Resetting the Bills' coaching staff

January, 28, 2014
Jan 28
The past few weeks have brought several changes and developments to the Buffalo Bills' coaching staff, so let's take a step back and see where things stand as head coach Doug Marrone enters his second season:

Offensive coordinator: Nate Hackett

Quick take: Hackett has strong ties to Marrone and despite the struggles of the Bills' offense this season, his job was never in jeopardy.

Quarterbacks: Ted Downing

Quick take: Overshadowed by the Bills hiring Jim Schwartz the same night, Downing comes from Schwartz's staff on the Detroit Lions. He coached EJ Manuel at last year's Senior Bowl and also tutored Thad Lewis.

Running backs: Tyrone Wheatley

Quick take: A former NFL player, Wheatley seems to mesh well with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Not much intrigue here.

Wide receivers: None

Quick take: Marrone said Monday that the Bills were interviewing candidates for this position before they were tied up with the Schwartz hire. The expectation is that they'll make a decision soon; no word if offensive quality control coach Jason Vrable is a candidate.

Tight ends: Greg Adkins

Quick take: Like Hackett, Adkins has an extensive history with Marrone. Tight end may have been a problem area at times for the Bills this season, but improvement will likely come through player personnel upgrades.

Offensive line: Pat Morris

Quick take: Although he doesn't have a background with Marrone, Morris has the most NFL experience of any coach on the Bills' staff. Still, there were some question marks at this position. The Bills' offensive line was among the most experienced positions on the roster and stayed very healthy this season, but problems still cropped up. Marrone, a former offensive line coach, works with this position in practice and it appears that he will give Morris another season to fix the problems.

Offensive quality control: Jason Vrable, Kurt Anderson

Quick take: Vrable, a former college quarterback, has a background with Marrone and Hackett at Syracuse. Anderson works with Morris and the offensive line.

Defensive coordinator: Jim Schwartz

Quick take: Schwartz was the Bills' best option on the open market and provides a veteran presence on the Bills' coaching staff. Introduced to reporters Monday, Schwartz said that he intends to run an "attack" scheme but declined to label it beyond that.

Defensive line: Anthony Weaver

Quick take: Weaver is relatively new to coaching, having retired from the NFL in 2009. He played for Pettine with the Baltimore Ravens and could follow Pettine to the Browns. Marrone said Monday that he'll sit down to talk to Weaver but that he "doesn't feel good" about him returning to Buffalo.

Outside linebackers: None

Quick take: This spot was held by Jim O'Neil, who was hired by the Browns as their defensive coordinator Monday. No word if the Bills will combine inside and outside linebacker duties.

Inside linebackers: None

Quick take: The Bills are expected to interview Jerry Olsavsky for this spot, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Chuck Driesbach, who held this position this season, is expected to join the Browns' staff.

Defensive backs: Donnie Henderson

Quick take: Henderson, a veteran NFL and college coach, bounced back strong this season after his career took some unexpected turns in prior years, including a stint in the United Football League. He will remain in Buffalo under Schwartz.

Assistant defensive backs: Samson Brown

Quick take: Brown, a younger coach, followed Pettine from the Jets, but will remain with the Bills next season.

Defensive quality control: Jason Rebrovich

Quick take: Rebrovich followed Marrone from Syracuse. The Bills could look to add another younger coach here. Brian Fleury, who served in this role this season, departed Monday for the Browns' staff.

Special teams coordinator: Danny Crossman

Quick take: Crossman and Marrone coached together at Georgia Tech and the Coast Guard Academy. While the Bills' special-teams units struggled this season, Crossman's job appears to be safe.

Special teams assistant: John Anselmo

Quick take: Anselmo is a veteran coach with an extensive background with Marrone.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter



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