Jack Del Rio
All-American college football player, professional football player, linebacker, coach
Jack Del Rio
Jack Del Rio is an American football coach, a former player, and is currently defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Del Rio played both football and baseball for the University of Southern California Trojans, and then spent eleven years playing linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He retired from playing in 1996 and went into coaching, serving in a variety of positions for several different NFL teams.
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Raiders head coach Del Rio handed new four-year deal
Yahoo News - 13 days
(Reuters) - Head coach Jack Del Rio has been handed a fresh four-year contract by the Oakland Raiders after leading the National Football League team to the playoffs last season, the franchise announced on Friday. Financial details of the new deal were not disclosed by Oakland. "The Raiders have torn up Jack Del Rio's original contract and rewarded him with a new four-year deal," Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement.
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Jags stick with Marrone as coach, hire Coughlin as exec
Yahoo News - about 2 months
The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted Doug Marrone from interim head coach to the full-time job and hired NFL veteran Tom Coughlin as executive vice president on Monday. The team also signed general manager Dave Caldwell to a two-year contract extension as they put a leadership team in place aimed at improving on their dismal 3-13 showing in the just-ended season. Marrone is the fifth full-time head coach in team history, following Coughlin, Jack Del Rio, Mike Mularkey and Gus Bradley, who was sacked on December 18 after the Jaguars dropped their ninth straight.
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Jack Del Rio reveals '30 guys' on team were ill before pivotal Week 17 game
Fox News - about 2 months
The Raiders were hit with a flu epidemic just before the season finale.
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With Matt McGloin Available, Raiders Decide to Stick With Connor Cook
NYTimes - about 2 months
Coach Jack Del Rio said his staff had discussed a change of quarterbacks at halftime but had felt that doing so wouldn’t have much effect on the game.
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A strict, hard-nosed culture is no longer the hallmark of winning NFL franchises - Sports Illustrated
Google News - about 2 months
Sports Illustrated A strict, hard-nosed culture is no longer the hallmark of winning NFL franchises Sports Illustrated Demanding. Hard-ass. Tough. These words used to conjure images of NFL head coaches and the successful programs that they ran. But that's not quite the trend these days ... Just look at Jack Del Rio and the Oakland Raiders this season. Share. Jack Dickey. Raiders revisit 'divine interception' in HoustonESPN (blog) Matt McGloin expected to be active as backupNFL.com What NFL Playoff games are on TV today (1/7/17)? Time, channel, livestream for AFC, NFC Wild Card gamesNJ.com SB Nation -Bleacher Report -AL.com -USA TODAY all 888 news articles »
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Connor Cook's CFB coach: QB won't be intimidated by playoffs - NFL.com
Google News - about 2 months
The San Diego Union-Tribune Connor Cook's CFB coach: QB won't be intimidated by playoffs NFL.com Jack Del Rio isn't the only coach who is expressing faith in the ability of quarterback Connor Cook, who will become the first QB of the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in a playoff game on Saturday when the Raiders visit the Texans. His ... Raiders quarterback Connor Cook will be feeling heat from NFL's top defense in his first startLos Angeles Times NFL playoff baptism for Raiders rookie CookYahoo Sports Rookie Connor Cook will start Raiders' wild-card playoff gameThe Mercury News SFGate -Sacramento Bee -Comcast SportsNet Bay Area -Press Herald all 301 news articles »
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Jack Del Rio “a little disappointed” Aldon Smith wasn't reinstated - NBCSports.com
Google News - about 2 months
NBCSports.com Jack Del Rio “a little disappointed” Aldon Smith wasn't reinstated NBCSports.com Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has been eligible for reinstatement from his year-long suspension for more than a month, but, as PFT reported Friday, the league will table their decision on letting him return to work until March. The news doesn't come ... NFL won't reinstate Aldon Smith from suspension, will revisit case in MarchESPN NFL defers decision to reinstate Raiders LB Aldon Smith (Dec 30, 2016)FOXSports.com Raiders' Aldon Smith will not be reinstated this seasonSports Illustrated CBSSports.com -NFL.com -Yahoo Sports -The Mercury News all 36 news articles »
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Mort & Schefter's Week 16 notebook
ABC News - 2 months
Topics this week include the top Coach of the Year candidates, the quarterbacks who will draw the most interest this offseason, how the histories of Joe Thomas and Jason Peters are connected, the Texans' amazing staying power despite QB woes and? Blake Bortles' uncertain future in Jacksonville. The Coach of the Year leaders While everyone is debating the NFL's MVP award, which is presented by the Associated Press, the Coach of the Year candidates are plentiful, as usual. The probable top five with two games remaining are: Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders. Del Rio has guided the Raiders to their first playoff appearance since 2002. Oakland's 11-3 record has included five road wins and a few gutsy calls along the way. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys. Garrett has overseen their 12-2 season with Dak Prescott, a fourth-round rookie, at quarterback. The coach.. ...
