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Bob Babich
Defensive Coordinator


Bob Babich was named defensive coordinator for the Jaguars on January 19, 2013. Babich has 31 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons in the NFL as an assistant and six as a head coach on the collegiate level.

Bob Babich was named defensive coordinator for the Jaguars on January 19, 2013. Babich has 31 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons in the NFL as an assistant and six as a head coach on the collegiate level.

In his first season with the Jaguars, Babich directed a unit that improved throughout the season.  The defense improved from 11 sacks in the first eight games to 20 in the second half of the season, 26th in the NFL in takeaways to 13th, 31st to 4th in average per rush and 32nd to 11th in rushing yards per game.  Rookies combined to make 35 starts on defense including 15 starts by 2013 second-round draft pick Johnathan Cyprien who totaled 98 tackles, the most among all rookie defensive backs. Linebacker Paul Posluszny led the team with 161 tackles and was named to his first career Pro Bowl.

Babich spent nine seasons (2004-12) with the Chicago Bears where he served six years as linebackers coach and three as defensive coordinator under head coach Lovie Smith. The Bears won three NFC North titles and advanced to the postseason three times. Babich was initially hired as linebackers coach in his first season and added the title of assistant head coach for the 2006 season in which the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2007, a title he held for three seasons. He served as the club’s linebackers coach for his final three seasons.

In Babich’s nine years with Chicago, the Bears linebacker corps was arguably the most productive in the NFL with Lance Briggs (7) and Brian Urlacher (4) combining to make 11 Pro Bowls. Urlacher was named the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2007 he became just the third player in franchise history to record five sacks and five interceptions in a single season. Briggs is one of four Bears linebackers to be selected to seven straight Pro Bowls joining Hall of Famers Mike Singletary, Dick Butkus and Bill George. Either Urlacher or Briggs led the Bears in tackles in each of Babich’s nine seasons with the team, Briggs in 2004 (168), 2008 (136), 2009 (147), 2011 (147) and 2012 (128) and Urlacher in 2005 (171), 2006 (185), 2007 (158) and 2010 (146).

Babich began his NFL coaching career in 2003 with the St. Louis Rams as linebackers coach. The Rams improved from 22nd to first in the NFL with 46 takeaways, including a NFL-high 22 fumble recoveries. The Rams ranked fourth in in the NFL in sacks in 2003, up from seventh in 2002.

Prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks, Babich spent 19 years as a college coach of which the final six were as a head coach. Babich served six seasons as head coach at North Dakota State University (1997-2002) where Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley served as assistant under him. Babich earned a 46-22 career mark by posting five winning seasons with two NCAA Division II playoff appearances. The Bison were 9-2 in the regular season in his first year in 1997 and 12-1 in 2000, reaching the national semifinals before losing to the eventual national champion, Delta State.  Babich’s son, Bobby, played for his dad as a freshman at NDSU.

A native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Babich began his career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Tulsa, from 1984-87 and later returned in 1991 for one season as a volunteer assistant coach/offensive line. He spent two seasons as an assistant at Wisconsin, one as an assistant offensive line coach (1988) and one as tight ends coach (1989). He coached linebackers at Bowling Green (1991) and East Carolina (1992-93) before spending three seasons at Pittsburgh in the same capacity from 1994-96.

Babich played two seasons at Mesa Community College before transferring to the University of Tulsa for his final two seasons. He and his wife, Nancy, have one son, Bobby, one daughter, Janie, daughter in law, Lacey, son-in-law Cameron, granddaughters Lainey Marie and CharlieJane, and grandson, Bray.

COACHING BACKGROUND:  Tulsa 1984-1987, 1990, Wisconsin 1988-89, Bowling Green 1991, East Carolina 1992-93, Pittsburgh 1994-96, North Dakota State 1997-2002 (head coach), St. Louis Rams 2003, Chicago Bears 2004-12, Jacksonville Jaguars 2013-14.

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