Jauron's staff takes shape

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills hired Perry Fewell to be their defensive coordinator on Tuesday. Buffalo also hired George Catavolos to be its defensive backs coach, and Johnny Holland as linebackers coach.

Fewell will replace Jerry Gray, the Bills defensive coordinator since 2001. Gray was fired Monday.

Under Gray, Buffalo finished with the No. 2 defense in 2003 and 2004 before plummeting to 29th this season. The Bills were the last team in the league to hire a defensive coordinator.

Fewell, who's never been a coordinator, worked with new Bills head coach Dick Jauron in 1998 when the two were in Jacksonville. Jauron was the Jaguars defensive coordinator while Fewell coached the defensive backs, staying in Jacksonville for five years.

Most recently, Fewell was in Chicago working as the Bears defensive backs coach under coach Lovie Smith. He also served as defensive backs coach for St. Louis in 2003-04.

Catavolos spent the past two seasons as the defensive backs coach with the Detroit Lions and will be entering his 22nd season as an NFL coach. Holland was in Detroit the last three seasons and was the Lions linebackers coach in 2005.

Jauron finished last season as Detroit's interim head coach.

Buffalo has also promoted John Allaire to Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, and promoted Bobby April to Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams and Chuck Lester to Assistant to the Head Coach/Defensive Assistant. Earlier in the week the team retained running backs coach Eric Studesville and wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert.

Offensive line coach Jim McNally will remain, and get a little help. The Buffalo Bills have hired Larry Zierlein as assistant offensive line coach. Zierlein coached the offensive line for the Cleveland Browns from 2001-2004. During Zierlein's stint in Cleveland, the Browns averaged 4.05 yards per rush and 104.4 rushing yards per game in 2003. He was out of football last season.- Various AP Reports

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