BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The Buffalo Bills added a new face to their coaching staff Thursday when they announced the hiring of Jeff Hafley as a defensive assistant.
Hafley comes to the Bills after two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under then-head coach Greg Schiano. He was the team’s safeties coach in 2013.
Hafley coached collegiately for 11 years before making to the move to the NFL in 2012 with Schiano, who he coached for at Rutgers in 2011.
Hafley’s specific role within the defense has not yet been defined, according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. That said, the hiring comes three days after Buffalo fired Chuck Driesbach, the team’s inside linebackers coach last season.
The hiring also comes on the heels of a Wednesday report by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, later confirmed by the Bills, that defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is interviewing with the Cleveland Browns as a potential candidate for their head coach opening. It is likely that the team would wait to define Hafley’s specific coaching role until the team knows whether or not Pettine is selected for that position, as a potential Pettine departure would force the Bills to retool their defensive coaching staff.
Should Pettine stay in Buffalo and the rest of the Bills’ coaching staff remain intact, the team still has one opening left to fill on the offensive side of the ball. The Bills have not yet replaced Ike Hilliard, who was fired as wide receivers coach on Dec. 30.