Del Rio Says Dirk Koetter Didn't Want A Timeout

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars watches the action during the game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on November 27, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Jaguars had themselves in a situation against the Houston Texans late, where if they converted a 4th-and-2 it's possible the drive could have continued with a chance to tie the football game. Luke McCown and the Jaguars offense rushed to the line, in lieu of calling a time out, and got a play off. The pass from McCown fell incomplete and the Texans were able to kneel the clock out. Many fans in the stands, on Twitter, and in the comments post game wondered why the Jaguars didn't call a time out in that situation and instead chose to rush a play off on such a critical down.

Dirk Koetter didn't want to call a timeout, apparently.

"I asked [offensive coordinator] Dirk [Koetter] do you want a timeout there and he said no. That's why," Del Rio said after the game. This once again looks like Del Rio quasi-throwing someone else under the bus, but he wasn't. I'm told however, that Koetter in fact did not want a timeout on the play. Koetter had caught the Texans defense in "zero" coverage and a time out would have let them adjust. Koetter was trying to catch them in "zero" coverage, but the play simply wasn't executed.

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