Reports: Bills dismiss DB coach Gill Byrd and hire John Butler

January 30, 2018

According to various media reports, the Bills have let go of secondary coach Gill Byrd and hired John Butler to replace him.

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News first reported the dismissal of Byrd just after midnight Tuesday morning, while Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported the hiring of Butler later in the day.

Byrd is the father of former Bills’ safety Jairus Byrd. He was hired last offseason to Sean McDermott’s staff. Under his guidance, Bills’ safety Micah Hyde was named to his first Pro Bowl, Hyde and fellow safety Jordan Poyer both earned separate AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors, Tre’Davious White earned a Defensive Rookie of the Month award, and White is a solid candidate for the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Butler has spent the last four seasons as the secondary coach of the Houston Texans. Prior to that, he spent two years at Penn State where he held the role of secondary coach in 2012 and defensive coordinator in 2013. 

Butler served as the special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at South Carolina in 2011 and four seasons (2007-10) as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Minnesota. 

From 2003-06, Butler served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Harvard. 

The Philadelphia native was safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Southwest Texas State from 2001-02. He also spent two seasons (1999-2000) at Midwestern State, where he served as the team’s defensive coordinator while coaching the linebackers and safeties.

In 1997 and 1998, he served as a graduate assistant at the University of Texas under John Mackovic and Mack Brown.

The Bills have yet to make an announcment of either move, but the reported shakeup comes on the heels of the team announcing defensive line coach Mike Waufle has retired and will be replaced by his assistant last year, Bill Teerlinck.

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