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Del Rio: Had we known, we’d have re-signed ‘Zo

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2016 – 10:47 am

Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio is enjoying a 9-2 season in which very little has gone wrong. One mistake that he admits to making however, is not re-signing Bills pass rusher Lorenzo Alexander.

Alexander was a special teams role player only for the Raiders last season, and Alexander wanted to re-sign with Oakland, but they had different plans in mind. Now Del Rio is regretting their decision seeing Alexander rack up 10 sacks with the Bills so far this season.

“We did not see that in him or we wouldn’t have let Rex get him! I’m really happy for a guy like Lorenzo,” said Del Rio. “He’s a consummate professional. This is a guy that busts his butt, does everything he can, every day to be a true professional. We had him around thinking that’s what we were getting is that, the leadership part of it and honestly, we missed on this part where he’s getting 10 sacks.

“Hats off to him, congratulations to him. The guys that are here that know him are really happy for him. He’s a great young man. Played at Cal right here, it’s a great story for him. I’m super happy for him. I just don’t want him to get it done this weekend, but happy for the year he’s had.”

Alexander wasn’t bitter about being unable to sign with his hometown Raiders, a club he thought was going to do well this season.

“I wanted to come back this year after last season,” he said. “I enjoyed my time while I was there, but (Raiders GM) Reggie [McKenzie] and the coaching staff decided they wanted to go in a different direction. Obviously, they signed a guy like Bruce Irvin there. They had Khalil Mack and they drafted some young guys.”


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Del Rio staying in Jacksonville?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2010 – 12:32 pm

According to the Florida Times-Union, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio will be staying put in Jacksonville, despite reported overtures from his alma mater USC. If the report is accurate it means the Bills will remain the only open head coaching job in the league.

Del Rio told the paper that he met with owner Wayne Weaver and later GM Gene Smith and members of the coaching and personnel staff to discuss their offseason plans moving forward. It was originally thought that his meeting with Weaver was going to determine his fate as head coach.

“Just thought some truth would be good mixed with all the speculation,” Del Rio told the Times-Union. “I’ve been in meetings all day with staff members and [general manager] Gene Smith preparing our offseason plan going forward, and nothing other than that. I’m always honest with you and that is exactly what occurred.”

UPDATE: Peter King has just confirmed it via his twitter account.

SI_PeterKing    It’s official: Jack Del Rio staying in Jacksonville.

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Del Rio on Jauron firing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2009 – 12:52 pm

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio addressed the firing of now Bills former head coach Dick Jauron.

“Dick’s a good man,” said Del Rio. “That’s just the hard part of the business that we’re all involved in. I wish him and his family the very best.”

When asked how many changes he expects to see from the Bills with Perry Fewell at the helm, Del Rio admits it’s a bit of the unknown, but isn’t changing their approach.

“I think in the NFL it’s an unknown week to week in many respects. We all work very hard game planning each other and teams come up with wrinkles regardless of whether there’s a coaching change or not. We’ll go through our normal game preparations and expect to put as strong a plan together as we can and go at these guys and try to scratch out a win.”

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