AFC East: Stan Hixon

Here are the latest happenings Monday in the AFC East:
  • The NFL Network reports Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is scheduled to interview with the Miami Dolphins.
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he's excited for a reunion with offensive assistant Josh McDaniels.
  • San Francisco 49ers safety and former Buffalo Bill Donte Whitner is on a roll. After ripping Bills coach Chan Gailey, Whitner also tweets his disapproval of McDaniels being allowed to go to New England before the end of the league year.
  • Bills receiver coach Stan Hixon reportedly will join Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien at Penn State.
  • Guess which player led the New York Jets in penalties this year?

AFC East links: Crowder hits airwaves

June, 27, 2011
Buffalo Bills

Because of the lockout, the Bills' coaching staff is losing valuable time to develop the team's young players.

Receivers coach Stan Hixon believes Steve Johnson can improve on last season's 82-catch, 10-touchdown campaign.

Miami Dolphins

The weekend radio show hosted by linebacker Channing Crowder, a six-year starter for the Dolphins, launched Sunday on WQAM (560AM).

Rookie running back Daniel Thomas is ready to make his mark with the Dolphins.

New England Patriots

Patriots cornerback Ty Law (1995-2004) will be honored Tuesday night at the 10th annual "Tradition", held at TD Banknorth Garden.

New York Jets

Insurer MetLife is close to a deal to buy the naming rights to New Meadowlands Stadium, according to a SportsBusiness Journal report.

Gailey's staff looks thin on experience

February, 10, 2010
Now that new Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey has essentially assembled his staff, I thought it would be worthwhile to present a snapshot of who they are.

You'll notice a couple blanks still need to be filled in. The Bills have yet to designate a defensive line or linebackers coach and could have other openings on the staff. For example, they could choose to break up inside and outside linebackers.

The Bills have two defensive assistants who haven't been assigned duties. Bob Sanders and Giff Smith have experience coaching the defensive line. Sanders did it last year, but he also coached linebackers for the Miami Dolphins.

What stands out to me is the lack of NFL experience throughout the staff.

Defensive backs coach George Catavolos has banked 26 years in that role. Special-teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven has put in 23 years. But there's a huge drop from there.

Gailey has gathered acquaintances from his days at Georgia Tech and assistants he identified as up-and-comers during his brief stay with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gailey will have at least eight assistants with two or fewer years of NFL experience in the positions they will hold with the Bills. At least four of them will have zero seasons of NFL experience in their given role.

That's not to say they're all neophytes.

One of those first-timers is veteran quarterbacks coach George Cortez, who has spent more than three decades coaching at colleges and in the Canadian Football League.

They might all be fine teachers, but I think it's fair to wonder how these coaches will handle the fast-paced, high-pressure setting of an NFL sideline on Sunday afternoons.