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Team owner Wayne Weaver said in January that “if we’re not in the playoffs next year, there won’t be many people around here.”

Del Rio has two years remaining on his contract, but Weaver declined to extend deals for all of Del Rio’s assistants. General manager Gene Smith and his entire personnel department also are in the final year of their contracts.

“I’m fighting my honesty policy right now,” offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Thursday when asked whether he thinks about possibly being out of a job in three months.

“My personal honesty policy is under attack. It’s in the back of your mind. You can’t deny it. It’s in the back of your mind, but again, it happens to coaches at all levels all the time. It’s not like, if something bad happens, you’re never going to work again.”

Players seem resigned to what’s happening, too.

“There are some things that you have to take into consideration,” running back Maurice Jones-Drew said, explaining why he’s been so calm about the team’s offensive woes.

“Under the circumstances, it’s not time for the old me to come back out. I don’t think there will ever be a time again. There are just some circumstances that are going on in here, but we’re working on it. We’re getting better.”

But is it enough to save Del Rio?

The Jaguars haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, and with an injury to Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, the AFC South seemed wide open heading into the season. But Jacksonville is already two games behind Tennessee and Houston.

“We expect to be division champions this year,” Del Rio said. “I don’t think I can convince anybody by talking about it right now.”

Probably not.

Lewis has a better chance. He has the only two winning records in the franchise’s past 20 years, and his do-over is off to a better start than Del Rio‘s.

“We’re just trying to see if everyone can mold together and become something special like we talked during camp,” Maualuga said.