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Del Rio at a glance

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Here is some biographical information on new Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, who was hired Wednesday to succeed interim coach Tony Sparano:

Age: 51

High school: Hayward High graduate who starred in football, baseball and basketball. He played a key role in the Farmers winning the North Coast Section 2A title in 1979.

College: He played linebacker for Southern California football team and catcher for the baseball team. Recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson and former A’s and Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire were among Del Rio’s teammates on the baseball team at USC. Del Rio started all four years for the football team and was a consensus All-America his senior season.

NFL: The New Orleans Saints selected Del Rio in the third round (No. 68 overall) of the 1985 NFL draft. Del Rio played for the Saints from 1985-86, the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987-88, the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-91 and the Minnesota Vikings from 1992-95. He was selected to the 1994 Pro Bowl and recorded 1,078 tackles during his NFL career.

Did you know: Del Rio was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round of the 1981 Major League draft. Instead, Del Rio accepted a scholarship to Southern Cal.

Coaching: Del Rio’s first NFL coaching job came in 1997, when he was hired by the Saints as their strength and conditioning coach. After two seasons with the Saints, he coached the Baltimore Ravens linebackers from 1999-2001. He was hired by the Carolina Panthers in 2002 and spent one season as their defensive coordinator before he got hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars as their head coach in 2003. Del Rio spent nine seasons with the Jaguars and compiled a 68-71 regular-season record. He spent the past three seasons with the Denver Broncos as their defensive coordinator – he also was the Broncos interim head coach for four games in 2013 when regular head coach John Fox had heart surgery.

Family: Del Rio and his wife Linda have three daughters and a son.

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  • RaiderCDE

    Del Rio has a swagger most coaches don’t have not only because he’s a good coach but he was a pro bowl player. Demands respect.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    It’s now on the website, but no announcement of staff, which I didn’t expect. I am sure that is still being assembled.

  • JLofty

    Terell Brown was also a decent pickup. Tuck. Rashard.
    He’s had a couple on a team that needed a LOT.
    Doesnt get full credit for Penn cuz he created that hole. Same with C. We need to draft one now cuz he let Satele go and lil Wiz hates him…

  • RaiderCDE

    after 4 whiffs and a decade of failure time to try another path

  • autumn wind

    ic Tafur
    ‏@VicTafur

    1h1 hour ago

    “@RAIDERS: Jack Del Rio has been named head coach of the Oakland Raiders: http://bit.ly/1585Ea2 >> ta dah

  • Zymurge

    Al’s problem in his latter days was that he saw those guys with a brief burst and thought that they would be the top FAs the next year. In his mind he was getting the top guy. The problem is that the rest of the league understood that a good game, even in the Super Bowl, does not an elite player make. See Brown, Larry.

  • RAY NJ

    or Al.

  • RaiderCDE
  • Rick Worth

    Good investigating

  • marks hair

    running a 34 would sure make mac & Sio look good.

  • inonewordraider

    hell freakin yea, fangio smith or Schwartz great dc candidates

  • JLofty

    What were his crimes?
    Smoking dope? 86% of players do that. He was just stupid about it. Bad criminal.

  • marks hair

    Please

  • inonewordraider

    awesome pic

  • MachoManRandySavage

    wheres the video for the presser?

  • RaiderCDE

    Now get top coordinators, hire a VP, commit to Oakland long term, kick azz in FA, have a monster draft. Ez Pz.

  • marks hair

    Code rise from the ashes

  • Zymurge

    You aren’t building the team through the high end FAs, that’s the whole point. You’re building through the draft and the young, upcoming FAs brought in. The one-two year deal guys are bridges until enough of that core is built that then and only then do you go out and look for a few high priced guys to fill key holes.

    This roster ain’t ready for that last step yet. No amount of hemming, hawing or crying here is going to change that. With another good draft and adding 3-4 more 25-26 year old FAs, we could be having that conversation this time next year about them being ready.

  • marks hair

    it’s not that complicated. We obviously should have hired this guy the first time around.

  • inonewordraider

    premature but by all accounts we’re gona have our best staff since……….

  • autumn wind

    first year he had a bunch just all for one year…

  • RaiderCDE

    Jelly is a solid NT too – DE would need to be addressed but some big time players at the top of the draft.. Tuck could play 3-4 DE too..

  • xraided

    how many people would spend a 3rd round pick on Cardale Jones if he were to drop that far?

  • Zymurge

    Knighton is interesting but I’d rather get Dan Williams from AZ. He’ll be priced between Knighton and Suh but looks like a great mid career guy to pair with Jelly for a very stout middle of a 4-3 base.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Friday CSN has cleared time for official introduction there was a rumor JDR asked for extra day to focus on assistants…

  • RaiderCDE

    Gruden didnt win shat here – tired of hearing his name..

