Associated Press, Published January 19 2013
Jaguars hire Fisch, former NDSU coach Babich as coordinatorsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – New Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley turned to former colleagues for his first two hires.
Bradley hired Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to the same position Saturday, charging him with remodeling one of the league’s worst offenses. And Bradley hired longtime Chicago Bears assistant Bob Babich as defensive coordinator.
Fisch spent the past two years as Miami’s play-caller and quarterbacks coach, and his pro-style offense was consistently one of the most efficient in the country. The Hurricanes made significant progress in his second season, gaining 63.3 yards more a game and improving their scoring average by nearly a touchdown.
Babich has 29 years of coaching experience, including 10 in the NFL and six as a college head coach at North Dakota State from 1997-2002. With Bradley - a former North Dakota State defensive coordinator - coming from a defensive background, he’s likely to take a hands-on approach with a unit that ranked 30th in the league last season and last in sacks.
Babich spent the past nine seasons (2004-12) in Chicago, six years as linebackers coach and three as defensive coordinator. He also served as linebackers coach for St. Louis in 2003.