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Buffalo Bills make change at assistant defensive line coach

One in, one out.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills have made a change at assistant defensive line coach. According to Alex Marvez of Sirius XM Radio, they have hired Jacques Cesaire as their new coach. He replaces Aaron Whitecotton, who is joining the San Francisco 49ers, presumably replacing pass rush specialist Chris Kiffin who left to join the Cleveland Browns organization.

Cesaire had a long career with the San Diego Chargers, playing nine seasons in California after entering the league as an undrafted free agent. He started 66 of his 109 games and retired in 2013.

“The media, it’s not a team,” Cesaire said in 2013, per the San Diego Tribune when discussing why he didn’t want to go into broadcasting. “What is the goal? The goal is to get the next great story. That’s not exciting to me. What’s exciting to me is having a group of guys and working together and having a plan to work toward achieving a goal. And when you do, it’s a little slice of heaven. And when you don’t, guess what, you get to do it all over again.”

If he was in Buffalo, he’d be known as a process guy that always worked heard and acting like a leader and role model for the younger players. He constantly mentored younger players and now he gets to do that full-time.

“Jacques would be a very good coach,” said Ron Rivera, formerly the Chargers’ defensive coordinator, in that 2013 article. “He’s an intelligent guy … Maybe that’s why he shouldn’t be a coach.”

As for Whitecotton, he formerly served as Sean McDermott’s administrative assistant before becoming assistant defensive line coach two years ago. He has previous experience as the assistant defensive line coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.