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The secondary benefited in finishing second in the NFL with 23 interceptions.

The change at coordinator could have an effect on Byrd’s 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 offseason, but are also making a push to sign the player to a long-term contract.

Despite initial reservations, Byrd enjoyed playing in Pettine’s system and working with Henderson.

The defense also featured the Bills most promising youngster, linebacker Kiko Alonso, an NFL defensive rookie of the year candidate.

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