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Edwards: Bills will run 3-4 defense

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey has made the most important hire on his coaching staff.

The Bills on Thursday announced NFL veteran George Edwards will be the defensive coordinator. The opening was the most significant because Gailey will handle play-calling duties.

"Defensively, we will start from a 3-4 alignment," Edwards said in a statement released by the Bills.

Edwards ran a 4-3 when he was Steve Spurrier's defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins in 2003, but has spent the past two seasons learning from one of the biggest 3-4 advocates in Bill Parcells.

Edwards accepted the job three weeks after he was named defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the UF coaching staff," Edwards said at the time. "I started my career at the college level at Florida and I enjoy teaching and molding young men. I am looking forward to working with a great group of people at Florida and a great group of players."

Before his three-week stay with the Gators, Edwards spent five seasons with the Miami Dolphins as a linebackers coach. He was hired by Nick Saban and remained on staff under Cam Cameron and Tony Sparano.