Metzelaars was a member of the Bills during their four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, playing the majority of his career in a Buffalo uniform. He was a strong run blocker and a reliable possession receiver. His addition to the Bills’ coaching staff should be exciting for fans as the team brings back a little flavor from the past.
Since retiring as a player, Metzelaars has been involved in coaching, most recently with the Indianapolis Colts where he handled the offensive quality control position and served as an assistant offensive line coach.
Having experienced so much success as a player and having been involved with the Indianapolis Colts the past few years, Metzelaars knows what it takes to succeed in the NFL.
Interestingly, Metzelaars’ style of play at the TE position is very similar to that of Buffalo’s current starter Scott Chandler. Both men are a towering 6’7” and play bigger rather than quicker. Like Metzelaars was, Chandler is a huge, physical target who relies on his size rather than his speed. His new position coach should be able to help him improve on the career year he had in 2011.
In addition to helping Buffalo’s tight ends, though, Metzelaars could also be an asset to the entire offense. As part of the Colts’ offensive system, he is experienced with the kind of complexity that Tom Moore and Peyton Manning handled so precisely.
Congratulations to Coach Metzelaars on returning to Buffalo. Hopefully it’s the beginning of another successful run.