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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Mario Williams and the rest of the Buffalo Bills defensive front can breathe easier with Jim Schwartz taking over.


The Bills newly hired defensive coordinator indicated on Monday he has no designs on making drastic changes to the aggressive approach that made Buffalo one of the NFL's most feared pass-rushing teams last season.

And that means he intends to continue leaning on a Williams-led defensive line that returns three Pro Bowl selections.

Schwartz is the former Detroit Lions head coach, who was fired in December. He replaces Mike Pettine, who left Buffalo after only one year to take over as the Cleveland Browns head coach.

Schwartz becomes the Bills fourth defensive coordinator in as many years and takes over a unit that had a franchise-best 57 sacks last year.