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Jaguars hire Bob Babich, Jedd Fisch as coordinators

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Two days after being hired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gus Bradley has filled both coordinator positions on his coaching staff.

The Jaguars announced Saturday they have hired former Chicago Bears linebacker coach Bob Babich as defensive coordinator and University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch as offensive coordinator.

Both Babich and Fisch have prior experience coaching alongside Bradley. Babich was the head coach at North Dakota State from 1997-2002 while Bradley served as a defensive assistant. Fisch served as quarterbacks coach of the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 with Bradley acting as defensive coordinator.

Babich spent the last nine years in Chicago as a member of Lovie Smith’s coaching staff. Fisch left Seattle after the 2010 season to take the offensive coordinator position at Miami.

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27 Responses to “Jaguars hire Bob Babich, Jedd Fisch as coordinators”
  1. Gordon says: Jan 19, 2013 6:12 PM

    Banish was handed a stud defense in Chicago the year after they went to the Super Bowl & did an awful job. Lovie demoted him & became his own DC. Maybe he’s learned something since them, but it doesn’t bode we’ll for him.

  2. northshorejag says: Jan 19, 2013 6:14 PM

    Khan you dig it!

  3. cadillacjosh says: Jan 19, 2013 6:15 PM

    Babich had an awful term as DC in Chicago. But as a linebacker’s coach he’s pretty good.

  4. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    If I’m a Jags fan, I’m not confident in the future.

  5. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    Bob Babich! Hahaha!

    The Bears had a Top 5 defense in 2005 and 2006 under Ron Rivera. They slumped badly in 2007 and 2008 under Babich, who was promoted because he waa friends with Lovie Smith!

    Good luck guys!

  6. LilTmac2003 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:22 PM

    Woah. Don’t know why people are bashing on Bob Babich.

    He wasn’t that bad. He had one ‘not-so-super’ with Chicago, but he was a really solid LBs coach.

    This dude was behing Briggs + Urlacher all those years. Both LBs have raved about him. I’m going to miss him.

    Wish him the best. Hopefully Mel Tucker can come in and maintain our D at a high level.

  7. tooz72 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:25 PM

    they also hired Khan’s mustache as defensive backs coach

  8. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 19, 2013 6:28 PM

    Looks like all of the strategic moves now are in place to make a serious run at the playoffs…in 2034.

  9. echoplex89 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:30 PM

    Banish was awful as DC in Chi.

    He got the job because he’s Lovie’s closest friend in all of football.

    Heck, they’re brothers in law.

  10. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 19, 2013 6:32 PM

    As strange as this seems this move just ruined both teams. Odd.

  11. andrewlucksneard says: Jan 19, 2013 6:33 PM

    Talent doesn’t matter when new coaches hire assistants…only familiarity and loyalty

  12. silverhornet says: Jan 19, 2013 6:58 PM

    what about Matt Flynn to Jacksonville?

  13. thatneuneu says: Jan 19, 2013 7:02 PM

    Some odd names being hired there…lets try special teams coach Roz Zonderberg, Offensive quality control coach Lincoln VonLarryson. Are these the names that will steer this ship to LA?

  14. liddogg33 says: Jan 19, 2013 7:17 PM

    Gus what are you thinking man??? Your gonna be back coaching the Seattle secondary in a matter of a year or so.. Absolutely TERRIBLE hires to go alongside a TERRIBLE ROSTER. Gus your the man but i dont think you couldnt have made a worse decision with taking this job!! ( well other then the decision to hire these two clowns)

    GO HAWKS!!!

  15. daggolden says: Jan 19, 2013 7:23 PM

    Gus Bradley will be running the defense.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 19, 2013 7:24 PM

    Gobble, gobble, turkey jive. There isn’t an iota of difference between the “talent” of coaches around the league. Pretty much all of them have good times and bad times. Pretty much all of them do the same thing. Dirk Koetter gets canned in Jax for having the worst offense in the league, turns up in Atlanta and has the best. Or one of the best at least. Did he suddenly become a great coach at 50, or whatever?

    Babich and Fisch aren’t different from the guys who went before them in Jacksonville, or any of the other 60 odd people around the league who occupy the same jobs in other cities.

  17. coltzfan166 says: Jan 19, 2013 7:31 PM

    As a Colts fan, these hires make me
    very happy.

  18. apistolpeteproduction says: Jan 19, 2013 7:56 PM

    For all the bears fans laughing that the Jags got Babich, remind yourselves your new D coordinator Mel Tucker just took 3 consecutive years worth of dumps on our defense. You will love his bend and then break philosophy. When NFL players make fun of your generic scheme now instead of ours, I will not be hating life. I will be with 65000+ other Jaguars fans watching us finally attempt playing real defense. You all have fun getting 10 sacks a year as a team.

  19. northshorejag says: Jan 19, 2013 8:19 PM

    i can only imagine what the fans of this site would have been saying when pats hired that idiot DC from the Jets who already failed in Cleveland

  20. hooterdawg says: Jan 19, 2013 8:23 PM

    The only thing that will save Bradley and his high school staff from ridicule is bringing Tebow to town.

  21. therealtrenches says: Jan 19, 2013 9:05 PM

    Gus was hired a full day after chip Kelly and yet his staff is almost entirely set while there has been no news whatsoever that the newcomer Kelly has hired any assistants. Any eagles fans getting worried?

  22. catfanatic1979v1 says: Jan 19, 2013 11:25 PM

    I hope Bradley hits some home runs with the rest of his staff because these are some head scratchers.

  23. pftfannum1 says: Jan 20, 2013 1:15 AM

    Without a good group of talents, most coaches fail. Few exceptions where great coaches can succeed with a bad roster (as Jags.) Few coaches tank with a great roster like in Dallas.

  24. dabears2485 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:21 AM

    I’m gonna guess that Gus Bradley will have a huge hand in the defensive playcalling. At least, Jaguars fans better hope so. Babich was terrible as a DC in Chicago with the same top-5 personnel that Ron Rivera had success with. Maybe he learned a thing or two, but I wouldn’t have hired him as anything but an LB coach.

  25. razzlejag says: Jan 20, 2013 8:47 AM

    Hard to get a good read on these moves by the Jaguars. Koetter The Bum leaves and becomes Koetter The Genius; Tucker The Solid DC leaves and becomes Tucker The Bum. Same with the new guys coming in- some see them as bums, others see them as extremely competent.

    There’s nowhere for the Jaguars to go but up and all these new faces and new energy have the fan base excited finally. I don’t know if they’ll ever be “elite” or even”any good” but at least it’s beginning to look like a pretty good ride.

  26. crazybeardedjack says: Jan 20, 2013 10:29 AM

    Babich got the job at my alma mater when they were Division 2 power and ran the program into the ground before he was fired. They’ve since turned the program around and have won 2 straight FCS Championships.

    Babich went to Chicago because he and Lovie were buddies at Tulsa. He coached linebackers, which were loaded, so he didn’t have to do anything but watch. He was promoted to the DC job in 2007 and ran that defense into the ground before being demoted.

    I was glad that Gus got the Jax job, but hiring Babich gives me zero confidence in his success.

  27. 561bengal says: Jan 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    Good coaching choices. Now draft some talent!

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