Monday, January 27, 2014

Mike Pettine poaching a handful of Bills assistants


Remember the Buffalo Bills assistant coach who had no idea why he was fired?

It's safe to say that he's no longer searching for an answer.

Former Bills defensive coordinator and now Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine hired former Bills linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach this week to assume the same position in Cleveland, and he's not the only 2013 Bills assistant to follow Pettine.

As expected, Pettine acquired the services of Bills linebackers coach Jim O'Neil to serve as the Browns' defensive coordinator, and Bills coach Doug Marrone said Monday that he expects Pettine to poach at least three other assistant coaches, as well.

"Brian Fleury, who was the quality control coach, will be going to Cleveland to the best of my knowledge to be an assistant linebacker coach," Marrone said, via "And 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."

Marrone also doesn't expect defensive line coach Anthony Weaver to stick around, either.

"Anthony Weaver, I’ve had a conversation with him today and again Russ (Brandon) 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," Marrone said.

"I think that’s the most important thing and that’s the most important message. I spoke to him today and right now I don’t feel good about that, him coming back."

Though the buck stops with Marrone, new Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will certainly have an major say in how the team proceeds with filling those voids.

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