PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during warm ups before the start of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
By now, you're probably aware that Jack Del Rio was fired as head coach of the Jaguars. And just like that, we have our first official firing of the 2011 NFL season. Always good to get that first firing out of the way. I feel like it helps break the ice and lets other teams get on with the delightful business of putting bad head coaches out of work just before Christmas. I'll always remember Del Rio for that one time he let his punter bury an axe into his own leg, and the time he wore a suit. I think that just about covers it.
Part of the reason Del Rio was fired, apart from losing lots and lots of games, was that he never made the Jaguars RELEVANT. That's been a serious problem for this franchise ever since Mark Brunell skipped town. Since the end of the Brunell/Tom Coughlin Era, the Jags have toiled as the NFL's least interesting franchise. Their players are boring (MJD excepted). Their stadium is boring. Their name is boring. In a league where every team gets a turn in the spotlight, the Jaguars seem like the lone franchise content to be ignored. They can't fill seats, and their endless lease with the city of Jacksonville could very well prevent them from moving to a place like Los Angeles, where they would serve of mild interest to disaffected residents until the beginning of the Lakers' season.
So while the prudent football move for the Jags would be to hire a relatively anonymous GM and coach, as the Falcons did with Tom Dimitroff and Mike Smith, they can't really afford to be anonymous for much longer. I feel like this team could simply vanish one day without a trace if owner Wayne Weaver doesn't find someone who can make this team worth talking about once more. He needs someone who has a realistic shot at accepting the Jags' offer. Someone with an unforgettable mug. Someone with name recognition. Someone who looks like a roadie at a Poison concert.
That's right. The ROB RYAN FOR JACKSONVILLE campaign begins today in earnest. Come on, Wayne. You know there's no other option.