Szabo was Patriots' volunteer assistant

Updated: February 3, 2004, 3:08 PM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Steve Szabo was hired as the Buffalo Bills' defensive backs coach Tuesday after a season as a volunteer assistant with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Szabo has 34 years of coaching experience, including nine, 1994-02, as the Jacksonville Jaguars' linebackers coach. He spent the previous 25 years with college teams, including stints as an assistant at Syracuse, Ohio State and Boston College.

Szabo joins new head coach Mike Mularkey's staff. He replaces safeties coach Steve Jackson, who left to join the Washington Redskins last month, and cornerbacks coach Pat Thomas, who was not retained by the Bills.

Mularkey's staff is all but complete, depending on whether he hires a quarterbacks coach. Former Cincinnati and Tampa Bay head coach Sam Wyche is being considered for that job.

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