The Buffalo Bills have reportedly made an addition to their coaching staff this week, with Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reporting that Al Holcomb has been added as a senior defensive assistant.
Holcomb, 52, is a 14-year NFL coaching veteran who most recently was the interim special teams coordinator and assistant head coach for — you guessed it — the Carolina Panthers. Holcomb re-joined the Panthers in 2020 under ex-head coach Matt Rhule, but was also with Carolina from 2013-17 as the linebackers coach, where he worked with Bills head coach Sean McDermott, then the Panthers’ defensive coordinator.
The #Bills are hiring Al Holcomb as a senior defensive assistant, source says. Holcomb, who was the #Panthers’ interim defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Steve Wilks, reunites with Sean McDermott, whom he worked alongside in Carolina.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 8, 2023
Holcomb also coached linebackers in 2019 with the Cleveland Browns, where he worked with the Panthers’ just-replaced interim head coach, Steve Wilks.
Ex-#Panthers DC will be joining Sean McDermott with the #Bills.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) February 8, 2023
Frankie Luvu said this about Holcomb last month: “Al – I can say – is one of the best linebacker coaches in the league, as far as coverages, scheming it up and putting guys – finding their strengths in the defense.” https://t.co/96Dy81762F
Holcomb becomes the second coach added to Buffalo’s staff this offseason; the team hired Joe Danna as its safeties coach last week. Danna replaced Jim Salgado, who was relieved of his duties after spending six years with the organization.