Bills Announces Pair of Additions to Coaching Staff

January 30, 2012 Updated Jan 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM EDT

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Bills Announces Pair of Additions to Coaching Staff

January 30, 2012 Updated Jan 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM EDT

Orchard Park, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The Buffalo Bills on Monday announced Andrew Dees and Eric Thatcher have been hired to the team’s coaching staff. 

Dees becomes the assistant offensive line coach and Thatcher will serve as the defensive quality control coach.

The team also announced Bob Bicknell will coach wide receivers after coaching tight ends the previous two seasons. Adrian White will serve as the assistant defensive backs coach after serving as the defensive quality control coach since 2008. Bob Sanders will coach linebackers after coaching outside linebackers last season.

Dees joins the Bills after spending last season as the running backs coach/recruiting coordinator at the University of Massachusetts. He coached offensive line at Temple from 2006-2010. He coached tight ends at the University at Buffalo from 2001-2005. The 16-year college coaching veteran enters his first season in the NFL.

Thatcher joins the Bills after spending last season as the assistant defensive backs coach at Mercyhurst College.  Thatcher was a three-year starting free safety at Pittsburgh.  Upon his graduation in 2008, Thatcher started his coaching career at St. Vincent College in 2009 and then served as a graduate assistant at Pitt in 2010.

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