It’s not surprising that Bills new secondary coach John Butler has a history with head coach Sean McDermott, but their ties are not from the coaching world.
The two accomplished coaches have never coached together. Butler and McDermott were actually high school teammates on the LaSalle College high school football team in Philadelphia.
In fact, last year when McDermott was being viewed as the favorite for the Bills head coaching job, the Houston Chronicle speculated that then Houston secondary coach John Butler could be a consideration for Buffalo’s defensive coordinator post.
Even Houston head coach Bill O’Brien, who fired Butler on Jan. 2nd, had a lot of respect for Butler and was optimistic about his coaching future. He told the Houston Chronicle the following about Butler at the close of the 2016 season.
“John Butler is an excellent coach,” O’Brien said. “John Butler, in my opinion, is destined for great things in this profession. I think he’ll be a coordinator someday. I think he’ll be a head football coach somewhere someday. Did a great job for us at Penn State and he’s done an excellent job for us here as guys really rely on him. He’s a very energetic guy.
“I think several guys on the defensive staff have the ability to be coordinators, and I think John is definitely one who can be a coordinator, has been a coordinator,” Crennel said in reference to his year as Penn State DC. “He’s a very hard worker, he’s detailed. I think it’s hard to outwork him. He’s got a good football mind, makes adjustments on the sideline.”
Former Houston CB A.J. Bouye, who signed a huge free agent contract with Jacksonville, after emerging as a Pro Bowl caliber talent under Butler, credited him for his development into a premier NFL cornerback.
“He’s helped me out a lot,” said Bouye, of Butler. “Sometimes, we joke about all the meetings we have. At the end of the day, you have to appreciate it. He’s always letting us know what to expect. We watch so much film. He’s keeping us alert and he’s helped out a lot on our techniques and studying film. It makes it easy.”
Tags: Bills coaching staff, John Butler, Sean McDermott
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Earlier today ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper released his first mock draft and he did not have a single quarterback come off the board in the first 32 selections. In a national conference call Kiper explained why.
Kiper referenced the Arizona Cardinals at seven and Buffalo Bills at eight in need of a quarterback, but he doesn’t see them taking one in round one.
“I couldn’t put a first round quarterback in my mock because I don’t think one is going to go seven or eight,” said Kiper. “After that nobody else is looking at a quarterback. The teams that are, Kansas City obviously and Arizona and Buffalo, but they’re second round possibilities. To me if you want to project a quarterback at seven or eight go ahead. I just don’t think there’s any quarterback worthy of going that high.”
Kiper then raised the potential of one of those teams trading back into the bottom of round one to get the signal caller they want.
“That’s where do you see a team trade back into the first round in the 20’s to get a Mike Glennon, a Geno Smith or a Matt Barkley? Certainly that could happen,” said Kiper. “We all thought that was going to happen with Andy Dalton two years ago and it never did. Cincinnati stayed where they were he fell to them and Colin Kaepernick went a little higher to the 49ers and there they were. Everybody said if you want Andy Dalton you have to move back into the first at about 25 and nobody had to move to 25.
“The late great John Butler was running the Chargers organization and he took LaDainian Tomlinson and didn’t trade up in the late first for a quarterback and there he was sitting there in the early second round. They didn’t have to trade up to get him. So that’s why this notion that you have to trade up to get their quarterback doesn’t happen.”
“So I can’t project that trade when I’m doing a mock first round. It distorts the whole thing. So could Geno Smith, Glennon or Barkley go in the late first? They could. Could one of these guys get hot during the pre-draft process? Yes.”
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