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Buffalo Bills hiring Carolina Panthers coach Heath Farwell as special teams coordinator, per report

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Carolina Panthers assistant special teams coach Heath Farwell has been hired as the new special teams coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, per Panthers beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue. Farwell is a fresh face in the coaching world, with only three years of experience, but was a well-known specialist during a ten-year NFL career.

Farwell signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 as an undrafted free-agent linebacker. By 2006, he had been named the team’s special teams MVP. He was voted to the Pro Bowl as a special teams representative in the 2010 season. Farwell played with the Seattle Seahawks for the next four seasons, and was named the special teams captain from 2012-2014.

Farwell retired after 2014, then returned to the Seahawks in 2016 as an assistant special teams coach. After two seasons with that team, he signed with the Panthers for the same role in 2018.

A 2018 profile by Rodrigue noted Farwell’s relentless energy and situational analysis as positive parts of his profile. The Bills hope those qualities will help him turn around one of the league’s worst-performing special teams units in the upcoming season.