The Raiders are said to be preparing to officially announce the hiring of Jack Del Rio as their 21st head coach. While Del Rio’s career coaching record of 68-71 and two playoff appearances in nine seasons isn’t going to make John Madden or Bill Belichick jealous, it’s still a solid record.
And Terrance Knighton’s reaction is certainly a positive indicator of how Del Rio is appreciated by his players, as Sparano appeared to be as well. Knighton is one of several Denver players who are about to hit free agency, and will be targeted by the Raiders.
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Now that the Broncos have been unceremoniously knocked out of the playoffs (yay!) by the Colts (who will probably get the stuffing knocked out of them this weekend in Foxborough), the Raiders are free to pursue current Donks DC Jack Del Rio more diligently.
This is probably bad news for Tony Sparano, as well as Greg Olson and Jason Tarver, but Del Rio has a solid (if unspectacular) career as a head coach with the Jaguars, going to the playoffs with journeyman QBs such as David Garrard and Byron Leftwich. If he can pull in a good OC (Marc Trestman would be a good fit, as would Bill Musgrave) to continue Derek Carr’s development, with their draft picks and tons of money to spend in free agency, Del Rio could get the Raiders back on the road to respectability.
Here’s the latest and greatest on the Raiders’ search for a head coach, courtesy of Jerry McDonald at the Bay Area News Group. Tony Sparano is still the odds-on favorite, in the name of continuity of player approval. And an argument can be made that Sparano, as well as OC Greg Olson and DC Jason Tarver, did the best they could with what they had to work with.
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