Bruce DeHaven thought his 13-year stint in Buffalo would be his last opportunity to coach in the city he had grown to admire and appreciate. Three NFL stops later the special team coordinator's career has come full circle.
"In this league you never know from day to day what's going to happen," said DeHaven. "It seems the longer I've been in the league the more changes there are and the quicker they are. I'm happy that this is the way it worked out."
DeHaven called returning to the Bills staff for a second go round like a homecoming of sorts, and he didn't quite expect it to happen having never been on a staff with Chan Gailey in the past.
"I've never worked with him," said DeHaven. "But I know his reputation. All I know is every place he has ever been as a head coach or as an assistant they've won. I'm glad to be around him because everywhere he's been they've been successful."
Of course Gailey considered himself fortunate to land an experienced special teams coach of DeHaven's caliber after getting strong recommendations from people in football that Buffalo's head coach trusted.
"In this level of football you always are looking for people that have been there, done that," Gailey said. "He's been there and done that. He's been very successful, not just in one place, but in several different places. I didn't really know Bruce. We were fortunate enough to get into a conversation and he flew in here and visited with us and it looked like a great fit."
A great fit because DeHaven's skills are capable of sustaining what has been one of the best special teams units for the better part of the last six years.
"I don't think I need to assess Bobby's (April) tenure here," said DeHaven. "He did a good job of keeping the torch burning while I was gone. Danny Smith was an excellent special teams coach and Bobby's record speaks for itself. Those guys are excellent football coaches."