JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- It's been a busy day for the NFL's Jaguars. They fired coach Jack Del Rio, replaced him on an interim basis with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, signed general manager Gene Smith to a new three-year contract extension and announced the franchise was being sold to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan.
Del Rio's job security had been tenuous since owner Wayne Weaver said the coach needed to make the playoffs to secure a 10th season in Jacksonville. The Jags' loss to Houston on Sunday dropped them to 3-8.
Del Rio leaves with a 69-73 record, including a 1-2 mark in two playoff appearances
The timing of the move makes sense. The Jags are struggling to sell tickets, and host a Monday night game against a 4-7 San Diego team that's lost six straight.
Khan was a candidate to buy controlling interest in the St. Louis Rams last year.