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Coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars will play a hybrid of 4-3 and 3-4.
Expect the Jaguars' defense to resemble the Seahawks' system Bradley implemented as Seattle's defensive coordinator. This means a lot of 4-3 looks, as the Seahawks lined up in a 4-3 base package 51 percent of the time in 2012. The Seahawks often used a 4-3 "Under" defense, where the strong-side linebacker is outside the tight end and the "Leo" rushes the quarterback's blind side. Jason Babin is expected to play the "Leo" role for Jacksonville this season. Sat, Feb 23, 2013 12:05:00 PM

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Jaguars hired Bob Babich as defensive coordinator.

Babich and new head coach Gus Bradley know each other from their days with North Dakota State from 1997-2002. Babich has been in the NFL for the last ten years, spending the last nine with the Bears, and has worked mainly with linebackers along the way. Along with his linebacker coaching duties, Babich was defensive coordinator in Chicago from 2007-09. He was let go from the staff this past week when Marc Trestman was hired as head coach.
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 01:17:00 PM

Jaguars in-limbo defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is "almost certain" that he won't return to Jacksonville in 2012.

New Jags coach Gus Bradley is a defensive mind, and he may want a coordinator more submissive than well-respected Tucker, who interviewed for the head coaching job at Wisconsin just after the season. Tucker would be a nice hire for an NFL team looking to implement a successful Cover 2-style defensive scheme.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 04:48:00 PM

Jaguars hired former Seahawks DC Gus Bradley as their head coach.

New Jags GM David Caldwell wasn't waiting on his old college chum, 49ers OC Greg Roman, after all. After Bradley was spurned by the Eagles in favor of Chip Kelly, he lands on his feet with a team that arguably has just as much talent. Bradley, who broke into the NFL as a defensive assistant under Monte Kiffin with the 2006 Bucs, has overseen a Seahawks defense that went from 27th to 9th to 4th in total yardage over the last three seasons. This year, they allowed the fewest points in the league. The aggressive hybrid 4-3 maven will have a crucial decision to make on his offensive coordinator -- there are plenty of toys to work with here in the form of Maurice Jones-Drew, Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon and Marcedes Lewis.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 08:01:00 AM

Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will interview with the Jaguars Wednesday.

There was speculation that Bradley would not get out of Philadelphia on Tuesday without signing on the dotted line. But after a second interview at owner Jeffery Lurie's mansion that lasted seven hours, he's still getting on a plane for Jacksonville Wednesday. So the Eagles' drawn out search presses on and Bradley now joins a Jaguars candidate list that also includes incumbent DC Mel Tucker, Bengals OC Jay Gruden, Falcons ST coach Keith Armstrong, Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer and 49ers OC Greg Roman.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 08:22:00 AM

The Jaguars will interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their head-coaching vacancy.

That interview will take place "later in the week." Bradley is scheduled to have a second interview with the Eagles on Tuesday, so if he makes it out of that interview without the job then he'll head down to Jacksonville. Bradley joins Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer, Bengals OC Jay Gruden, incumbent DC Mel Tucker, and Falcons ST coach Keith Armstrong as known candidates for the job.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 09:28:00 PM

The Jaguars are interviewing incumbent DC Mel Tucker for their head-coaching vacancy on Monday, and will meet with Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday.

Both candidates had already been linked to the job. Tucker served as the Jaguars' interim coach after Jack Del Rio was fired in 2011, while Schottenheimer was in the mix to replace Del Rio on a permanent basis before the Jags settled on Mike Mularkey. New GM David Caldwell's coaching search has yet to produce any intriguing candidates.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 03:42:00 PM

The Jaguars will interview defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for their head-coaching vacancy.

Both ESPN South blogger Paul Kuharsky and Jaguars AP writer Mark Long concur that the Tucker interview is being performed to satisfy the Rooney Rule, and Tucker has "zero shot" at replacing Mike Mularkey. In an ideal scenario, the Jags could retain Tucker as defensive coordinator, although their new head coach will have final say on that. Tucker has been effective in the role.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 04:47:00 PM

Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, "many believe" Falcons director of college scouting Dave Caldwell will soon be named the Jaguars' GM.

The tea leaves suggest Jacksonville is very close to hiring a GM, and Caldwell looks like the favorite. Per La Canfora, 49ers OC Greg Roman would be a "strong candidate" to replace Mike Mularkey as head coach, under Caldwell's watch. Caldwell has an impressive track record of running drafts under Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff. Atlanta has also been an aggressive trading team.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 02:48:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that the University of Wisconsin is pursuing Jaguars DC Mel Tucker as its "top target" for the Badgers' head-coaching vacancy.

Tucker told reporters last week that he wasn't interested in the Wisconsin job, but the university hasn't given up hope. Tucker is tight with athletic director Barry Alvarez and was willing to meet with school officials this week. Tucker also played his college ball at Wisconsin and has "strong support from boosters" in Madison. If the Jaguars fire GM Gene Smith -- as expected -- the Tucker-to-Wisconsin connection will gain more steam.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 12:51:00 PM

The Jaguars are reportedly hoping to keep Mel Tucker as defensive coordinator after hiring Mike Mularkey to be their new head coach Tuesday.'s Alfie Crow, reliable on all things Jaguars, has a source saying Tucker is expected to stay on with Mularkey's staff. Tucker guided the Jags to a 2-3 record after taking over as interim head coach on November 29. The Jaguars' defensive coordinator since 2009, Tucker oversaw bottom-10 units in his first two seasons before vaulting the Jags to 10th in points against this year despite a number of significant injuries.
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 10:54:00 PM

Owner Wayne Weaver indicated Tuesday that he believes the Jaguars are "realistically one or two drafts and one or two free agency periods away" from competing for a Super Bowl.

Weaver does expect to have the "opportunity" to graduate to the postseason this year, but it sounds like he's giving coach Jack Del Rio plenty of leeway as long as his team doesn't crater. With another season like last year's, Del Rio's entire coaching staff should be safe through 2012.
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 03:29:00 PM

Jaguars agreed to terms with DC Mel Tucker on a one-year contract.

Reports began to surface earlier this week, presumably from Tucker's agent, that he was beginning to draw interest for other jobs around the league. That apparently helped speed up the new contract. Tucker's first priority in 2011 is to shore up a porous secondary.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 04:46:00 PM

The Jaguars will renew defensive coordinator Mel Tucker's contract for the 2011 season, and let him calls plays on defense.

Coach Jack Del Rio previously called the Jags' defensive plays, but was stripped of that role as one of the conditions on which owner Wayne Weaver would bring him back. Tucker has a good foundation throughout most of his front seven, but desperately needs improved play in the secondary. The Jaguars' defensive backs are a long bomb waiting to happen.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 12:15:00 PM

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver confirmed Monday that coach Jack Del Rio's job is safe for the 2011 season.

Del Rio has been on the hot seat for several seasons, but always is able to talk Weaver into keeping him. The Jaguars were in something of a rebuilding year in 2010, yet stayed in playoff contention until Week 17. Still, the Jags haven't gone to the postseason since 2007, managing a 20-28 record in their last three seasons. Weaver strongly indicated Monday that Del Rio won't be back in 2012 if the Jags don't make the playoffs in 2011.
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 04:02:00 PM

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