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Special Teams Coach ready for OP weather

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 15, 2013 – 7:45 pm

He’s just wrapped up his second day on the job. And the new Special Teams Coordinator for the Buffalo Bills says he knows what he’s getting into, when it comes to coaching kickers and punters at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Danny Crossman was a guest Tuesday night on The John Murphy Show. He was just named as the team’s new Special Teams Coordinator Monday, after spending the last three seasons with the Detroit Lions in the same role.

Crossman says he knows the wind and weather can be a challenge during the football season in Orchard Park. And he vows that his unit will be ready.

“It’s part of it,” he told host John Murphy. “But that’s something that we’ll take into account and we’ll be prepared and we’ll practice. We’ll have ideas and schemes and packages for whatever comes up. And that’s wind, that’s sun, that’s rain, that’s snow. It shouldn’t surprise you, that’s for sure.”

Crossman is reunited with Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone, whom he’s known since the two played college football almost thirty years ago. Marrone played at Syracuse while Crossman was a defensive back and fullback at Pitt. Then they played together in the old World League of American Football with the London Monarchs, and coached together in 1993 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Crossman says he knows Marrone professionally as well as anyone, and he knows what he’ll bring to the Bills.

“He is, first and foremost, a great evaluator,” according to Crossman. “He’s an outstanding teacher. And he’s very organized. He will have a plan for everything, which is important. When those situations come up, it’s better to have anticipated and have an idea of them, instead of just reaction. Because that’s when bad things happen.”

The Bills new Special Teams coach is looking forward to working with Marrone again, and he thinks the new head man will pay adequate attention to the Bills special teams.

“As a Head Coach, he understands how all three phases have to tie together to be successful,” Crossman said on the radio show. “The bottom line is all that any of us want to do, is win games for the Buffalo Bills.
I think he’ll be very supportive and have great ideas for everything we’re looking to do.”

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550


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