Bills-Giants Connections Include High-Profile Coaches, Execs

In today's NFL - one built around the idea of parity - no matter who your favorite team is playing, you can almost always find connections between the two franchises from a personnel standpoint. That is the case with this week's Buffalo Bills opponent, the New York Giants.

  • Before future-GM Buddy Nix was brought in as the Bills' national scout in 2009, Marc Ross held that position in Buffalo through the end of the 2007 NFL Draft. Since leaving the Bills in May of '07, Ross has become entrenched as the Giants' Director of College Scouting, where he reports directly to GM Jerry Reese.
  • Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride held the same position in Buffalo in 2002 and 2003. Behind quarterback Drew Bledsoe, Gilbride coordinated the NFL's No. 11-rated offense in his first season, and the Bills put up pretty gaudy statistics at the start of that season. In 2003, however, the offense fell to a No. 30 ranking, and Gilbride was relieved of his duties prior to 2004 when Mike Mularkey was hired as head coach. Gilbride is in his fifth season as Tom Coughlin's offensive coordinator.
  • We talked about Perry Fewell and his run as the Bills' interim head coach in 2009 this morning. Fewell was hired as Dick Jauron's defensive coordinator in 2006. That year, the Bills ranked No. 18 in team defense, but a No. 31 ranking a year later marred respectable finishes in '08 (No. 14) and '09 (No. 19). He is in his second season as the Giants' defensive coordinator.
  • Jack Bicknell, Jr. has been the Giants' assistant offensive line coach for the past four seasons. He is the brother of Buffalo's tight ends coach, Bob Bicknell.
  • One of the three teams that left tight end Scott Chandler for dead was the Giants, who signed Chandler off of Dallas' practice squad in December of 2009, and who waived him in early September prior to the start of the 2010 season. Chandler, in his first season as the Bills' starting tight end, has 12 receptions for 101 yards and four touchdowns this season.
  • If you were wondering where second-year pass rusher Antonio Coleman landed when the Bills surprisingly released him prior to the start of this season, look no further than the Giants' practice squad.
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