Having finished his third season with the Jaguars, Todd Wash was promoted to defensive coordinator on January 22, 2016. Wash originally joined the team when he was named defensive line coach on January 28, 2013. Wash and Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley were on the same staffs in Seattle (2011-12) and Tampa Bay (2007). They also coached together at North Dakota State (2002-03), where they both played collegiately.
Under the guidance of Wash, the Jaguars’ rush defense has shown steady improvement over the past three seasons. The team ranked 15th (106.8) in opponent rushing yards per game in 2015, an improvement from 27th (127.1) in 2014. The Jaguars also ranked fifth in opponent rushing average (3.68), up from 12th (4.07) in 2014. In addition, DL Jared Odrick led the team with 5.5 sacks, while DE Andre Branch and DT Roy Miller III had 4.0 sacks apiece. Since Wash joined the team in 2013, the Jaguars defense has led the NFL with 28.0 sack-fumbles, including a league-high 12.0 sack-fumbles in 2014. Jacksonville’s defense tied for the NFL’s fourth-most sack-fumbles (8.0) in 2015, trailing only New England (10.0), N.Y. Jets (9.0) and Philadelphia (9.0). In addition, the Jaguars defense has produced five fumble recovery TDs since 2013, tied with Atlanta, Dallas, Green Bay, Kansas City, New England and St. Louis for the most in the NFL.
Wash has also tutored a productive pass rush. The Jaguars ranked sixth in the NFL with 45.0 sacks in 2014, the fourth-most in franchise history and most since 2005. Among the 45.0 sacks, 37.0 were credited to defensive linemen. The Jaguars forced five fumbles in Week 12 at Indianapolis, the most in single-game franchise history. Sixth-year DT Sen’Derrick Marks had the best statistical season of his career, totaling 8.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 16 QB hits. Veteran DE Chris Clemons registered eight sacks and second-year DE Ryan Davis notched a career-high 6.5 sacks. In Wash’s first year with the Jaguars in 2013, the club improved their sack total from 20.0 in 2012 to 31.0 and totaled 19.0 sacks in the last seven games.
Wash coached the Seahawks defensive line from 2011-12 and helped the unit rank sixth in the NFL in yards per game (319.2), third in fewest points allowed (17.5), first in opponents passer rating (73.2) and fifth in takeaways (62) during that span. The Seahawks registered an 11-5 regular season record in 2012, the third-best mark in franchise history, and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs. The Seahawks led the NFL by allowing a franchise-record low 15.3 points per game and ranked fourth in total defense (306.2 yards per game).
Wash entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Buccaneers, where he spent four seasons (2007-10), serving the last three as defensive line coach. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Wash had two stints (2002-03, 2005-06) as an assistant coach at his alma mater, North Dakota State. While with the Bison, Wash coached the defensive line and coordinated the run defense. In between appointments at NDSU, he spent the 2004 season as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Missouri Southern State. Wash began his coaching career at Fort Lewis College in 1996 as defensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach/defensive coordinator for three seasons (1997-99). He worked as defensive coordinator at Nebraska-Kearney from 2000-01. A two-time All-North Central Conference outside linebacker at North Dakota State, Wash played on two national championship teams with the Bison in 1988 and 1990. A preseason All-American and team captain in 1991, he had a tryout as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Oilers in 1992. He holds two degrees from NDSU, including a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1994) and a master’s in athletic administration (1996).
Wash, born July 19, 1968, and his wife, Darci, have two daughters, Alyssa and Jenae, and one son, Marcus. Darci was an All-America basketball player at NDSU and played on three national championship teams. She was inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
COACHING BACKGROUND: Fort Lewis College 1996, Fort Lewis College 1997-99 (head coach), Nebraska-Kearney 2000-01, North Dakota State 2002-03, 2005-06, Missouri Southern State 2004, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007-10, Seattle Seahawks 2011-12, Jacksonville Jaguars 2013-16.