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Bills Coaching Staff Rumors: Tyrone Wheatley, Chuck Driesbach Reportedly Hired

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 - which was the first to report on the Bills' interest in Pettine last week - and Brent Axe of 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, 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.

Add Wheatley and Driesbach to O'Neil and purported new defensive line coach Anthony Weaver as new Bills assistant coaches, per various reports. We may know several more names by day's end.