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Bills confirm hiring of Gill Byrd as coaching staff nears completion

The Buffalo Bills officially announced the hiring of Gill Byrd as defensive backs coach Tuesday.

In so doing, head coach Sean McDermott has now filled all of the primary assistant roles on his staff. Including offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, McDermott now has 17 assistant coaches on staff. It's possible that he could still make one or two more, but the major hires have been made.

Byrd, the father of former Bills Jairus Byrd, coached cornerbacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-15. He has 13 total years of NFL coaching experience, also working for the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams. Prior to coaching, he played 10 seasons for the San Diego Chargers, setting the franchise record with 42 interceptions and being named an All-Pro four times (1989-92).

In addition to Byrd, the Bills announced the hiring of Bobby Babich as the assistant defensive backs coach. Babich is the son of Bills linebackers coach Bob Babich. They younger Babich spent 2016 as the secondary coach/defensive pass game coordinator for Florida International. Prior to that, he worked as the assistant secondary coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2013-15. He also spent two years on the Carolina Panthers' coaching staff as a defensive assistant while McDermott was the defensive coordinator there.

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