Former USC linebacker Jack Del Rio was asked about the USC job today. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.
“I’m gonna channel some Mike Tomlin right now. Did he shut it down or what? Mike’s a beauty. I feel really good about being a defensive coordinator in the NFL, and I like my job.”
The difference is Del Rio really, really wants the USC job.
Here is what he said in 2019 about USC.
“If and when there ever was anything, yeah I would be interested.”
And when he came back to USC for his Hall of Fame induction in 2015, I asked him if he was interested after Pat Haden spoke to him in 2013.
“I still want that job,” Del Rio said. “Just kidding.”
Del Rio was the Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator when he interviewed with USC, and assumed interim coach duties when then-coach John Fox underwent surgery.
“It would have been an honor. I don’t think the timing worked,” he said. “They needed a coach (right away). They needed someone to recruit.”
So yes, he wants it.