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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Bills add Jim Hostler to coaching staff

By Mike Rodak

The Buffalo Bills have hired Jim Hostler as a senior offensive assistant, the team announced Wednesday.

Hostler served the last six seasons as wide receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens looked outside the organization to fill their vacant offensive coordinator position, hiring Gary Kubiak this week.

"Hostler was the lone internal candidate for the offensive coordinator position and is now contemplating whether to remain with a team where it doesn't look as if he'll have an opportunity to advance in the immediate future," wrote Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

It's unclear what Hostler's role will be on the offensive staff. In addition to offensive coordinator Nate Hackett, the Bills hired Todd Downing as quarterbacks coach last week.

The Bills are still without a wide receivers coach, having fired Ike Hilliard at the end of the season.

Hostler worked with Bills coach Doug Marrone with the New York Jets from 2003-2004. Hostler served as Jets' wide receivers coach, while Marrone coached the offensive line.

A native of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, Hostler served one season (2007) as offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.