Thursday, February 11, 2010
Bills finalize staff, Schobel's future unsure
By Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills staged a media meet-and-greet with new head coach Chan Gailey and his coordinators Thursday afternoon in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Now that Chan Gailey has assembled his coaching staff, he can move on to other things such as deciding who his quarterback will be in 2010.
For the first time since they've been hired, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins, defensive coordinator George Edwards and special-teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven spoke with reporters.
Mostly, it was a chance to get a feel for their philosophies, but there was a little news to report.
Gailey finalized his staff by announcing he had retained DeMontie Cross as inside linebackers coach and has assigned Bob Sanders to outside linebackers and newcomer Giff Smith to the defensive line.
Sanders coached Buffalo's defensive line last year after serving as the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator. Smith coached with Gailey at Georgia Tech.
Gailey also said he has spoken to two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Schobel, who's considering retirement.
"I took from the conversation he has not decided," Gailey said. "I think that's going to come with time. He's going to have to make a decision.
"We know what a great player he is. You know you'd like to have him on the Bills if we could make that happen. We'll see what he decides. I don't want to speak for him."
Gailey also acknowledged rumors the Bills are interested in trading for a veteran quarterback, perhaps Michael Vick. But Gailey didn't have much info to share. He said he hasn't gotten through the evaluation process with the quarterbacks on his roster: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm.
"This is a quarterback-driven league at this point," Gailey said. "It hasn't always been that way, but it seems to have become moreso in the last decade or so. You have to have a quality player there. It does not have to be a big-name player. You just have to have quality production. That's the decision you're trying to make."
I'll post Edwards' thoughts on the move from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme, but in the meantime, here is a rundown of the Bills' revamped coaching staff for 2010.