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Buffalo Bills defensive line coach Mike Waufle retires, successor named

Bills DL coach Mike Waufle retires after 20 years in the NFL.

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On Monday, one member of the Buffalo Bills organization retired, and it’s not who you think. Bills defensive line coach Mike Waufle announced his retirement shortly after Eric Wood’s non-retirement/retirement press conference.

“I was in constant pain on a daily basis — both knees, foot, back, ankle. All those things added up from my playing days,” Waufle told The Evening Tribune in his hometown of Hornell, NY. He informed head coach Sean McDermott two days after their playoff loss.

Waufle spent one year with the Bills, but had been an NFL assistant since 1997. The defensive line coach had previously spent time with the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, and New York Giants.

Waufle was a part of the Giants coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLII against the New England Patriots. Waufle’s defensive line sacked Patriots QB Tom Brady five times in the victory.

Throughout his 20 years in the NFL, the Western New York native had worked exclusively with the defensive line.

Upon Waufle’s retirement, head coach Sean McDermott promoted assistant defensive line coach John Teerlinck to Waufle’s previous position. McDermott’s administrative assistant Aaron Whitecotton will move into the assistant defensive line coach position.