Bills Hire New Defensive Coordinator NFL Betting Lines

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

NFL betting lines might be a little bit more interesting on the Buffalo Bills next season.

They have a new head coach in Chan Gailey and now they have a new defensive coordinator in George Edwards.  The Bills are coming off another poor season in 2009 against the NFL odds.

NFL betting lines have the Bills making some definite changes.  Edwards will now direct the defense. He was the defensive line coach for Dallas in 1997 and was in the same position with Washington from 1998-2002 as NFL betting lines indicated.  He was Cleveland’s defensive coordinator in 2003 as NFL betting lines had it and moved to Miami in 2004 to coach their linebackers. He took the linebacker job at Florida from 2005-2009. "We are very excited that George Edwards has joined our staff as defensive coordinator," 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."

Whether or not Edwards can make a different with the Bills is a question mark.  He doesn’t have a great deal of high profile experience.  He is excited for the challenge though. "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."

Buffalo was 6-10 this past season straight up and they were 8-8 against the NFL betting lines. The Bills were terrible on offense but their defense was not much better. The Bills were 19th in the NFL in total yards allowed last NFL odds season.  They were pretty good against the pass, ranking second as NFL betting lines stats showed, but that is only because they were horrible against the run, ranking 30th.  They were 16th in the league in points allowed as NFL betting stats showed.  Edwards will have to improve the run defense if the Bills are to improve vs. the NFL odds and perhaps his linebacker coaching experience will help.  Buffalo is still considered a longshot in NFL odds just to win their own division since they play in the AFC East with New England, the Jets and Miami.

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