There was no way Jack Del Rio was getting fired.
The Jaguars owe him $15 million, and he wasn't walking away from that, which is why he will be back with the team in 2010. The Jaguars also extended the contracts of his assistants late last season, which means another $5 million. So when owner Wayne Weaver met with Del Rio Tuesday, it wasn't about making a change.
It was about him making changes.
The word, according to sources, is that Weaver wanted Del Rio to change some of the ways he does things.
For a franchise that has financial worries, Weaver couldn't afford to eat $20 million. And there was no way Del Rio would go to USC without getting $15 million, whether the Jaguars paid him that over three years or the two combined to give him that money.
Truth be known, Del Rio deserved another year. He coached a team with 16 rookies and 33 new players to a 7-9 record. How could he be fired for that?
The next step is to get a franchise quarterback.
Without one, he could be called to the owner's office next year and he won't be as fortunate.