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UPDATED: Chan Gailey's assistant coaches starting to land new gigs

By Tim Graham

The Senior Bowl isn't merely about scouting college prospects for the upcoming draft.

Perhaps more significant for the NFL landscape is that Mobile, Ala., turns into a job fair for unemployed coaches.

Not much has happened for the Buffalo Bills assistants who served under Chan Gailey, but names are starting to pop up in reports here and there.

The San Diego Chargers have hired offensive-line coach Joe D'Alessandris. He will work with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, whom the Bills interviewed for head coach, and quarterbacks coach Frank Reich.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reportedly has snagged David Lee to coach quarterbacks, replacing the recently fired Matt Cavanaugh. Lee joined the Bills' staff last year.

Multiple reports state former Bills receivers assistant Bob Bicknell has been hired by new Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Nothing official has been announced on either Lee or Bicknell.

ESPN's Ed Werder reported today the Dallas Cowboys are considering Bruce DeHaven and Alan Lowry as special-teams replacements for Joe DeCamillis, who joined the Chicago Bears staff.

The only official hire among Gailey's staff so far is offensive coordinator and running backs coach Curtis Modkins. He will handle running backs for the Detroit Lions.

Gailey told me last week he was approached by a couple teams but will take the year off from coaching.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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