After getting fired by Green Bay for several late-game collapses, Bob Sanders is back on his feet. The Buffalo Bills announced today that Sanders will coach the team's defensive line.
One year after reaching the NFC Championship, the Packers' defense struggled through most of 2008. Green Bay finised 20th overall, including 26th against the run. Sanders' defenses did have a knack for causing turnovers. The Packers led the NFL last year with six interceptions returned for touchdowns.
The Bills will be looking for Sanders to energize a stagnant pass rush. In 2006, the Packers' DC led a front four that finished first in the NFC in sacks (46). While Buffalo is expected to bring in a pass rusher via free agency or the draft, Sanders is a start.
Buffalo's pass rush was non-existent last season. No single player on the Bills defense had more than four sacks last season. Worse, the uncertainty of Aaron Schobel's bum foot remains a huge concern. Sanders should at least bring a breath of fresh air to the pass rush.