When Bills head coach Chan Gailey said some of his assistant coaches wouldn't have recognizable names, he meant it.
Joining his staff are Curtis Modkins (offensive coordinator/running backs coach), Bob Bicknell (tight ends), Joe D'Alessandris (offensive line), Kevin Patullo (offensive quality control) and Giff Smith (outside linebackers).
If you knew anything about these guys prior to Gailey hiring them, then you know your football (or you need to get out of the house more often). Gailey did keep two well-known members of Dick Jauron's staff, secondary coach George Catavolos and defensive line coach Bob Sanders.
Familiarity is a major theme in the Bills' hiring practices. Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. chose Buddy Nix as general manager because of Wilson's familiarity with the long-time scout. Nix picked Chan Gailey as head coach because they go way back. So it was reasonable to assume Gailey will fill his staff with guys he knows well.
Modkins, Bicknell, D'Alessandris, Patullo and Smith worked with or for Gailey at Kansas City and/or Georgia Tech.
Gailey still has spots to fill, including defensive coordinator. No word on how close he is to hiring someone.
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