ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo's notoriously long, harsh winters have their advantages as far as Jim Schwartz is concerned.
The nasty weather that stretched well into April provided the Bills' new defensive coordinator an additional excuse to stay indoors and become more familiar with his players and staff.
Schwartz called the experience invaluable in making the transition back to coordinator after being fired in December following five seasons as the Detroit Lions' head coach.
Filling the vacancy after Mike Pettine left to become the Browns' head coach, Schwartz inherits a Bills defense that was the team's strength last season.
Buffalo (6-10) finished 10th in the NFL in yards allowed - its best ranking in nine years. The Bills also finished second in the league with 23 interceptions and a franchise-record 57 sacks.
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