Bills announce John Blake as new defensive line coach

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012 photo, the Buffalo Bills play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Following the release of defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, the Buffalo Bills have announced his replacement.

Two-time Super Bowl champion John Blake began his extensive coaching career in 1985 as a student assistant with the Oklahoma Sooners — a team which he played for from 1979 until 1982.

His first full-time coaching job was with the University of Tulsa in 1987.

In the NFL, Blake previously served as defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1993 to 1995. Linemen Russell Maryland, Charles Haley and Leon Lett were all selected for the Pro Bowl under Blake’s coaching.

After that, Blake brought his skills back to college football when he became the head coach of Oklahoma from 1996 to 1998. During Blake’s final year with the Sooners, a familiar name served as the team’s defensive coordinator — Rex Ryan.

Most recently, Blake continued his time in college football by serving as defensive line coach for the University of North Carolina from 2007 to 2010.

Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan said, “We have agreed to terms with John Blake to become our new Defensive Line coach and I believe he will do an excellent job in working with the talented players we have at that position. John is a heck of a coach who has worked with many outstanding players and made them better. He endured a difficult time in his coaching career a few years back, but has moved forward with his life and put that behind him. Since that time he has worked with a number of NFL players and earned their respect with his ability to hone their skills and techniques. I don’t think you will find better examples of his teaching abilities than the work he has done recently with Jason Pierre-Paul and Jerry Hughes.”

Joining Blake are Jason Rebrovich, who will also serve as a defensive line coach, and outside linebackers coach Jeff Weeks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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