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Former Bills assistants are hot commodities league-wide

As the Buffalo Bills continue to play a game of excruciating patience in finding their next head coach, members of the team's coaching staff from 2009 continue to be highly sought-after commodities.

Three former Bills coaches already have new jobs. Interim head coach Perry Fewell last week accepted a defensive coordinator position with the New York Giants, where he'll inherit a lot of talent, a lot of problems, and a lot of pressure from his predecessor, Bill Sheridan. League-renowned special teams coordinator Bobby April was snapped up quickly by the Philadelphia Eagles. Sean Kugler, who employed his duct-tape-and-rubber-bands routine on Buffalo's banged-up offensive line last season, is the new offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Add Eric Studesville to the list of former Bills coaches getting interest around the league. The Denver Broncos, according to the Denver Post, have requested permission to interview Studesville; they're looking for a replacement to Bobby Turner, who coached running backs in Denver for 15 years before signing on under Mike Shanahan in Washington last week. As Buffalo "relieved their coaches of 2009 responsibilities" on January 4, there is zero question that Denver will be granted that permission.

When Turk Schonert was fired just prior to the 2009 season, Studesville received the additional responsibility of running game coordinator, which he held throughout this past season.

With the Bills the only team currently looking to fill a vacancy at head coach, teams around the league are beginning to tweak their staffs, taking many quality assistants off the table. For such a maligned coaching staff, however, Buffalo's former assistants seem to be landing on their feet with ease. Other former coaches that are expected to be snapped up quickly include Bob Sanders (defensive line) and George Catavolos (defensive backs).