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Pepper Johnson will coach defensive line, Fred Pagac linebackers

The Buffalo Bills announced tonight Pepper Johnson will be their new defensive line coach, and Fred Pagac will be their linebackers coach.

The moves help remake a defensive staff decimated by last week's departure of coordinator Mike Pettine to become Cleveland Browns head coach. Pettine is in the process of hiring much of his Bills crew.

Johnson and Pagac are veteran coaches who will work under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Pagac spent the past eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, including one season as defensive coordinator. Aside from that, his entire NFL career has been coaching linebackers. He previously worked with the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders.

Pagac's first 23 years in coaching were at Ohio State, where he was defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Johnson played linebacker at Ohio State while Pagac was there.

Johnson has won three Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach, two as a player. The two-time Pro Bowler played linebacker for the New York Giants, Browns, Detroit Lions and New York Jets.

Johnson spent the past 14 years with the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick. Johnson coached inside linebackers from 2001 through 2003, the defensive line from 2004 through 2011 and linebackers the past two seasons.

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