(WGR 550) -- After Mike Pettine left for Cleveland and took many assistant coaches with him, the Buffalo Bills, head coach Doug Marrone and new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz have started to fill in the blanks.
On Friday night, the Bills announced the hiring of Pepper Johnson as their defensive line coach and Fred Pagac as their linebackers coach. Both Johnson and Pagac are coming from extended tenures with their previous team.
Johnson comes to the Bills after serving as the defensive line coach in New England for the past eight seasons and being an assistant coach on Bill Belichick's staff for the past 14 seasons total.
Pagac has spent each of the past eight years with the Vikings, seven of which as Minnesota's linebackers coach. The coach was the Vikings' defensive coordinator for the 2011 season before returning to his original role as linebackers coach.
With the hirings, the Bills' defensive staff now have replaced the positions left vacant after Pettine, Jim O'Neil and Anthony Weaver all went to Cleveland to serve on the Browns' staff.
I liked him as a player. Hopefully he can coach as good as he played.
Impressive hires. Both guys have solid track records. The Bills are definitely heading in the right direction. Looking forward to FA and the draft. If the Bills could land a FA OT that would put them in great position to fill the gaps in for a TE, OLB, and WR as the primary needs. Also, signing BYRD would be a big relief.
On a side note; Please get rid of your web guy. Join the 21st century and get connected with a Facebook like comment section so people can interact with their comments (E.G. BN)
Where Are the Comments???
How long does it take to post a comment on this site? I post on probably 10 sport sites and no other site makes you wait to see your comments and the comments of other fans. I have just about given up on this archaic site.
Did our coaching staff on the defensive side actually improve over Pettine? Time will tell, but I love what they're doing.
I can't wait to read....
...what all the brainless rubes that love to cry have to say about these moves.
So far so good! Theses are solid coaches, don't really care for Schwartz persona but he can get the job done. Two coaches form NFC North (whom we play this year) and Pepper from Pats who better to have? Now go Get er Dun!! DAAA BILLLZ1
These guys have a lot of NFL experience, if we can pick up a few more players, this "D" could be really good, the Patriots did not treat Pepper well in the end...
Time will Tell?
so far every coach signed has great credentials- would be good to see Bruce Dehaven back ? then it would be a top notch staff of proven winners
PJ's record speaks for its self.
They have done an amazing job filling the vacancies and look to be better off than we were. It shows they are acting quick and obviously not afraid to spend. They are trying to build a winning environment with excellent coaches all around. Great to see
Mr PEPPER JOHNSON
THANK GOD YOU FINALLY CAME HOME. WE WERE WAITING FOR YOU SIR; NOW YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO BE A HEAD COACH. CONGATS TO YOU AND YOUR WIFE AND YOUR KIDS. FOR COMMING TO BUFFALO. now put a smile on your face. YOU might ask why; BECAUSE WHY LOVE YOU PEPPER JOHSON. GO GET THEM COACH. RUFF BUFF
What we really need is a quarterback!
re: So What?
where's Bruce Dehaven??????????????????????
Where is the new special teams coach??? (Dehaven)
re: So what?
re; to can't wait to read.
They are already crying. Boo ooh i want a qb, please mommie you know i'm spoiled, I wannna a qb, a qb. Quit your whinning and go buy your girl something for vanlentime day. before you get cuss out for lol.
re: to can't wait to read
idiotic comment - crybaby
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idiotic comments - crybabies
re: re; to can't wait to read
You are a moron if you dont have anything better to do than diss other peoples comments. Yours is worse. It's the most stupid comment here.