|Bills offensive line coach McNally retires, ending 28-year NFL career|
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|Tuesday, 08 January 2008 14:57|
``I have truly enjoyed my coaching career in the NFL, and I just feel that the time is right for me to retire,'' McNally said in a statement issued by the team. ``I want to offer a big thank you to all the players I've coached. ... I can only hope that I've been as instrumental in their lives as they have been in mine.''
McNally, who turned 64 last month, spent the past four years with the Bills, ending his career in his hometown and where he broke in as a coach with the University at Buffalo in 1965. He's best known for the 15 seasons - from 1980-94 - he spent with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he coached both Munoz and Pro Bowler Max Montoya, and made two Super Bowl appearances.
After Cincinnati, McNally spent four years at Carolina and five years with the New York Giants. At the college level, he also coached at Marshall, Boston College and Wake Forest in the 1970s.
``I have had a great time in each of the cities in which I've worked, and to be able to retire in my hometown has been fantastic,'' McNally said.
McNally's retirement came as a slight surprise, and leaves the Bills down two offensive coaches after coordinator Steve Fairchild was hired last month to take over at Colorado State. Buffalo is also searching for a general manager after Marv Levy retired last week.
``Jim McNally's coaching career speaks for itself,'' Bills coach Dick Jauron said. ``His dedication and love of the game of football is unmatched. We think him for his contributions ... and wish him the very best in his retirement.''
Nicknamed ``Mouse'' because of his 5-foot-8 frame, McNally was credited for making a big impact. His most successful job might have been helping develop Buffalo's Jason Peters into a Pro Bowl left tackle this past season.
Peters was a tight end in college when he signed with the Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004. He was converted into an offensive lineman the following offseason and started the final nine games of the year at right tackle. Peters then made the switch to the left side in 2006, and earned his first Pro Bowl selection this past year.
He was part of a revamped offensive line that allowed 26 sacks, down from 47 last year, and matched a team record by going three straight games without allowing a sack. ``We've got the offensive line headed in the right direction and I see great things for them in the upcoming years,'' McNally said. ``If the success of my career in this league is based upon the people I've met, the quality of men I've worked with and the experiences I've enjoyed, then I could not have asked for anything more.''