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Report: Former UNC DL coach John Blake is set to become the Buffalo Bills DL coach. was the first to report that John Blake would join the Bills coaching staff.

The Buffalo Bills relieved Karl Dunbar of his coaching duties on Sunday. One day later, they apparently have their next defensive line coach lined up. reported that former North Carolina DL coach John Blake is set to join Buffalo's coaching staff as the team's defensive line coach.

Sources tell FootballScoop that John Blake, who had joined the Lamar (FCS – TX) staff as defensive line coach back in mid-February, is joining Rex Ryan’s staff as defensive line coach.

Blake started coaching at Tulsa in 1987-1988. He served as the team's TE/WR coach before moving to Oklahoma. At Oklahoma, Blake coached the team's DL and LBs from 1989-1992. His next stop was with the Dallas Cowboys. Blake coached the defensive line in Dallas from 1993-1995 before returning to Oklahoma to serve as the team's head coach.

Blake's tenure as head coach at Oklahoma lasted from 1996-1998. He went 12-22 as the Sooners head coach. Since his head coaching stint, Blake has served as a defensive line coach at Mississippi State (2003), Nebraska (2004-2006), North Carolina (2007-2010), and Lamar (2016).

The connection between Blake and Rex Ryan goes back to Oklahoma.

Buffalo Football Report will have more on the story when it becomes available.


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