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By PFW staff

The Bills announced Thursday that they have hired George Edwards as their defensive coordinator.

Edwards, 43, has been a coach in the NFL since 1998, spending the past five seasons coaching linebackers for the Dolphins. Prior to that, he spent one season as the defensive coordinator for the Redskins and six others as a linebackers coach for Dallas, Washington and Cleveland.

"We are very excited that George Edwards has joined our staff as defensive coordinator," head coach Chan Gailey said. "He brings a wealth of experience, not only as a motivator and communicator, but he has been involved with some great schemes and we are excited about him being the head of our defense."

Edwards was hired as the defensive coordinator as the University of Florida just last month, but he didn't want to pass on a chance to return to the NFL and coach with Gailey, whom he spent time under while with the Cowboys.

"I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to come in and have a chance to work with Coach Gailey again and the staff that he has been able to put together," Edwards said. "I am excited to have the opportunity to come to Buffalo and look forward to getting started as quickly as possible. This is a team that has played good defense in the past and I am excited to continue on with that tradition."

Unlike Perry Fewell, the Bills' former coordinator who moved on to take the same job with the Giants, Edwards will implement a 3-4 scheme.

"Defensively, we will start from a 3-4 alignment, but we will do what we feel is best for our players to do," said Edwards. "We are not going to give anything away about exactly what we will do, but personnel will dictate what you can and what you can’t do. As far as the initial alignment, the 3-4 is what we will start off with and we will adjust from there."

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