After a 3-13 season, the Oakland Raiders will announce the hiring of the Broncos’ former defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio as the new head coach.
In Del Rio’s first year as defensive coordinator in Denver, 2012, the team was tied for the league lead in sacks, second in total defense and fourth in scoring defense.
Before taking over in Denver, Del Rio served as head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-11. He led the Jags to two playoff appearances and a 68-71 record.
Del Rio takes over for Tony Sparano who compiled a 3-9 record with the Raiders after taking over as interim coach. The Raiders fired Dennis Allen after starting the season 0-4.
Del Rio grew up in the Bay Area and his family is longtime Raiders’ season-ticket holders. But he will have a tough task ahead of him, trying to get the Raiders to the playoffs for the first time since their Super Bowl appearance in 2002. The black and silver have the fourth overall pick in April’s draft.
After interviewing several coaches for the position, owner Tom Davis chose Del Rio edging Sparano, who led the Raiders to a 3-2 record in the last five games of the season.
According to sources, the deal is supposed to be a four-year deal for Del Rio.