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Finally, Bills leak details about coaching search

Thursday morning, we criticized the Bills for not doing a better job of leaking to the media the truth about their coaching search.  Absent off-the-record input from the franchise, a perception arose that:  (1) no one wanted the job; and (2) the Bills didn’t know what in the hell they were doing.

As is turns out, John Murphy of WIVB, who handles the play-by-play duties for the team’s radio broadcast, laid out very early on Thursday some of the details regarding the search.

Per the report, the Bills had two lists — “viable” candidates and “reach” candidates.

Murphy reports that Chan Gailey topped the list of the viable candidates, and that other viable candidates were Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, and Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

The reaches included Bill Cowher, Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, and Jim Harbaugh.

Curiously omitted from either list was Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who reportedly turned down a chance to interview for the job, and former Ravens coach Brian Billick, who still wants to know why he wasn’t considered.

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31 Responses to “Finally, Bills leak details about coaching search”
  1. FOOSBALL says: Jan 22, 2010 8:35 AM

    Cam Cameron? Chan Gailey? Why?

  2. bearsrule says: Jan 22, 2010 8:40 AM

    Good news, Bills fans. At least your new HC isn’t Cam Cameron. Enjoy Chan Gailey.

  3. wryly1 says: Jan 22, 2010 8:43 AM

    Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey won’t return Bills to the Levy/Kelley/Simpson era’s. Shame. Old man Wilson needs to sell and retire. Franchise likely to move north of the border to Toronto anyhow, The NFL is committed to going international and Buffalo might be the first move.

  4. Larry David says: Jan 22, 2010 8:43 AM

    Why didn’t they just hire Gailey as the Offensive Cordinator if they wanted him that bad? Billick + Gailey or Marty + Gailey or Frazier + Gailey would have been a hell of a lot better way to go.

  5. mooremi9 says: Jan 22, 2010 8:44 AM

    Oh Billick in the words of Richard Dawson you “Failed at football. Failed at Match Game. Where will you go now?”

  6. efangule says: Jan 22, 2010 8:50 AM

    Absent off-the-record input from the franchise, a perception arose that:  (1) no one wanted the job; and (2) the Bills didn’t know what in the hell they were doing.
    —-
    How about #3-You, the media, don’t need to know!
    What’s with the elitist attitude that you have to know everything that happens. Every detail of evry contract. Every question asked to every person interviewing for every job.
    Maybe the Bills decided it was high time that they stop playing the stupid media game and just do their business as well as they can and give a nice big middle finger to you media types.
    Honestly, I hope that’s what they did. It would be refreshing.

  7. darlak says: Jan 22, 2010 8:53 AM

    who gives a rats ass

  8. That Guy says: Jan 22, 2010 8:55 AM

    Thank God they didn’t bring Cam Cameron back to the AFC East!
    What a Slap in the face for Coach Fewell (the 1st guy they interviewed) didn’t even make a list.
    Oh wait a second there WAS a 3rd list… The “Must interview a black man eventhough theres no chance in hell he’s getting the job” list. Fewell & Frazior would have been on that one right?

  9. BornSlippy says: Jan 22, 2010 8:59 AM

    Cam Cameron? Seriously. 1-15 season makes you a viable canidate. Buffalo is at least consistent in picking coaches that bring little hope to no one.

  10. Pauli The Hook says: Jan 22, 2010 9:02 AM

    Chan Gailey??? What has he done…. Let the firing watch begin

  11. Cereal Blogger says: Jan 22, 2010 9:04 AM

    I have been critical of Ralph Wilson & Al Davis calling them inept cranky old geezers. I hereby take that back. These guys were instrumental in the AFL / NFL merger according to an HBO special I watched last night. I have a new found respect for them. Before the merger, they stood up to the NFL’s bullying ways & found a way to get their league to stick. They are past their prime now & have failed to adapt to the modern game, but these guys are legends. Congrats to them for their accomplishments

  12. mvlonergan says: Jan 22, 2010 9:04 AM

    Maybe the Bills are smarter than people think. They obviously realized that Billick is a self-aggrandizing a-hole with a career .556 regular season record. The Ravens’ success during his tenure had more to do with a successful GM and a run of great defensive coordinators (Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan, Rex Ryan) than with Billick’s alleged offensive coaching ability.

  13. swervinmervin says: Jan 22, 2010 9:05 AM

    Yet somehow the 90-year-old Buddy Nix thinks that the Buffalo job is more appealing than the Raider gig.
    Keep dreaming, Buddy.

  14. George C says: Jan 22, 2010 9:16 AM

    Billick,
    I can answer that for you.
    We looked at your offenses in Baltimore and it was very clear that you SUCK in every way, shape and form. You couldn’t develop a quarterback to save your LIFE..
    Umm.. We need someone who can actually coach.
    You should thank Dennis Green for your success in Minny..

  15. SWILPackfan says: Jan 22, 2010 9:24 AM

    @ moormi9…
    since when does a SB winning coach “fail at football”?
    And..@ Cereal Blogger: you just now finding that out? FYI- there used to be guys that played in leather helmets, and on both sides of the ball.

