In the wake of former Jacksonville Jaguars Head coach Jack Del Rio's firing yesterday, a former player is starting to speak out about his former head coach. Fred Taylor spoke to Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports and said that Jack Del Rio played favorites in the locker room, inconsistent and that he's not head coaching material.
Asked if he felt Del Rio played favorites, Taylor doesn't hesitate.
"[Expletive] yeah. Hell yeah," he says. "Why do you think I'm not there?
I'm not an expert on this, but when someone didn't fit with the status quo, they usually ended up on the cutting rrom floor like Mike Peterson. Plus that is the only thing that can explain something like Deji Karim still being Maurice Jones-Drew's primary backup even with his horrible play.
"There wasn't any falloff in my production. I expressed my willingness to take a paycut. I just wanted to be there and be a part of the community. I wanted to finish my career there. Just because we had this new running back. All we had to do was switch roles. 'Fred, Maurice [Jones-Drew] is going to be the starter.' Fine, no problem. I wasn't a virus in the locker room. I worked my ass off — everything."
Freddy, your production did drop off from 2007 to 2008. You went from 1, 202 yards, five touchdowns, and 5.4 ypc in 2007 to 556 yards, one touchdown, and 3.9 ypc.We all loved what you have done for the team, but you have to face the facts sometime, man. You were 33 years old and you were clearly on the downside of your career.
"At the end of the day, [Del Rio]'s not a head coach," Taylor says. "He's a great defensive coach. But he's not a head coach."
However, I can agree with that. Jack Del Rio did not really seem to be true head coach material. Sure, he probably got along with his players for the most part, but when they play badly, they need a kick in the pants, not a pep talk and as a result, the JDR era was basically defined by inconsistency year after year and game after game.
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