Bills hire Wannstedt as assistant coach

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dave Wannstedt is back in the NFL after being hired to be the Buffalo Bills' assistant head coach in a job that reunites him with good friend and colleague Chan Gailey.

The Bills announced the hiring on Friday after the two sides met for most of the day to negotiate the contract. The team did not divulge terms of the deal, though a person familiar with talks told The Associated Press that the contract runs for more than one season.

Wannstedt returns to the NFL after spending the past six years coaching the University of Pittsburgh, where he was forced to resign last month.

He spent four-plus seasons as the Miami Dolphins head coach before being fired midway through the 2004 season. He also spent six seasons — from 1993-98 — as the Chicago Bears head coach.

Wannstedt is a defensive specialist and will help oversee a defense that struggled last season. The Bills' defense was last in the NFL against the run, allowing 2,714 yards rushing.

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