Report: Bills linebackers coach Bob Babich to retire

Babich's son, Bobby, will reportedly take over for his dad in Buffalo

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Bob Babich is retiring, and WGR has learned that his position will be filled by his son, Bobby Babich.

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The news of Babich retiring was first reported by Aaron Wilson from Pro Football Network.

The 60-year old Babich has been the team’s linebackers coach since 2017, joining Sean McDermott’s staff right after he was hired as head coach of the Bills.

Babich began his coaching career in 1984 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater of Tulsa, where played linebacker. After two stints there, as well as stops at Wisconsin, Bowling Green, and East Carolina, his first job as a coach in the National Football League came with the Pittsburgh Steelers when he joined Bill Cowher’s staff in 1994.

Babich returned to college and became the head coach at North Dakota State University from 1997 through 2002, where his teams went 46–22 overall.

After one year with the St. Louis Rams, Babich became the linebackers coach for the Chicago Bears in 2004 and was eventually elevated to defensive coordinator. He also held the title of assistant head coach in Chicago.

Under Babich, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. Urlacher chose Babich to present him when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

A native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Babich also coached on the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers staffs before joining the Bills.

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Bobby Babich now moves from safeties coach to linebackers coach, replacing his father. Like his father, he’s been a member of the Bills’ coaching staff since 2017, serving as the team’s assistant defensive backs coach before getting promoted to safeties coach in 2018.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma native began his coaching career in 2006 as a graduate assistant at Kent State. After one season there and two at Eastern Illinois, he joined the Carolina Panthers as an administrative assistant to the coaching staff before being promoted to assistant defensive backs coach.

Babich spent three years on the Cleveland Browns' staff coaching defensive backs, then returned to college to work at Edinboro and Florida International before coming to Buffalo.

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