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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio weighs in on Oakland's record-setting 23 penalties
Fox News - 4 months
Del Rio has a hard time explaining his team's 23 penalties.
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Raiders beat Jaguars, 33-16, get Del Rio win against former team
LATimes - 4 months
Latavius Murray scored twice in his return from turf toe, and the Oakland Raiders handled listless Jacksonville 33-16 Sunday and gave coach Jack Del Rio a victory against his former team.  Murray, who missed the past two games, finished with 59 yards on 18 carries. Michael Crabtree caught eight...
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Are The Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Contenders?
Huffington Post - 6 months
The Oakland Raiders haven’t been to the playoffs since 2002. They play in the most obsolete professional sports stadium in North America and they might be moving to Las Vegas sometime in the near future. And yet, with loads of uncertainty around the direction of the franchise, GM Reggie McKenzie ― whose Raiders have won a measly 14 of 48 games since he took over in 2012 ― has compiled one of the most talented young crops of personnel in the NFL. Last season, with a second-year quarterback who used to be more famous for his older brother’s accomplishments than his own, the Silver and Black went 7-9 ― hardly a reason to celebrate, but one of the league’s best improvements nevertheless. "This is the biggest of the bold!" @Schultz_Report on predicting @RGIII being the comeback player of the year https://t.co/6MRvWZFhHp — GMFB (@gmfb) August 23, 2016 One season later, the Raiders enter Week 1 with monumental expectations, hoping to snap the league’s second-longes ...
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Reports: Raiders LB Aldon Smith enters treatment center
ABC News - 7 months
Suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has entered a treatment center, according to multiple reports. It isn't clear what Smith is seeking treatment for, but the news comes days after a Periscope video surfaced that shows an unidentified man and woman talking about a hand-rolled cigarette. Smith's decision to enter a treatment center was first reported Friday by TMZ Sports. Smith is currently serving a yearlong suspension handed down in November for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in September, 60 days before the one-year anniversary of the suspension. "I heard the same information, but I haven't technically checked with the front office," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said when asked about the Smith reports. "It doesn't matter for me at this point. There's a process that he's involved in that I can't be a part of. A November (return) is the earliest I can hope for,. ...
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Oakland Raiders' Charles Woodson To Retire After Season
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Charles Woodson's return to Oakland began with hundreds of fans gathering at the team's facility urging him to come back. The second stint will come to an end following an emotional farewell at the Oakland Coliseum. Woodson announced Monday he will retire following his 18th NFL season, ending a career that included a Heisman Trophy, a Super Bowl title and numerous other honors. Woodson said he realized late last month that he couldn't play another season and wanted to announce his decision before playing his final home game Thursday night against San Diego. "I felt it was only right that Raiders fans, my fans, fans that have watched me play for a long time, I'd let them all know that this Thursday night would be the last time in the Coliseum I would be able to run out there in front of our fans at home," Woodson said at a news conference. Woodson is one of the most accomplished defensive backs to play the game, ranking fifth all-time with 65 intercept ...
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Patterson, Sumlin far down the list as potential USC replacements
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
Some observers claim that the USC football job is the most attractive coaching position in college football. With the firing of Steve Sarkisian on Monday, potential candidates are being bandied about for the Trojans’ job. It’s also prompted the online gambling website Bovada to post odds on who they believe their leading candidates for the job would be. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and TCU coach Gary Patterson are mentioned, but far down the list. Here’s how Bovada ranks the leading candidates. Kyle Whittingham, Utah +350 Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles  +600 Brian Harsin, Boise State +600 Tom Herman, Houston  +700 Justin Fuente, Memphis  +700 Clay Helton, interim USC coach +800 Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders +800 Chris Petersen, Washington  +900 Brian Kelly, Notre Dame  +900 Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M +1100 Gary Patterson, TCU +1100 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State +1500    
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Raiders face balancing act in pitching free agents
USA Today - almost 2 years
Jack Del Rio won't use the word "rebuilding" in his pitch.           
