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Colts, Jaguars fire defensive coordinators

Chuck Pagano may be sticking around in Indianapolis for the long haul - or at least, for the next four years - as is general manager Ryan Gr


Chuck Pagano may be sticking around in Indianapolis for the long haul – or at least, for the next four years – as is general manager Ryan Grigson. However, not everyone is surviving the chop in Indy. Barely 24 hours after Pagano’s contract extension was announced, the Colts fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.   https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/684495726685089793   Manusky, who was previously the defensive coordinator for the 49ers and the Chargers, and himself played linebacker in the NFL for twelve seasons, oversaw a defense in Indianapolis that varied greatly over his tenure. While he led a top-10 scoring defense in 2013 and the 11th best defense in yardage in 2014, his defense finished in 2015 in the bottom ten in the league for passing, rushing and total yardage as well as points allowed. Manuksy’s firing was four years to the day of his being hired by the team. The Colts have not yet announced a replacement.   The Colts aren’t the only team in the AFC South making changes to their defensive staff. The Jaguars, who will ‘host’ the Colts in London next year, announced today that they have fired defensive coordinator Bob Babich. Babich, who has been Gus Bradley’s DC throughout his time in Jacksonville, oversaw a defense that finished in the bottom 10 for both points and yards conceded every year that he was in charge. 2015 was arguably his worst year, allowing the second-most points in the NFL. This was Babich’s first shot at a defensive coordinator role, and it’d be surprising if he receives another any time season. As with the Colts, there was no immediate announcement as to Babich’s successor, so it remains to be seen if there will be an internal promotion, or, in light of the consistently poor performance of the defense with the current scheme, the team decide to go with an outside hire.  

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Gur Samuel

Hi! I'm Gur and I'm RealSport's Editor-in-Chief. I'm also currently the site's tennis editor, and contribute to our NFL, wrestling and Formula 1 coverage as well. I'm also an NFL analyst for CNN International and contributor to SB Nation, and have contributed to, or been interviewed by, various print, broadcast and online media, including the BBC, Mail Online, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Boston Globe, and Yahoo! Sports.

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