  • marks hair

    we have the money so we are ready. We don’t have to make the Superbowl this year for it to be a successful offseason. Higher sue for 4 year deal maybe 5

  • new post ladies and gentlemen.

  • Goldie7

    new post fellas. Good looking out Tarrypin.

  • marks hair

    and that’s exactly what you’re asking for more Larry Brown’s. I want top free agents guys were proven not guys who you think maybe in a year or two maybe maybe maybe forget that

  • JLofty

    We have SOOO many needs. Probably going to need a C in 3…

  • inonewordraider

    no way man, we should get a starter with our 3rd rounder with lots of holes to fill. matt mcgloin is a nice backup

  • xraided

    great point

    but he does need to quit now that he’s on the hot list for failing twice now…

    throwing a large amount of guaranteed cash his way would be a good move IMO because we have the $ to spend and i doubt the Browns would match

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Oakland needs to commit to Raiders….. Unlikely to happen but who knows.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Geez. this new morning crew on The Game is awful–they get facts wrong, keep making dumb bathroom jokes, bad radio voices….bring back the Raider fan and tennis guru, Brad Gilbert. These guys are awful.

  • xraided

    yea i’d rather get Gurley there myself

  • rml

    Cutler is this generations Jeff George

  • marks hair

    Mario Williams and Julius Peppers look pretty solid to me. So do all of the top cornerbacks we should have gone after this year. Most years the top free agents are pretty valuable.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    No. Even he said he wasn’t ready for the NFL.

  • That would be better than M Smith to me.
    Would love that!

  • Craig

    I thought Cable had been an HC at Idaho or somewhere like that.

  • Buckarama

    Scott Bair
    ‏@BairCSN
    1m1 minute ago
    Raiders press conference begins Friday at 1 PM

  • Zymurge

    Take a look at Dan Williams as an example of a DT that will get $5-6M per year instead of $20+. Is Suh 4X the player of Williams? Not even close.

  • Roach is done.
    Burris needs to go back to the broom closet with the other wet mops.

  • Craig

    I think the team suspending him the final game may have taken that away from him…not enough vested time, making him still under contract. Not exactly sure, but I remember there being talk of that.

  • Kaepernick’s fan (aka Raider O

    Missed an entire season due to a concussion? Replace him. He is done.

  • Kaepernick’s fan (aka Raider O

    Woodson will cone back if we want him. Wiz is gone. He hates Reggie.

  • Zymurge

    I don’t disagree that most top FAs are pretty valuable. That’s why they are top guys. My argument is that they aren’t usually worth what they actually cost due to the high demand for them running up their cap hits. I can point to a lot of guys that are getting more than they are worth, just as you pointed to a few that seem like they are earning their keep. It’s a high risk, medium return game, which is not what you play while rebuilding.

    Williams is THE highest paid DE in the league. Has he been playing as THE best? I’d say top 5, so it’s not a bad deal so far for the Bills. The catch is he gets more expensive over each of the next two years. If he doesn’t maintain that level, which history shows he won’t, then it’s a bad deal at the end of the day. Why? Because the Bills signed him to a long deal to get him at his peak. Did they make the playoffs this year because of that? Nope, because the rest of the team, offense specifically, wasn’t ready. That was a poorly timed GM move. Still, he’s probably the best case of getting your money’s worth so far, so good find.

    Peppers doesn’t fit in the same category. He’s getting less than half of what Williams is, putting him into the second tier. He wasn’t one of the top 3 FAs available last year but was in the conversation as a top 10. He’s also looking like he’s playing to the downside of his career as his numbers are down considerably from the last couple. They have him signed at 8-9M over the next two seasons and his trend shows he might keep playing at that level. But really, he’s just a high end Tuck type signing from a contract value point of view, so that’s the kind of guy I’m recommending that Reggie gets next.

    So would you rather have two Peppers caliber guys or one Williams? Because that’s what their cap hits reflect. Right now I think this team needs the quantity, so I’d shop for the two Peppers.

  • Zymurge

    Trying to inject some humor into the morning? The guy had a decent run of three games in the spotlight, but he was 3rd string on that team for a reason. And he’s a guy that capitalizes on weak college coverages to throw over the top and needs to be a running QB to set that up. He’s like a poor man’s Cam Newton, and even the richer version is being rapidly caught up to by the league. I say the guys chances of even sticking on an NFL roster in 2015 are 50% at best.

  • tuckrulefool

    Another reason to praise the Infant!