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Report: Bills contact Mike Shanahan

The Buffalo Bills have named defensive coordinator Perry Fewell the interim replacement for fired head coach Dick Jauron. But they might be looking for a long-term replacement who will make a big splash.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Bills have contacted Mike Shanahan to gauge Shanahan’s interest in becoming their next head coach.

ESPN also reports that the process is underway of arranging a meeting between Shanahan and the Bills.

Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, would presumably want complete control of all football decisions. Given that the Bills are likely looking at a front-office shakeup in addition to a new head coach, that probably wouldn’t be a problem for Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

Shanahan was fired early this year after coaching the Broncos from 1995 to 2008.

UPDATE: Schefter also reports that the Bills will consider Florida Tuskers coach Jim Haslett, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.

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41 Responses to “Report: Bills contact Mike Shanahan”
  1. shinsnake says: Nov 18, 2009 3:42 PM

    Probably not going to win a Super Bowl in Buffalo. He won’t even have John Elway with him.

  2. Patsfan1776 says: Nov 18, 2009 3:44 PM

    Bring back Turk Schonert! Alex Van Pelt sucks!!!

  3. Citizen Strange says: Nov 18, 2009 3:45 PM

    Geez, didn’t anybody notice that Shanahan stopped being a coaching genius the exact same day that Elway retired?
    In his 10 post Elway years of coaching Shanahan made it to the playoffs four times and won one playoff game.
    Zero playoff appearances in his last three years. There was a reason he was fired.

  4. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Nov 18, 2009 3:45 PM

    The poor Bills, trying in vain to build a championship team before Ralph Wilson kicks the bucket. Their five point plan for success?
    1)Let’s sign a washed-up malcontent like TO!
    2)Let’s get rid of our best player, Peters!
    3)Let’s fire our OC right before our first game!
    4)We can count on Edwards to lead us!
    5)Jauron can handle calling both offense and defense.
    FAIL! FAIL! FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!
    Why would Shanahan want to try to rebuild this trainwreck?

  5. twinkletoes says: Nov 18, 2009 3:52 PM

    Shanahan’s a great coach, but have you seen his entire body of work in their personnel department? That’s why he lost his job in Denver; too many crappy drafts and free agent moves.
    Whoever gets this job needs to get a QB with a stronger arm for Buffalo and those northeastern winters.

  6. evilmajortom says: Nov 18, 2009 3:53 PM

    Does the Rooney rule apply to mid-season coaching changes or will we see a “Bills contacted Dennis Green” post later?

  7. dbet says: Nov 18, 2009 4:00 PM

    I’m not sure about giving Shanahan the keys..given the Maurice Clarett debacle. Hopefully, his hiring would be tied him bringing in a “v.p. of player personel” type to ensure that no more Maurice Clarett’s are drafted.

  8. Hap says: Nov 18, 2009 4:02 PM

    I hope they are willing to lay out the cake because if he waits until EOY, he’ll get all the money. He has to know that.

  9. LCCJ says: Nov 18, 2009 4:04 PM

    If Shanahan was smart, he’d stay clear of that franchise

  10. ericpburt says: Nov 18, 2009 4:10 PM

    Hopefully he will bring his lie detector

  11. BIG BLUE in tx says: Nov 18, 2009 4:13 PM

    Shanahan got fired from his last job because he sucks with personal decisions. Give him a good GM and D-Cordinator and you may have something here.

  12. jj jones says: Nov 18, 2009 4:14 PM

    “Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman”
    LOL!!!! Classic Ralph Wilson!

  13. Jerry's World says: Nov 18, 2009 4:19 PM

    I don’t know which city would be worse to coach in, Buffalo or Philadelphia, they are both armpits of the northeast.

  14. WeTeachSpeed says: Nov 18, 2009 4:20 PM

    @Poo Flinging Monkey: Jason Peters gave up 11.5 sacks in 2008 and had been a distraction the whole training camp. He was not our best player last season.
    @evilmajortom: Perry Fewell would fit the Rooney Rule requirement. I would imagine he will be given a chance to interview for the position after the year is done.

  15. Abe71 says: Nov 18, 2009 4:26 PM

    Mike Shanahan “WILL NOT” be the next head coach for the Bills….he’s much smarter than that. My guess is that MS will be the next head coach for Washington or Dallas. So no Bills, Browns, Bucs, Titans, Rams, Seahawks, etc. etc. for MS.

  16. wrath4771 says: Nov 18, 2009 4:28 PM

    Gilbride and Trestman are jokes.

  17. Jaytrod says: Nov 18, 2009 4:28 PM

    Please take Gilbride!

  18. RunBMC says: Nov 18, 2009 4:28 PM

    The Rooney Rule is covered by making Fewell the interim coach. They’ll just say the interviewed him and their bases are covered.

  19. Kiss Bills Rings says: Nov 18, 2009 4:33 PM

    I think they need to contact the POPE…..He may have the best ability to contact the only presence that could help the bills…..

