Bills Switching To 3-4 Defense Under Edwards
Reed Misses Out: Andre Reed did not make it in the Class of 2010 for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed made it down to the cut of 10 but did not make the cut to five. What is interesting was Reed made the first cut over Chris Carter. Last year Carter made the cut over Reed. The inductees are Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, and John Randle.
Reed Finds Out Today: The NFL announces at 5pm today the Hall of Fame class of 2010. Andre Reed is on the finalist list for the fourth straight year. Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News is repsonsible for making Reed's case for getting in. History shows he should get in eventually since Gaughan reports that 83% of men that are finalists eventually get in. It doesn't look good for Reed today however as it is a crowded field at wide receiver this year led by shoo-in Jerry Rice. Receivers always seem to wait for induction longer than other positions and Reed may have to wait longer as fellow receivers Tim Brown and Chris Carter join Reed and Rice on the finalist list.
Friday February 5, 2010
Whaley Confirms He's Buffalo Bound: The Bills have yet to confirm it but former Steelers pro scouting coordinator Doug Whaley told the Pittsburgh Gazette that he's headed to Buffalo as the Assistant GM. He called it the toughest decision he ever had to make. This was first reported on Monday and he fills the hole left when John Guy was fired. He will serve the same role as Guy as he will head the free agency process in the offseason and scout the next opponent during the season. He is considered an up and coming GM candidate and many speculate he's the heir apparent to Buddy Nix in Buffalo.
Thursday February 4, 2010
Bills Find Defensive Coordinator: The long wait is over as the Bills have hired George Edwards as their defensive coordinator. Edwards is a 12 year NFL veteran who has already said the team will start with a 3-4 defense but personnel will dictate where they go from there. This is a major change after they have played a 4-3 the past nine years and the current personnel may not be well suited for the 3-4 defense. Edwards has been the linebackers coach with the Dolphins the past five years before that he was the defensive coordinator for the Redskins in 2003. He coached the linebackers for the Redskins in 2002 and spent four years with Dallas before that where he served on Chan Gailey's staff as the linebackers coach. He was recently named the defensive coordinator for the University of Florida but left before taking over for this job. What do you think of the impending switch to the 3-4? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know.
Report: Whaley Accepts Offer: No official word yet from the Bills but two Pittsburgh newspapers and WGR report that Steelers pro scouting coordinator Doug Whaley has accepted the assistant GM position with the Bills. We reported yesterday the he had been offered the position.
Wednesday February 3, 2010
Report: Bills Offer Asst. GM Job: Most people didn't even know the Bills were looking for an assistant general manager but they may have found their man. NFL.com's Jason La Confora reports that the Bills have offered the job to Steelers pro scouting coordinator Doug Whaley. No word on if he plans to take the job but the report says that Steelers brass thinks that he will. He presumably would fill the void left when John Guy was fired as Vice President of pro personnel. Whaley has been in his current job for 10 years and with the Steelers for 13 in all.
Jauron Lands In Philly: Dick Jauron has been named the defensive backs coach of the Philadelphia Eagles according to reports. This is a major come down from head coach to DB coach. It was thought he may be in the running for the defensive coordinator job with the Giants but that went to Perry Fewell.
Cowher Speaks Bills: At media day, Bill Cowher finally addressed the situation between him and the Bills. He said they did have one face to face meeting and he went with his gut when he decided he wasn't interested in the head coaching job. He praised the organization, Ralph Wilson, and the fans but said it wasn't the right place or the right time for him. He did say the Bills did not take his first no for an answer and there were many phone calls trying to get him to change his mind. He called the attention very flattering.
Tuesday February 2, 2010
Van Pelt Finds Job: Alex Van Pelt has landed on his feet as the quarterbacks coach of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. He'll be able to tutor young, promising QB Josh Freeman. Van Pelt was vaulted into the offensive coordinator spot with the Bills on the eve of the 2009 season. It was a job he was not ready to handle at this point in his young coaching career. Front Office Page.
