AFC South: Jack Del Rio Fired, Jaguars Sold, Colts Defensive Coordinator Fired

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It’s been a busy day in the AFC South! The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired head coach Jack Del Rio and been sold to Shahid Khan (Subject to NFL’s approval). This has been a long time coming and we’ve all been waiting for it as the Jaguars fell to 3-8 this last week . Mel Tucker, the defensive coordinator has been named the interim head coach.

From the Jaguars team website:

Tucker, 39, is in his third season with the Jaguars after being named defensive coordinator in January of 2009. This is Tucker’s 15th year in coaching including eight seasons at the collegiate level and seven in the NFL.

The defense has been a strength for the jaguars this season, currently ranking fourth in the NFL and fourth in pass defense. The unit has been in the top 10 in 12 of the first 13 weeks of this season, including the top five six times.

Tucker previously spent four season on the Cleveland Browns coaching staff (2005-08), the first three as defensive backs coach and the last as defensive coordinator. His eight years coaching at the college level were spent at Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), Louisiana State and Ohio State.


Shad Khan, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Flex-N-Gate, will purchase the Jaguars from original and longtime owner Wayne Weaver, Weaver announced at a news conference at EverBank Field in downtown Jacksonville Tuesday.

Weaver said Khan is committed to keeping the franchise in Jacksonville.

Word is that the Jaguars are to remain in Jacksonville. They did receive lots of calls from L.A. today but did not answer them.

The Colts have also fired their defensive coordinator Larry Coyer and replace starting QB Curtis Painter with Dan Orlovsky.

Lot’s of changes going on in the AFC South today.

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