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Jaguars owner Weaver fires Del Rio & sells team

 

Jack Del Rio during training camp July 2008 (photo by Nichos via wikipedia commons)

Jack Del Rio knew the stakes when he went to training camp this season with his Jacksonville Jaguars. His job security became week-to-week once two things occured: 1) when he cut veteran quarterback David Garrard to go with rookie Blaine Gabbert and 2) when owner Wayne Weaver said he needed to make the playoffs to keep his job for a 10th season.

At 3-8 this season, Weaver fired Del Rio. He leaves the North Florida city with a 69-73 record, including 1-2 in two playoff berths. The Jaguars were not able to win the NFL’s AFC South in any of his nine seasons. The division also has Indianapolis, Houston and Tennessee.

Weaver also announced that he was selling the franchise to Illinois businessman Shadid Khan, who was born in Pakistan and is the owner of Flex-N-Gate bumper systems company.

The franchise, born in 1993, is worth $760 million according to Forbes magazine.

The 77-year-old Weaver named defensive coordinator Mel Tucker the interim head coach and gave general manager Gene Smith a three-year contract extension. Smith will head the coaching search.

The 61-year-old Khan’s purchase of the team is subject to NFL approval. League owners will be voting on December 14. If it is approved, the sale will become official January 4.

 

Info courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Radio & TV news

Bengals don’t need Palmer; Dalton leads team to 3rd win with fourth quarter drive

 

Andy Dalton (courtesy of TCU athletics)

When Carson Palmer announced in the off-season that he would not return, but wanted a trade or retire, most media covering the NFL said the Bengals were in for another rough season where they would not win more than 1-2 games.

Don’t look now, Cincinnati has won 3 games and every game has come down to a fourth quarter drive to win or lose. Plus, their #1 NFL rated defense has kept them in every game to have a chance to win.

On Sunday, for the second straight week, the Bengals rallied in the fourth quarter, to defeat the Jaguars 30-20 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

With the win, the Bengals go to 3-2 and breaks a seven-game losing streak in Jacksonville.

The new quarterback, rookie Andy Dalton, led that late drive for the second Sunday in a row. Dalton was 21 of 33 for 179 yards passing with two touchdowns and an intereception.

The key play in the game was Bengals punter Kevin Huber blasted a 58-yard punt that was downed at the Jacksonville 2-yard line.

The Jaguars went three and out.

Their punter Matt Turk, who was punting into the winds blowing at 24 mph, kicked a wounded duck for only a 22-yard punt. But the Bengals were going get another gift before starting the drive. Cincinnati received an additional 5 yards on a penalty by the Jaguars for pushing the ball out of bounds. They started the drive at the Jacksonville 22.

The Bengals drive appeared stalled at the 19, but Marvin Lewis decided to go for it on fourth-and 6. Jermaine Gresham caught a high 9-yard pass from Dalton for the first down. Three plays later, Bernard Scott scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard run with 1:56 to play.

The other late touchdown in the fourth quarter came on the final play when the Jaguars lateraled the ball all over the field and defensive lineman Geno Atkins picked up a fumble by Blaine Gabbert and returned it 10 yards for his first career touchdown.

 

Info compiled from staff, NFL, Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

2010 INSIGHT BOWL: Iowa upsets Missouri despite giving up 512 offensive yards

(courtesy of Insight Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

The Insight Bowl pitting #14 Missouri against Iowa seemed to be a good matchup with two solid offenses.

Once fierce rivals from years past, the two teams hadn’t met in 100 years, despite Columbia, Missouri and Iowa City, Iowa being only 250 miles apart.

The 12-game rivalry plagued by dirty play, riots, rowdy crowds and racial discrimination ended following a very brutal game in 1910. There was also a planned four-year series from 2005-2008 which fell through for reasons unknown.

Missouri had a very good season with a record of 10-2, but saw its Big 12 and BCS chances go by the wayside with consecutive losses to Nebraska and Texas Tech. The Tigers won their final three games to get into the Insight Bowl.