Monday February 1, 2010
More Coaching Hires: The Bills announced today the hiring of three new coaches and the retention of a third coach from last year's staff. As we previously reported two of the new hires are George Cortez as the QB coach and Bruce DeHaven as the special teams coach. The other new coach Stan Hixon as the receivers coach. They retained defensive quality control coach Adrian White. Hixon has been a coach with the Redskins the last six seasons and has 24 years at the college level before that. White remains with the Bills on the defensive side of the ball, he helped coach the secondary last year under George Catavolous who was also retained last week. DeHaven officially starts his second stint with the Bills after spending the last decade in Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle. Cortez comes with 18 years experience in the CFL and has been the offensive coordinator for three Grey Cup champions. Coaching Hires.
Moorman On All Decade Team: Brian Moorman was one of two punters to make the All Decade team from 2000 to 2009. The only other player with Bills ties to make it was Terrell Owens who made it obviously for his contributions before becoming a Bill.
Saturday January 30, 2010
Bills Reportedly Find QB Coach: Reports say that the Bills have reached to the North to find their new quarterbacks coach. CFL's Calgary Stampeders offensive coordinator George Cortez is expected to be come to Buffalo. He was also a candidate for the head coaching job with the Toronto Argonauts. The Bills hav enot announced this but will likely announce his hiring along with the Bruce DeHaven hiring early next week.
Friday January 29, 2010
Bills Bring DeHaven Back: WIVB-TV is reporting that the Bills are welcoming back in old friend to run the special teams. Bruce DeHaven reportedly has been tabbed to be the Special Teams coach. DeHaven replaces the departed Bobby April. That leaves big shoes to fill and DeHaven may be the only one who can fill them. He was the special teams coach for the Bills from 1987 to 1999 and was fired after the music city miracle play in the Bills last playoff game. He was as highly regarded in Buffalo as April was. Since leaving Buffalo he has coached in Dallas, Seattle, and San Francisco. The Bills have not confirmed the hiring.
Wednesday January 27, 2010
Coaching Staff Hires: The Bills officially announced the hiring of five coaches and the retention of two assistants from the former staff. Two previously reported hires were officially announced as Curtis Modkins becomes the offensive coordinator/running backs coach. Giff Smith becomes a defensive assistant. The other hires are John D'Alessandris as the offensive line coach, Bob Bicknell as the TE coach, and Kevin Patullo as the offensive quality control coach. The two coaches being kept are DL coach Bob Sanders and DB coach George Catavolos. These two coaches were considered the top coaches from the previous staff as both units showed success this past year. Gailey raided his former staff in Kansaas City for the other three new hires. D'Alessandris has been the asst. OL coach in Kansas City the past two years, he also coached the OL for Gailey at Georgia Tech. Bicknell was the Asst. OL coach in 20007 and the OL coach in 2008 before coaching the tight ends last year. Patullo held the same position with the Chiefs in 2007 and 2008. As we previously reported Modkins comes over from Arizona but he was on Gailey's staff in Kansas City and Georgia Tech before that so he has already worked with Bicknell, D'Alessandris, and Patullo.
Bills Find Another Coach? Several Georgia newspapers are reporting that Chan Gailey has tapped Georgia Tech assistant Giff Smith to be the outside linebackers coach. He has 19 years coaching experience at the college level but has never coached in the NFL. No confirmation on any coaching hires from the Bills yet. Rumors continue to circulate that the Bills will indeed switch to a 3-4 defense and hiring an outside linebackers coach would lend creedance to those reports. This could be a mistake if true because the Bills current roster makeup is very ill suited to that switch.
Tuesday January 26, 2010
Still No Coaches: The Bills have yet to make any announcements regarding Chan Gailey's coaching staff. A report on Saturday said Cardinals RB coach Curtis Modkins will be the offensive coordinator but there has yet to be confirmation. Most people are wondering who will be the defensive coordinator. Some hopes it would be Dean Pees but he is reportedly going to Baltimore to be the linebackers coach. So it is a wait and see approach as the coaches gather in Mobile Alabama for the Senior Bowl.
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