Rex Ryan adds eight Jets coaches to his Bills staff
The Buffalo News is reporting that eight Jets coaches will join the Buffalo Bills.
On defense, Dennis Thurman will be the new defensive coordinator, with Karl Dunbar coaching the defensive line, Jeff Weeks assisting on the defensive line, Bobby April III on linebackers and Tim McDonald on defensive backs.
Tony Sparano Jr. will handle tight ends. Eric Smith will help on special teams. Jason Oszvart has been added to the strength-and-conditioning staff Ryan retained from Doug Marrone’s staff.
The Bills previously announced Greg Roman will be their offensive coordinator and special-teams coordinator Danny Crossman will be kept. The Buffalo News had reported assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich from Clarence High will be shifted to outside linebackers.
Thurman became Ryan’s defensive coordinator after Mike Pettine left the Jets to take the same role with the Bills in 2012. Pettine turned that one Bills season in the top job for the Cleveland Browns.
Thurman has been in the NFL for 16 years, previously serving as Ryan’s defensive backs coach with the Jets and Baltimore Ravens.