After Bills firing, Karl Dunbar lands at Alabama


One of the strangest coaching moves of the NFL offseason came in March, when Bills head coach Rex Ryan suddenly and unexpectedly fired his longtime defensive line assistant, Karl Dunbar. Ryan and Dunbar had been close since 1994, when Dunbar was a defensive lineman on the Cardinals and Ryan was the defensive line coach under his father, Buddy Ryan. Rex still hasn’t explained why he fired Dunbar, who was blindsided by the decision.

After two months of unemployment, Dunbar has now found another job: Alabama has hired him as its defensive line coach.

“We have known Karl Dunbar for a long time and he has a lot of experience coaching the defensive line in both the NFL and college,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “Karl is very familiar with our program from an organizational standpoint as well as the defensive scheme we run. He is a fantastic football coach who brings a wealth of coaching experience while being a great asset in recruiting.”

Dunbar, who has been a defensive line coach for the Bills, Jets, Vikings and Bears, as well as at LSU and Oklahoma State, is eager to get back to work.

“I am really excited to get back into college football and to have a chance to work with such a talented group of student-athletes at The University of Alabama,” Dunbar said. “The program Coach Saban has built at Alabama is second to none, and the opportunity to work for him once again is special. I have a great appreciation for the tradition and history that surrounds Crimson Tide football, and I look forward to doing my part to contribute to this program’s continued success.”

Dunbar is replacing longtime defensive line coach Bo Davis, who resigned amid investigations into NCAA recruiting violations.

15 responses to “After Bills firing, Karl Dunbar lands at Alabama

  1. ROLL TIDE !!!!!

    Welcome to the greatest program in college football.

    The 16 time NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS demand excellence and nothing less will do.

    ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!!!

  2. jamesflacco says:
    May 13, 2016 9:20 AM
    Something is afoot. Perhaps Dunbar wouldn’t toe the line anymore, and Ryan couldn’t bring him to heel.

    That’s generally the case in these situations. Two men are D-Line first folks. One of them is the boss. If they butt heads, and can’t come to a consensus, we all know who loses.

  3. bostoncollie says:
    May 13, 2016 8:18 AM

    Talk about falling upwards. Good for Dunbar.
    I agree, better than falling downwards and joining the Patriots.

  4. Maybe, he’ll replace Ryan when that Experimental Head Coach experience is finally over…Ryan and Fox, I’ll never understand…WHY???

  5. All these bammer fans on here like they really know who coach Dunbar is, I promise you they have never known of him until today. And their on here acting like Saban just hired the best defense line coach on earth.

  6. rex just did nick a personal favor , that’s all ; since nick let his d-line coach go because of a recruiting violation .


  7. jamesflacco says:
    May 13, 2016 9:20 AM
    Something is afoot. Perhaps Dunbar wouldn’t toe the line anymore, and Ryan couldn’t bring him to heel.

    Yeah pretty simple to see what took place here… Dunbar walked into one of the top 3 defensive lines in football and couldn’t get anything out of them. Rex needed someone to take the blame but really not one tear was shed for his departure…

  8. Dunbar couldn’t improve or maintain the D-line at the level it attained the previous season. He shouldn’t have been “blindsided” and this shouldn’t be viewed as strange. It should have happened sooner.

  9. Rex is not a good head coach and he is now clearly on the hot seat so this move was to show ownership that he is doing whatever it takes to win, even if that means sacrificing a longtime friend. The bills won’t make the playoffs this year and Rex will be done coaching for good bit his personality will land him a seven figure job at espn or fox

  10. ill tell you why john fox because he gets young qbs to act mature and focus more.

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