Iowa’s season started strong and ended weak.

After opening the season #9 in the polls, the Hawkeyes were plagued by injuries and an inability to close out games. They had to play most of the season without defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who had a foot amputated due to complications from diabetes.

Iowa had five losses by a combined 18 points and entered the Insight Bowl having lost their final three games.

There were more problems to come for Kirk Ferentz and his staff.

Since the regular-season ended, Iowa have lost their career leading receiver, top rusher and two other running backs.

Receiver Darrell Johnson-Koulianos started the snow ball effect, getting booted off the team after being arrested on drug charges in early December. Adam Robinson was suspended for breaking team rules, and was arrested for marijuana possession, putting his career at Iowa in jeopardy.

Young, talented and promising running back Jewel Hampton decided to transfer and fullback Brad Rogers was out to undergo cardiological tests.

But Iowa had other backup players ready to go against Missouri. Fill-in freshman Marcus Coker took over and led the way. Coker bulled his way through Missouri’s defense in place of suspended Adam Robinson.

The other star of the game, Micah Hyde, scored the decisive touchdown on a 72-yard interception return in the fourth quarter, leading Iowa to close the season at 8-5 with a 27-24 win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. The interception return was the second-longest return in Insight Bowl history.

The undermanned, injury-riddled and suspension-prone Hawkeyes turned to Coker, who had 403 yards and a touchdown during the regular-season.

The bruising freshman ran over, around and past the Tigers to set school records with 219 yards on 33 carries while scoring two touchdowns in front of a record crowd of 53,453 fans at the Insight Bowl.

Behind Coker, the Hawkeyes piled up 425 yards against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses to overcome two rare turnovers by Ricky Stansi and win three straight bowl games for the first time.

Missouri, who ends the year at 10-3, basically did whatever it wanted on offense against Iowa’s defense, rolling up 512 yards, including a school bowl record 434 passing from Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert finished 41 for 57 passing to set two more school records.

IOWA HAWKEYES GAME NOTES

* Iowa recruits the St. Louis area extensively. Two of the best players on the roster are from the area, Adrian Clayborn and wide receiver Marvin McNutt. McNutt played alongside Missouri running back De’Vion Moore at Hazelwood Central High School.

* Despite finishing the regular-season at 7-5, Iowa reached a bowl game for the eighth consecutive season. With the win over Missouri, Kirk Ferentz is 6-3 in bowl games.

* Iowa’s defense only allowed 103.5 yards a game coming into the game.

* Iowa’s defense had 17 interceptions in 12 games.

* Punter Ryan Donahue is one of the nation’s top punters.

* QB Ricky Stansi had 25 touchdown passes and four interceptions during the regular-season.

* RB Adam Robinson rushed for 941 yards and 10 touchdowns before his suspension.

MISSOURI TIGERS GAME NOTES

* Head Coach Gary Pinkel took over the Missouri program in 2001 after leaving the Toledo Rockets. Ten seasons later, Pinkel is one of the top coaches in the country. Missouri, which went without a bowl appearance between 1984 and 1996, has gone to seven bowls in the last eight seasons, including the last six.

Pinkel has gone 3-4 in his first seven bowls with Missouri.

* The Tigers averaged 211 rushing yards during their last four games.

* Missouri had 38 sacks to lead the Big 12 Conference.

* QB Blaine Gabbert is the first starter to throw for less than 3,000 yards since 2005.

* LB Andrew Gachkar came out of obscurity to lead the Tigers with 81 tackles, including 8 1/2 for losses. His emergence was one of the biggest reasons for Missouri’s incredible improvement on defense.

* DE Brad Madison leads the Tigers with 7 1/2 sacks, not bad for a role player. He sacked the QB three times against Texas A&M.

Info compiled from Insight Bowl, Missouri & Iowa athletics news