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After Bills firing, Karl Dunbar lands at Alabama

Karl Dunbar

New York Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar dirests his players on opening day of their NFL football training camp Friday, July 27, 2012, in Cortland, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


One of the strangest coaching moves of the NFL offseason came in March, when Bills head coach Rex Ryan suddenly and unexpectedly fired his longtime defensive line assistant, Karl Dunbar. Ryan and Dunbar had been close since 1994, when Dunbar was a defensive lineman on the Cardinals and Ryan was the defensive line coach under his father, Buddy Ryan. Rex still hasn’t explained why he fired Dunbar, who was blindsided by the decision.

After two months of unemployment, Dunbar has now found another job: Alabama has hired him as its defensive line coach.

“We have known Karl Dunbar for a long time and he has a lot of experience coaching the defensive line in both the NFL and college,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “Karl is very familiar with our program from an organizational standpoint as well as the defensive scheme we run. He is a fantastic football coach who brings a wealth of coaching experience while being a great asset in recruiting.”

Dunbar, who has been a defensive line coach for the Bills, Jets, Vikings and Bears, as well as at LSU and Oklahoma State, is eager to get back to work.

“I am really excited to get back into college football and to have a chance to work with such a talented group of student-athletes at The University of Alabama,” Dunbar said. “The program Coach Saban has built at Alabama is second to none, and the opportunity to work for him once again is special. I have a great appreciation for the tradition and history that surrounds Crimson Tide football, and I look forward to doing my part to contribute to this program’s continued success.”

Dunbar is replacing longtime defensive line coach Bo Davis, who resigned amid investigations into NCAA recruiting violations.