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What Will 2014 Buffalo Bills Defense Look Like with New Coaches, Existing Personnel?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

What will the Buffalo Bills defense look like under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014? We can take a look back at 2013 for some ideas. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Outside of a few key players, the only constant for the Buffalo Bills defense since 2011 has been its inconstancy. As the Bills go into the 2014 season with their fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons, that will continue to be the case.

Unlike the previous two seasons, however, this year’s change came not because the Bills defense needed it, but because it was really good. Mike Pettine was hired as Cleveland Browns head coach after just one seasons as Bills defensive coordinator, in which the Buffalo defense ranked second in the NFL in sacks, tied for sixth in the league in takeaways, 10th in total defense and as the league’s fourth-most efficient defense by Football Outsiders.

In total, the Bills lost five members of last year’s defensive coaching staff to the Browns, but they did a great job restacking the deck. In new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and linebackers coach Fred Pagac, the Bills added three highly-respected defensive minds with a combined 48 years of NFL coaching experience.

With the coaching shuffle finally complete in Buffalo (at least it seems to be), the new Bills coaching staff should already be at work constructing Buffalo’s defensive scheme for 2014.

What will that defense ultimately look like?

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What Will Pepper Johnson Bring to Buffalo? Q&A with NEPatriotsDraft’s Mike Loyko

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills defensive line, led by Mario Williams (94) and Kyle Williams (95), will have a new position coach, Pepper Johnson, in 2014. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Mike Loyko, who covers the New England Patriots for NE Patriots Draft, recently took the time to share his thoughts with Buffalo Bills Draft on new Buffalo defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Johnson spent the past fourteen years on New England’s coaching staff as assistant linebackers coach (2000), inside linebackers coach (2001-03), defensive line coach (2004-11) and most recently, linebackers coach (2012-13).

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Buffalo Bills Hire Pepper Johnson, Fred Pagac to Fill Vacancies on Defensive Coaching Staff

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Fred Pagac was one of two new additions to the Buffalo Bills defensive coaching staff announced Friday. (Photo: Bruce Kluckohn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills continued reconstructing their defensive coaching staff Friday by announcing the hires of Pepper Johnson as defensive line coach and Fred Pagac as linebackers coach.

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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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