By Lewis Gould
So who exactly is Jack Del Rio, the Redskins new defensive coordinator, as chosen by new head coach Ron Rivera?
He has 32 combined seasons of NFL experience, 21 years as a coach and an 11-year playing career. His previous experience in this role includes time with the Oakland Raiders (2015-17), Denver Broncos (2012-14), Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-11)
After nine seasons with the Panthers, Rivera was fired by Carolina on Dec. 3 after a 5-7 start to the 2019 season – and a 29-21 Week 13 loss to Washington – making him available, ironically, to be hired by the team who put the final nail in his career with the Panthers, where Rivera coached to a 76-63-1 (.546) overall record.
Del Rio served in dual roles – both head coach and defensive coordinator – for the Jaguars, amassing a 68-71 record (.489) over nine seasons. During that time, Jacksonville ranked sixth in the NFL in yards per game allowed (317.3) and eighth in points per game allowed (20.3). They made two playoff appearances under Del Rio’s leadership (2005, 2007), with one playoff win, in 2007.
Del Rio served as head coach of the Raiders for three seasons (25-23) and, after a 6-10 season in 2017, was fired just one year into a four-year contract extension. Prior to that season, Del Rio led Oakland to a 12-4 record and the playoffs in 2016.