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Jacksonville begins new era under interim head coach Mel Tucker, the team's defensive coordinator. The Jaguars are fourth in the NFL in total defense, while ranking last in the NFL in total offense.
The Jacksonville Jaguars begin their post Jack Del Rio era on Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. The Jaguars fired Del Rio on Tuesday after starting 3-8 this season and replaced him with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Tucker becomes just the third head coach in team history behind Tom Coughlin (68-60) and Del Rio (68-71).
He's the second coach this season to make his coaching debut on Monday Night Football. Hue Jackson guided the Raiders to a 23-20 win over the Broncos.
The Jaguars already pulled off one of their biggest wins of the season on Monday Night Football. Despite scoring only 12 points in their other appearance, the Jaguars were able to pull off the upset against the Baltimore Ravens.
However bad news for Tucker, each of the first two Jaguars coaches in franchise history began their careers with four-game losing streaks.
Jacksonville isn't the only team entering this game in turmoil as news surfaced this week that Chargers head coach Norv Turner is likely to be fired at the end of this season. The Chargers have lost six consecutive games, their longest losing streak since dropping nine straight spanning the 2002-03 seasons.
The last time they lost six straight within a single season was in 2001 when they lost nine straight. That season LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees were rookies with the Chargers and Norv Turner was the team's offensive coordinator.
That 2001 season started with promise similar to this 2011 campaign. That year the Chargers won five of their first seven games and sat a game behind the Raiders for first place in the AFC West. This year San Diego was in first place at 4-1 before this current losing streak.
The Chargers will look for a better outcome than their first game on Monday Night Football this season, a loss against the Kansas City Chiefs that sent their 2011 season spiraling downward. In that game Rivers was driving the Chargers to a potential game-winning score with under a minute remaining in regulation, but he fumbled the snap. The Chargers would go on to lose the game in overtime.
It was a notable miscue in a season filled with them for Rivers, who leads the NFL in interceptions. Last week against the Broncos was just the second time this season in which he did not throw an interception. Rivers has thrown an interception in all five road games this season, tying Drew Brees for the longest streak with a road interception during a single season by a Chargers player since 2001.
Most Off-Target Int 2011 Season
Ten of the 17 interceptions this season have come as a result of an over or underthrown pass, the most off-target interceptions in the NFL this season. In the years prior, Rivers combined to throw 10 off-target picks, 25th most in the NFL over that time.
The Chargers will want to make sure they don't turn the ball over tonight to help a Jaguars offense which has yet to score more than 20 points in a game this season. Jacksonville is just the fifth team in the past 25 seasons to not score more than 20 points in any of its first 11 games of the season.