Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio smiles on the...

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio smiles on the sidelines during an game against the Baltimore Ravens in Jacksonville, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2011) Credit: AP

Since the firing of Lane Kiffin as the USC head coach, speculation has focused on Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as a potential successor. While Del Rio has been non-committal on the subject, saying only that he's concentrating on the game against the Cowboys, he's a logical candidate.

Del Rio was a USC linebacker, and his head-coaching experience in Jacksonville makes him an attractive candidate to take over the struggling program. But Del Rio might want to bide his time on this one, because the way the Broncos are playing, he might be a candidate for a future NFL opening. And you know there will be plenty of those by the time the season's over.

The best thing for Del Rio to do now is to say nothing about the job and help the Broncos' defense, which has played brilliantly despite the absence of suspended linebacker Von Miller and fellow pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, who went to the Ravens as a free agent after a paperwork problem prevented the Broncos from re-signing him.

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