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Report: Bills fire D-line coach Dunbar

Karl Dunbar AP

The Bills have fired defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, Kimberly Martin of Newsday in New York reported Sunday.

Dunbar was hired in Jan. 2014. The Bills went from a league-best 54 sacks in 2014 in his first year to 31st last year with 21 sacks.

Dunbar also worked under Bills head coach Rex Ryan for three years with the Jets. He has 12 years of NFL coaching experience.

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51 Responses to “Report: Bills fire D-line coach Dunbar”
  1. vbe2 says: Mar 13, 2016 6:29 PM

    Firing coaches in the middle of March?

    Rex will be gone within 2 years.

  2. nehxas13 says: Mar 13, 2016 6:35 PM

    This is a mistake. Someone is going to get a great coach. – Jets fan

  3. jaxairsupport says: Mar 13, 2016 6:36 PM

    Not being mean but what’s up with his face? Burn victim?

  4. moses74 says: Mar 13, 2016 6:40 PM

    In before the childish comments from some of our regular arm chair experts here.

    On topic: Looking forward to seeing how the Ryan brothers work out together.

  5. chawk12thman says: Mar 13, 2016 6:41 PM

    Players don’t perform. Needed players don’t get hired, drafted……

    Fire that line coach….? Okay; what is different from the good times and bad? The same coach means something else is going on…..

  6. fmckenney says: Mar 13, 2016 6:42 PM

    So that leaves the defense completely in the hands of dumb and dumber…ownership better be paying very close attention to these two.

  7. vbe2 says: Mar 13, 2016 6:44 PM

    jaxairsupport says:
    Mar 13, 2016 6:36 PM

    Not being mean but what’s up with his face? Burn victim?
    ============================

    It’s a skin condition where he’s losing the pigmentation, called vitiligo. He’s just losing the coloring in his skin.

  8. cross300 says: Mar 13, 2016 6:44 PM

    Scapegoat. Time to fire the real problem…Rex.

  9. patsfan says: Mar 13, 2016 6:46 PM

    Rob Ryan, “This place ain’t big enough for the two of us.”

    Karl Dunbar, “It’ll take me about 2o minutes to get hired again.”

  10. codiablo says: Mar 13, 2016 6:52 PM

    he had some good years in Minn. solid coach – Ryan is a loser & his days are numbered.

  11. bassplucker says: Mar 13, 2016 6:53 PM

    So because Mario Williams sandbagged last season, a good DL coach loses his job. Makes perfect sense.

    He won’t be unemployed for long.

  12. blockee19 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:09 PM

    Man, that’s awesome. Where can I buy some of this Vitiligo?

    – Sammy Sosa

  13. Ferdinand says: Mar 13, 2016 7:14 PM

    Why now?

  14. jtm18113 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:19 PM

    Had to make room for his brother. Probably move Dennis Thurman to DL and make Rob the DC. God help us Bills fans now.

  15. irlfannphx says: Mar 13, 2016 7:25 PM

    He’s had vitiligo his WHOLE life!

  16. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:25 PM

    Rex trying to scapegoat someone, up against the wall in the AFC East.

    Delusional.

  17. chriskap11 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:33 PM

    As a Bills lifelong fan I only find solace in the simple fact either Rex will have a better year with his system or he and his staff get fired.

    Either way there should be a positive at the end of this season.

    I do believe Mario and even Darius screwed their teammates and us fans playing half speed and not to get hurt. The biggest was of 26 million between two babies.

    Please Kyle Williams call out this softies

  18. mcjon22 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:35 PM

    Rex just isn’t man enough to look in the mirror and own up to the defenses short comings.

    Great coaches run a system that fits the teams personnel best, not the other way around.

    Just watch Mario Williams get double digit sacks playing back in a 4-3 defense.

  19. mongo3401 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:45 PM

    It’s about time.

  20. mongo3401 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:46 PM

    Mario Williams is not doing squat. Regardless of who he plays for. He could not shine Cameron Wakes shoes.

  21. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Mar 13, 2016 7:51 PM

    lol at all the idiots hating on Rex Ryan.

    How many top 5 defenses have you run? How many rings do you have? Bahahahahahaa

  22. Patskrieg says: Mar 13, 2016 7:55 PM

    The best time to do your hiring and firing with assistant coaches is definitely in the middle of draft season, months after all the top available coaches have all been hired elsewhere.

  23. thesmartest1 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:17 PM

    Probably a blessing in disguise to separate yourself from Rex at some point.

  24. uncleb3 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:18 PM

    He was NOT with the Bills for their league best 54 sacks in 2014. He came over with Rex in 2015.

  25. metlifeteardown says: Mar 13, 2016 8:21 PM

    So Peyton Manning puts Rex in his farewell press conference as one of the most difficult defensive minds he had to face in his career but he’s a hack right? You all know better but don’t know the difference between a 5 or 6 technique 3-4 DE do you? The Williams brothers got old. That’s it.

  26. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 13, 2016 8:22 PM

    The Bills are no threat. Even more so now. Dunbar will land on his feet. He’s a proven good coach. I bet he’s more successful and smarter than the idiots posting comments here. Including myself.

