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Pees a DC candidate?

Bills head coach Chan Gailey hasn't named a defensive coordinator yet, but according to the Boston Herald, former New England DC Dean Pees is in the running for the job.

Pees spent the last six years in New England, including the last four as defensive coordinator. He originally joined Bill Belichick's staff as a linebackers coach. Pees' contract expires after this season and he chose not to return. But he said he would keep his options open if other teams came calling.

Pees was believed to be a lock for the Denver job since he and Broncos coach Josh McDaniels worked together in New England. But McDaniels reportedly is going to promote linebackers coach Don Martindale.

Pees has 37 years of coaching experience, in 31 in the college ranks. He was head coach at Kent State for six years before getting his first NFL job with the Patriots.

If Gailey hired Pees is would be another sign that Gailey will switch to a 3-4 defense next season. The Bills haven't run a 3-4 since 2000, Wade Phillips' last year as head coach.

---Allen Wilson

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