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Bills LBs Coach goes way back with Pettine

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 8, 2013 – 7:40 pm

The new Bills coaching staff wrapped up another week of personnel evaluation as they continue to settle in at One Bills Drive. But Linebackers Coach Chuck Driesbach is already pretty familiar with his new boss.

In an appearance Friday night on The John Murphy Show, Driesbach said he goes way back with Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine and his family. In fact, Driesbach played high school football in Eastern Pennsylvania at Central Bucks West High School, where Pettine’s father was the Head Coach.

Driesbach told host John Murphy he still uses many of the football and coaching lessons he learned from Mike Pettine, Sr.

“He’s a legendary coach,” Driesbach said. “I still find myself coaching like his dad—very fundamentally sound, making sure that what you expect out of these players is what they do. You don’t let them get away with anything, and it goes a long way. It was a great foundation for me.”

Driesbach is a coaching lifer, with 36-years in the business. And almost all of that time has been spent in college football. The Bills job is his first foray into the NFL.

“It wasn’t anything I set out to pursue. I just love coaching. I’ve been in the SEC, the Big Ten, the Big East. I’ve even been in the Ivy League. I got just as nervous before the Ivy League games as I did before the SEC games. I just love to coach, and when this opportunity presented itself, I was fired up.”

Driesbach was out of coaching last year, taking a one year sabbatical. But he did spend some time with the New York Jets and Mike Pettine, Jr. and that gradually led to his job with the Bills.

“This past year, I was not coaching at Rice. I went up and spent a week with the Jets at training camp, got a chance to sit in the meetings with the coaches and players,” he said.

“I did a little work for Mike in terms of film study, not for money, but he was doing it as a favor for me to keep me in football. And, he respected what I might be able to tell him, to help. It was a good re-connect, because when this job came open, he thought of me. So I’m real excited that happened.”

The entire interview with Bills LB Coach Chuck Driesbach will be available Friday night at\johnmurphyshow.

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