  20. CTownCBI says: Nov 18, 2009 4:34 PM

    Don’t the Bills have utilize the Rooney Rule? Wonder if PFT will lambast Ralph Wilson the same way the tore into Lerner

  21. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Nov 18, 2009 4:36 PM

    UPDATE: Schefter also reports that the Bills will consider Florida Tuskers coach Jim Haslett, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.
    Quite the wide range of candidates to go with the two time Super Bowl winning head coach Shanahan.
    I am guessing the Bills land somewhere in the middle of that group and end up with that guy Buddy Ryan punched in the face…leaving us all to wonder if his kid Rex and that guy Rex’s dad punched in the face will ever go at it in their twice yearly divisional games?

  22. Slow Joe says: Nov 18, 2009 4:42 PM

    UPDATE: Schefter also reports that the Bills will consider Florida Tuskers coach Jim Haslett, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.
    Haha! That’s like me saying:
    Slow Joe is in talks to buy a brand new 2010 Lexus LS470.
    UPDATE: Slow Joe will also consider a 1993 Ford Taurus, a 1987 Hyundai Sonata, and a 1977 Chevrolet Chevette.

  23. Jerry's World says: Nov 18, 2009 4:59 PM

    haha Slow Joe, that was a good one.

  24. bullis says: Nov 18, 2009 5:07 PM

    Philadelphia and Buffalo are the armpits tof the northeast, that will kick you in the nuts as well.

  25. omegalh says: Nov 18, 2009 5:17 PM

    evilmajortom says:
    November 18, 2009 3:53 PM
    Does the Rooney rule apply to mid-season coaching changes or will we see a “Bills contacted Dennis Green” post later?
    ———-
    I believe Shanahan is part rat so it is fulfilled.

  26. FumbleNuts says: Nov 18, 2009 5:20 PM

    “The Bills will consider Florida Tuskers coach Jim Haslett, New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.”
    You’re kidding right?
    You might as well consider Larry, Curly, and Moe!
    Go get Holmgren, Shanny, Cowher or at the least… someone with a friggin’ brain for football.

  27. Stan Mort says: Nov 18, 2009 5:21 PM

    As long as Trestman can bring his Alouettes playbook and use 12 men I think the Bills will have a chance.

  28. ampats says: Nov 18, 2009 5:25 PM

    Jim Haslett, Kevin Gilbride and Mark Trestman are great choices to fall back on since Shanny ‘s not coaching in Buffalo.
    Congratulations to all Bills fans, certainly sounds like some exciting times ahead in Buffalo!

  29. Magnum PEI says: Nov 18, 2009 5:32 PM

    They probably called him to ask if he knew of any good head coaching candidates, and when he said that he didn’t they hung up.

  30. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Nov 18, 2009 5:50 PM

    Yeah, and I have a call into Bar Rafaeli to see if she wants to sleep with me. She’s no more returning my call than Shanny’s calling back Buffalo. Don’t be silly.
    Shanny’s gonna go to Dallas or San Diego. There’s no reason for him to go to Buffalo. He’s not a wing-man and he’s not desperate.

  31. paranoidandroid says: Nov 18, 2009 6:25 PM

    he wouldn’t come to dallas because jerah wouldn’t let him have full control. he learned that lesson with parcels.

  32. mlegue810 says: Nov 18, 2009 6:27 PM

    “ESPN also reports”
    Hey, MDS, you spelled “plagarizes” wring!

  33. abucsfan says: Nov 18, 2009 6:38 PM

    I’m not sure they’ll get by Perry Fewell, who is a damn fine coach. I hope you’ll see a marked improvement and hire a good GM to bring in some good players.

  34. PolegoJim says: Nov 18, 2009 6:45 PM

    Shanny is a decent man, but suffers from the classic ”game has passed me by syndrome’. Good way to waste another 2-3 years Bills fans, you won’t get what you’re looking for.
    But hey, Weis will be available in late December.

  35. emulcifier says: Nov 18, 2009 6:49 PM

    It’s really a shame that the Bills have gotten to be such a joke in the last 10 years.
    Someone as old as Shanahan knows that isn’t what this franchise is all about.

  36. gupperangel says: Nov 18, 2009 6:54 PM

    Bullis, where are u from?

  37. The Real Shuxion says: Nov 18, 2009 7:19 PM

    When will Shanahan go somewhere where his fake tan is appreciated?

  38. superchop7 says: Nov 18, 2009 7:30 PM

    If he comes with the Goodmans, you don’t have to worry about sorry drafts.

  39. Insomniac says: Nov 18, 2009 8:16 PM

    If they can hire Mike Shanahan, it would be a great hire. He has had Bill Belichick’s number. It could very quickly improve their competitiveness in the division.

  40. Complete Fan says: Nov 19, 2009 9:11 AM

    Nobody with a ring will come to Buffalo. So Trestman can be ruled out two weeks from now.

  41. Complete Fan says: Nov 19, 2009 10:02 AM

    Come to think of it, the same will be true for Haslett.
    Kevin Gilbride, welcome to Buffalo.

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