Buffalo Bills news, 1/14: Bills fire inside linebackers coach

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills fired their inside linebackers coach on Monday. Read his reaction in our collected links.

CB West grad Driesbach stunned by Bills firing - Bucks County Courier Times

Marrone told Driesbach, who had just finished his first season as inside linebackers coach for the Bills, that "they just wanted to change the dynamic of the staff and they had to let me go. He said I hadn't done anything wrong, shook my hand and I walked out of the office."  Outside linebackers coach Jim O'Neil, coordinator Mike Pettine, and Driesbach all went to the same high school. Their hometown paper got the first interview with the former Bills coach, who had glowing things to say about the organization and his colleagues.

Buffalo Bills fire LB coach Chuck Driesbach - ESPN
"He also served as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh from 1993-1996, with current Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on his staff as a graduate assistant from 1993-1994."

Bills dismiss Driesbach - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Driesbach’s players posted admirable stats, but as a unit they factored into Buffalo’s back-breaking propensity to give up long runs."

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Inside The Bills | Co-captain explains why he has faith in EJ
"I’ve had an opportunity to sit in the quarterback meetings with him and Nate (Hackett) while they’re talking through the schemes that are going in and Nate will be talking to him about a coverage and what he’s thinking and right off the bat he knows what he’s supposed to be looking for if it’s cover-four, cover-three or cover-two, he knows where he’s supposed to go and where the reads are going to be," said Jackson.

Inside The Bills | Jackson out to change perception of Stevie
"I definitely think he has a future here," Jackson said. "He’s a guy that’s up and down so to speak. That’s on guys like myself and Kyle (Williams) and Eric (Wood) to get changed. I’ll take a lot of personal accountability for that guy. That’ll be on me next year, if he’s here, nothing is ever guaranteed. If I’m here it’s one of those things where I’ll definitely do everything I can to get that tarnished image off of Stevie because he’s a tremendous player and a guy that I think can be really great for us."

Inside The Bills | Wide variance in sacks allowed road vs. home
"As you’ll see in the charts below, courtesy of Stats Inc., Buffalo allowed the second-fewest sacks at home with just 10 this past season. On the road however, the Bills surrendered the most sacks in the league with 38."

Inside The Bills | Alonso heads up LB list
"Kiko Alonso was rated by AdvancedNFLStats as the best linebacker in the league. Based on his play in 2013 they determined he had the highest Win Probability Added among linebackers this past season."

Inside The Bills | Kyle tops NFL DTs in advanced metrics
"Williams is rated as the highest defensive tackle in the NFL for his performance in 2013. The veteran DT had the highest Win Probability Added figure with his time on the field for the Bills last season."

Buffalo Bills positional review: Safeties - ESPN
"What seemed like a deep position at the beginning of the season ended up being top-heavy: both Williams and Byrd performed well, but when they weren't on the field things went downhill."

The 2013 Maffies: Offensive Player of the Year - Bills Mafia -- #BillsMafia
"The "InFredible Hulk" finished with 91% of the vote in a landslide victory. Cordy Glenn, who had a terrific year at left tackle, came in second with 4% of the vote."

BEYOND THE STATS: ARE THE BILLS FINALLY STOPPING TES? - Buffalo Wins
Did Scott Chandler do enough at the tight end position in 2013 and how did the Bills defense do against the tight ends they faced in 2013?

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