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Raiders to incorporate no-huddle into offense
USA Today - about 2 years
New coach Jack Del Rio says Raiders will employ no-huddle but not all the time           
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Super Bowl Preview Part 2: Seattle Seahawks Offense vs. Denver Broncos Defense
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In the shadow of the NFL's biggest game, the Broncos defensive and Seahawks offensive players must feel like the forgotten stepchildren of Super Bowl hype. Outside of Seattle super-rusher Marshawn Lynch, impressive young QB Russell Wilson, Denver's new sensation DT Terrance Knighton and veteran Broncos CB Champ Bailey, many of these players are not well known. That is about to change. The Seattle offense's stats may pale in comparison to Denver's record-breaking numbers, with a mere 26.1 points per game in the playoffs. Yet, here they are in New York and the score is 0-0. The unit has averaged 339 total yards per game: 202.2 passing yards and136.8 rushing yards. The offense has achieved only 27 first downs compared to opponents 41, but the 'Hawks have a +3 turnover count. Denver's TO ratio is -2.* Hmmm. The rather maligned Denver D's playoff numbers include 24.9 points per game. Resurrecting themselves after multiple starter injuries, this squad gave up a total of 129 rushing yards ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Del Rio
  • 2015
    Age 51
    On January 14, 2015, Del Rio was hired to become the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing the fired Dennis Allen (who coincidentally had preceded him as the Broncos defensive coordinator) and interim head coach Tony Sparano.
    More Details Hide Details NFL head coaches under whom Jack Del Rio has served: Assistant coaches under Jack Del Rio who have become NFL head coaches: Assistant coaches under Jack Del Rio who have become college head coaches: Del Rio earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Kansas in 1990, while he was a player for the Kansas City Chiefs. His son, Luke Del Rio, is a college football quarterback for the Florida Gators. Underscoring the UCLA–USC rivalry, on December 12, 2006 Del Rio appeared at a press conference wearing a UCLA basketball jersey after losing a bet with ex-UCLA running back Maurice Jones-Drew. UCLA's football team had recorded one of the biggest upsets in school history by defeating USC the previous week. However, after acknowledging his loss in the bet, he removed the UCLA jersey, revealing a USC polo shirt underneath.
    In 2015, he was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.
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    He became a coach after his retirement and was hired to his current position as head coach of the Raiders in January 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He had previously been the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 until 2011 and was the second coach in the team's history. Del Rio is a one time Super Bowl champion, having been the linebackers coach on the Super Bowl XXXV-winning Baltimore Ravens. He has also served as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers, and the Denver Broncos, serving as the defensive coordinator for the latter two squads. Del Rio was born in Castro Valley, California to a father of Spanish and Italian descent. He attended Hayward High School, where he developed into a notable three-sport athlete. In football, he helped his team win a North Coast Section 2A Championship. In baseball although he was the starting catcher, in one game he was used as a pitcher and struck out 16 in a playoff game against Mission San Jose-Fremont. He and former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu were teammates in baseball and football.
  • 2013
    Age 49
    On November 4, 2013, Del Rio was handed the head coaching duties and named interim head coach for several games when head coach John Fox was sidelined due to medical reasons.
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  • 2012
    Age 48
    On January 27, 2012, Del Rio was hired as the new defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
    More Details Hide Details In week two, Del Rio was fined $25,000 for berating the replacement officials.
  • 2011
    Age 47
    On November 29, 2011, Del Rio was fired as Jacksonville's head coach.
    More Details Hide Details He left with a regular season record of 68–71 and a 1–2 record in two playoff appearances over his nine years. The mantra "Keep chopping wood", introduced by Del Rio during the 2003 season, was intended to indicate how the team would slowly whittle away the huge obstacles in front of them. Del Rio placed a wooden stump and axe in the Jaguars' locker room as a symbol of his rallying cry. After his teammates had been taking swings at the wood with the axe, Punter Chris Hanson followed suit and seriously wounded his non-kicking foot. Hanson missed the remainder of the 2003 season, being replaced by Mark Royals. Del Rio became the second NFL head coach since 1993 to wear a suit on the sidelines during a November 20, 2006 regular season contest against the New York Giants, immediately following then San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan who had sported the look the previous day in a win over the Seattle Seahawks.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    On January 11, 2010, Del Rio was offered the head coaching job at USC, his alma mater.
