Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

4-7 Jags: Why Not Think about Times to Come? del Rio Already Looking Ahead to Next Year, but Sees No Quick Fixes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

4-7 Jags: Why Not Think about Times to Come? del Rio Already Looking Ahead to Next Year, but Sees No Quick Fixes

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

Perhaps the struggling Jaguars should adopt Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow) as their new theme song.

Coach Jack Del Rio was already thinking about tomorrow on Monday in the wake of the team's 30-12 home loss to the Vikings Sunday.

The lyrics of the song that include the words, "It'll [tomorrow] soon be here. It'll be better than before," were virtually paraphrased by Del Rio.

He said things are "going to get better'' and said he'll now "look to build for next year."

Del Rio also promised changes are coming, but warned it won't be easy to turn things around.

When asked about his comment Sunday that "something was missing,'' he said: "I think what I recognize, there's not going to be any quick fix. What I recognize is that it's going to take commitment. It's going to take resolve. I have both. I have the resolve and a firm commitment to make sure that we're getting this thing turned in the right direction as we close out this year and look to build for next year. We're going to keep doing the right things for the right reasons, knowing it's going to get better.''

Del Rio is able to have that resolve because he has the security of a four-year contract extension that runs through 2012.

And he's obviously thinking of making a lot of changes.

"It's a replacement league,'' he said.

But Del Rio, who has already replaced Mike Peterson and Paul Spicer in the starting lineup, didn't seem to be planning any immediate moves this season to give the younger players a longer look.

"Only guys that we feel give us the best chance to win are going to play,'' he said. "I'm not going to do anything other than compete our very best and hardest to win games.''

Del Rio did make two minor moves Monday, cutting offensive guard Milford Brown and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy. Those moves were probably made because tight end George Wrighster and defensive end Jeremy Mincey are ready to return from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

But the major decisions are coming in the offseason.

"There is no time frame in terms of making those decisions now, the ones that'll impact next year,'' Del Rio said. …

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