Even though Gus Bradley is safe, you don’t have the kind of record the Jaguars have lately without changes.
The shoe dropped Tuesday, as the team announced defensive coordinator Bob Babich would not return.
The Jaguars were 31st in the league in scoring defense, allowing 28.0 points per game. That overshadowed the progress they made on the other side of the ball, and helps explain a 5-11 record. But it wasn’t a one-year fluke, as the Jaguars have been really bad on defense as long as Bradley has been coaching there.
Babich was previously a defensive coordinator in Chicago with Lovie Smith, who promoted him to that post after getting rid of some guy named Ron Rivera (who could end up winning another coach of the year award soon).
But his fate in Jacksonville was basically sealed when Bradley said he’d “look at” taking over defensive play-calling himself.