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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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Report: Bills have deadline on LBs coach O’Neil

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2014 – 10:12 pm

The Cleveland Browns are interested in interviewing Bills linebackers coach Jim O’Neil reportedly for their defensive coordinator post under Mike Pettine. Buffalo reportedly has until tomorrow to let Cleveland know if they’re going to get permission.

That according to’s Ian Rapaport, who also reported a potential replacement candidate for the Browns if O’Neil is not allowed to interview.

The Bills presumably want to let new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz speak with O’Neil to ascertain whether they can work together effectively on defense.

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The plan for Mark Anderson

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2013 – 9:34 am

In the spring Mark Anderson was diligently working his way back from an injury that forced him to miss the last 12 games. He participated in practices in the spring and signs are optimistic that he’ll be participating even more in practice come training camp. Whether he’ll be full go is a wait and see, but defensive coordinator Mike Pettine already has a plan for working him back into the flow of things defensively.

“I think we’ll start with third down for Mark and work our way backwards,” said Pettine. “I think when he’s healthy he can be an elite pass rusher. His body of work is evidence of that. Here’s a guy that as much as maybe he wants to rush the passer he has value on early downs as well.

“With (outside linebackers) coach (Jim) O’Neil he’s done a good job of buying in. He could think to himself that he’s a designated pass rusher and doesn’t need to sink his teeth into the playbook and the rest of our stuff. But that hasn’t been the case. He’s making the effort to learn it and there will be times in packages on first and second down where he’s out there as one of our edge players.”

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Report: Jets Asst to join Pettine w/Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2013 – 9:37 am

Immediately after reports came out that the Bills are going to hire Mike Pettine as their defensive coordinator there were subsequent reports that Assistant defensive backs coach Jim O’Neil will join Pettine on Buffalo’s defensive staff.

That according to New York Daily News Jets beat reporter Manish Mehta.

O’Neil worked primarily with the safeties under Jets DBs coach Dennis Thurman, who is expected to be the Jets new defensive coordinator based on Rex Ryan’s comments at his season wrap up press conference Tuesday.

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