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Bills promote linebackers coach Bobby Babich to defensive coordinator

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Bobby Babich was promoted to defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.

Babich, who has been a member of the Bills coaching staff since 2017, had reportedly received interview requests for defensive coordinator jobs around the NFL before Tuesday’s promotion, including with the Miami Dolphins. He takes over the Bills defensive coordinator position that was vacant in the 2023 season, as head coach Sean McDermott took over playcalling duties following Leslie Frazier’s exit.

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The 40-year-old began his tenure in Buffalo as an assistant defensive backs coach before moving to safeties coach from 2018 to 2021. He had been the team’s linebackers coach since 2022. Prior to the Bills, Babich spent time on the Browns and Panthers coaching staffs, as well as multiple college programs.

It is currently unclear if Babich will call defensive plays. McDermott said he was comfortable in his role as play-caller and that it will be evaluated going forward during his end-of-season press conference on Jan. 23.

“I felt like overall it was knocking some rust off early, maybe just getting back into the seat of doing it again, but I felt very comfortable back in that position and certainly more work on one’s plate when you do that, when you take on a dual role like that,” McDermott said. “And that will be evaluated as I go forward here and we go forward.”

During the 2023 regular season, the Bills defense ranked fourth in points allowed per game (18.7), third in takeaways (30) and fourth in sacks (54) under McDermott’s play-calling.

Babich has largely been credited with the development of middle linebacker Terrel Bernard, who made a significant leap and became a key starter for the Bills this past season. Additionally, linebacker Matt Milano’s best season as a pro came in 2022 with Babich as his position coach, during which the 29-year-old was named to his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro team.

​ BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Bobby Babich was promoted to defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.

Babich, who has been a member of the Bills coaching staff since 2017, had reportedly received interview requests for defensive coordinator jobs around the NFL before Tuesday’s promotion, including with the Miami Dolphins. He takes over the Bills defensive coordinator position that was vacant in the 2023 season, as head coach Sean McDermott took over playcalling duties following Leslie Frazier’s exit.
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The 40-year-old began his tenure in Buffalo as an assistant defensive backs coach before moving to safeties coach from 2018 to 2021. He had been the team’s linebackers coach since 2022. Prior to the Bills, Babich spent time on the Browns and Panthers coaching staffs, as well as multiple college programs.

It is currently unclear if Babich will call defensive plays. McDermott said he was comfortable in his role as play-caller and that it will be evaluated going forward during his end-of-season press conference on Jan. 23.

“I felt like overall it was knocking some rust off early, maybe just getting back into the seat of doing it again, but I felt very comfortable back in that position and certainly more work on one’s plate when you do that, when you take on a dual role like that,” McDermott said. “And that will be evaluated as I go forward here and we go forward.”

During the 2023 regular season, the Bills defense ranked fourth in points allowed per game (18.7), third in takeaways (30) and fourth in sacks (54) under McDermott’s play-calling.

Babich has largely been credited with the development of middle linebacker Terrel Bernard, who made a significant leap and became a key starter for the Bills this past season. Additionally, linebacker Matt Milano’s best season as a pro came in 2022 with Babich as his position coach, during which the 29-year-old was named to his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro team.

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