The Buffalo Bills will have a minimum five new faces in their coaching ranks this Spring when the players return. Of course new Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz will be biggest name, but new coaches at linebacker, receiver and quarterback coach will be in attendance as well. This means new technique, new terminology and new relationships for a team still trying to find it’s identity.
On defense the Bills will have had four different coordinators in the last four years. Jim Schwartz brings a world of experience to Buffalo, but along with it a new scheme and that means another transition period for young and old players alike.
Offensively EJ Manuel will have a quarterback coach in Todd Downing dedicated to correcting his footwork and progression reads. Downing is just 33 years old and never played in the NFL, but his resume credits him with helping Detroit QB Matt Stafford set passing records in Motown.
Manuel will have the luxury of working with the same Offensive Coordinator in Nate Hackett in his second year, but the receivers will be working with a new man with Ike Hillard let go last month. Creating new relationships and adjusting to a new teacher always takes time.
Not to mention the fact some of the coaches are barely older than the players they’re coaching. In fact, Fred Jackson at the age of 33 is as old as two of the coaches on the staff including Offensive Coordinator Nate Hackett.
Doug Marrone appears to be a bulldog when it comes to determination and focus. However, Marrone’s blue print in turning around the Bills couldn’t have included this much turnover after season one. The new additions will have to especially talented to keep the Bills moving forward and not taking a step back.
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