‘He’s My Guy’: What’s Chase Young Think of Commanders Coach Jack Del Rio?
Del Rio apologised for calling the January 6th incident at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. “dust-up.” ”
Everyone gets to have an opinion on Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, so much under fire that some of his critics are calling for his firing. But that doesn’t mean that everyone’s opinion is important.
ESPN’s notes, that defensive star and team leader Chase Young views Del Rio as – pending Young this Wednesday at minicamp saying otherwise – “He’s mine guy.” This is a powerful and important fact which belies the assumption that Del Rio’s controversial views (for whom he has since apologized) will cause division in the locker room.
What if the Washington Commands assistant doesn’t just have the support of his bosses, along with a scolding or a fine, but also the support from the players in his locker? What if D-line star Jonathan Allen’s view is the dominant one? He told NBC Sports Washington that he doesn’t care what his bosses think, as long as he shows himself every day and works hard. That’s what I expect from my defensive coordinator. “
Del Rio apologised for calling the January 6 incident at Washington’s Capitol Building a “dust up” during a media interview.
On Thursday, and Friday, in addition to Del Rio issuing a apology ,, he was also fined by Ron Rivera.
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“I met with Coach Del Rio to express how disappointed I am in his comments on Wednesday,” Rivera’s statement reads. Rivera’s statement reads, “His comments don’t reflect the organization’s views and are extremely harmful to our great community here at the DMV… As a citizen of the United States, he has the right to express his opinion. But words have consequences, and his words caused a lot of hurt in our community. “
Rivera’s statement included the note that the Washington Commanders‘ fine of Del Rio will be donated to the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
Is that enough?
The NAACP is calling for Del Rio’s job, the organization’s president, Derrick Johnson, terming Del Rio’s view “twisted,” and adding, “You can’t coach a majority Black team while turning your back on the Black community. It’s time for you to pack up and step off the field.”
From former Seahawks star Doug Baldwin: “Jack Del Rio is an ignorant, ignorant man. That is all I can say about it. Protesting against the murder is not the same thing as trying to overthrow an elected official. While vandalism is not a crime, let’s not pretend that they are. “
From Brian Mitchell, a former Washington standout: “You have all these issues right now with the Washington Commanders, and [Del Rio] is constantly trying to make waves due to stupidity.” And you wonder why that team wasn’t disciplined last year, because your damn leader that’s leading your defense is not disciplined.”
Mitchell, Baldwin and the NAACP may have a point. Mitchell, Baldwin, and the NAACP don’t belong in the Washington locker and they don’t represent it. Chase Young is a leader among the many who are. As they wait for Del Rio to address the team on Tuesday night, perhaps we should count their opinions as valuable as well.
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