Del Rio proud of the way Jaguars battled

Jack Del Rio knew the Jacksonville Jaguars' 3-8 season had landed him in hot water, since owner Wayne Weaver said back in January that the team needed to make the playoffs for him to keep his job.

Del Rio was fired on Tuesday, shortly before Weaver announced he was selling the team to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan, a sale that will become official in January.

Del Rio, who was in his ninth season as the Jaguars head coach, said he was proud of the way his players did not given up, even as they struggled to win games this season.

"I told them that they need to continue to do that right things," Del Rio told Channel 4 in Jacksonville. "There's something worthwhile there."

As for his own fate, Del Rio knew the challenge he was facing.

"Anytime the owner makes a statement like, 'You better be in the playoffs or else,' and then you end up starting the year the way we started, it was tough," Del Rio said. "It's tough, but we never gave into that. Players have never given into that. I think when you look at the way the team is fighting and competing. I think we really should be proud of that."

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