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Marrone lays out likely coaching departures

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2014 – 5:33 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone wasn’t shy in laying out what he feels will unfold in terms of departures from his coaching staff, as former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine tries to put together his own staff in Cleveland.

Marrone, who granted Cleveland permission Monday to interview linebackers coach Jim O’Neil, said he expects up to four coaches on his defensive staff to leave for the Browns.

“As of right now Jim O’Neil was granted permission and he’ll be leaving to go to Cleveland to be the defensive coordinator to the best of my knowledge,” he said. “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. 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. As far as Jim and I and the rest of the defensive staff we’ll work together and bring the best coaches in here. That’s our responsibility to Mr. Wilson, to Russ, to Doug and more importantly to our players.”

Marrone was also asked about defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, who also came to Buffalo with Pettine from New York, and wasn’t optimistic about him staying in Buffalo 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,” said Marrone. “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.”

 


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Carrington’s goals set high

Posted by Chris Brown on July 3, 2013 – 9:54 am

Alex Carrington had to keep his personal goals realistic in previous seasons knowing he wasn’t going to see a ton of time on the field defensively being a younger player. But heading into the 2013 season his personal goals are higher than ever.

“Yeah I definitely set a high standard for myself,” Carrington told Buffalobills.com. “I’ve always been that way. It’s always something to strive for and I’ve come out here and worked hard every day now to push myself toward achieving those goals.”

Carrington was running with the first team defense in spring practices, but that was partly a byproduct of Kyle Williams being unable to participate coming off of Achilles surgery. What group he’ll line up with in training camp remains to be seen, but hearing defensive line coach Anthony Weaver gush about the potential of Carrington this season it’s obvious his versatility will have him in a big role for Mike Pettine’s defense.

What intrigues Carrington the most is the attention the more household names on the Bills defensive line will get, which should leave him with a lot of one-on-one matchups.

“You hit the nail on the head, but with this defense you never know who is going to make a play,” he said. “So we’ll see what happens.”


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Pettine: A privilege to coach Ray Lewis

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2013 – 12:35 pm

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Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and the Ravens will be the last game in Ray Lewis’ lengthy NFL career. Three of Buffalo’s coaches spent time on the Baltimore staff during Lewis’ playing career. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine coached him for four seasons as one of the team’s two linebacker coaches. Knowing he coached one of the greats leaves him feeling privileged.

“To me when I look back at some point over my coaching career, the fact that I can say I was part of coaching Ray Lewis will be one of my highlights,” he said.

Pettine, who coached Lewis, and Bills defensive line coach Anthony Weaver who lined up with him as his teammate for four seasons in Baltimore reflected on Lewis’ career with Buffalobills.com. Their comments are part of a story on the home page of Buffalobills.com today.


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Bills coaches working on player evaluations

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 30, 2013 – 8:00 pm

They’re all in place now, and Doug Marrone’s new coaching staff for the Buffalo Bills is hard at work this week, doing player evaluations from the 2012 season.

New Bills Defensive Line Coach Anthony Weaver told The John Murphy Show Wednesday night that he and the rest of the staff are deep into the 2012 video, watching last year’s players perform at each of their position groups.

“Right now we’re in the early stages of evaluating the guys who are on the roster,” Weaver said. “Pretty soon we’ll get into the unrestricted free agents and the draftees. We’re ahead of the curve as far as the playbook goes, because a lot of the guys have come over from the Jets defense and we already know it. We’re ahead of the curve in that aspect, we’re just in the evaluation stage.”

Weaver is in his second season as an assistant coach in the NFL. He spent last season as the assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets. And he’s been on an accelerated path towards coaching in the NFL, since his playing days ended in 2008 with the Houston Texans.

“I didn’t take that long period off between being a player and becoming a coach,” he told host John Murphy. ” I knew probably after the fourth year in my career that coaching was what I wanted to do.”

Weaver started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the University of Florida’s defense, and worked his way up, through one year with North Texas State, and one year with the Jets, before coming to the Bills earlier this month.

“I didn’t want to call the guys I knew in the NFL and have things given to me,” he says. “I wanted to walk in the same shoes those guys did. I wanted to go the GA (Graduate Assistant) route. I wanted to earn my stripes. While it has been fast, I feel like I’ve worked for every bit of it along the way.”

And the new man in charge of the Bills defensive line says he’s not afraid of the long hours NFL assistants typically put in on the job.

“You definitely have to put the time in. But I have such a passion for this game. I have no problem putting the hours in, never have, never did as a player, and I’m dang sure I never have had that problem as a coach.”


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DL coach tonight on The John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 30, 2013 – 5:53 pm

We’re back on the air with The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, after the podcast on Tuesday because of hockey. And we’ve got a good lineup for the radio show.

At 720pm, we’ll be joined in studio by the new Defensive Line Coach for the Buffalo Bills. Anthony Weaver joins the Bills after working with Mike Pettine and the Jets defense last year. He’s a former NFL defensive lineman, and he was a teammate of Mario Williams when the two played in Houston. We’ll ask Coach Weaver about coaching his former teammate and settling in with the Bills.

This Saturday, at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, electors will vote on the 2013 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Bills WR Andre Reed is one of 15-finalists for the eighth year. What are his chances this year?

We’ll talk with Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News on the radio show Wednesday at 8pm. Gaughan will present Reed’s nomination again this year during an eight hour meeeting in New Orleans Saturday.

We’ll have Super Bowl news and we’ll talk about how the 2012 Bills Special Teams ranked last season. As usual, we’ll make room for phone calls from fans.

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


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Weaver has admired D-line talent from afar

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2013 – 9:40 am

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Bills defensive line coach Anthony Weaver may have been coaching with the New York Jets the past couple of seasons, but he was fully aware of the level of talent on Buffalo’s defensive line this past season. Now he’ll get the chance to coach them.

“The thing about our group is a lot of our guys that I have I’ve admired from afar,” said Weaver, who played for seven seasons in the NFL with Baltimore and Houston. “I’ve seen them play and I’ve said, ‘Man those guys are talented.’ Now to get the opportunity to actually work with them I’m just thrilled. Thrilled about it.”

Just looking at the names on the defensive line got Weaver’s mind racing with possibilities.

“As a coach you’re always thinking of things you can do to help beat offenses and put your guys in positions where they can get after the quarterback,” said Weaver. “That being said our coaching staff, particularly coach Pettine is a phenomenal defensive mind. I know he’s going to put this team together where all our guys are getting after it.”

On the home page of Buffalobills.com we examine Weaver’s challenge of now being the position coach of Mario Williams after being his teammate for three seasons.


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Interesting coaching dynamic for Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2013 – 5:10 pm

With the Bills announcing the addition of 10 assistants to the coaching staff Tuesday there’s an interesting coaching dynamic concerning DE Mario Williams.

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Anthony Weaver was hired as the team’s defensive line coach. Last year he was the Jets assistant D-line coach. More importantly Weaver had a seven-year playing career, which included a three-year stint with the Houston Texans (2006-08).

For those three years Weaver was Williams teammate. Now he’s his coach.

This kind of situation has probably happened before in the NFL, but Williams is one of the biggest impact players on defense.

Weaver probably knows Williams strengths as a player as well as anyone having lined up with him in practice for three seasons. He also witnessed how Williams responded to certain coaching styles. Hopefully it helps Weaver in getting the most out of Buffalo’s top pass rusher.


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