NFL News: Raiders Sign Coach Jack Del Rio To Four-Year Deal
In NFL news, the Oakland Raiders are starting the off-season by giving Coach Jack Del Rio a four-year deal after he guided the team to its first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. There are no exact details about the new contract yet.
In a statement on the Raiders' website, team Owner Mark Davis said, "The Raiders have torn up Jack Del Rio's original contract and rewarded him with a new four-year deal. We are excited to continue building on the strong foundation that has been established and this is a significant step in achieving that goal."
Del Rio's first year with the Raiders was in the 2015 season, where they finished with a 7-9 record, which extended their playoff drought to 13 years. However, with the help of quarterback Derek Carr and defensive end Kahlil Mack, they've had a major turnaround over the previous season.
The Raiders, powered by Del Rio, Carr, and Mack, ended the 2016 regular season with a 12-4 record, booking their first ticket to the playoffs in 14 years. Carr's injury prevented them from extending their postseason journey as they fell to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round, but still, it was a big step in the right direction.
According to ESPN, Del Rio's work in the 2016 season helped him rank fourth for the Coach of the Year award. Just above him were the Dallas Cowboys' Jason Garrett, the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, and the Miami Dolphins' Adam Gase. Garrett led the Cowboys to an NFC East championship, while Belichick once again helped the Pats win another Super Bowl (LI). Meanwhile, Gase is a similar case to Del Rio as they both ended the playoff droughts of their respective teams. The Dolphins' playoff game in 2016 was the first for them in eight years.
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