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Buffalo Bills hire Babich as LB coach, retain ST coordinator Crossman

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Sean McDermott’s staff is up to four coaches.

During his introductory press conference yesterday, new Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that the team would be retaining special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, who will be working under his fourth head coach (counting Anthony Lynn) with the Bills since he was hired by Doug Marrone in 2013.

Crossman, 49, has been working with the third phase of the game at the pro and college levels since the late 1990s, and has been a special teams coordinator with the Panthers (prior to McDermott’s tenure there) and Lions in the NFL.

Later in the day, in an appearance on Sirius XM Radio, McDermott also announced that Bob Babich would be joining his staff as the linebackers coach.

Babich, 55, is another hire with extensive experience in the coaching ranks. He’s served as an NFL defensive coordinator twice, with the Bears (2007-09) and Jaguars (2013-15), and has nine seasons of NFL experience in the role he’ll be filling with the Bills. His stay in Chicago from 2004-12 coincided with the careers of great Bears linebackers like Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. Babich also served as head coach of North Dakota State from 1997-2002.

McDermott’s staff is now four coaches deep. There’s still plenty of roles to fill, including a very important one at offensive coordinator, but it’s unlikely his staff will reach the sheer size that Rex Ryan kept, which topped 25 coaches for much of his tenure with the team.