Buffalo (WKBW/Bills Release) The Buffalo Bills tonight announced that Fred Pagac (pronounced PUG-itch) has agreed to terms to become the team’s linebackers coach.
A veteran coach with more than a decade of experience on both the collegiate and professional coaching levels, Pagac comes to Buffalo after spending the past eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings, Pagac helped lead the Vikings’ defense to four top 10 finishes in total defense including three straight top 10 finishes from 2008-10.
While with Minnesota, Pagac spent seven seasons as the team’s linebackers coach (2006-10, 2012-13) and one season as the team’s defensive coordinator (2011) mentoring Vikings defensive stalwarts including Chad Greenway, Jared Allen and E.J. Henderson. With Pagac overseeing the defense in 2011, Allen broke the Vikings single-season sack record with 22.0 sacks.
Pagac also continually boasted one of the top run stopping units in the league during his time with the Vikings, tallying five defenses that finished the season among the top 10 in the NFL in rushing defense including three consecutive finishes as the league’s top run defense from 2006-08.
Prior to joining the Vikings in 2006, Pagac coached linebackers for the Kansas City Chiefs for two seasons (2004-05) and for the Oakland Raiders for three seasons (2001-03). During his stint with the Raiders, he helped the 2002 Oakland defense rank third in the NFL against the run as Oakland won the AFC and went on to face Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Before entering the NFL ranks, Pagac coached at his alma mater, Ohio State, from 1978-2000. While with the Buckeyes, Pagac worked with 10 Buckeyes defensive performers who earned All-America honors, including former Bills CB Antoine Winfield.
A native of Richeyville, PA, Pagac enjoyed a two-year NFL playing career as a tight end after entering the league as a rookie free agent with Chicago in 1974 and then playing for Tampa Bay in 1976.