By the end of the day, the team confirmed just that -- saying O'Neil had been hired. New coach Mike Pettine also will retain special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, the team announced.
The coaching trade is a tight-knit fraternity, so it comes as little surprise Pettine is looking for men he can trust. O'Neil will help guide the defensive game plan during the week but leave the play-calling on Sundays to Pettine. That's the same paradigm Rex Ryan used with Pettine when the two worked together in New York.
No matter how it plays out, we're going to see an attacking defense along the shores of Lake Erie.