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Bills looking for an offensive specialist as next coach

The Buffalo Bills are taking their time in rounding up candidates for the team’s vacant head-coaching job.  And despite indications that Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is the clubhouse leader, a league source tells us that the Bills currently intend to hire a coach who specializes in the offensive side of the ball.

It’s prompting speculation that the Bills already have in mind a guy whose current team is still playing.  The Bill are planning to interview Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm, and they were rebuffed in their efforts to pursue Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Another possibility is Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.  However, the Bills have not yet attempted to interview him.

The news also suggests that the pursuit of Bill Cowher has concluded.  (Then again, until the Bills or Cowher make it clear that Cowher is out of the running, we’re inclined to think the door might be still open.)

Either way, it’s a bad sign for former Ravens coach Brian Billick.  He has the offensive background, and he’s immediately available.  The fact that he hasn’t already been hired suggests that he probably won’t be.

Meanwhile, time is of the essence.  Assistant coaches need to be hired, and plans need to be made for free agency and the draft.  The Senior Bowl practice sessions, for example, get rolling in less than two weeks.  So unless the Bills are waiting to hire someone who is still coaching, they are wasting extremely valuable time.

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36 Responses to “Bills looking for an offensive specialist as next coach”
  1. Jack Factor says: Jan 14, 2010 2:29 PM

    Mike Sherman?

  2. BonerJams'03 says: Jan 14, 2010 2:31 PM

    Please take Marty Mornhinweg
    Anyone,
    c’mon;
    you’ll learn to love him

  3. Alzado's Vein says: Jan 14, 2010 2:31 PM

    Give Grimm a good deal and lets go.

  4. chipwade says: Jan 14, 2010 2:33 PM

    Isn’t this what happened in Miami with Cam Cameron??? FAIL

  5. Mangy66 says: Jan 14, 2010 2:36 PM

    Jim Zorn???
    I mean…he’s an “offensive specialist”
    And Cleveland hasn’t nabbed him yet.
    Who knows?

  6. Roboto says: Jan 14, 2010 2:42 PM

    You see, greatness comesw down to mental toughness. It seperates the men from the boys. The champs from the pretenders.
    Case in point: Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Both are pretty much equally great in their own way(although, I believer Crosby is a more complete/team player). The difference: Crosby has been to back-to-back championships and has won a cup. Ovechkin? Nothing. He doesn’t have the mental toughness Crosby has. He lets his negative emotions take over in the clutch. That was demonstrated last season win the Pens destroyed the Caps in the play-offs and Ovechkin didn’t do $hit.
    Second example:
    Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. LeBron is great. But, he will never win a title because he doesn’t have the mental toughness Bryant has. He will always let his emotions and immaturity get the best of him.
    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
    Roboto has spoken.

  7. schism says: Jan 14, 2010 2:43 PM

    Billick or Grim, I’d say the Bills are acting like a typical Bills organization by ignoring Billick.
    and the saga continues.

  8. dcfan-1212450 says: Jan 14, 2010 2:50 PM

    The longer the Bills wait the more likely the best coaches will be taken and they will be the ones with a Jim Zorn, Jim Fassell, Brian Billick, Dennis Green, or some other coach no one knows about or no one wants. If Grimms the man they better be sure, cuz a lot of assistants will be employed else where too that the Bill could have used.

  9. usher says: Jan 14, 2010 2:54 PM

    About the Bills coaching search, as a Bills fan I’ve quickly gone from excited to embarrassed

  10. MuskyHunter2542 says: Jan 14, 2010 3:06 PM

    Sherman would not be a bad pick, however needs a solid GM in place

  11. Ollie says: Jan 14, 2010 3:07 PM

    How bout Jim Zorn?

  12. darlak says: Jan 14, 2010 3:08 PM

    come on…….
    does it really matter?
    next three years -
    4-12
    6-10
    5-11
    next three years
    3-13
    7-9
    5-11
    etc….

  13. buffalobart24 says: Jan 14, 2010 3:10 PM

    Jim Harbaugh as hc………… mike martz as oc they need to speed things up they are losing valuable time this process is taking to long for a team that needs help….. they should have a list of 20 candidates and if they are not interested move to the next guy…. spending to much time looking for high profile names and falling behind on good coordinators. as usual letting teams get a jump on them.

