Jacksonville gets a head start

Team can be first to pursue former head coaches like Billick or top assistants like Ryan

Originally Published: November 29, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The timing of Jack Del Rio's firing, with five games left in the season, may not make a lot of sense on the surface. But it could make a difference as Jacksonville looks to replace him.

Finding a coach to replace him is a tough sell, and with owner Wayne Weaver selling the team to Shahid Kahn, the organization needs to get a jump on other owners before they start firing their coaches. As all owners know, the pool of hot assistant coaches is at its shallowest because more head coaches are ...

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