Posts Tagged ‘Defensive Coordinator’

Buffalo Bills Hire Jim Schwartz as Defensive Coordinator, Todd Downing as QB Coach

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Bills hired former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator on Friday night. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills moved quickly after Mike Pettine’s departure and named Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator on Friday night.

The Bills also hired Todd Downing to be their quarterbacks coach, moving offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett away from the double duty he held in that role last season.

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Candidates to Replace Mike Pettine as Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Mike Pettine’s departure could be an opening for Wade Phillips to return to the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Mike Pettine is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Pettine deserved the opportunity to be a head coach after having success as the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Football Outsiders said the Bills had the NFL’s fourth-best defense in 2013, and Pettine deserves his fair share of credit for the unit’s improvements.

Reflecting on the past, however, won’t help the Bills defense in 2014. Buffalo should immediately begin its search for a new defensive coordinator, which could potentially be accomplished by promoting from within or by finding an outside candidate.

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Cleveland Browns Hire Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine as Head Coach

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The Cleveland Browns have hired Mike Pettine to be their third head coach in the past three years. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It didn’t take long for the Buffalo Bills to improve under defensive coordinator in Mike Pettine in 2013. The Cleveland Browns took notice, and made Pettine’s first season in Buffalo his only by hiring him Thursday to be their head coach for the 2014 NFL season.

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