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Reports indicate that the Buffalo Bills could officially announce their entire coaching staff as soon as Monday. Who are the latest names on the rumor mill?
A week ago today, the Buffalo Bills introduced Doug Marrone as their new head coach. Since then, two assistant coaches have been hired: offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Per two separate reports, the rest of the coaching staff hires could be announced as soon as today.
The website FootballScoop.com - which was the first to report on the Bills' interest in Pettine last week - and Brent Axe of Syracuse.com both said on Sunday evening that hirings could be announced Monday; both also threw the names of new coaches into the mix.
Axe reports that Tyrone Wheatley will join the parade from Syracuse's coaching staff to Buffalo's. A former NFL running back, Wheatley, 41, has been a coach for the last six years after his 10-year playing career concluded. He's been the running backs coach at Syracuse for three of those six years; Axe did not specify which role Wheatley would be filling on Marrone's staff, but it's fairly safe to assume that he'll be spending a lot of time with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson next year.
Meanwhile, FootballScoop.com notes that long-time college defensive coordinator Chuck Driesbach will join Marrone's staff, again without specifying a role. Driesbach, 60, has coached in the college ranks since 1976, and has been a defensive coordinator at that level for 19 years. The site also notes that former New York Jets assistant defensive backs coach Jim O'Neil - originally reported to be joining Pettine in Buffalo by Manish Mehta - will coach Buffalo's linebackers.