  14. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jan 14, 2010 3:10 PM

    Jason Garrett is NOT an offensive specialist
    how about Mike Martz

  15. FinFan says: Jan 14, 2010 3:22 PM

    The longer the Bills wait the more likely the best coaches will be taken and they will be the ones with a Jim Zorn, Jim Fassell, Brian Billick, Dennis Green,
    —-
    Don’t put Billick in that category… he’s a fine coach. He owns a superbowl ring and has been to the playoffs almost all the time. If anything he could be the ticket to the Bills reconstructing.
    The bills are just stupid, you have several good coaches available and if you wanted a offensive minded coach then you should have went after shanahan

  16. Duan says: Jan 14, 2010 3:24 PM

    Look at the City of Buffalo and look at the amount of cash they have to spend?
    They need to go after a young guy, with at least some coordinator experience, that is ready to take it to the next level!
    I am going to give you guys one name!?
    Rob Chudzinski, TE and Asst. Head Coach for the San Diego Chargers. Former Offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns – helped them create the most prolific offense in Cleveland Browns history! Also the guy has coached up some of the best TE in the game Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow and Bubba Franks – while he was TE coach at the “U”.
    They should give’em a four year shot at 2 million a year, I think he would be a serious and safe pick!

  17. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jan 14, 2010 3:25 PM

    To much emphasis is put on finding these so called Coaching guru’s. Give me a star GM any day. The best Coach in the world isn’t going to win unless he has some studs on his roster.

  18. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jan 14, 2010 3:27 PM

    Buffalo’s offense will suck no matter who their coach is, until they get more talent at QB and on the offensive line.
    Edwards has been a bust at QB, and I can’t believe they’re seriuos about starting Fitzgerald anytime soon. Owens is running out of gas, and Lynch is one more “TGIFriday’s incident” from becoming an ex-Bill.

  19. No1billsfan says: Jan 14, 2010 3:34 PM

    I don’t think it really matters who the bills have for coaches or players until someone other than RW assumes ownership of the team…

  20. tombrookshire says: Jan 14, 2010 3:43 PM

    Uh, Mike, wasting time is what bad teams do better than anything else. An hour late and a dollar short.

  21. Skoods says: Jan 14, 2010 3:46 PM

    “You see, greatness comesw down to mental toughness. It seperates the men from the boys. The champs from the pretenders.
    Case in point: Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Both are pretty much equally great in their own way(although, I believer Crosby is a more complete/team player). The difference: Crosby has been to back-to-back championships and has won a cup. Ovechkin? Nothing. He doesn’t have the mental toughness Crosby has. He lets his negative emotions take over in the clutch. That was demonstrated last season win the Pens destroyed the Caps in the play-offs and Ovechkin didn’t do $hit.
    Second example:
    Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. LeBron is great. But, he will never win a title because he doesn’t have the mental toughness Bryant has. He will always let his emotions and immaturity get the best of him.
    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
    Roboto has spoken.”
    Or…maybe…just maybe…It has to do with the fact that Crosby has 2 other top 2 draft choices on his team (Malkin and M.A. Fleury). Ovechkin’s best teammate for years has been Alex Semin and he’s not even close to Malkin’s level. Not to mention they’ve been shuffling around Jose Theodore (an average goalie) with the likes of Varlamov, Huet, etc. None of those guys are championship goaltenders.
    Also, Kobe has always had a better supporting cast and better coaching than Lebron. Shaq in his prime along with great role players like Horry, Fisher, Fox, and a great coach in Jackson. Lebron has a 40 year old O’Neal and Mo Williams and a coach that 90% of the country couldn’t name.
    Anyway, back to football. The Bills should go all in for Cowher. They’ve just been so mediocre for so long, it’s fitting for them to get a long-time mediocre coach who only won a title because the of the refs.

  22. HarrisonHits says: Jan 14, 2010 3:53 PM

    “The bills are just stupid, you have several good coaches available and if you wanted a offensive minded coach then you should have went after shanahan”
    Like Shanahan would have gone to Buffalo. He had actual choices and anyone with an option that doesn’t included franchises owned by Ralph Wilson and Al Davis will take one of those other options.
    Both those franchises will continue to be bottom feeders until they are sold.

  23. 27Rice says: Jan 14, 2010 4:03 PM

    “a league source tells us that the Bills currently intend to hire a coach who specializes in the offensive side of the ball.”
    ——————
    That eliminates Brian Billick

  24. dirtyTHIRTY says: Jan 14, 2010 4:16 PM

    For those who are suggesting Mike Sherman…he was actually in the running for the head coaching job a few years ago but they chose Dick Jauron instead. :/

  25. VonClausewitz says: Jan 14, 2010 4:18 PM

    Ok here’s the scoop for all yall football geniuses. Buffalo is probably going to wait until the superbowl is done before hiring.
    It’s pretty obvious at this point that Buffalo is considered the option of last resort for coaching prospects. That means if it’s between Buffalo and some other team (Raiders excepted) the prospect will pick the other team. So it’s in Buffalo’s interests to wait until they have the widest net of candidates available after the rest of the dancing partners have paired up. Kills two birds too, as they get to avoid being negotiation leverage and will have coaching job market scarcity to use as a lever themselves. It also removes a lot of the time pressures that lead to bad decisions when the feeding frenzy is in full effect. Hey can you blame them? They gave it a shot with existing candidates like Cowher and it went nowhere. And finally, a small market team with a cost conscious owner is going to have to think outside of the box anyway if they want to compete.

