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Buffalo Bills Begin to Fill in Coaching Staff with Hiring of New Offensive, Defensive Coordinators

January 9th, 2013 at 12:47 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly filled their top two assistant coaching spots under new head coach Doug Marrone.

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ESPN has reported the Bills have hired Mike Pettine away from the New York Jets to run the defense. Pettine spent four years as the Jets' defensive coordinator, and his defenses finished eights in 2012, fifth in 2011, third in 2010 and first in 2009 in total yards allowed. Prior to New York, Pettine worked as an assistant in Baltimore. The New York Daily News reports he's bringing assistant defensive backs coach Jim O'Neil with him from the Jets.

On the offensive side of the ball, Marrone has hired his coordinator from Syracuse University, Nathaniel Hackett, to perform the same job for the Bills. The Buffalo News first reported the hiring of Hackett, a 33-year-old who previously worked for the Bills as a quality control coach under Dick Jauron. He spent three seasons at Syracuse, where his offenses finished 21st in 2012, 101st in 2011 and 89th in 2010 in total yards (out of 120 FBS teams).

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