Posts Tagged ‘Mike Pettine’

The Buffalo Bills Release Alan Branch

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch's first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch was released by the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Branch was arrested Saturday morning and charged with a DWI after police saw him vomiting out of the driver side door of his car. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Branch was inactive from yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers and wasn’t on the sidelines during the game.

Branch had signed a three-year extension on December 23rd to remain with the Bills. He was a strong fit in Mike Pettine’s defense, but didn’t fit as well into Jim Schwartz’s defense.

This season, Branch didn’t endear himself to his new defensive coaches. Branch did not report to voluntary OTAs. At the time, Doug Marrone said he had not heard from Branch or Manny Lawson, another veteran who did not report.

I haven’t talked to them. It’s voluntary. We all know that,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I tend to not worry about the things that I can’t control, and obviously I can’t control that.

When Branch reported to training camp, he was placed on the non-football illness list after failing his conditioning test. With Branch off the field, players such as Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen gained valuable reps. In the preseason, all three performed well and Branch was pushed further and further down the depth chart.

In the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers, Branch didn’t enter the game until late in the second half. Speculation began that Branch was at risk of being released. His DWI was most certainly the final nail in the coffin.

 


More Coaching Changes for Buffalo Bills Defense

Monday, January 27th, 2014

With more defensive coaching spots opening up in Buffalo, Detroit Lions assistant defensive line coach Jim Washburn could be a candidate. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In 2014, the Buffalo Bills will have an almost entirely new defensive coaching staff for the third time in as many seasons. Three members of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coaching staff are following former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to the Cleveland Browns, while another Buffalo defensive staffer might also be on his way out.

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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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