  26. Lawdog2011 says: Jan 14, 2010 4:27 PM

    Why isn’t Mike Martz considered for a head coaching position again? Aside from sacrificing his QB’s at the altar of his offense, he turns an offense into a capable machine (SF being an exception), (Detroit/Rams) as a main example. They have two versatile backs and an above average set of WR’s. Is he being overlooked because of his heart problems still?

  27. greygooselts says: Jan 14, 2010 4:34 PM

    None of the big names are going to come to Buffalo…if they are looking for new blood and an offensive mind, why not consider Marc Trestman http://en.montrealalouettes.com/page/marc-trestman

  28. Roboto says: Jan 14, 2010 4:53 PM

    You make valid point, skoods. But, the bottom line is, both James and especially Ovechkin fold like a blanket in the clutch. I maintain it’s partly due to lake of emotional maturity and control.
    Ok, back to the Bills….

  29. Deadpool says: Jan 14, 2010 5:05 PM

    Both those franchises will continue to be bottom feeders until they are sold.
    yeah that doesn’t make Bills fans feel any better, once the team gets sold they won’t be here anymore and I know alot of people in Buffalo that will stop watching football once the Bills leave

  30. beetlejuice says: Jan 14, 2010 5:24 PM

    It’s Buffalo for Gods sake, nobody of quality wants to go there. If they did it would of happened long ago not just now.

  31. Tick Tock Tick Tock Goes Ralph Wilson's Clock says: Jan 14, 2010 6:01 PM

    The Bills STINK.
    Being a fan really, really hurts.

  32. PolegoJim says: Jan 14, 2010 6:06 PM

    HEY!!!
    Give Kiffin a call. He might be tired of his USC gig.

  33. SteveInThe716 says: Jan 14, 2010 6:09 PM

    There’s 32 of these job’s in the world and NO one want’s to come here??? One answer…Ralph Wilson! Hurry up and die!!! PLEASE!

  34. AngelHeartsBuckeyes says: Jan 14, 2010 6:29 PM

    You people who talk negatively about the Bills have no sense of what this team means to the people of Buffalo. As a Bills fan who lives in the south and had never been there before, I went this past holiday season and saw the Patriots game at the Ralph. Not only was it freezing, but we were out of the postseason. Let me tell you this–the streets on the way to the stadium were lined with people. The parking lots were full of tailgaters. The fieldhouse and Bills store were standing room only. This game, like every other, was SOLD OUT. There is no other place for football like Buffalo.
    I think these big name coaches (yeah, you Shanahan and you too Cower) are just p*ssies. Yeah, I said it. Why would you not want to come to this team? You have rings. You have the name. What you do not have is waiting right there for you in Orchard Park–the status of being a Legend. And not if you win a Superbowl, but if you were to make this team competative again, what you would mean to this community and to this organization is much much more than you will ever amass in places like Washington or Carolina. You have success there, and you get a few bylines on ESPN. You succeed in Buffalo you get pages in history books.
    And to you Mr. Wilson. You better figure it out and figure it out quick that you cant take it with you. You want a Superbowl in your lifetime, you better open the checkbook thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis wide and get a fountain pen full of ink. If you love this team and this city as much as people give you credit for, its time to put your money where your mouth is and do it in a fast hurry.
    I became a Bills fan in the 5th grade when I bought a blue Buffalo Bills pencil with red sparkly letters. I still have that pencil and with it an anguished past of heartbreak and disappointment. I am ready for the future and it starts now. I love this team. I love that city. We will love you too when you come. Now, all thats left is for you so-called men to dust of your b*lls and make it happen.

  35. RON MICHAELS says: Jan 14, 2010 7:22 PM

    Bills fan in Korea,
    I am a lifelong Bills fan from Rochester,NY.
    I live a die Bill’s Blue. I try to listen to every game here in Korea even though it is 3:00AM in the morning !!
    This season has been very very frustrating especially with the coaching situation.
    Buffalo needs an offensive minded experienced coach period !!! Why has Buffalo been a tryout franchise for wantabee coaches. These types of coaches haven’t worked out for at least 10 years. Ralph, Pleasssssssssssse sign an experienced offensive coach that Buffalo wants and he wants Buffalo!!! Go Buffalo !!!!!!!!

  36. pray4thebills says: Jan 15, 2010 1:10 PM

    @angelheartsbuckeyes
    best post ever.

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