Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) is tackled by the Buffalo Bills defense during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills add two coaches to defensive staff


The Buffalo Bills and new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz recently added a pair of coaches to its defensive staff. Pepper Johnson was named the team’s defensive line, while Fred Pagac will coach the linebackers. Both agreed to terms with the club on Friday night.

A five-time Super Bowl champion, Johnson will enter his 15th year coaching in the NFL in 2014. Johnson has spent the past 14 seasons working for the New England Patriots, serving in a variety of roles including eight seasons as the team’s defensive line coach. During his 13-year playing career, Johnson was a part of two championship teams and has been a member of three championship teams since joining New England’s coaching staff in 2000.

A veteran coach with more than a decade of experience on both the collegiate and professional coaching levels, Pagac comes to Buffalo after spending the past eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings, Pagac helped lead the Vikings’ defense to four top 10 finishes in total defense including three straight top 10 finishes from 2008-10.

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