Bills add Schonert, Van Pelt

Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron added Turk Schonert and Alex Van Pelt to his coaching staff today. Schonert will be the team's quarterbacks coach and Van Pelt will be the offensive quality control coach.

Van Pelt held the quarterbacks coach position for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe and was responsible for all offensive play calling. He also spent a breif period as quarterbacks coach with the University of Buffalo Bulls. Alex Van Pelt was an analyst on the Bills radio broadcasts the last two seasons. From 1995 to 2003, he was the primary backup QB on the Bills.

Turk Schonert was New Orleans' quarterbacks coach this past season. His coaching stops include being an assistant coach with the New York Giants. A former Bill Walsh student at Stanford University, Schonert was a quarterback for the Bengals in the 1980s where he learned under Sam Wyche, Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason. An up-and-coming guru in the West Coast offensive system he played in, Schonert has served in a similar coaching role with the Tampa Bay, Cincinnatti, Buffalo, New York (Giants) and Carolina.

Jauron is still shopping to complete his defensive coaching staff, needing to replace the recently departed Don Blackmon, who was hired recently by Herm Edwards and the Kansas City Chiefs. According to a published report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the Buffalo Bills have offered the job to Rocky Seto- LB coach of the USC Trojans. Seto has until Tuesday, Feb. 14, to accept the job.

In addition, the Bills added Charley Coiner yesterday as Tight Ends coach. Coiner spent the last five seasons in Chicago.


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