The Bills announced today that Andrew Dees will be joining Sean McDermott’s coaching staff in Buffalo as the assistant offensive line coach.
As the tweet mentions, Dees has experience with the Bills. He served in the same role on Chan Gailey’s staff in 2012, but was let go when Gailey was fired after the season. He followed Joe D’Alessandris, the primary offensive line coach under Gailey, to San Diego in 2013. Dees was released after the 2015 season, and spent last year out of football. Dees also joined the Bills as a coaching fellowship intern in 2000 during the offseason, and spent five years as the tight ends coach at the University of Buffalo from 2000 to 2005.
A native of Babylon, New York, and a graduate (and player) at Syracuse, Dees began his coaching career at West Islip High School in 1996. He moved on to Wagner College in 1997, and then to Stony Brook as their offensive line coach in 1998. He spent three seasons in Stony Brook prior to joining Jim Hofher’s staff at UB. After the 2005 season, he coached the offensive line at Temple University until 2010. He spent the 2011 season as running backs coach for the University of Massachusetts before joining the Bills the next season.
Dees is the eighth member of McDermott’s staff, although he’s the first “assistant” assistant coach. Even a coach in that role, however, has over 20 years of coaching experience. He’ll coach alongside Juan Castillo, who has the added role of being Buffalo’s “run game coordinator” alongside offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. In that regard, he may have a bigger hand in coaching than one would expect an assistant offensive line coach to have. The group, though, is fairly experienced and has performed well in recent seasons. There will most likely be a new face at right tackle, as Jordan Mills played poorly in the role last season and is a free agent.
McDermott seems to want everybody on his staff to be experienced. The addition of Dees continues that trend.