Bills' DL coach Mike Waufle retires, Teerlinck named replacement

January 29, 2018

After a twenty year career, Buffalo Bills’ defensive line coach Mike Waufle has retired from coaching, and the team has already hired his replacement.

The announcement comes on the same day as center Eric Wood’s press conference to say he won’t be able to play football anymore due to a neck injury.

Waufle, a Hornell native, joined the Bills last year after spending five seasons coaching the Rams’ defensive line. He originally began coaching in the NFL in 1998 with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2003) and has spent time with the New York Giants (2004-09), Oakland Raiders (2010-11) and the Rams (2012-2016).  Waufle began his coaching career at Alfred University as a defensive line coach in 1979.

The Bills didn’t go far to find Waufle’s replacement, naming their assistant defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck to the post.

Prior to joining the Bills last season, Teerlinck spent three seasons as the defensive line coach at the University of Nevada and took on the responsibilities of co-defensive coordinator in 2015. Nevada registered 14 sacks in 2016 under Teerlinck’s guidance. He coached one of the top defensive lineman in the league in his first season at Nevada, helping Brock Hekking earn 2013 first team All-Mountain West honors with 9.0 sacks.

Treelike played football and graduated from Chadron State in Nebraska in 2002.  He’s also worked as an assistant defensive coach at the University of Indiana (2003-04), Illinois State (2005-06) and with the Indianapolis Colts (2007-11).

Teerlinck’s father, John, coached for more than 30 years in college football and the NFL, including more than 25 seasons in the NFL.  He won Super Bowl rings with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts and coached 31 Pro Bowl players and four defensive MVP’s during his time in the NFL.

Whitecotton makes the move to the assistant defensive line coach after spending last season as the Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach.  Prior to that, Whitecotton had spent four years as a defensive assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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