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BUFFALO, N. Dion Waiters Jersey .Y. - Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone suddenly has a big hole to fill at defensive co-ordinator with Mike Pettine leaving to take over the Cleveland Browns. With Pettine hired on Thursday, Marrone is forced to enact the contingency plan the team began preparing once Cleveland honed in on his key assistant. "We have a plan in place," Marrone said, in a statement released by the team. "I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Mike on becoming the Browns new head coach and thank him for all of his time and efforts with our team this past season. He did an excellent job of improving our defence, and we wish him the best." Marrone did not reveal a timetable or list of potential candidates. Depending on whether any Bills assistants follow Pettine to Cleveland, Buffalo has several in-house assistants to consider, most notably linebackers coach Jim ONeil and defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson. ONeil has spent the past five seasons working under Pettine, including the first four with the New York Jets. Henderson is the most experienced, having split 29 years as a coach at the NFL and college levels, including stints as a defensive co-ordinator with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and Jets, 2004-05. Replacing Pettine is not something Marrone was anticipating a year after luring the former Jets defensive co-ordinator to Buffalo to become the most-high profile member of his first staff. Pettines departure is a significant blow to a defence that emerged as the Bills strength last season. And the loss has the potential of under-cutting much of the progress the Bills hoped would carry over into next season after a 6-10 finish that extended the NFLs longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons. Continuity also becomes an issue for a defence set to be led by a fourth co-ordinator in as many years. Pettine succeeded Dave Wannstedt, who was fired along with Chan Gailey and his staff a year ago. Wannstedt replaced George Edwards, who struggled during his two years as co-ordinator. Pettine, in one season in Buffalo, played a considerable role in transforming the Bills once-porous defence into an aggressive unit that finished second in the NFL with a franchise-record 57 sacks. Though the Bills were inconsistent against the run, they still finished 10th in the NFL in fewest yards allowed — Buffalos best ranking since finishing second in 2004. The Bills success on defence translated into four players earning Pro Bowl selections, including defensive tackle Marcell Dareus as a last-minute injury replacement. Also selected were defensive linemen Mario Williams and Kyle Williams and safety Jairus Byrd. In November, Pettine indicated he was in no hurry to leave Buffalo. He enjoyed the community and also wanted to continue what he began building with the Bills. Pettines approach and no-nonsense demeanour was popular among players and staff. During the Bills bye weekend off in November, Pettine and a number of assistants spent a weekend sharing a cabin in nearby Ellicottville. He also earned raves among several veterans, including Mario Williams, who led the team with 13 1/2 sacks. Pettine learned his defensive approach under Jets coach Rex Ryan. And its a style thats somewhat unique among NFL teams in placing a premium on players versatility and capability of playing several positions to confuse offences. The secondary benefited in finishing second in the NFL with 23 interceptions. The change at co-ordinator could have an effect on Byrds desire to return to Buffalo. Byrd played last season under a one-year contract after the Bills retained his rights by applying the franchise tag. The Bills have the option of tagging Byrd once more this off-season, but are also making a push to sign the player to a long-term contract. Despite initial reservations, Byrd enjoyed playing in Pettines system and working with Henderson. The defence also featured the Bills most promising youngster, linebacker Kiko Alonso, an NFL defensive rookie of the year candidate. James Johnson Jersey .com) - Patrik Elias registered the winner in the shootout as New Jersey nipped Toronto 2-1 at Prudential Center on Wednesday. Alonzo Mourning Jersey .com) - Australian Open champion Li Na, former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and former world No.England coach Eddie Jones has warned that three or four players have put their squad places in doubt with poor performances for their club sides. In an interview with Sky Sports News HQ, Jones confirmed several players may find they do not make the national squad for the summer tour to Australia because they have not maintained good habits.Jones did not name the players, but did confirm he has communicated his unhappiness to the concerned parties. There have been three or four that have been absolutely disappointing and theyve obviously put their tour places in jeopardy, he said.We expect those players to go back to their clubs and play like international players and we want them to have good habits - a couple of them havent done that and are in a bit of strife at the moment.Ive spoken to some of them directly and some of them indirectly and theyll understand the situation. The ones who have excuses arent going to make it. There are some players knocking heavily on the door and some of those players will come into contention for the tour squad. Eddie Jones One player who Jones has confirmed he has watched with the summer tour in mind is Leinster centre Benn Teo, who will leave the PRO12 club for Worcester at the end of the season. Goran Dragic Jersey. Inside centre Teoo represented New Zealand at youth level in rugby league and also qualifies for Australia but has elected to play for England.There are some players knocking heavily on the door and some of those players will come into contention for the tour squad, he said. Jones enjoys Chelsea visit England head coach spends time with Blues boss Guus Hiddink I watched Ben Teo play for Leinster against Ospreys and he did the simple things well. He straightened the attack, took the ball into contact, threw some short passes and defensively he was tough.There are some really good central responsibilities for a 12 there and certainly hes got to add some bits to his game but he is worth looking at.He could have played for Australia but hes made a conscious decision to play for England and that makes us interested in him. 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