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Report: Pepper Johnson joining Bills coaching staff

01.31.14 at 8:57 pm ET

Pepper Johnson will be joining the Bills coaching staff, according to Pete Roussel of

Johnson joined the Patriots as assistant linebackers coach in 2000. He was the team’€™s inside linebackers coach from 2001-03, the defensive line coach from 2004-11 and the linebackers coach the past two seasons. One day after New England lost to the Broncos in the AFC title game, he announced he was leaving the organization, saying he was going to “embrace this new chapter in my life.”

Johnson’s title has not been announced, but given his background, it’s not a stretch he could be considered for either the job of linebackers coach or defensive line coach — the Bills do not currently have linebacker coach, while defensive line coach Anthony Weaver has been linked to a new job with the Browns. It is interesting to note that he’ll be working with a coach from the Bill Belichick tree — new Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz worked for Belichick roughly 20 years ago in Cleveland.

(UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Multiple reports now indicate that Johnson will serve as the Bills’ defensive line coach.)

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