After a profitable meeting with owner
Del Rio, 58-57 in seven seasons at the helm, was thought to be on shaky ground with Weaver for a few reasons. He's only won one playoff game in his tenure and the Jags had a miserable end-of-the-year stretch by finishing with a four-game losing streak. Complicating matters, it was no secret the job at USC held some allure for Del Rio, a Trojans' alum, in the wake of
But Weaver opted for something few owners in the league choose these days -- stability. The Jaguars played 16 rookies this season, including both starters at tackle on offense, and 33 players appeared in their first games for Jacksonville in the 2009 season.
Going forward, Del Rio will have to figure out who his quarterback is short- and long-term;
The offshoot of this story is that Southern Cal will have to move on in its search for a new coach, having seen candidates
The L.A. Daily News reported Tuesday that USC had sent Del Rio a contract Monday night. The newspaper said Del Rio hadn't accepted the job because his NFL contract could be a stumbling block. Del Rio had denied USC gave him a contract.
If Weaver had fired Del Rio, he would have been owed more than $15 million.