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Dave Wannstedt Becomes Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator

Trey Wingo (via David Todd reports that the Buffalo Bills have hired former Pitt Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt.

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The Bills have announced they have fired George Edwards as defensive coordinator and given the job to Dave Wannstedt.

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Good for Wannstedt, who is a native of Baldwin and who also played for the Panthers (and was later a graduate assistant) before returning to coach them. The Panthers decided after a 7-5 season in 2010 that they wanted more than he could offer them, but after Michael Haywood's firing due to domestic violence charges, a 6-6 2011 season, and the sudden departure of Todd Graham (and his much-mocked "high-octane" style) to Arizona State, it now looks like the Wannstedt years will be remembered fondly in contrast.

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Wannstedt was the Bills' linebackers coach in 2011, but now he's moving up.

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Wannstedt had previously been the head coach of the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.

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For more on the Buffalo Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings. For more on the Pitt Panthers, there's Cardiac Hill.

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