Recently, billboards have become a popular way of sending a message to NFL teams.
They’ve been used by fans in Cincinnati who want the Bengals to hire a G.M., by fans in Oakland who want owner Al Davis to hire a G.M., and by fans in Chicago who want the team to fire coach Lovie Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo.
Of course, none of the three billboards brought about the desired changes.
In Buffalo, however, billboard-buying fans have generated a much better track record of success. During the regular season, a group purchased a billboard urging the team to fire coach Dick Jauron. And he eventually was let go, less than a year after signing a three-season contract.
Now, the folks at BuffaloSportsDaily.com are rounding up money to purchase a billboard aimed at persuading owner Ralph Wilson to hire Bill Cowher as the team’s next head coach.
The billboard will feature a picture of Cowher with the message “Dear Mr. Wilson, We want THIS guy.”
If the Bills are pursuing Cowher, they’re doing a good job of keeping the courtship out of the spotlight of the traditional media. Apart from the little-known Joe Logan, no one is reporting with clarity that Cowher could end up getting the job.
That said, we’ve picked up some indications via Cowher’s Pittsburgh colleagues that there’s some merit to the rumors of Cowher becoming the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills.