The Buffalo Bills are poised to make history today, as they will be the first NFL team to hire a woman as a full-time assistant coach.
According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Bills are on the verge of hiring Kathryn Smith as a special teams quality control coach. Smith previously worked as an administrative assistant for head coach Rex Ryan for the past two seasons and spent seven seasons as a New York Jets player personnel assistant.
The Arizona Cardinals made waves by hiring Jen Welter to work with the team's linebackers during training camp in 2015, but that position was not full-time. Welter did not stay on past the preseason.
While Smith's position is considered a low-level coaching position, it does open doors for her. After proving herself with this new gig, she could advance and one day become a position coach or special-teams coordinator for the club.
Congratulations to her, and the best of luck!