Bills name new QB, CB coaches, part ways with John Butler


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The Buffalo Bills have named former New Orleans Saints aide Ronald Curry as new quarterbacks coach for Josh Allen and have parted ways with long-time secondary assistant John Butler.

Curry, 44, served the past eight years for the Saints and was QB coach and passing game coordinator the past two seasons. Curry takes over a spot on Sean McDermott’s Bills staff formerly held by Joe Brady, before he took over as offensive coordinator midway through last season.

Meanwhile, Butler will leave as part of the coaching shakeup on the defensive side of the ball. Butler served under McDermott the past six seasons, the past two as defensive backs/defensive passing game coordinator.

The Bills last week promoted Bobby Babich from linebackers coach to new defensive coordinator. Babich, 40, has been with the Bills seven years and essentially vaulted both Butler and Eric Washington, defensive line coach and assistant head coach. Washington subsequently left the Bills to become defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.

McDermott also has hired two other new assistant coaches. Jahmile Addae joins the staff as new cornerbacks coach. He comes from the University of Miami. Christian Taylor is defensive quality control coach. He comes from McDermott’s alma mater, William & Mary, where he was offensive coordinator.

Brady worked with Curry in New Orleans in 2017 and 2018, when Brady was an offensive assistant.

Saints head coach Dennis Allen overhauled his offensive coaching staff last month, firing coordinator Pete Carmichael, offensive line coach Doug Marrone (the former Bills head coach) and two other offensive aides.

New Saints offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak is bringing in new staff members, including a QB coach. Numerous reports from media in New Orleans said Curry had been offered to stay with the Saints as wide receivers coach. Instead, Curry gets to reunite with Brady and work with Allen.

Curry was a star collegiate quarterback at the University of North Carolina, where he set the career passing yardage record. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders and was converted to wide receiver. He played seven seasons for the Raiders, catching 193 passes. His best year was 2006, when he caught 62 passes for 727 yards and one touchdown.

Curry entered the coaching profession in the high school ranks in 2010, then made the jump to the San Francisco 49ers’ staff as an offensive aide in 2014. He joined the Saints in 2016 as an offensive aide and spent the 2018 to 2020 seasons as receivers coach. He took over as QB coach in 2021.

Addae spent the past two years as secondary coach for the University of Miami, and in 2021 held the same role with the University of Georgia. Addae, 39, played at West Virginia and has 17 years of college coaching experience.