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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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Role for new Bills assistant to be determined

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 1:42 pm

He has a background in coaching defensive backs, but for right now Buffalo’s newest assistant coach Jeff Hafley has the title of defensive assistant. Head coach Doug Marrone explained why.

“Anytime you have a chance to get a coach that you admire who is a good, young football coach who is up and coming you go ahead and do that. And that’s what we did,” said Marrone. “We brought Jeff on as a defensive assistant until we know the direction that we’re going.”

With plans to possibly fill a linebackers coach opening and the undetermined situation with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is in the running for the Browns head coaching job, it seems like some dust will have to settle before Hafley’s duties on defense are more specific.

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Hafley has New York state ties

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2014 – 1:05 pm

Bills newly hired defensive assistant Jeff Hafley has some ties to New York state.

A New Jersey native, Hafley played his college ball at Siena where he was a wide receiver. He also coached at the University of Albany for four seasons.

Hafley has worked primarily with defensive backs in his 13 years of coaching, working most notably with Darrelle Revis in college at Pitt and with Tampa Bay the past two seasons.

Where exactly his duties will lie on the defensive side of the ball will be determined at a future date by head coach Doug Marrone.

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