Del Rio out in Jacksonville

Jack Del Rio has been fired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to the Jacksonville Times-Union.

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is the Jaguars interim coach. In nine seasons, Del Rio was 68-71 overall with two playoff appearances.

The Jaguars are 3-8 on the season after Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans, and have floundered on offense this season, behind rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Del Rio was brought back last year by owner Wayne Weaver in part because the Jaguars wanted continuity heading into the lockout. At the time, Weaver, who removed the defensive play call duties from Del Rio, said the head coach needed to make the playoffs in 2011 in order to retain his job.

The Jaguars have made a number of curious moves since the end of last season that made the situation in Jacksonville a struggle. While Del Rio was retained with two years on his contract, none of his assistants were offered extensions.

The Jags then traded up to draft Gabbert with the 10th overall pick, and the plan was for him to watch behind David Garrard, except that Garrard was released the week of the season opener in favor of Luke McCown.

McCown's run lasted two weeks before Del Rio handed the reins to Gabbert, who clearly has not been ready, especially with a lack of playmakers in the passing game. Gabbert was pulled from Sunday's game after going 13 for 29 as McCown was back in.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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