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Some family ties to Bills newest asst. hires

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2017 – 11:16 am

Most Bills fans were probably immediately aware of the family tie to Buffalo’s new DBs coach Gill Byrd. His son, Jairus Byrd is a former second-round pick of the Bills (2009) and went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie with Buffalo. Now his father will be coaching the team’s defensive backs and he has a pretty impressive playing resume of his own.

A former first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers (1983), Byrd was a four-time All-Pro and is in the Chargers Hall of Fame as the franchise’s all-time interception leader with 42 picks. He most recently coached the Tampa Bay cornerbacks (2014-2015).

An interesting side note is Jairus Byrd is a potential cap casualty according to reports out of New Orleans. Byrd would have to be released by the Saints for that to even become a discussion for the Bills or any other club.

Meanwhile assistant DBs coach Bobby Babich is the son of Bills LBs coach Bob Babich. He previously coached under head coach Sean McDermott in Carolina as a defensive assistant, and also coached with Cleveland as assistant secondary coach. He was most recently with Florida International serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

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Byrd’s advice to rookies

Posted by Chris Brown on June 26, 2012 – 9:49 am

This week is the NFL’s Rookie Symposium in Canton, Ohio where the league’s newest class of talent is being schooled on the do’s and don’ts on a successful career. Bills safety Jairus Byrd, who made the rounds at ESPN in Bristol, CT Monday had some advice to offer rookies on NFL32OT.

“When I came into the league one of the good things I was told to me was to be a student of the game,” said Byrd. “A lot of times coming in from college you have a lot more free time, but it’s important to be a student of the game because the talent level picks up and everybody is good at this level. One of the things that I would tell the rookies is to just listen to the veterans and make sure that you soak up all the knowledge that you can from them because they’ve been there and done it before.”

Byrd also had the added benefit of having a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback for a father in Gill Byrd.

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Byrd’s dad gets to his games

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2010 – 9:00 am

Jairus Byrd has his NFL schedule and his dad, assistant secondary coach of the Chicago Bears Gill Byrd, has his 16-game slate. Despite conflicting schedules, the elder Byrd does whatever he can to get to his son’s games.

“When we have a bye, I go to his game,” said Gill Byrd. “If we play on a Thursday night, I’ll go to his Sunday game. Last year I went to two of his games.”

The elder Byrd was in attendance at Arrowhead to watch Jairus and the Bills face the Chiefs. The two will square off on Sunday in Toronto, but there will be another opportunity for the former Pro Bowl Chargers cornerback to see his son play in person again this season.

“I’ll go to the Cincinnati game after we play on Thursday night,” said Jairus’ dad.

The Bills play the Bengals in Week 11 (Nov. 21).

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Byrd wants to surpass elder Byrd

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2009 – 4:58 pm

Bills NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month Jairus Byrd has a father that was a pretty accomplished NFL cornerback in Gil Byrd, a former San Diego Charger, who had 42 interceptions in a nine-year career. The younger Byrd however, is interested in eclipsing that INT total in his career.

“Before I even came in, my goal was always to be better than him,” said the Bills rookie. “Whatever he does I want to break whatever he does. It’s competition so that’s without being said.”

When asked if his dad has argued that his son has it easier at free safety than he did at corner, Byrd said his dad has made no excuses.

“No, he hasn’t argued anything,” said Byrd. “It’s just an interception is an interception.”

And Byrd is off to a heck of a start with five interceptions in five career starts, including back-to-back games with two. It took Gill Byrd his first two seasons to log five interceptions.

The elder Byrd also did not a very successful NFL defensive back for a father.

“He’s always basically kind of told me things to look out for; things not to do and things that I should do,” said Byrd. “It kind of gives me a heads up beforehand so I know what I’m getting into that others might not have.”

All that tutelage along with some good instincts are already paying off.

There’s also one other Byrd that Jairus Byrd will pass if he’s able to eclipse his father’s interception total of 42 in his career. Provided he remains a Bill for most of his career he could also pass Bills Wall of Famer Butch Byrd, who still holds the franchise record for interceptions with 40.

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