The Bills announced the hiring of three new assistant coaches Monday, including the return of Bruce DeHaven as special-teams coordinator.
DeHaven coordinated special teams for the Bills from 1987-99, getting fired following the Titans' "Music City Miracle" against Buffalo in the wild-card round of the '99 season. DeHaven, who will be entering his 24th year in the NFL, helped lead some stellar special-teams units during his first stint in Buffalo, coaching stars like ST Steve Tasker and PK Steve Christie.
"We are very excited about Bruce DeHaven joining our staff," head coach Chan Gailey said. "He is an extremely respected special-teams coach in the league and he has done a great job wherever he has been. I know he is very familiar with Buffalo and the things we have to do in our stadium to be successful. We are very pleased to have Bruce join our staff."
The Bills also hired George Cortez as quarterbacks coach and Stan Hixon to coach the wide receivers. Cortez was formerly the offensive coordinator of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders and also was an offensive coach at the University of California; he has 30 years of coaching experience. Hixon, meanwhile, comes to Buffalo after coaching receivers with the Redskins for the past six seasons. Prior to that, he spent 24 years at the collegiate level.
The Bills also announced that Adrian White has been retained as a defensive quality control coach. They are still in search for a defensive coordinator.