The Buffalo Bills announced two coaching moves on Tuesday, the day before the start of the 2022 NFL League year. Mike Shula joins the team as a senior offensive assistant and Eric Washington has been promoted from defensive line coach to senior defensive assistant/defensive line coach.
For Washington, that would apparently make him the standby defensive coordinator if defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier leaves, similar to the expanded role Ken Dorsey received before he was hired as offensive coordinator. Washington was the Bills’ defensive line coach for two seasons and already has experience as a defensive coordinator, serving as Carolina Panthers‘ DC in 2018 and 2019. Previously, he was the defensive line coach from 2011 to 2017 under Bills head coach Sean McDermott.
Shula was one of the names we considered for potential offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach openings, so adding him to the staff in that role seems like a no-brainer. He has a lot of experience and close ties to McDermott as well as Ken Dorsey, so it always made sense. Shula served as the offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2017 when McDermott served as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator from 2011 to 2016. Dorsey served as his QB coach during Shula’s entire time as offensive coordinator. Shula called plays for multiple teams, but was let go after the 2017 Carolina season with Dorsey. Shula went to work with the New York Giants as offensive coordinator for two seasons before being Denver’s QB coach for the last two seasons. Throughout, he worked with Pat Shurmur, another McDermott colleague. (Pat’s son, Kyle, is a defensive quality control coach for the Bills.)
It’s another example of experienced offensive coaches being put in place around Dorsey in his first appeal decision. Shula has 11 years as an NFL offensive coordinator under his belt and QB coach Joe Brady, OL coach Aaron Kromer and TE coach Rob Boras have all held the offensive coordinator title.