Bills add Cross as DE coach

DeMontie Cross, linebackers and special teams coach for the Cyclones the past five seasons, has been hired to coach defensive ends and special teams for the Buffalo Bills.

Cross is the fourth addition to Dick Jauron's staff this week- joining Turk Schonert (QB coach), Alex Van Pelt (Offensive quality control) and Chuck Coiner (Tight Ends). He becomes the second Iowa State assistant coach to leave for the NFL in the past week. ISU newcomer Jeff Horton left to join the staff of the St. Louis Rams as tight ends coach and special assistant for offense. McCarney said national searches are underway to replace Cross and Horton.

"My experience at Iowa State has been second to none," Cross said. "I am very thankful for the opportunity that coach McCarney has given me to grow as a coach. He took a chance on a young coach that most head coaches might have passed up. I surely hope I didn't disappoint him. I am also very fortunate to have been able to study under (Iowa State defensive coordinator) John Skladany. Our chemistry on defense as a staff was really good and I am going to miss that experience. I wish nothing but the best for the Cyclone football family.

"With all the head coaching changes in the NFL this year, and with basically no limitations on staff numbers, there's a lot of movement going on," Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said. "DeMontie has been a part of our family for five years," McCarney said. "I hate to lose him as he has been a contributor to four bowl game seasons during his time at ISU.. The ultimate confirmation that you are hiring good people is when the NFL calls them to the best football league in the world. The presence of seven former assistant coaches now in the NFL demonstrates the respect our program has nationally in the collegiate and professional ranks."

(Billszone.com)


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