Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Del Rio's firing, Jags' sale affects AFC West
By Bill Williamson
There were two big stories in the NFL on Tuesday that could have ramifications for the AFC West. Let’s take a look why:
Jack Del Rio fired: The Jaguars’ first game without Del Rio will be Monday night when they host San Diego. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will take over on an interim basis. Playing against the Jaguars in this setting could be tough duty for the Chargers, who have lost six straight games. Expect the Jaguars to be very motivated in that game.
Suh suspended: The NFL suspended Detroit star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for the next two games for his actions against Green Bay on Thursday. Even if Suh appeals, the decision will be expedited and it will only affect these next two games. Thus, he will be eligible to play at Oakland on Dec. 18 and at home against San Diego on Dec. 24.
One fewer team for L.A.: Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver announced he will sell the team to businessman Shadid Khan and the team will be kept in Jacksonville. The Jaguars had been considered one of the leading contenders to end up in Los Angeles. That means the chances of the Chargers moving there may have increased. There's been speculation the Raiders could be a relocation target for L.A., but the Chargers seem more likely.
Del Rio is available: If any of the AFC West teams are looking for a new defensive coordinator in the offseason -- San Diego or Oakland, perhaps -- Del Rio, who grew up in the Bay Area, could be a possibility.