Bills announce five new coaches, retain two

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Brian Galliford

buffalo-rumblingsIt took roughly a week, but the Buffalo Bills have officially announced the first five hires of Chan Gailey’s tenure as head coach. Two coaches that spent the 2009 season in Buffalo have also been retained.

Curtis Modkins is the new offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He comes to Buffalo via Arizona, where he spent the 2009 season working with Cardinals running backs. Modkins has coached with Gailey in three separate locations - Dallas, Georgia Tech and Kansas City. He replaces Alex Van Pelt and Eric Studesville.

Bob Bicknell is the new tight ends coach, coming over from Kansas City. He coached tight ends there this past season, and was the offensive line coach under Gailey and Herman Edwards in 2008. He replaces Charlie Coiner.

Joe D’Alessandris is the new offensive line coach. If you’re sensing a pattern here, D’Alessandris, too, comes over from Kansas City, where he was fired earlier in January. He, too worked with Gailey. He replaces Sean Kugler.

Kevin Patullo is the new offensive quality control coach. Yep - he worked with Kansas City, too, in the same capacity. He replaces Nathaniel Hackett.

Giff Smith has been hired as a defensive assistant. Note the lack of the words “outside,” “linebackers” and “coach” there. As we know from yesterday’s report, Smith worked with Gailey at Georgia Tech as a recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.

George Catavolos has been retained as the team’s secondary coach, and Bob Sanders will stay on the staff as well as a defensive assistant, though it does not appear that he has been given an official title.

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4 Comments on Bills announce five new coaches, retain two

  1. Tim K.

    Am I missing something, Isn’t Kansas City a losing team? It’s starting to look like another five years of losing!!!!!!

  2. Craig Sutton

    Don’t be silly, a team doesn’t lose only because of coaches.

  3. george

    programs are reflective of their ownership & coaching staff. Plucking coaches from teams that dont have winning programs during their tenure is definitely a bad sign

  4. Matt

    ha! Georgia Tech had a “winning record” in the 6 years Gailey and most of these guys were there….of course in college you can average over 5 losses a year (32 losses in 6 years) as Gailey and these guys did and still be over a 500 winning percentage……..these lame coaches combined with the Bills roster short on talent should lead to a few more “fun” years!

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