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Bills announce former linebackers coach Bob Babich has retired


After 20 seasons in the NFL, Bills linebackers coach Bob Babich has retired from coaching.

Babich spent five years in Buffalo serving as the linebackers coach. During his time with the Bills, Babich helped coach a defense that ranked top five in three out of his five seasons.

He mentored linebacker Tremaine Edmunds who has had an impressive start to his four-year career by recording more than 100 tackles in each season. Babich also coached linebacker Matt Milano who landed top 10 in tackles for loss in 2021. In 2020, linebacker A.J. Klein earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week against the Chargers in Week 12. In addition, Edmunds also made his first Pro Bowl under Babich's coaching in 2019.

Before his time in Buffalo, Babich coached for the Chargers (2016), Jaguars (2013 to 2015), Bears (2004 to 2012) and Rams (2003). He served as linebackers coach, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach during those stints. Babich was selected by former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher as his presenter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Babich also spent close to 20 years in college football and coached for Tulsa, Wisconsin, Bowling Green, East Carolina, Pitt and North Dakota State. Babich was the head coach at North Dakota state from 1997 to 2002.

His son, Bobby, will take over coaching the Bills linebackers as he moves on from coaching the safeties.

Babich played an important role in helping form the identity of the Bills defense beginning in 2017 during Sean McDermott's first season as head coach.

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