Bill Kollar, Buffalo's defensive line coach for the last three seasons, is leaving the Bills for Houston, the Buffalo News reported. Kollar will replace Jethro Franklin, who left Houston for USC.
Kollar was still under contract with the Bills. Buffalo could have thwarted his exit by rule, but allowed Kollar to walk. Kollar, 56, has coached in the NFL for 20 seasons. His tenure with the Bills brought little to the defensive line.
Last season, Buffalo only recorded 24 sacks --- 28th in the NFL. Once Aaron Schobel went down with a season-ending foot injury, the Bills' front four failed to provide a consistent pass rush, which put great pressure on their young secondary.
Kollar's exit is the only significant coaching change so far. Dick Jauron isn't expected to shake up his staff too much despite Buffalo losing eight of their last 10 games. Owner Ralph Wilson has maintained that the team's problem is personnel - thus, coaches have kept their jobs.
The defensive line Kollar inherits in Houston isn't much better from a pass-rush standpoint. Despite boasting former first overall pick Mario Williams, Houston only registered one more sack than Buffalo last season. As an overall unit, Buffalo's 'D' (14th) finished a rung higher than Houston (22nd).
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