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Buffalo Bills 2017 coaching staff finalized

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Sean McDermott’s staff will have 25 coaches, a bit lower than the total Rex Ryan carried.

Per the team’s official website, the Buffalo Bills have completed the process of hiring coaches for the 2017 season. In all, head coach Sean McDermott will lead a staff of 25 coaches. The article notes that the only coach retained from “the previous regime” is special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, although the strength and conditioning staff (led by Eric Ciano) will remain in place, as well.

Generally speaking, most coaching staffs are going to have a similar makeup, but McDermott’s has a few changes from the one Rex Ryan led for the last two seasons. The roles of senior offensive assistant (held by Chris Palmer in 2016), special teams quality control (Kathryn Smith), assistant defensive backs (Ed Reed), and outside linebackers coach (Jeff Weeks) are gone. McDermott also hasn’t given out the title of assistant head coach to anybody on the staff.

Unlike Rex, however, McDermott does have a run game coordinator (Juan Castillo, also the offensive line coach), and he’ll have an “assistant to the head coach”, Matt Worswick. That’s a role McDermott himself held under Andy Reid in Philadelphia back in 2001. (The aforementioned Smith held the assistant to the head coach title until being promoted to her quality control job.)

If you’re interested in the backgrounds of any of the coaches, we have been tracking the staff hires as they were announced.

Update: The list now includes another assistant to the head coach, Laura Young.