Make that three former Buffalo Bills coaches that will be working for new New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles in 2015: on Saturday, the team announced that Pepper Johnson will be their new defensive line coach.
Johnson, 50, spent the 2014 season coaching the Bills' defensive line, which produced three Pro Bowl players, two of them (end Mario Williams and tackle Marcell Dareus) first-team All-Pros. After former Bills head coach Doug Marrone quit his job, Johnson interviewed for the New York Giants' defensive coordinator position - and while that was happening, new Bills head coach Rex Ryan named Karl Dunbar his new defensive line coach in Buffalo.
Reports surfaced that Ryan had told Johnson he had a job waiting for him in Buffalo if he wanted it, but evidently, the former Giants star linebacker has chosen greener pastures.
Johnson joins former Bills head coach Chan Gailey (the Jets' new offensive coordinator) and former Bills special teams coordinator Bobby April (who holds the same title under Bowles) on the Jets' new-look coaching staff. Meanwhile, we're still trying to wrap our minds around the one and only Rex Ryan coaching the Bills. What a strange world we live in.