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Metzelaars arrives as tight ends coach

The Sports Xchange

--The Bills reached back into their past to fill their tight ends coaching vacancy, hiring Pete Metzelaars, 51, a member of Buffalo's 50th anniversary team. Metzelaars, who played for Buffalo from 1985-1994 and was a member of four Super Bowl teams, has been working his way up the coaching ranks, spending the past eight seasons in Indianapolis. He was the Colts' offensive line coach the past eight years, losing his job after head coach Jim Caldwell was fired. Metzelaars holds all of Buffalo's records for a tight end, including catches (302) and touchdowns (25). He fills an opening created on Chan Gailey's staff after Bob Bicknell switched to receivers.

"I'm excited. It's a lot fun and it's a little bizarre," said Metzelaars of his return to Buffalo. "It's been 18 years or so since I've really been back here so to come back it's neat."

Metzelaars has been fielding a ton of congratulatory messages from his old Bills teammates, like Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker and Thurman Thomas who live in Buffalo. "It's neat connecting with good friends," he said. "I told Chan Gailey this morning 'old friends' and he said 'be careful calling them old' so I said 'I meant old as in we've been together a long time not old in age' but we are getting that way also a little bit."

--As an outsider new on the job, new quarterbacks coach David Lee said Buffalo's offense doesn't need an overhaul, just a tuneup. "These guys were 14th in the league in offense last year, there's 18 other teams that would love to have been 14th. So, we're not fixing something that is broken here, we just need to keep moving the football and climb closer to the top 10 offensively."

--WR Andre Reed's wait for the Pro Football Hall of Fame continues. The Bills' all-time receiver with 951 catches and 87 touchdowns and a member of all four Super Bowl teams was passed over as a finalist yet again during voting during Super Bowl week. He was hoping to join former teammates Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, James Lofton and coach Marv Levy in Canton. There is a logjam of receivers waiting to get into the Hall, hurting Reed's chances. Cris Carter and Tim Brown were also denied again. Each is drawing votes away from the other.

--New Bills assistant offensive line coach Andrew Dees coached five years for the University of Buffalo (2001-05). He's elated to be back for his first job in the NFL. "It's very exciting. Like I was saying earlier, I coached here for five years, I was married here, both of my kids were born here so Buffalo for me is the ideal situation. My in-laws still live here so I couldn't do any better ... I can do no wrong in my mother-in-law's eyes and that goes a long way."

"He's mastered 'funny body' throws as good as anybody I've ever seen. When things break down or the hot (pass rusher) is coming and you can't set your feet he really gives the guy a chance to catch the football. Ironically, it seems like when he does miss it's when the protection is the cleanest and he can execute the fundamentals the best. It's usually not the way it is, you usually miss when you can't set your feet and you have to make those funny body throws." - New Bills QB coach David Lee on Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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