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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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