Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- While "Black Monday" affected the employment status of multiple coaches and front office members throughout the National Football League, the Buffalo Bills joined in on only a very small scale.
For the time being, it appears the entire front office and coaching staff will remain intact. That is, except for one man who was let go the day after the team's final game of the 2013 regular season.
"We've already made one change. Ike Hilliard is no longer with us," head coach Doug Marrone announced. "We appreciate what Ike has done in helping us try to reach our goal this year, we fell short."
Hilliard served as the team's wide receivers coach for the past season. He joined Marrone's staff last off-season after having the same title with the Washington Redskins in 2012. When asked why Hilliard was let go, Marrone didn't get into too many specifics.
"It's just a difference, in really, a philosophy," he said on Monday.
In a surprise to some, Hilliard was the only member of the Bills coaching staff to be sent packing, but not special teams coordinator Danny Crossman.
While he's not in the clear just yet, Marrone did allude to the fact that the both of them knew it would be a tough transition for the special teams to get where they want it to be. The head coach spoke of establishing a core of around six players that play at least three of the special teams units.
He did not completely rule Crossman immune from being released either, however.
"Right now, we feel that we're gonna sit down, we're gonna evaluate everything," Marrone remarked.
The Bills now shift into off-season mode, with nothing on the calendar until the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in late February.