Defensive coordinator Bob Babich has been fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars after three seasons with the team.
Following the Jaguars' season finale against the Houston Texans on Sunday, head coach Gus Bradley said (per the team's official website) he would wait to speak with his staff before making any final decisions.
Until I get a chance to do that, I won’t be able to provide any insight into what’s taking place. As coaches, we have to dig deep. Our central theme is compete. That’s what we need to do this offseason. We have a lot of areas we can build on and some weaknesses we have to get straightened out. That’s what we’ll devote all of our attention to.
|Jaguars' Key Defensive Rankings Under Babich (2013-15)|
|Points Allowed Per Game||26th (2014; 25.8)|
|Yards Allowed Per Game||24th (2015; 375.0)|
|Sacks||T6 (2014; 45)|
|Turnovers||24th (2014; 20)|
This was Jacksonville's most successful season (5-11) since 2011, with many young players on offense taking a step forward that give the franchise options to build around. Second-year quarterback Blake Bortles set a franchise record with 4,428 yards and 35 touchdown passes.
Wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns became the first Jaguars duo since 2001 with over 1,000 receiving yards.
The defense has to start showing improvement so those young offensive skill players are putting up huge numbers in Jacksonville while the team is competing for a playoff spot.
The Jaguars aren't far away from contending in the AFC South, which Houston won this year with just nine wins. Finding consistency on offense and showing signs of improvement on defense will help them get there.
Babich was given time to work with the unit and never showed signs of helping to fix things. Bradley will have to do a thorough search to make sure the next defensive coordinator is a coach who can handle X's and O's, as well as help develop the young talent to keep the franchise moving forward.
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