Bills Make It Official - Hiring Dave Wannstedt

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 11:47 PM EDT

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Bills Make It Official - Hiring Dave Wannstedt

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 11:47 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW.com/BuffaloBills) Reports surfaced earlier in the day, and the The Buffalo Bills made it official Friday night. The team announced that the Bills have hired Dave Wannstedt as Assistant Head Coach/Inside Linebackers.



“We are extremely pleased to have Dave Wannstedt join our staff,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “Dave and I have known each other for quite awhile. I respected him when I worked for him, and I’m excited that he is going to be able to join our staff. He’ll have the title of Assistant Head Coach and will be coaching the inside linebackers. I look forward to him being able to help our team in many ways. With his amount of experience he certainly should be able to do that. We look forward to having him.”



Wannstedt brings 16 years of NFL coaching experience to Buffalo, including 11 as a head coach with Miami (2000-04) and Chicago (1993-98). Most recently, Wannstedt spent the previous six years (2005-10) as the head coach at his alma mater the University of Pittsburgh.



“I’m thankful for the opportunity given to me by Mr. Wilson and Buddy Nix to be part of a great organization with a rich tradition,” said Wannstedt. “I’ve coached in Ralph Wilson Stadium several times. I am excited to have those great Bills fans supporting our team and making it difficult for opposing offenses each week.”



“I’ve known Chan for several years,” said Wannstedt. “Chan’s had success everywhere he’s been. Knowing what he’s about as a football coach, knowing what he believes in and having worked with him in Miami, I know he has the winning formula. I’m excited to be part of this coaching staff and am looking forward to making a difference with this defense.”