June 24, 2024

Brian Daboll, the New York Giants’ head coach, is still seeking for a defensive coordinator to replace Wink Martindale and has looked back in his history for a possible option.

According to an NFL Network story, the Giants have asked permission to talk with Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Bobby Babich.

Babich, 40, began coaching at Kent State in 2006 as a graduate assistant. Five years later, in 2011, he obtained his first NFL job as an administrative assistant for the Carolina Panthers coaching staff. Babich joined the Panthers as a defensive assistant the following year.

Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale and the New York Giants part ways -  Victoria Times Colonist

In 2013, he joined the Cleveland Browns as an assistant defensive backs coach for three seasons. Following the 2015 season, he returned to college, serving as FIU’s secondary coach and defensive pass game coordinator before returning to the NFL in 2017 with the Bills, first as an assistant defensive backs coach for a season, then four years as the safeties coach and two years (2022-2023) as the linebackers coach.

Babich, who has never served as a defensive coordinator at any level of coaching, worked under former Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who was on Daboll’s staff at the time.

Babich is the son of Bob Babich, who coached at both the college and professional levels from 1984 to 2021, with his lone head coaching experience coming at North Dakota State from 1997-2002. Bob Babich also served as defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2007 to 2008 and the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013 to 2015, before completing his coaching career with his son on Sean McDermott’s Buffalo Bills staff.

The younger Babich is the sixth candidate linked to the Giants’ defensive coordinator post, which became available after Martindale resigned. Other candidates for the position include Miami Dolphins linebackers coach Anthony Campanile, Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, Giants defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson, Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley, and Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Shane Bowen.


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