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Report: Russ Brandon “fond” of Ken Whisenhunt

Arizona Cardinals head coach Whisenhunt in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL game in Glendale, Arizona Reuters

The reorganization of the Bills front office left Russ Brandon calling the shots in the team’s search for a new coach.

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Brandon is “fond” of Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired as the Cardinals’ coach a short time after the Bills relieved Chan Gailey of his duties on Monday. Per Graham, Brandon “would like the opportunity to land” Whisenhunt as the team’s next head coach. Whisenhunt also worked with General Manager in waiting Doug Whaley when he was a Steelers assistant from 2001-2006 and Whaley was Pittsburgh’s pro scouting coordinator.

Whisenhunt would give the Bills a second straight coach with an offensive background, something that would make the hiring of a defensive coordinator crucial in Buffalo. The Bills spent big to bring defensive ends Mark Anderson and Mario Williams to town and they used first-round picks on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the last two years without seeing the desired improvement on that side of the ball.

If Whisenhunt does throw his hat into the ring, he could be going up against his former defensive coordinator for the job in Buffalo. The Bills are reportedly one of the teams who have requested permission to interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who was not let go in Arizona when Whisenhunt and the offensive coaching staff were fired.

Syracuse University coach Doug Marrone and former Bears coach Lovie Smith have also popped up on the radar for the Bills job in the 24 hours or so since Gailey was sent packing.

UPDATE 12:18 p.m. ET: Howard Simon of WGR reports that members of the Bills will fly to Arizona as soon as Wednesday to interview Whisenhunt and Horton. Former Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm could also be on the interview list.

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22 Responses to “Report: Russ Brandon “fond” of Ken Whisenhunt”
  1. mikeyhigs says: Jan 1, 2013 11:58 AM

    Sounds like a bad idea to me

  2. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 1, 2013 12:00 PM

    What has Wisenhunt done other than inherit Ben Roethlisberger and ride that wave to a SB appearance with Kurt Warner. Wisenhunt has gone to Championships with Hall of Fame QBs, but when those situations change he’s proven to be unable to adapt. Exactly what is appealing about Wisenhunt to Buffalo, a team with Ryan Fitzpatrick. They need to hire someone who can with mediocre talent. Keep looking.

  3. fumblenuts says: Jan 1, 2013 12:05 PM

    With what they have on defense, I would go with Ray Horton.

  4. bills56shout says: Jan 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    Do not like Wisenhunt. He’s an offensive coach but led a TERRIBLE offense in Arizona. Doesn’t make sense to me.

  5. jacksonjames4 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:26 PM

    great.. lets hire the one coach gailey was able to beat

  6. billsfan1 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:29 PM

    This is bad… Typical but bad

  7. realnflmaster says: Jan 1, 2013 12:33 PM

    What has Belichick done other than inherit Tom Brady?

  8. buffalohogan says: Jan 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    Wisent is a great hire. He has proven he can be successful with good talent he xcan be successful.

    Its on buddy and Russ to get him that talent.

  9. jr4real says: Jan 1, 2013 12:47 PM

    Whiz is a great person also. May not always count in the W/L column but if he has an Oline he can get the offense Rolling.

    As a side note, Waley and Whiz worked well together in Pittsburgh. Im sure Waley is pushing for him.

    Russ is a maniac but a good coach.

  10. ghostofgilchrist says: Jan 1, 2013 12:58 PM

    Let’s see…a Bills team that absolutely needs someone that can evaluate QB talent…and a coach who’s failed miserably doing just that.

  11. thingamajig says: Jan 1, 2013 1:18 PM

    Russ Grimm? The Bills obviously haven’t watched the Cardinals OL play for the last 6 years.

  12. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Jan 1, 2013 1:21 PM

    If the Bills are going to go after a coach that just got fired rather trying someone new(not necessarily advocating this), it should be Lovie Smith. Their defense is appalling and bringing in another offensive minded coach would be pretty redundant.

  13. tw4golf says: Jan 1, 2013 1:21 PM

    Don’t forget that Chip Kelly is in Arizona right now readying for the Fiesta Bowl.

  14. boyshole25 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:31 PM

    Doug Marrone? Really

  15. eshine76 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:34 PM

    “Let’s hire the entire coaching staff that just gut fired because the team is terrible.” This probably isn’t going to turn out as well as the braintrust would like.

  16. jackericsson says: Jan 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    Russ Grimm? Has he progressed since the Steelers rejected him? No. He’s still an o line coach with bad o lines. He may have trouble getting an o line coaching job so why the mention as a head coach?

  17. sketchydave says: Jan 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    this guy is a joke. offensive guy who was given four abs, leinhart warner skelton kolb. only when leinart gets hurt does kurt go in. kolb sucked, and wasted draft picks to get him. great evaluation.

    russ grimm? kill me now??

  18. fordmandalay says: Jan 1, 2013 3:05 PM

    The Whiz used his amazing football mind to pick John Skelton as his teams starting QB at the beginning of the season. The prosecution rests, your Honor.

  19. luponatrix says: Jan 1, 2013 3:19 PM

    Any time you can bring a head coach with an offensive background in fresh from running the worst offense in the NFL, you have to do it.

  20. thom1959 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:33 PM

    hire Lovie Smith he gives the Bills the best chance of rebuilding

  21. pksullivanmph says: Jan 1, 2013 6:54 PM

    Hey if we hire Russ Grimm the Washington media would remember there is a team in Buffalo. That way we could get some news. Lol. @footballady52🏉

  22. dtjano says: Jan 1, 2013 9:53 PM

    One of the few coaches who would see Fitzpatrick as an upgrade to what he previously had.

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