Taking a look at how well Jack Del Rio has done after the bye
With the Oakland Raiders shocking the NFL and looking nothing like the team who won 12 games just a year ago, there has been a lot of focus on Jack Del Rio and his coaching staff. It makes sense considering the Raiders improved their roster during the offseason with the only major change to the team coming at the offensive coordinator position.
But at the same time, it’s clear that players on the team, Derek Carr in particular, haven’t been playing as well as they did in 2016. This has led to a chicken vs. egg argument about what is more to blame. Are players not being put in a position to succeed? Is the scheme good but the players are failing to execute?
It’s hard if not possible to know for sure, but we should have a big piece of evidence to look at when the Raiders return from their bye week.
How a team plays after the bye week has often been seen as a big indicator for the quality of a head coach. Take Andy Reid for example, who is seen as a very good coach and in part because he has done so well after the bye. That’s because a bye week gives coaches twice as much time to prepare for their next opponent. Thus, the thought is that a good coach knows how to take advantage of that extra time and put together a winning game plan.
So, how has Jack Del Rio done after the bye week during his head coaching career? Let’s take a look:
2015 – Win
2016 – Win
2003 – Loss
2004 – Win
2005 – Loss
2006 – Loss
2007 – Win
2008 – Loss
2009 – Loss
2010 – Win
2011 – Win
As the Raiders head coach, Del Rio is undefeated in the past two seasons after the bye week. But when he was in Jacksonvile, his record wasn’t so good. In nine seasons as the Jaguars head coach, Del Rio was 4-5 after the bye. That’s not terrible, but it’s also not very inspiring. Add his two wins after the bye as the head coach in Oakland and Del Rio gets just over .500 on his career. Again, that’s not bad, but it’s also not very inspiring.
And that, I think, is a pretty solid parallel to what many see in Del Rio as a head coach in general. He’s not bad, in fact he’s fairly solid. But he isn’t great. And unfortunately, in order to achieve greatness as a team, you’re going to need a great head coach.