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.