Posted Mon Jan 30th by Jon Heath
All of the Broncos coaching staff has off this week, but Denver’s new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has already arrived at the team’s facility and has been settling in.
“I’m here to get an early start,” Del Rio said in a press conference call on Monday. “I want to dig into the film and I want to help my son get settled. I’m eager to get going.”
In 2002, Del Rio coached the Carolina Panthers‘ defense under John Fox before becoming the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach in 2003. After being fired eleven games into the 2011 season, Del Rio found himself available for the Bronco’s vacant coordinator position—reuniting him with Fox in Denver.
“I find myself rejuvenated. I’m very excited about the opportunity here, to come to Denver, this franchise and this organization. That’s why I’m here.”
Had Del Rio sat out the 2012 season, he could have collected unpaid salary from the Jaguars — $5 million dollars due in the final year of his contract. Whatever he makes with the Broncos this season will be deducted from what the Jaguars owed him.
“I love to compete, I love being around ball. It’s not about the money,” Del Rio said.
Last season, Denver’s defense—although vastly improved since 2010—recorded nine interceptions and came away with a minus 12 turnover ratio. That is something that Del Rio is aiming to improve in year one.
“We want to be an attacking defense, one that’s going to be able to get after quarterbacks and make their life miserable,” Del Rio continued, stressing the importance of stopping the run and forcing turnovers. “At the end of the day, help the team win.”
Del Rio Dives into Film Study [MaxDenver]