Monday, January 4, 2010
Bills fire entire coaching staff
By Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix said at his introductory news conference Thursday he wanted a coach who could build a staff, and the new hire apparently will have to do it from scratch.
The Bills resumed heavy internal renovations Monday by firing their entire coaching staff a day after completing a 6-10 season, their 10th straight without the playoffs.
The story was broken by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and confirmed by Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan, who noted all of the coaches had one year remaining on their contracts.
The Bills fired offensive coordinator Turk Schonert 10 days before the season opener and head coach Dick Jauron after a Week 10 loss. They named defensive coordinator Perry Fewell interim head coach.
Nix on Thursday said Fewell would be interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy. Other assistants could be re-hired.
Here is a rundown of the coaches who finished the year with the Bills:
- Bobby April, assistant head coach/special teams coordinator
- Alex Van Pelt, offensive coordinator
- Eric Studesville, running game coordinator/running backs
- Ray Brown, assistant offensive line
- George Catavolos, defensive backs
- Charlie Coiner, tight ends
- DeMontie Cross assistant linebackers/special teams
- Nathaniel Hackett, offensive quality control
- Sean Kugler, offensive line
- Chuck Lester, assistant to the head coach/special projects
- Bob Sanders, defensive line
- Matt Sheldon, linebackers
- Tyke Tolbert, wide receivers
- Adrian White, defensive quality control
- John Allaire, strength and conditioning