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Report: Bills also looking at Jaguars D coordinator Mel Tucker

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have been granted permission to interview Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, reports Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Tucker just finished his fourth season with the Jaguars. He also served as their interim coach for the final five games after they fired Jack Del Rio.

Tucker is from the Nick Saban coaching tree. Tucker was a graduate assistant under Saban at Michigan State and later served as defensive backs coach under Saban at Louisiana State.

With Tucker as defensive coordinator, Jacksonville ranked 29th, 11th, 27th and 24th in points and 30th, sixth, 28th and 23rd in yards.

Tucker also spent four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, starting out as a defensive backs assistant before a promotion to defensive coordinator in 2008. The Browns ranked 16th in points and 26th in yards that year.

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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

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Jay Skurski

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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.

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