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Bills coach Doug Marrone expects O’Neil and three assistants to leave for Browns

Pettine presser

According to Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone, Jim O’Neil will become the next defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland was granted permission on Monday to speak with the former Bills assistant.

In addition, Marrone named three other assistant coaches that he expects to join Mike Pettine’s staff. They include defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, Brian Fleury and Jeff Hafley.

“As of right now, obviously Jim O’Neil was granted position [to interview],” Marrone said. “He’ll be leaving to go to Cleveland as the defensive coordinator to the best of my knowledge.”

Marrone was speaking to Buffalo media while introducing new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

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  • mgbode

    definite hat-tip to Marrone for being classy through this transition and allowing his coaches to take promotions and go where they feel is the best situation for themselves.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh boy Buffalo west I’m so psyched!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Your boy TJ Ward attempted to kill my boy Josh Gordon yesterday in the Pro Bowl. Tag team me and Josh vs you and Tj!

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-pro-bowl/0ap2000000318117/Gordon-flipped-by-teammate-s-tackle

  • mgbode

    I’m a pretty big Gordon fan as well, and he proved he was more durable than Gronk by not getting hurt on that hit!

  • mgbode

    the defense, not the offense. also, some of these guys also on the staff from the 2009-2012 Jets defenses.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ward is lucky he didn’t Gronk Gordon otherwise he’d be gone for sure. Wait, maybe that was part of his plan. Regardless I hope Pettine didn’t see that play.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    A la what Mangini did? Where his offense couldn’t score a TD to save it’s life.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Baltimore hired Kubiak as OC, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

  • mgbode

    what are you talking about? we are bringing in the Bills 2013 defensive coaching staff and not their offensive coaching staff. that is a good thing.

    it doesn’t say anything about what our 2014 offense might be because we don’t even know who the coaches are yet, let alone schemes, etc.

  • mgbode

    *yawn* he apparently wanted to be a HC of the offense to come here. let him go to Baltimore and try to squeeze a year out of Rice’s tired legs. he can be a good OC (and he’s bringing Dennison with him), but I think he would have caused problems here (trying to be on equal footing with Pettine). let’s not undercut our HC before we even begin.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    When Mangini was hired didn’t he bring defensive coaches with him? If so maybe that’s why his offense in Cleveland couldn’t find the end zone to save their lives.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea I’m sure Harbaugh will let him be the HC of the offense w/o any oversight or input. I did hear that Kubiak was seeking some anonymity when it came to the offense. Then again maybe he liked the prospects of Flacco and a tired leg Rice as opposed to the Browns QB-RB duo of no one.

    The rest is pure conjecture but I’m sure Joe Banner couldn’t have said it better had he tried.

  • Kildawg

    I believe in practicing how you play. Gordon proved he has more awareness (and durability) than Gronkowski. Ward played the game right; Gordon reacted wisely, Gronkowski poorly.

  • Kildawg

    Marrone knows that Pettine brought those guys with him from Rex Ryan, plus he’s confident that Schwartz would want to bring in guys he knows as well to fill the vacancies.

  • mgbode

    yes, and he hired a separate offensive staff. as long as Pettine hires a good OC and staff, then it’s fine. if not, then it’ll suck. that’s the same regardless of if he brought in Buffalo offensive coaches, defensive coaches, or noone.

  • RGB

    Autonomy?