The Bills announced today two coaching hires and a change in role for several members of Chan Gailey’s current coaching staff.
Andrew Dees was introduced today as the new assistant offensive line coach. Dees will assist veteran offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris. Dees is a 16-year college coaching veteran, with stops at UMass, Temple, and the University of Buffalo. He spent last season as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at UMass. This will be his first NFL job.
Eric Thatcher is the new defensive quality control coach. A three-year starter at the University of Pittsburgh for current Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt, Thatcher is just breaking into the coaching game. He spent last season as defensive backs coach at Division II Mercyhurst after spending a year as a graduate assistant at Pitt.
The Bills also shook up the current coaching staff a bit. Former defensive quality control coach Adrian White is now assistant secondary coach.
Tight ends coach Bob Bicknell will move outside to coach the Buffalo wide receivers in 2012. Bicknell has been the tight ends coach for two seasons. The tight ends coach job is currently still open.
Finally, veteran assistant Bob Sanders had his role expanded. Sanders was the outside linebackers coach in 2011, but he will coach all linebackers in 2012. Wannstedt was the inside linebackers coach in 2011, but his promotion to defensive coordinator opened that role.