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Posted: Tuesday, 11 February 2014 2:18PM

Bills introduce new assistant coaches



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- Life after Mike Pettine is in full swing at One Bills Drive, where the Buffalo Bills have rounded out head coach Doug Marrone's staff following the departure of the former defensive coordinator and some of their assistants along with him.

The Bills have a new linebackers coach and defensive line coach, along with three new hires on the offensive side of the ball. The team announced all the hires over the course of the past two weeks, once Jim Schwartz had accepted the offer to become Buffalo's new defensive coordinator.

Knowing Schwartz from his time in Cleveland, the Bills' new defensive line coach Pepper Johnson was eager to get a fresh start with a new coaching staff. He had spent the past 14 seasons as a member of Bill Belichick's staff in a number of different capacities.



Johnson played his college football at Ohio State, where Buffalo's new linebackers coach Fred Pagac held a job for 23 years in Columbus. Pagac has had three different NFL stops since leaving college, but most notably spent the past eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.



On the offensive side of the ball, the biggest name added to the staff has been a coach on that side of the ball for the past 14 seasons. As Buffalo's senior offensive assistant, Jim Hostler will help offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Marrone as the team attempts to rectify their offense for 2014.



In 2013, Hackett attempted to take the reigns and serve as both the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in his first season being in charge of an offense. To help Hackett not spread himself so thin, the Bills elected to bring in a quarterbacks coach that is familiar with former first-round pick EJ Manuel.

Todd Downing, the quarterbacks coach of the Detroit Lions for the past three seasons, coached Manuel during the 2013 Senior Bowl when the Bills signal caller won the game's MVP award.



Rounding out the staff for the Bills and replacing one of the only two positions that Marrone let go following the end of the season, Buffalo hired Rob Moore as their new wide receivers coach. Moore comes to the Bills from Syracuse University where he worked with Marrone for three seasons before the coach made the jump to the NFL. Moore cited "personal reasons" why he didn't make the jump in 2013, but says he's ready now.



The Bills and their staff have one more week to get everything in order before they head to Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine. The event is set to begin on Wednesday, February 19.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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