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Bills Fire Assistants Gray, Wyche

January 30, 2006

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ The Buffalo Bills fired defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and quarterbacks coach Sam Wyche, though Gray has already accepted a job with Washington.

The Bills announced their moves Monday.

Gray will be the Redskins’ defensive backs coach, reuniting him with former Buffalo coach Gregg Williams, who guides the Washington defense. Williams hired Gray when he took over as Bills head coach in 2001.

Buffalo is now the only team in the league without a defensive coordinator. Last week, the Bills interviewed three candidates to replace Gray, including former Packers defensive coordinator Jim Bates.

Wyche, 61, was hired before the 2004 season after former Bills coach Mike Mularkey wooed him out of retirement. Wyche had been recovering from heart and vocal chord problems.

The Bills also announced Monday that Brad Roll, strength and conditioning coach for two years, will not return next season.

The Bills said they have hired Larry Zierlein to be the assistant offensive line coach. Zierlein was out of football in 2005, but coached the Cleveland Browns offensive line from 2001-04.

New head coach Dick Jauron, hired last week after Mularkey resigned, will retain offensive line coach Jim McNally, running backs coach Eric Studesville and wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert.

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