Report: Bills dismiss defensive backs coach Gill Byrd

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Despite making the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades, the Buffalo Bills have still decided to make multiple changes to their coaching staff this offseason.

According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, the Bills have dismissed defensive backs coach Gill Byrd.

Byrd’s departure comes on the heels of the team firing offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, axing key members of their analytics staff and having defensive line coach Mike Waufle retire.

The firing of Byrd comes despite a strong rookie campaign from first-round pick Tre'Davious White. Buffalo allowed just 13 passing touchdowns all season, which was the second-best mark in the NFL this season. Additionally, opposing quarterbacks averaged a 78.9 passing rating against Buffalo, which ranked sixth in the league.

Byrd joined the Bills last February after Sean McDermott was hired as the team’s new head coach. He served two years as cornerbacks coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-15, seven total seasons as an assistant with the Chicago Bears and three years with the St. Louis Rams.

9 responses to “Report: Bills dismiss defensive backs coach Gill Byrd

  1. Dennison has been awful no matter where he goes, but it’s interesting to see how top-to-bottom his revamp is going to be. I’ll be interested to see if Buffalo has any coaches left next year.

  2. There has to be something going on behind the scenes. Maybe FAs are balking at him. Maybe he and Mcdermott clash over how things are run.

    It makes no sense on the surface, but neither did trading away your #1 WR without a replacement, trading away the best run defender you had, trading away your promising young #2 CB or cutting a promising young HB before the season. But the team broke the drought anyway…so I guess im just stuck here trusting the process

  3. Kinda shocked myself at this one…. what looked to be our weakest aspect on Defense after gutting the unit and brining in new guys, actually turned out to be a strength…. with a pass rush these guys could be even better next year. They had to cover wayyy too long with our weak passrush.

  4. billswillnevermove says:
    January 30, 2018 at 7:38 am

    That move makes no sense at all, the Bills DB’s were really good this year.

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    That’s why the jills are watching the Superbowl on TV again, right? Just suck baby.

  5. peytonmanningsforehead says:

    January 30, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    billswillnevermove says:
    January 30, 2018 at 7:38 am

    That move makes no sense at all, the Bills DB’s were really good this year.

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    That’s why the jills are watching the Superbowl on TV again, right? Just suck baby.
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    And that is why Toronto will always have to watch the Super Bowl with a team not named Toronto. Right Joe……….just lose baby.

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