The Ole Miss Rebels had an atrocious defense in 2018, giving up a whopping 483.4 yards per game — more than 40 yards more than the next-worst defense.
The passing defense was especially bad, giving up 261.7 yards per game to opposing aerial attacks. That was thanks in large part to a secondary that battled injuries and ineffectiveness throughout the season.
Because of that unit’s struggles, it has now been reported that DB coach Jason Jones was fired by head coach Matt Luke on Monday:
#OleMiss defensive backs coach Jason Jones was relieved of his duties today.
— Chase Parham (@RivalsChase) February 12, 2019
Jones had been with the Rebels since 2013 after coming over from Oklahoma State. Now, Luke will need to find a replacement.
The Rebels brought in former Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre to run the defense this offseason, so we’ll see if he’s able to shore up Ole Miss’s pass defense in 2019 and beyond.