Marrone Rounds Out Coaching Staff
Bills Hire OL Coach: Doug Marrone rounded out his position coach hires by adding a guy with the most NFL experience on his staff. Pat Morris is the new offensive line coach and he comes to Buffalo with 15 years experience in the league after spending 21 years at the collegiate level. He was out of football last year and coached the offensive line of Tampa Bay in 2011. Before that he was in Minnesota for five years, Detroit for two, and San Francisco for seven. The last 13 years he was an offensive line coach. Coaching Staff List.
Friday January 18, 2013
Updated Depth Chart: We have updated our depth chart by putting the players that ended the season on injured reserve back on the chart. We also kept the restricted and unrestricted free agents on the depth chart since the Bills have a good chance to keep them if they want to because of the right to first refusal. Unrestricted free agents are off the chart for now. If they are re-signed they will be put back. For now we left the front seven of the defense as if it will be a 4-3 again, we will adjust once the scheme becomes more apparent. Depth Chart.
Thursday January 17, 2013
Bills Add Three: The Bills announced three additions to Doug Marrone's coaching staff today, two of them come from Syracuse bringing the total coaches on the staff from the Orange to seven including Marrone. They also announced that Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will also act as the QB coach. The new coaches are WR coach Ike Hilliard, John Anselmo as a Special Teams Assistant, and Hal Luther as the assistant Strength and Conditoning coach. Hilliard spent 12 seasons in the NFL and served the same role with the Redskins last year. In the 2011 he was the assistant WR coach for the Dolphins. Anselmo was with Marrone all four years he was at Syracuse. He was the secondary coach the first two years and the assistant head coach and LB coach the last two years. Luther was at Syracuse for 13 years including the last six as the director of strength and conditioning. The team still needs an OL coach and an offensive quality control coach. Coaching Staff List.
Wednesday January 16, 2013
Henderson Leads Latest Hires: Of the 10 coaches that were hired yesterday to Doug Marrone's staff many have a decent amount of experience. The biggest name of the group is Donnie Henderson who will coach the defensive backs. He has 10 years experience in the NFL and 18 before that in Collge. He served as a defensive coordinator for three years with the Jets (2004-2005) and Lions (2006). New RBs coach Tyrone Wheatley is known for his 10 year career playing in the NFL as a former first round pick of the Giants. He also played for the Raiders.
Bills Sign Two: The Bills have signed two more future free agents bringing the total seven players who have signed futures contract. That allows these players to do the offseason program with the team. The two latest additions are DB Dominique Ellis and TE Joe Sawyer. Sawyer was in camp with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent last summer and played his college ball at Southwestern Oklahoma State. Ellis is out of South Carolina State and was with the Chiefs last summer as an undrafted free agent. Front Office Page.
Tuesday January 15, 2013
Bills Add 10 Coaches: The Bills announced that Doug Marrone has added 10 more coaches to his staff including three with ties to him at Syracuse. New RB Coach Tyrone Wheatley, DB Coach Donnie Henderson, and Defensive Quality Control coach Jason Rebrovich join the staff from Syracuse. Marrone has hired two defensive quality control coaches as Brian Fleury joins Rebrovich at the spot. He also hired two linebacker coaches adding Chuck Driesbach and Jim O'Neil at the spot which may indicate a move to the 3-4. At this point there is no offensive quality control coach, wide receiver or quarterback coaches along with no offensive line coach. As expected Anthony Weaver comes over from the Jets to coach the defensive line. He joins O'Neil and asst. DB Coach Samson Brown as defections from Pettine's staff with the Jets. Eric Ciano re-joins the staff from the old regime as the strength and conditioning coach. Coaching Staff List.
Monday January 14, 2013
Bills Confirm Special Teams Hire: The Bills have announced that they have filled their third coordinator job. Danny Crossman has now been officially named the Special Teams coordinator. He has spent the last three years in Detroit running their special teams and also spent seven years in Carolina before that, five of them as the Special Teams coordinator. He was a teammate of Doug Marrone in 1991 when they both played for the London Monarchs in the World League Of American Football.
Coaching Staff Rumors: Doug Marrone has a long way to go to fill out his coaching staff. He got off to a fast start last week in hiring his offensive and defensive coordinators. He still needs a special teams coach and the Buffalo News reports there is a chance he can hire a former teammate. Danny Crossman has been the special teams coach in Detroit the past three years but he will not be returning to the Motor City. Marrone and Crossman were teammates in 1991 in the World League Of American Football. Chris McCosky of the Detroit News tweeted that he his hearing Crossman will come to Buffalo. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is also expected to bring coaches to Buffalo from the Jets. Reports have said that assistant defensive back coach Jim O'Neil will be joining him in Buffalo along with assistant defensive line coach Anthony Weaver. No word on what titles they will have with the Bills.
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