Monday, January 13, 2014

Bills' inside linebackers coach Kik'd to the curb


Kiko Alonso couldn't save him.

Despite the Buffalo Bills inside linebacker's stellar rookie season, the team has cut ties with his positional coach.

The Bills announced Monday that inside linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach, who spent just one season with the team after a 36-year career coaching in college, has been "relieved of his duties."

If Driesbach is to take responsibility for Buffalo's output at inside linebacker, he should get some credit for Alonso's potential Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign.

Driesbach also had Arthur Moats and Nigel Bradham under his umbrella. Neither player flourished but both were at least serviceable alongside Alonso in rotation.

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was a linebackers coach in past jobs, and he already has another linebackers coach in Jim O'Neil working with the unit's outside players.

Buffalo may just be consolidating, or it could be a "difference in philosophy," which was the Bills' reasoning for letting wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard go at the end of last month.

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