  16. Big Stretch says: Jan 22, 2010 9:24 AM

    Enough already….they hired Gailey stop beating a dead horse.

  17. BaltimoreSports says: Jan 22, 2010 9:26 AM

    The fact that the Bills didn’t even consider Brian Billick is a good sign why the team will continue to be mediocre.

  18. Richm2256 says: Jan 22, 2010 9:26 AM

    Word on the street is that the hot dog vendor in section 31 turned them down too, they had nowhere else to go buy Chan Gailey.
    Imagine how that conversation really went: “congratulations Mr. Gailey, you were our 32nd choice and we feel we made the right decision”.
    And poor Bills fans thought things were going to get better.

  19. alewatcher says: Jan 22, 2010 9:34 AM

    Viable = not on life support?

  20. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Jan 22, 2010 10:04 AM

    The reason Billick wasnt considered is simple: The Bills need a quarterback. Billick proved in his 9 years in Baltimore, he couldnt find a QB. It took Harbaugh one draft to find a franchise QB……..

  21. The Rural Juror says: Jan 22, 2010 10:10 AM

    Why is Jim Harbaugh a “reach?”
    Because he turned down the Raiders?

  22. Mean D says: Jan 22, 2010 10:30 AM

    Hey Bills fans: stop complaining. We have Raheem “Radio” Morris down here in Tampa. We would take Chan over this turd any day.

  23. chris says: Jan 22, 2010 10:39 AM

    The team is not going international the bills will be in Buffalo they made that clear so everyone who doesnt know anything about the bills stop throwing that idea out its not happening. Bills fans know the team isnt going anywhere the Governor already made it clear that the team will stay after he passes away. The NFL will would have to change the name of the league to World Football League since it wont be National anymore if they leave the USA so please stop throwing your stupid ass ideas of moving the Bills. They fill the stadium every game and San Diego who was in the playoffs barely sells enough for a majority of the games but still has blackouts and they made the playoffs. st louis has the problem along with Jacksonville so i see them moving their teams before the bills due. To many loyal fans for the bills for them to move.

  24. BornSlippy says: Jan 22, 2010 10:53 AM

    I like how bill cowhler recomended gailey to the bills. Its like they were talking to the hot girl at the bar and she told them my fat ugly friend would be perfectfor you.

  25. Viper21 says: Jan 22, 2010 10:54 AM

    I wish they’d hire Jason Garrett.

  26. JoeQB12 says: Jan 22, 2010 11:06 AM

    swervinmervin:
    FYI. The Raiders hold the dubious distinction of being the only franchise in NFL history to have more than 4 straight seasons of double digit losses. It’s now 6 and counting. Not even a comparison to the Bills. There has never, EVER, been a worse stretch in the HISTORY of the NFL. Get it?

  27. thehoodedone says: Jan 22, 2010 11:11 AM

    Hey Chris. How are things in never-neverland?

  28. Viper21 says: Jan 22, 2010 11:35 AM

    JoeQB12 says:
    January 22, 2010 11:06 AM
    swervinmervin:
    FYI. The Raiders hold the dubious distinction of being the only franchise in NFL history to have more than 4 straight seasons of double digit losses. It’s now 6 and counting. Not even a comparison to the Bills. There has never, EVER, been a worse stretch in the HISTORY of the NFL. Get it?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Not true man. I cant stand either team but. The Raiders stretch of double digit losing seasons is nowhere near the worst in the NFL. Without going way back…. All one has to do is look at the TampaBay Bucs. They had a 12 season stretch of double digit losses from ’83-’94 and were one loss from making it 14 seasons. They went 7-9 in ’95, back to 10 losses in ’96
    So…. although things are definately fk’d up in Oakland, it aint the worst in HISTORY by a long shot.

  29. alewatcher says: Jan 22, 2010 12:06 PM

    chris says: January 22, 2010 10:39 AM
    “Bills fans know the team isnt going anywhere the Governor already made it clear that the team will stay after he passes away.”
    ————————-
    What does the Governor of NY dying have to do with the Bills moving?
    Coherency = FAIL

  30. reddog9 says: Jan 22, 2010 12:27 PM

    Chris – get a clue! The governor of NY will be out of office in less than a year…….I am a lifelong and long suffering Bills fan, but this team will move……I am fine with that. You can blame all the liberals in NY and their high tax anti job mentality for ruining the ecomony in western NY to the point where they cannot support a team…..I understand the team sells out virtually every game, but the tickets are the cheapest in the league and there is little revenue from the suites which hurts the team from a competitive perspective………

  31. wwwmattcom says: Jan 22, 2010 12:36 PM

    I am happy with Chan, but most of all I am very happy with Nix.
    These “leaked” details were found first on http://www.buffalobills.com Bills fans, visit that site for real breaking news or latest rumors. Then check ESPN, then check PFT.

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