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Bills dismiss Driesbach

Doug Marrone has dismissed another member of his coaching staff.

The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday that linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach has been fired.

He’s the second assistant to go. Receivers coach Ike Hilliard was fired right after the season ended.

Driesbach’s players posted admirable stats, but as a unit they factored into Buffalo’s back-breaking propensity to give up long runs.

Buffalo gave up 19 runs of at least 20 yards, most in the league.

Buffalo ranked 28th in run defense, allowing 128.9 yards a game, and 23rd in per-carry average at 4.4 yards.

Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso led the team in tackles and had four interceptions, two sacks, a forced fumble and two recoveries. Strong-side linebacker Manny Lawson was a consistent contributor with an interception, four sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery.

Arthur Moats and Nigel Bradham split time at weak-side linebacker. They weren’t world-beaters, but they’re also sixth- and fourth-round draft choices.

Driesbach’s season with the Bills was his first in the NFL. He coached 36 years in college, including 20 years as a defensive coordinator at Rice, Ole Miss, Texas Christian, Western Michigan, Pitt and Cornell.

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