Jacksonville Jaguars Bob Babich fired: 4 possible DC replacements
By Luke Sims
The Jacksonville Jaguars finally fired Bob Babich after some of the worst defensive showings in franchise history. Here we’ll look at some possible replacements.
2013 was a hell of a year for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They went 4-12 in head coach Gus Bradley’s – something that general manager Dave Caldwell likened to a miracle in his season ending press conference in 2015 – and the defense was the worst the team had ever fielded.
That 2013 was a bit of a surprise for some people, especially given Bradley’s pedigree as a defensive coordinator and position coach. But, as explained by Caldwell and Bradley, the focus was on getting some young guys playing time and on getting a solid foundation built.
The emphasis over the next two seasons was also on getting a solid foundation built, but mostly on the offensive side of the ball. Caldwell’s goal was to bring in pieces at quarterback and wide receiver and tight end that could be playmakers. It isn’t perfect, but it did lead to Blake Bortles setting franchise records as a passer in just his second season.
The focus on the offense hasn’t left the Jaguars a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but the talent level has certainly improved from the absolutely miserable 2012 and 2013 units. So it was surprising to see the 2015 Jaguars struggle so much trying to field Bradley’s defense under defensive coordinator Bob Babich who was essentially brought in by Bradley to make his defense work.
It was so bad that the 2015 Jaguars finished just one point shy of the franchise-worst 449 points allowed in 2013. Miraculously, the point differential from 2013 (-202, a franchise worst) was cut down to just -72 in 2015, largely due to the offense’s new productivity.
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The two worst outings in franchise defensive history predictable led to
Babich’s dismissal on January fifth
. The Jacksonville Jaguars will be going in a different direction as they re-stock the talent pool for whoever takes over as DC.
There are some quality candidates out there to be called upon as defensive coordinator for the Jaguars going forward. We’ll look at some of the best as of the time of this writing. Some of them may be dream scenarios (especially if the coach is looking for a head coaching gig) but really anybody could come down as the Jaguars are seen as an up and coming contender.
Note: this is purely hypothetical and no rumors have come out yet on who the Jacksonville Jaguars may be bringing in.
Let’s dive in.
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