Jacksonville Makes Big Mid-Season Changes
If you haven’t been following the NFL lately, you might not have heard about the drastic changes that the Jacksonville Jaguars have made in the last week or so. In fact, the team has been so through many shifts lately, you might not recognize them if you’re used to the Jaguars of the last 10 years.
For one thing, head coach Jack Del Rio was fired last week. Del Rio has been the coach in Jacksonville for a decade, having one of the longest tenures in the league. But the team’s record has been a problem for the last couple of seasons and, as the 2011 season began, Del Rio was under pressure from the front office to get the team to the playoffs in order to keep his job. Once the Jags lost to Houston, though, they were pretty much out of the playoff running and Del Rio was out of a job.
Another big change in Jacksonville has to do with the team itself. The same day that Del Rio was fired, the team was sold to Shahid Khan, who has the option to move the team if he chooses. While Khan has verbally agreed to keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville, he can change his mind if he wants, particularly with the recent league interest in bringing a team to Los Angeles, California. With these changes, it’s not impossible that Jacksonville fans will one day root for the L.A. Jaguars.
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