Thurs., Jan. 16
When we played together, not only at USC but also with the Vikings, I remember telling someone that someday Jack Del Rio would be an NFL head coach because, as a middle linebacker, he was so bright and understood everything that was going on. Now it has happened for him, and he's earned it.
Jack has been around championship-caliber teams. He took the Carolina defense, which didn't have much, and made it into the league's second-best unit. He probably got more out of less than any coordinator in the league.
Players respect him because he played -- and played well. Jack understands football's ups and downs because he has been through every single one of them. He's not an egomaniac or self-promoter. He got the job based on his ability. Jack has enough confidence to carry a team and let them know what he expects, but he'll also let his coaches coach.
There will be a different feeling around Jacksonville, but the city should be excited because Jack is young and enthusiastic. He's going to be a great head coach.