The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted Todd Wash to the position of defensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reported there would be a press conference announcing the news Friday. The team announced the move on Friday.
Wash served as the team's defensive line coach and run-game coordinator this past season.
The Jaguars notched 36.0 sacks in 2015, tied for 20th in the NFL, and gave up 106.8 rushing yards per contest, 15th in the league. After Jacksonville finished 27th in run defense the year before, however, Wash's impact was felt in his new role.
Wash will replace Bob Babich, who was fired this offseason. According to O'Halloran (via Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union), before the Jags decided on Wash, "[head coach Gus] Bradley interviewed three outside candidates—defensive backs coaches Marquand Manuel (Atlanta), Lou Anarumo (Miami) and Jerome Henderson (Dallas) and veteran NFL coach Jim Schwartz, who was then hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as defensive coordinator."
Wash has been with Jacksonville since 2013, when Bradley hired him to coach the defensive line. Bradley and Wash have been together for quite some time, as they served on the same coaching staffs at North Dakota State (2002-03), with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2007) and with the Seattle Seahawks (2011-12).
Wash began his NFL coaching career with the Bucs in 2007, remaining in Tampa Bay through the 2010 season.
His rise through the ranks has been a fast one, as Rapoport noted, though the amount of time Wash has coached alongside Bradley surely adds to the confidence the head coach has in him. Wash has a lot of work to do, however, as he'll be tasked with improving a young defense that finished 24th in yards and 31st in yards allowed per game in 2015.
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