  27. dynaco says: Mar 13, 2016 8:24 PM

    What the heck? Should have been D.Thurman.

  28. firerogergoodell says: Mar 13, 2016 8:26 PM

    Don’t know about Buffalo but Dunbar was beloved in Minnesota!

    Led one of the best defensive lines in NFL history with Kevin Williams, Pat Williams and a prime Jared Allen.

  29. billsfan says: Mar 13, 2016 8:28 PM

    “Hey Karl…Do exactly as I tell you, no freelancing”- Rex

    “Hey Karl, you screwed up, I don’t like what you’re doing. You’re fired.”- Rex

  30. intrafinesse says: Mar 13, 2016 8:35 PM

    I hope Rex is able to last at least 2 more years in Buffalo, so he can do some real damage, like he did to the Jets.

  31. NFL Sage says: Mar 13, 2016 8:41 PM

    It could be as simple as:
    Rob: Hey Rex, I don’t like this guy.
    Rex: Hey Dunbar, pack your bags.

  32. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 13, 2016 8:52 PM

    Most Jets fans felt Dunbar was the one coach that we wish had stayed when Rex’s coaching staff was exiled. It’s kinda crappy about the timing of his departure. He’s a good coach that will have no problem finding work.

  33. rajbais says: Mar 13, 2016 9:13 PM

    I get the feeling Rex’s brother is getting Dunbar’s job.

  34. doggeatdogg says: Mar 13, 2016 9:32 PM

    Karl Dunbar is an African American with a painless skin condition called vitiligo for those who are wondering and the couple of idiots making fun of the situation. It does not affect one’s ability to do one’s work. Good luck to him.

  35. ohand16 says: Mar 13, 2016 9:45 PM

    Browns>Bills. And it’s not close. Actually Bills should seriously consider relocating.

  36. plum54 says: Mar 13, 2016 9:56 PM

    Religionisforidiots: Rexy has a single super bowl ring as a D line coach for the Ravens during the 2000 season. Not rings, not as a head coach. Just like last week when you posted Seattle had 2 super bowl rings when in fact they have 1.
    So much for the facts.

  37. mogogo1 says: Mar 13, 2016 10:24 PM

    Moves like this in March? That shows a total lack of leadership from the top. And if the plan is that Rob is going to make things great, they’re in for a sad surprise.

  38. realdealsteel says: Mar 13, 2016 10:26 PM

    Dunbar is a great coach; Rex is the problem.

  39. nonyt says: Mar 13, 2016 10:48 PM

    “Man, that’s awesome. Where can I buy some of this Vitiligo?”

    It’s hereditary, you have to be born with it and it’s an autoimmune condition.

  40. elevandoo says: Mar 13, 2016 11:22 PM

    Hughes and darius have got to play much better.

  41. coleman121280 says: Mar 14, 2016 12:07 AM

    They fired this guy in Minnesota after Jared Allen had 22 1//2 sacks. Did you ever read an article about this guy complaining? No. B/c it’s just a game these men get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to coach.

  42. mcmccii says: Mar 14, 2016 12:56 AM

    New Orleans could use a good D Line coach Come on down.

  43. truecowboyfan says: Mar 14, 2016 1:08 AM

    I will always hate Rob Ryan for keeping the Cowboys out of the playoffs for 3 seasons. That’s right haters, it wasn’t Romo, it was Ryan. Ask Drew Brees and Saints fans after this season.

  44. kevpft says: Mar 14, 2016 1:28 AM

    Ryan as coach, his brother as defensive coach, his old college roommate as assistant defensive coach.

    It’s probably either going to work out great or catastrophically poorly.

  45. sansbushman says: Mar 14, 2016 7:14 AM

    Wrecks Ryan is off his med.

  46. footballfanatic says: Mar 14, 2016 7:47 AM

    Thats right Rex- same exact team as the season before when the defense was dominant but the only difference is that now you are in charge of the defense and we suck. Stop blaming the players or other coaches- YOU are the only difference between last yr and this yr. PLEASE fire yourself.

  47. getadealdonealready says: Mar 14, 2016 11:06 AM

    Thought Dunbar did a great job when in MN, probably best for him to get away from Rex at this point.

  48. bradygirl12 says: Mar 14, 2016 11:46 AM

    Just what the Bills need: the Ryan twins in charge of their defense….funny how that worked out.

  49. nyneal says: Mar 14, 2016 11:53 AM

    jaxairsupport says:
    Mar 13, 2016 6:36 PM
    Not being mean but what’s up with his face? Burn victim?

    _________________________________________

    My guess is he has Vitiligo. Vitiligo tends to be hereditary. It is a problem with the pigmentation that causes the skin to look white. It will not tan, either.
    My granddaughter has it, though not as severe as Dunbar. It is a very serious condition because those who have it are especially susceptible to skin cancer.
    There is no cure for it and there are limited things that those affected can do about it.
    Michael Jackson had Vitiligo. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, it can affect anyone.

  50. ohand16 says: Mar 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    Guess this is the Bills big move in free agency

  51. patriottony says: Mar 17, 2016 9:53 AM

    REX is way too obsessed with feet to actually manage a team…imagine having a foot fetish,,and your career is in FOOT-BALL..it’s a thing to be sure

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