Jack Del Rio is gone in Jacksonville, and it's been a long time coming.
Del Rio's wasn't liked inside the building the past couple of years, and there were many inside who felt once he got paid his big contract he lost the zest for being a head coach.
According to sources, Del Rio was coming into the office this year at around 9 a.m. most days and leaving early.
That rubbed his staff the wrong way. It rubbed the front office the wrong way.
It even became a bit of a joke inside the building as the time he entered the building was noted some days by the staff.
I never expected Del Rio to be fired during the season because that's not the way owner Wayne Weaver works. But his actions the past couple of months made it happen -- not the record.
Interim coach Mel Tucker has done a great job with his defense. Tucker is highly regarded inside the building. Does he have a chance to keep the job permanently?
Probably not, but anyone who would get the job would be wise to take a look at keeping him as the defensive coordinator.
A team looking for one should also consider him.
Del Rio was 69-73 in Jacksonville with one playoff victory. Those are the numbers that get you fired a long time ago. He lasted too long, much to the chagrin of the fans and many inside the building.
It didn't help that he stopped being as passionate about his job as he was early in his tenure.
I liked Del Rio. But there were times he was too stubborn, married to an outdated offense that never seemed to get with the times. He was considered arrogant and inflexible. That doesn't win over friends in the building, and it didn't help he threw coaches under the bus.
Don't feel sad for him. He's made a lot of money as Jaguars coach and is owed $5 million next year. Del Rio will be fine.
Will the franchise?