Orchard Park, NY – (Bills Press Release) The Buffalo Bills today announced that Jim Hostler has been named the team’s senior offensive assistant.
Hostler comes to Buffalo with 15 years of NFL coaching experience, including the past six seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ wide receivers coach. During his time with the Ravens, Hostler oversaw a receiving corps that played an integral role in the team’s 2012 Super Bowl championship. During the 2012 campaign, the Ravens’ wideouts finished second in franchise history for most receiving yards during a single season with 3,996.
Under Hostler’s tutelage, Ravens’ WR Torrey Smith emerged as one of the game’s top wideouts. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Smith ranks among the top 10 of AFC receivers in yards per catch (4th-17.2), touchdown receptions (6th-19) and receiving yards (8th-2,842).
In addition to Smith, Hostler helped WR Anquan Boldin make an immediate impact on the Ravens’ offense upon his arrival following a trade from Arizona. During his three seasons (2010-12) with Baltimore, Boldin led the Ravens in receptions (186), receiving yards (2,645), receiving yards per game (58.8) and first down receptions (132).
Hostler joined the Ravens in 2008 after spending three seasons (2005-07) with the San Francisco 49ers, serving as offensive coordinator in his final year (2007). During his time with the 49ers, Hostler played an important role in tutoring 2005 No. 1 overall pick QB Alex Smith.
During coaching stints with the New York Jets (2003-04) and the New Orleans Saints (2001-02), Hostler helped develop players like Santana Moss, Wayne Chrebet, Justin McCareins and Donte’ Stallworth.
A native of Bethel Park, PA, Hostler entered the NFL in 2000 with the Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive assistant/quality control coach after spending 10 years coaching collegiately at his alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College.