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Published on 01/30/2012 at Mon Jan 30 18:16.
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In this file photo, John Fox is seen with Jack Del Rio before an NFL game in 2003. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

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 positionreuniting 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 defensealthough vastly improved since 2010recorded 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]

  • http://ehalseymiles.com E. Halsey Miles

    Man I’m excited about Del Rio. It’s possible he’ll be a one year wonder and go off to head coach somewhere else next year, which would suck, but I’m hopeful that he can go 2 years, and maybe even bring up an assistant with him so that there can be continuity. In any case, this guy has a proven track record of stout defenses, and we have the start of a good defense.

    With a good draft, this is reason to be optimistic for 2012.

  • Hansen

    I agree, def looking forward to having him as the DC.  I also anticipate some changes at the DT position.  He has always had monsters in the middle so I can see Denver bringing those types in, through whatever means. 

  • Hansen

    I agree, def looking forward to having him as the DC.  I also anticipate some changes at the DT position.  He has always had monsters in the middle so I can see Denver bringing those types in, through whatever means. 

  • Hansen

    I agree, def looking forward to having him as the DC.  I also anticipate some changes at the DT position.  He has always had monsters in the middle so I can see Denver bringing those types in, through whatever means. 

  • Anonymous

    I think (actually, hope) he’ll be here for more than a season.  I don’t really see any other teams that will be ready to give him another chance as a HC after all the mediocrity that he had in Jax. 

    But its a ‘what have you done for me lately’ league, and some people are quick to forget.