Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan announced on Tuesday morning several changes to his defensive coaching staff for the 2016 season, highlighted by the hiring of John Blake to coach the defensive line.
As we wrote a bit earlier this morning, Blake has been out of coaching since the 2010 season for fairly notorious reasons, and had only recently broken back into the field with FCS program Lamar University. He was there less than a month before joining the Bills, where he reunites with Ryan; Blake was the head coach at Oklahoma when Ryan was the defensive coordinator there, during the 1998 season.
In addition, Ryan has moved assistant coach Jason Rebrovich back to the defensive line, the position he coached under Jim Schwartz during the 2014 season. He'll be the assistant defensive line coach to Blake, while last season's assistant defensive line coach, Jeff Weeks, will fill Rebrovich's spot as the outside linebackers coach.
Here's the official press release from the team, which addresses Blake's checkered past from his North Carolina days:
Blake replaces Karl Dunbar, who was fired by Ryan over the weekend as the Bills' defensive line coach.