Today, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that they have fired defensive coordinator Bob Babich. The move comes on the same day that one of the Jaguars’ division rivals, the Indianapolis Colts, fired their defensive coordinator.
According to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metic, the Jaguars had the 26th-best defense in the league last season. Jacksonville missed some vital defensive players due to injury this season: last year’s third overall draft pick, Dante Fowler, Jr., missed the entire season after tearing his ACL during a spring practice session. Also, defensive lineman Sen’Derrick Marks, who was named to the NFL Top 100 this past offseason, was limited to just four games played in 2015 due to a combination of injuries.
In the previous two seasons in which Babich coordinated the Jaguars’ defense, the team finished 20th and 28th overall in terms of DVOA. Babich had previously been the head coach at North Dakota State, where Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley had worked as his defensive coordinator.
The Jaguars own the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, marking the fifth straight season that the Jaguars are picking in the top five.