Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Bills have hired Rob Boras as the team’s tight ends coach.
Boras, 46, had been with the Rams since 2012. Since the latter part of the 2015 season, he had also served as the team’s offensive coordinator. The Rams finished dead last in the NFL in points and yards this past season, something that can largely be blamed on the lack of competent quarterback play and the regression of running back Todd Gurley in his second season.
Like the rest of Sean McDermott’s hires so far, Boras has plenty of experience doing the job he was hired to do. He broke into the NFL as the tight ends coach for the Bears in 2004, and also spent a couple seasons with the Jaguars before joining the Rams. He’s worked with quite a few great tight ends over the years, including Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark, Marcedes Lewis, and Jared Cook.
Boras broke into coaching at DePauw University in 1992 before joining John Makovic’s staff at the University of Texas in 1994. He spent one year as head coach of Division III Benedictine University in 1998 (going 3-7) before moving to UNLV as an offensive line coach. He moved up to the offensive coordinator role before joining the Bears.
With the Bills, Boras will be tasked with helping Charles Clay continue the outburst of production he showed in December, something the Bills will desperately need if they hope to contend in 2017. He’ll also play a part in the continuing development of Nick O’Leary as well as any new players the Bills bring in, something that’s likely giving the impending departures of Gerald Christiansen and Chris Gragg (who spent the season on injured reserve).
Boras is McDermott’s sixth hire, and at this point he’s clearly placing a heavy emphasis on experience. He has yet to hire someone who hasn’t been doing what they were hired to do for at least a decade, and every single one of his hires has been in the coaching business longer than he has. It’s a very good way for a first-time head coach to be looking at things for his rookie year.