One year after his unit helped the Packers reach the NFC championship, their 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.
Sanders was thought to be under consideration for the same position in Tampa Bay, where his mentor, Jim Bates, was named defensive coordinator. Tampa Bay and the New York Jets are interested in ousted defensive tackles coach Robert Nunn. Cornerbacks coach Lionel Washington landed in Oakland to coach the secondary.
The Bills will be looking for Sanders to energize a stagnant pass rush. In 2006, Sanders led a front four that finished first in the NFC in sacks with 46, but when Cullen Jenkins went down with a chest injury and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila couldn't come back from knee surgery in 2008, the Packers' front four mounted practically no rush from anyone other than Aaron Kampman.
Buffalo's pass rush was nonexistent last season. No single player on the defense had more than four sacks. 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.