Bills Pursue USC's Seto

According to a published report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the Buffalo Bills have offered Rocky Seto a job on Dick Jauron's coaching staff. Seto has until Tuesday, Feb. 14, to accept the job.

Seto is seriously considering the move because USC coach Pete Carroll switched him from his natural position of linebackers to safeties last week during a reorganization of the defensive coaching staff.

Seto, 29, has been on the USC coaching staff since 1999 and is a former USC player. He turned down a job offer to coach linebackers at UCLA last month and also turned down an offer to become the defensive coordinator at Mississippi last season.

"He's never been asked to be a coach for an NFL job before," Carroll said. "It came out of nowhere."

Former USC linebacker Rocky Seto is in his seventh year on the USC staff, including his third as a full-time assistant. He took over handling of the linebackers in 2004 after being in charge of the safeties in 2003.

Under Seto's tutelage 2004, linebackers Matt Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu were named All-American first teamers (Grootegoed also was a Butkus Award finalist and Tatupu was a NFL second round pick). In 2003, safety Darnell Bing was a Freshman All-American first teamer and is considered a top safety in this season's NFL draft.

He spent the previous 2 years (2001-02) as a Trojan graduate assistant, the first year working with the defense in general and then handling the safeties in 2002 (where he worked with All-American first teamer and NFL first rounder Troy Polamalu).

Seto was a linebacker at USC for 2 seasons (1997-98).


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