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Buffalo Bills promote Bobby Babich to defensive coordinator

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The Bills have named Bobby Babich as Buffalo's defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.

Babich's promotion to DC comes after spending the last two seasons as the team's linebacker's coach where he played a crucial role in the development of LB's Matt Milano, Terrel Bernard and Tyrel Dodson during the span. 

Babich has been in the Bills organization since 2017, starting out as an assistant defensive backs coach. In 2018, Babich was named the safeties position coach and worked in that role for four seasons.

Buffalo's secondary was one of the top position groups in the league under the direction of Babich. In 2020, the Bills finished third in the NFL in takeaways (25) and seventh in interceptions (15).

In 2021, the Bills defense ranked first in total defense, as well as first in passing yards and passing yards per play. S Jordan Poyer was named a first team All-Pro and S Micah Hyde earned second team All-Pro honors during that season. 

Before the 2022 season, Babich moved over to become the Bills linebacker coach and helped Matt Milano turn in a first team All-Pro season. Milano led the Bills with 12.5 tackles for loss while totaling 99 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

This past season, Babich was instrumental in the development of second year linebacker Terrel Bernard who won the position battle for starting MLB alongside OLB Matt Milano. When Milano suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 5, Babich aided in the development of fourth-year LB Tyrel Dodson and rookie LB Dorian Williams to step in for Milano. 

Bernard in particular was a breakout player for the Bills and ranked first on the team in tackles (143), third in tackles for a loss (10) and fourth in sacks (6.5).

Buffalo's offensive and defensive coordinator roles for the 2024 season are now both filled with the hiring of Joe Brady as the OC announced last weekend.

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