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Bills Get Their Coaching Staff In Order

Coach Williams spent the week in Mobile Alabama where the Senior Bowl was being held. It also becomes a huge job fair for football coaches. The Bills re-signed seven assistants and one coach announced he wouldn't return. The coaching carousel highlights in otherwise quiet week. Here's all the news from the past week complete with our take on the issues:

The Bills re-signed seven coaches from last year's staff that contracts had expired. Special teams coordinator Danny Smith, Receivers coach Fred Graves, Safeties/Third down specialist Steve Jackson, Tight Ends coach Dan Neal, DB/CB coach Pat Thomas, Offensive/Special teams assistant Tommy Kaiser, and Defensive assistant Chuck Lester will return with the team. RB Coach Steve Fairchild did not re-sign with the team as he will become the offensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams. Defensive line assistant O'Neil Gilbert has yet to re-sign. Our Take: Williams got to keep most of his coaches, which shows the commitment the team has in him. Smith was a mild surprise as there were rumblings around the league that he would not return. Gilbert was once considered the heir apparent to the defensive line job but since he didn't get it, he may be leaving.

With Fairchild leaving, their are three openings still on the coaching staff. There have been no rumors around the RB coaching spot since it just became open. The LB spot has been quiet too as the team waits to talk to Dick LeBeau. He would probably oversee that unit if he comes aboard. Two names mentioned for that job is former Packer great Johnny Holland and former Falcons coordinator Don Blackmon. The offensive line coaching spot has had many names attached to it. One report says the Bills are ready to sign Bengals coach Paul Alexander for the job if Marvin Lewis lets him go in Cincinnati. Other people that have interviewed or may interview for the job includes Packers coach Pat Ruel, Jaguars line coach Pat Szabo and George Warhop. He took a job with the Cowboys after interviewing with the Bills. Our Take: It appears Alexander is the front runner for the spot the Bills are just waiting for Lewis to hire a new line coach and free him up from his contract.

The Tom Modrak leaving watch continues. It seemed like the Bills caught a break when the Jaguars were going to hire Ravens personnel guru Phil Savage for the spot. He declined this weekend when the financial package wasn't up to his liking. That will bring Modrak's name back to the forefront for that job. The Seahawks have also been granted permission to talk to Modrak but he may not be that interested in that position. Our Take: Every year the Bills get to hold on to Modrak they are one year better for it. It will be touch and go for a couple of weeks to see whether or not he stays. The latest developments in Jacksonville makes it more likely the Bills will lose Modrak.

The Bills announced their first ticket price increase in three years for most sections of the stadium. Lower Level sideline seats, the tunnel end zone 200 section, and upper deck seats will go up $3 a ticket. Ticket prices in the Tops Family section will remain the same and the team is adding 500 seats to the section. Season tickets in the corners of the upper deck will actually drop by $5 a ticket. Our Take: The team still has one of the cheapest ticket prices in the league. They have also kept some tickets the same for financially strapped fans. The increase is just a sign of inflation and three years at the same price was pretty good.

The Bills should find out this week if Travis Henry will join the Bills contingent in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Priest Holmes is supposedly recovered from his injury and could play but he may back out for precautionary reasons. Our Take: After the season he had, it would be nice to see Henry play one more time before the long off season.

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