Former Bengals, Bucs coach to aid Bledsoe

Updated: February 9, 2004, 3:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Sam Wyche is returning to the NFL as the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills.

The hiring of the former head coach of the Bengals and Buccaneers, announced Monday, rounds out new Bills coach Mike Mularkey's staff.

Wyche spent 1984-91 as head coach of the Bengals, a stretch in which he twice led Cincinnati to the playoffs and took the team to the Super Bowl after the 1988 season. He coached the Buccaneers from 1992-95 before entering television broadcasting.

A paralyzed vocal cord forced him to retire in 2000.

He is expected to help Drew Bledsoe improve after a bad 2003 season.

Wyche has been out of the NFL since the 1995 season, when he was dismissed after four losing seasons with the Buccaneers. While in Tampa Bay in 1994, Wyche hired Mularkey to his first coaching position after Mularkey's retirement as a player.

Wyche spent eight seasons as an NFL quarterback with the Bengals, Redskins, Lions, Cardinals and Bills from 1968 to 1976.

His first NFL coaching job was as quarterbacks coach in San Francisco from 1979-82, where he is credited with helping develop Joe Montana.

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