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Bills coach Doug Marrone issues statement on Mike Pettine's departure

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The Buffalo Bills emailed a statement from coach Doug Marrone about defensive coordinator Mike Pettine:

"I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Mike on becoming the Browns new head coach and thank him for all of his time and efforts with our team this past season. He did an excellent job of improving our defense, and we wish him the best.

"We have a plan in place and we will introduce our new defensive coordinator after our final decision has been made."

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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