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Bills add Pepper Johnson, Fred Pagac

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Last week, the Browns raided the Bills for several coaches after defensive coordinator Mike Pettine left to become the boss in Cleveland.

On Friday night, the Bills announced the hiring of two replacements.

Former Pats assistant Pepper Johnson has remained in the division, joining Buffalo as defensive line coach.  Also, former Vikings assistant Fred Pagac has become the new linebackers coach.

Both men will work under former Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who has become the new defensive coordinator in Buffalo.

Johnson (pictured) coached with Bill Belichick in New England for 14 seasons, and previously played for Belichick for 12 other years.

More importantly, we learned tonight that Pepper acquired his nickname from a habit of sprinkling pepper on his breakfast cereal.

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19 Responses to “Bills add Pepper Johnson, Fred Pagac”
  1. tolan04 says: Jan 31, 2014 11:01 PM

    When Schwartz gets another gig in 2015 Johnson will be the Bills 7th DC in 8 seasons. Excited to see what he can do. Go Bills!!

  2. djshnooks says: Jan 31, 2014 11:03 PM

    Excellent job, Buffalo. The day he got let go, I tweeted that I wanted him as defensive coordinator…getting Scwartz and Pagac, PLUS Pepper…amazing pickups.

    26 years Pepper spent with Belichick…nobody in the NFL knows that guy, his playbook and his tendencies…better than Pepper Johnson.

    So happy and excited about this…Pettine left and the staff got much better.

    Bills are playoff bound this year. Book it.

  3. concro123 says: Jan 31, 2014 11:05 PM

    Have fun being Bellic

  4. wwwmattcom says: Jan 31, 2014 11:10 PM

    Good stuff

  5. seaeagle707 says: Jan 31, 2014 11:11 PM

    Now THAT is a hard living dude. Pepper on his Fruit Loops. Wow!

  6. bighyzer says: Jan 31, 2014 11:34 PM

    Great hire in Pagac. Turned out to be good-to-very good LB corps with middling level talent during his tenure here in MN. Always got the most out of his guys.

  7. bi49xfactor says: Jan 31, 2014 11:48 PM

    great hires by the Bills

  8. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jan 31, 2014 11:54 PM

    Buckeye and buckeye

  9. buffalobills716 says: Jan 31, 2014 11:58 PM

    What’s a great hire Bills: I always said it,cheaters Pats days are coming to a end. Sooner then. Period

  10. tecmomarionbutts says: Feb 1, 2014 12:41 AM

    I guess that’s better than what Lawrence Taylor was sprinkling on his cereal.

  11. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Feb 1, 2014 12:43 AM

    Was a beast on Tecmo Super Bowl for the Giants.

  12. yeevie13 says: Feb 1, 2014 12:55 AM

    This defense is gonna be a monster next year. As long as the offense isn’t completely terrible, the bills should be contending for a wild card spot next year

  13. marcuswelby1 says: Feb 1, 2014 6:30 AM

    Good luck to Pepper. I only wish he had been hired by a team outside the AFC East.

  14. EJ says: Feb 1, 2014 8:05 AM

    Very good hire by Buffalo.

  15. elliottcovert says: Feb 1, 2014 8:50 AM

    Pepper Johnson will be a great addition to the Bills, he did great things for the Patriots linebacking corps under Belichick!

  16. bbillsfan01 says: Feb 1, 2014 9:19 AM

    It was tough to lose Pettine, but I like the direction this new front office is headed.
    But, after 14 years of futility, I still go back to that unofficial Missouri slogan… “Show Me”

  17. newagerocker says: Feb 1, 2014 9:20 AM

    I’ll never forget the hit Keith Byars put on Pepper Johnson in 1990. They were the best friends, college teammates and best man at each other’s weddings. Their wives were sitting next to each other in the stand, Byar’s hit Johnson so hard that their wives got mad at each other, LOL. One of my favorite moments of the Cunningham era Eagles.

  18. TheWizard says: Feb 1, 2014 1:19 PM

    I always said it,cheaters Pats days are coming to a end

    Yeah, you’ve said it for ten years now.

    Tell us when, exactly.

  19. johnnycantread says: Feb 1, 2014 3:42 PM

    Pepper should spice things up.

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