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Mike NevilleSports Editor

The Buffalo Bills have finally figured out how to have a winning season again, thanks to contributions by their assistant defensive line coach and former Southern football player, Jacques Cesaire.

During his time with the Owls, Cesaire earned many accolades, including Northeast 10 lineman of the year and being selected to a first team as an All-American for the NCAA.

Playing in the NFL with the then San Diego Chargers from 2003-2012, Cesaire had a successful run in the league. With Tom Brady out of the East and the Patriots on the verge of entering a rebuilding mode, the Bills along with Cesaire’s guidance look to be a Stalwart force for years to come.

Although they were eliminated by the Kansas City Chiefs in the Conference Championship, the Bills defense was a big part of the game. Starting the 2020 season, the Bills had one of the best defenses in the league, which continued all the way up until the AFC Championship game.

Although an assistant, Cesaire’s time with Southern played a big part in developing him into the coach we see today. Going undrafted out of Southern, the road to the NFL did not come easy for Cesaire.

He had to grind for everything put in front of him. This determination that Cesaire embodied probably played a role in his coaching, which made the Bills a powerful team on the defensive side.

Cesaire coaches with the likes of Josh Norman, A.J Klein and Mario Addison to name a few key defensive players. If team chemistry along with the guidance of the former Owl great pan out, Cesaire can bring the Bills defense to one of the best in the league.

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