Jacksonville has gone just 3-8 through 11 games this season. Team owner Wayne Weaver gave Del Rio a clear goal of making the playoffs in 2011 in order to keep his job. The Jaguars had finished a promising 8-8 in 2010, however with the team earning their eighth loss of the season this weekend, it is not mathematically possible for them to improve upon last year’s finish.
"If we're not in the playoffs, it's pretty apparent we'll have a different coach," Weaver said in January.
Del Rio, 48, had posted a 68-70 record as Jacksonville’s head coach since joining the team in 2003. In nine seasons he led the Jaguars to a winning record just three times, and had just two playoff appearances. The team’s best season under Del Rio came in 2005 when they finished 12-4.