There’s a perception around the NFL that Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson won’t spend the kind of money it would take to hire one of the highly sought-after coaching free agents like Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren or Bill Cowher.
Wilson, in his first interview since firing head coach Dick Jauron, insisted that he has no problems with spending the money he needs to spend to put a winning team on the field — and to have a winning coach on the sideline.
“Anybody that says I’m cheap is looking down the wrong side of the street,” Wilson told the Associated Press.
Wilson noted that he signed off on the one-year, $6.5 million contract that the Bills gave wide receiver Terrell Owens, citing it as an example of his willingness to pay what he has to pay to field a winner in Buffalo.
“It’s not about money, it’s about winning,” Wilson said. “If it was about money, we wouldn’t have brought in and paid for somebody we know was a great player.”
It’s debatable whether Owens, at age 35, is still a “great player,” and the fact that the Bills made Owens their big off-season acquisition may be a sign that the Bills need to overhaul their player personnel department and hire a general manager who can re-shape the team’s football operations. Wilson acknowledged that he’s considering such a move.
“We’ve got to revamp and take a look at the whole operation and that’s what we’re going to do,” Wilson said.
But Wilson downplayed reports that the Bills are talking to former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, saying, “I don’t know anything about him.”