that included injuries on the offensive line, underuse of the running backs, lack of production from big money free agents and lack of team chemistry.

There are even some fans who are putting Jack Del Rio on the hot seat.

That’s just plain stupid.

The environment among many sports fans now dictates if something isn’t working, you get rid of it.

Jack Del Rio has proven that he is a good NFL coach. The number of injuries and outside forces that have affected the Jaguars season are significant. In fact, I’ve never covered a team that had higher expectations to begin the year and then had to endure so many obstacles. The closest team that I can remember to this was the 2000 Jaguars who were coming off a trip to the AFC Championship Game, then were beset by injuries to the likes of Leon Searcy and Fred Taylor and finished the year 7-9.

This year’s Jaguars may be in for a similar finish, but that shouldn’t lead to major changes in the coaching staff.

It likely will lead to changes in the way the next off-season is approached.

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