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Report: DeHaven returns to Buffalo as special teams coordinator

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John Murphy at WIVB.com is reporting that former Buffalo Bills special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven will return to Buffalo in the same capacity under new head coach Chan Gailey. The report says that the announcement is expected to take place next week.

DeHaven, 61, was the Bills' special teams coordinator from 1987 through 1999, a time frame in which the Bills made four straight appearances in the Super Bowl; he lost his job after the famed Music City Miracle. Since then, DeHaven has coached special teams in San Francisco, Dallas and most recently Seattle. Ten years after Buffalo jettisoned him, however, DeHaven is on his way back.

DeHaven has 23 years of coaching experience at the NFL level.

Buffalo is still several coaches short of a complete staff, with the most glaring vacancy at defensive coordinator. DeHaven's arrival, however, eliminates the vacancy at one of the most critical spots on any coaching staff.