Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- The Mike Pettine effect at One Bills Drive continues to linger.
Just days after Pettine accepted the position as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, it appears as though he'll be taking some of the defensive staff of the Buffalo Bills along with him.
The Bills announced earlier in the day on Monday that they had granted permission to the Browns to speak with linebackers coach Jim O'Neil about Cleveland's vacant defensive coordinator position. However, that wasn't the only name that appears to be heading across Lake Erie.
"Obviously Jim O’Neil was granted permission, he’ll be leaving to go to Cleveland as the defensive coordinator to the best of my knowledge," Marrone said. "Brian Fleury, who is a quality control coach will be leaving to go to Cleveland to the best of my knowledge as an inside linebackers coach. Also Jeff Hafley who really wasn’t here long will be leaving for Cleveland to the best of my knowledge, working with the secondary in Cleveland."
Other than that trio, only two others had ties with Pettine that inevitably helped bring them to Buffalo. Defensive line coach Anthony Weaver and assistant defensive backs coach Samson Brown also worked with Pettine previously, but only one of the two may be leaving.
"I spoke to him today and right now I don’t feel good about that, him coming back," the head coach remarked when asked about Weaver. "Right now with Anthony Weaver I’ve had a conversation with him today and again Russ and I had this conversation and it’s very important for us and this organization and this region, I think every fan and everyone out there totally understands that we want people that want to be here."
It was not immediately clear if Weaver would be leaving Buffalo for Cleveland like the rest.
Brown, as well as defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson and defensive quality control coach Jason Rebrovich will likely be the lone holdovers from the 2013 defensive staff of the Bills into 2014.
With the main job of coordinator filled by Schwartz, it's on to fill in the now numerous blanks along the rest of the staff as they get prepared to meet the off-season head on.
"As far as we’re concerned, Jim and I and the rest of the defensive staff will work together and bring the best coaches here," Marrone said. "We have a lot of good players on our defense. That’s not a secret, so for us we’re going to bring the coach in here that can best work together, that can communicate well and get the most out of our players. We have a lot of talent there."