    More Details Hide Details The next day he denied receiving an offer from USC, stating that the offer was "manufactured". Later that afternoon, he rebuffed USC officially, announcing that he would remain with the Jaguars at least through the duration of his current contract.
  • 2008
    Age 44
    On April 3, 2008, Del Rio's contract with the Jaguars was extended through the 2012 season.
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  • 2003
    Age 39
    In 2003, Del Rio became the second head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars following Tom Coughlin's dismissal.
    More Details Hide Details In his first season, he led the team to a 5 - 11 record. That year, Jacksonville finished the season with the second-ranked rush defense and sixth best overall defense, having ranked 25th and 20th in those two categories, respectively, the year prior. In 2004, the Jaguars narrowly missed the playoffs with a 9 - 7 record, the first winning record in five seasons. The following season, the team made the playoffs for the first time since advancing all the way to the AFC title game in 1999. They qualified as a wild card; however, the season was ended with a 28 - 3 loss to the New England Patriots. After missing the playoffs in 2006, Jacksonville cut quarterback Byron Leftwich in favor of David Garrard. The team returned to the playoffs in 2007 winning their first playoff game since 1999.
  • 2001
    Age 37
    After the 2001 season, he was named defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers and in his first season, in 2002, he led them to the second best defense in the league.
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  • 2000
    Age 36
    He is in part credited for the success of the Ravens' defense, particularly in the 2000 season.
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  • 1999
    Age 35
    In 1999, he accepted a position with the Baltimore Ravens as the linebackers' coach.
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  • 1997
    Age 33
    Del Rio began his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints in 1997, hired by head coach Mike Ditka as the strength and conditioning coach.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    On June 2, 1996, he signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, reuniting him with former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details On August 4, he was released after being passed on the depth chart by rookie Zach Thomas. He finished his career with 160 games appearances (128 starts), 1,078 tackles, 12 sacks and 13 interceptions.
  • 1994
    Age 30
    He led the team in tackles for three consecutive years and was selected to the 1994 Pro Bowl as a 'need player'.
    More Details Hide Details The next year he suffered a knee injury in the week 9 game against the Chicago Bears and started one late season contest after that, while being replaced with Jeff Brady.
  • 1992
    Age 28
    On March 4 1992, he was signed as a Plan B free agent by the Minnesota Vikings, recorded 149 tackles and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
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  • 1991
    Age 27
    In 1991, he replaced Eugene Lockhart as the starter at middle linebacker, while leading the team with 130 total tackles, 53 assists and 77 solo tackles.
    More Details Hide Details In the 90's, the Cowboys organization felt they could find linebackers through the draft, without the need of paying a premium and adversely impacting the salary cap, so they allowed talented and productive players like him, Ken Norton, Jr., Darrin Smith, Dixon Edwards, Robert Jones and Randall Godfrey, to leave via free agency, instead of signing them to long-term contracts.
  • 1989
    Age 25
    August 31, 1989, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys, posting 38 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and one pass defensed.
    More Details Hide Details The next year he finished with 104 tackles (third on the team) and 1.5 sacks.
    He was released on August 29, 1989.
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  • 1988
    Age 24
    He started 7 games at right outside linebacker in his first season with the team and 10 games at left outside linebacker in 1988, while registering 77 tackles.
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  • 1987
    Age 23
    In 1987, he was acquired by the Kansas City Chiefs to play outside linebacker, reuniting him with former Saints defensive coordinator John Paul Young.
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    On August 17, 1987, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a fifth round draft choice (#112-Greg Scales).
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    In 1986, he lost his starting position to Alvin Toles after the season opener.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    He was also selected in the 1985 USFL Territorial Draft by the Los Angeles Express.
    More Details Hide Details As a rookie he started 9 games at right inside linebacker, tied a franchise record with 5 fumble recoveries and earned NFL All-rookie honors.
    Del Rio was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the third round (68th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft.
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    In football he became a four-year starter. As a senior he earned consensus All-American honors, was a runner-up for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's best lineman or linebacker and was named along with quarterback Tim Green, co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his college career with 340 tackles, including 58 tackles for loss. In baseball he batted .340 while being a two-year starter at catcher, on a team that also included future Major League Baseball players Mark McGwire and Randy Johnson.
  • 1963
    Born on April 4, 1963.
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