Gailey Finds Teachers: Chan Gailey introduced his three coordinators today, Special teams coach Bruce DeHaven, defensive coordinator George Edwards, and offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins. He said he wanted teachers and communicators and feels he's got that. He confirmed the switch to a 3-4 defense and re-iterated that he will be calling the plays and running the offense but Modkins will help in the organizational role offensively and he will be invaluable to the team. There will be a couple of more staff members to be announced next week and that will finish off his staff but the main core is complete with the moves earlier today.
Kwan Hired: Chan Gailey also announced the hiring of Stan Kwan as the Asst. Special Teams coordinator. He said he's also very happy to have two top strength and conditioning coaches. He said they will both concentrate on their areas of expertise but their work will overlap. John Gamble is expected to work with the line mostly while Eric Ciano will work with the receivers and defensive back. Gailey is also thrilled to get Kwan who was a head man before in Detroit.
3-4 Defense Will Be Flexible: Chan Gailey admitted in his press conference today that the move to the 3-4 will be tough. He feels it will be worth it since it creates big problems for the offense. He knows George Edwards will put guys in position to do what they do well to create situations to make them successful. He re-iterated that they won't stay in the 3-4 if the talent doesn't allow it. He also expects to give different looks depending on the situation.
Wants Schobel To Stay: Chan Gailey said he has spoken to Aaron Schobel and wants him to remain a Bill but he feels he has not made a decision on retirement or not. He called the conversation good. On the quarterback situation, he said they will know what direction they want to go by the start of free agency next month.
Cross Retained: Chan Gailey announced the retaining of one more coach from the previous staff. DeMontie Cross will be the inside linebackers coach. Cross was the assistant linebackers and special teams coach last year. It was also announced that Bob Sanders will coach the outside linebackers this year. He coached the defensive line last year. Sanders was the linebackers coach with Miami for four years. Giff Smith will coach the defensive line. He was hired as a defensive assistant. This may round out the coaching staff. Front Office.
Assistant To Be Introduced: Chan Gailey will introduce several of his assistant coaches during a press conference at Noon today at One Bills Drive. We will have snipets from what was said at the press conference later this afternoon.
Wednesday February 10, 2010
Bills Finally Make Hire Official: The Bills on Wednesday finally made it official as they announced the hiring of Doug Whaley as the Bills new assistant general manager. He also has the title of director of pro personnel. He will fill the shoes of John Guy who was fired. The news of Whaley's hiring leaked out last week as the highly respected pro scouting coordinator for the Steelers made the move.
Tuesday February 9, 2010
Bills Hire Co-Strength Coaches: Leave it to the Bills to hire not one but two strength and conditioning coaches. Today they named Eric Ciano and John Gamble co-strength and conditioning coordinators. Ciano is another coach with a Georgia Tech connection. He was the director of player development the past five years for the Yellow Jackets. He spent two years at Tennessee and LSU as the strength and conditioning coach. Gamble was the strength and conditioning coach for Miami for 12 years. Most recently he was their director of player development.
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