The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired defensive coordinator Bob Babich, according to a report from Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk.
This isn’t at all a surprise, as Jacksonville ranked 31st in scoring defense and finished 5-11 despite taking big steps forward on offense. Babich had been in his position since 2013 and the Jaguars had finished 27th, 26th and 24th in total defense over that stretch. Prior to arriving in Jacksonville, he had served as the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Babich thus becomes the first man to fall shortly after the team announced that coach Gus Bradley’s job was safe for next year. Just who will succeed Babich remains to be seen, but it will definitely be someone with a reputation for working well with young players and getting the best out of them, which will be key next year when 2015 first round pick Dante Fowler returns from an ACL injury.
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