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The hirings were announced Thursday, although most had been widely known in
The offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, Shurmur was hired on Jan.
22 to rebuild the Giants after a disastrous 3-13 season. Coach Ben McAdoo fired
in early December after less than two years on the job.
Mike Shula will be the offensive coordinator and work with the quarterbacks.
James Bettcher is the defensive coordinator, while Thomas McGaughey will lead
the special teams.
Shula and McGaughey worked with Gettleman in Carolina. Both were fired after
last season, having served the past five and two years, respectively, as
coordinators. Bettcher spent the last five seasons with the Arizona
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Also on the staff are receiver coach Tyke Tolbert, offensive line coach Hal
Hunter, tight ends coach Lunda Wells, assistant offensive line coach Ben
Wilkerson, defensive line coach Gary Emanuel, defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo,
assistant defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend, assistant linebackers coach Rob
Leonard and special teams coach Anthony Blevins special teams assistant
Shurmur also retained running back coach Craig Johnson Zdeno
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Ryan Roeder and defensive assistant Bobby Blick. They're joined by strength and
conditioning coach Aaron Wellman, strength and conditioning assistant coach
Markus Paul, performance manager Joe Danos and director of performance nutrition
"Some of the coaches I have a history with, some were on previous staffs
here, and other coaches are guys I've known through the profession," Shurmur
said. "I took a good look at some of the coaches that were here, and we
certainly wanted to make sure that some of the really fine coaches that were in
the building a year ago had an opportunity to stay."
CHICAGO (AP) — AJ McCarron made a shaky case for a roster spot Brent Urban
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most of the game, and the Buffalo Bills closed the preseason with a 28-27
victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
With both teams holding out their starters and few key reserves playing, the
focus was on McCarron.
He ran for a touchdown and threw for three more in the fourth — including a
6-yarder to Keith Towbridge in the closing minute. That capped an 84-yard drive
that was aided by two roughing-the-passer calls, including one against Isaiah
Irving on a fourth down at the Buffalo 3.
McCarron was 13 of 34 for 156 yards and had an interception returned for a
touchdown in the early going. He could be the odd man out if the Bills decide to
go with two quarterbacks rather than three.
Tyler Bray made a case for the Bears to keep three quarterbacks. With
Mitchell Trubisky and backup Chase Daniel not playing, Bray was 19 of 29 for 180
yards and an interception. Ryan Nall ran for 79 yards, including a 32-yard
Signed to a two-year deal in free agency after spending the past four seasons
as Andy Dalton’s backup in Cincinnati, McCarron was considered the initial
front-runner for the Bills’ starting job because he had more experience than
first-round pick Josh Allen and returning backup Nathan Peterman.
But he missed a little over a week after he bruised his right shoulder while
being hit several times at Cleveland on Aug. 17. That injury along with his
performance seemed to knock him out of the running for the starting job. It also
raised questions about whether he will make the opening roster.
McCarron got off to a brutal start, throwing for just 39 yards and getting
picked off twice in the first half.
His troubles really began after Cody Parkey kicked a 47-yard field goal on
Chicago’s first possession.
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Doran Grant along the sideline, resulting in a 33-yard touchdown return. And
just like that, it was 10-0.
Parkey added a 23-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Nall
made it 20-0 with just under two minutes left in the half with his 32-yard TD
run up the right sideline, though the Bears missed another opportunity in the
closing seconds after McCarron got picked off again.
Chicago’s Abdullah Anderson tipped a pass at the line, leading to an
interception for John Timu. But Parkey’s 39-yard attempt hit the right
There were no protests by either team during the anthem.
Bills: RT Conor McDermott walked gingerly toward the sideline after a 10-yard
scramble by McCarron in the third. He returned later in the quarter at left
Bears: TE Daniel Brown suffered a shoulder injury on a 27-yard catch in the
third and left the game. … LB Kasim Edebali was helped off the field and taken
from the sideline on a cart with an apparent leg injury after a run by Buffalo
on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Bills: Open season at Baltimore on Sept. 9.
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