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Pete Carroll spent one miserable season with the Bills


NEW YORK – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a fleeting connection to the Buffalo Bills.

Carroll worked for the team for one season, as defensive backs coach in 1984.

Asked this week whether he had any recollection of his time in Western New York, Carroll succinctly said: “Yeah, we were terrible.”

That they were.

The ’84 Bills finished 2-14. The team gave up 454 points and 5,582 yards, numbers that rank first- and sixth-worst, respectively, in franchise history.

The Bills’ defensive backfield gave up 3,476 yards under Carroll’s direction, the seventh most in franchise history.

Carroll left the Bills after the ’84 season and went to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

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.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.