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Marv Levy, age 91, says he’d coach the Bills if asked

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Marv Levy is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his work as head coach of the Bills from 1986 to 1997. And if given the opportunity, he’d be up for trying to get them back to the Super Bowl.

Levy told 104.5 The Team in Albany that he thinks he’d be up to the task, even though he’s now 91 years old.

I might do it,” Levy said. “It was one of those things where after forty seven years of coaching I really needed to get that deep breath to step aside but after a couple of years passed I very much would have liked to come back…. But I’d do it but I’m not deluding myself to think that the offer would come. If the offer did come I sure would consider it. Sure.”

Levy retired from coaching at age 72 and was tied with George Halas for the oldest coach in NFL history. That he’s still sharp enough at age 91 to consider coaching is remarkable. But, as Levy seems to know, it’s not going to happen.

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  1. joetoronto says: Dec 30, 2016 6:22 AM

    Something like this would be considered as a hoax anywhere but Buffalo.

    Their fanbase will embrace this and push for it, because they feel they they can go back to the good ole days when they managed to lose 4 Super Bowls in a row.

    Only in Buffalo.

  2. cardinealsfan20 says: Dec 30, 2016 6:22 AM

    Richard Pryor on old people: “They ain’t all fools. You don’t get to be old being a fool”.

  3. aj66shanghai says: Dec 30, 2016 6:29 AM

    That would be amazing. And not as absurd as it seems.

    Old people are people too!

  4. truecowboyfan says: Dec 30, 2016 6:30 AM

    When I first glanced at this headline, I thought it was going to say he passed away… anybody else that happened to or am I the only scumbag who thought that?

  5. hillarystandswhenshepees says: Dec 30, 2016 6:30 AM

    This guy is pure class.

  6. thechickenexpress says: Dec 30, 2016 6:33 AM

    I’m down. We could use more coaches whose idea of cursing out a ref is calling him “an over-officious jerk.”

  7. 6ball says: Dec 30, 2016 6:36 AM

    .
    Put him at linebacker, he’d be their best tackler.
    .

  8. mickmars says: Dec 30, 2016 6:53 AM

    It’d be worth it just to watch him stand there and keep repeatedly yelling for everyone to “Get The He’ll Off The Lawn”…..

  9. dolphincult says: Dec 30, 2016 7:01 AM

    who would change his diapers

  10. shefsta says: Dec 30, 2016 7:03 AM

    Oh, Marv Levy? I member!

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 30, 2016 7:14 AM

    I doubt anyone that age could physically stand up to the grind of an NFL season.

  12. abninf says: Dec 30, 2016 7:16 AM

    He’s probably better than anyone else available. Millennials wouldn’t like it, though.

  13. carloswlassiter says: Dec 30, 2016 7:32 AM

    I think he could do at least as good a job as Rex.

  14. streetyson says: Dec 30, 2016 7:51 AM

    hillarystandswhenshepees says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:30 AM
    This guy is pure class.
    ——————————-
    You’re conveniently overlooking that when PED testing finally came in (1987, but suspension penalties began in 1989) the Bills were revealed as the biggest drug cheats with the most suspensions through the late 80s and early 90s. And it wasn’t just an anomaly – nor just Marv – Jimmy Haslett said he was PEDed as a Bills’ draftee in 1979-80. But Marv would have been aware of it, aware it was against the rules, and yet it continued through much of the 1990s – including Don Smith caught just before a SB but allowed to play! And you only had to look at Bruce Smith to see he was on drugs – and gee, yes he was. Come back Marv, the Guyer Institute needs work now that Peyton has retired.

  15. dawsonleery says: Dec 30, 2016 7:56 AM

    Gotta love the passion this guy is 91 and wants to coach. This is why football is the best.

  16. 2ruefan says: Dec 30, 2016 7:58 AM

    JoeToronto..

    Their fanbase will embrace this and push for it, because they feel they they can go back to the good ole days when they managed to lose 4 Super Bowls in a row.

    Um, Yeah Joe. Right. Because NO fan would want their team to return to a state of being so dominant that they won their conference FOUR YEARS in a row.

    It’s so much worse than not going to the playoff for 17 years…

  17. ncfloyd says: Dec 30, 2016 8:02 AM

    Levy was hired mid year in ’86 and finished 2-5, then 7-8 in strike shortened ’87 after 5 (’78- ’82, again a strike season) seasons in KC going 31-42. Bills ownership let him continue into 3rd season–just sayin.

  18. patriots123456 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:08 AM

    It would be an improvement IMO. LOL

  19. exinsidetrader says: Dec 30, 2016 8:15 AM

    Marv is like Obama — you gotta let it go and move on.

  20. redripper says: Dec 30, 2016 8:18 AM

    Fantastic guy. Kick back and enjoy your retirement. You don’t need the aggravation at that age.

  21. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says: Dec 30, 2016 8:20 AM

    I posted hire Marv Levy on Tuesday, the man is brilliant and still sharp as a tack.

  22. littleseizures says: Dec 30, 2016 8:27 AM

    How amazing would it be if he came back to Buffalo and they got back to the Super Bowl and won. Of course he’d be 95 by the time they accumulate the players.

  23. sandersmarcus10 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:29 AM

    COME’ON MAN!!!

  24. richc111 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:44 AM

    I would rather lose with class and dignity than lose and be a blow hard self absorbed egomaniac. I have the feeling he might have been joking, he does have a pretty good sense of humor.

    oh Joetoronto your constant hating of Buffalo is getting old. Maybe you need to change your prescription dose. Might help. Hey you guys didn’t get the team get over it. Go back to being a loser Leaf fan….. You want to talk about a bad teams look no further then the Maple Laughs

  25. truninerfan49 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:47 AM

    I’d take Marv over chip Kelly

  26. dimi1919 says: Dec 30, 2016 8:53 AM

    truecowboyfan says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:30 AM
    When I first glanced at this headline, I thought it was going to say he passed away… anybody else that happened to or am I the only scumbag who thought that?
    ——————

    Right there with you

  27. factschecker says: Dec 30, 2016 9:01 AM

    Marv is a pure class act. The current NFL is far too tabloid and scummy for a class act like Marv Levy. When Marv ran the Buffalo Bills I was envious and could only dream that someday my team might be run half as good as the Buffalo Bills. 100000% serious.

    Patriots fan.

  28. unclebluck says: Dec 30, 2016 9:02 AM

    Interesting thought…..Now if only we could resurrect Lou Saban who actually coached the team to 2 league championships….

  29. bert1913 says: Dec 30, 2016 9:14 AM

    bring marv back……and oj, wait! my bad, oj is kinda busy right now

  30. ishavedbradyslegs says: Dec 30, 2016 9:15 AM

    Rack him!

  31. jsuch2 says: Dec 30, 2016 9:15 AM

    He’d be an improvement over Rex.

  32. tonebones says: Dec 30, 2016 9:16 AM

    Everyone knows the Bills will end up hiring a guy that doesn’t have any other coaching offers, so they might put Marv on their list.

  33. tomthebombtracy says: Dec 30, 2016 9:20 AM

    Wide right.

  34. witchrunner says: Dec 30, 2016 9:27 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bills hire him. We know the Bills are game for gimmicks as they hired Ryan. But, more importantly, what have they got to lose? Only thing is, if they make it to the SB, they might want to hire BB for one game.

  35. supra23 says: Dec 30, 2016 9:29 AM

    abninf says:
    Dec 30, 2016 7:16 AM
    He’s probably better than anyone else available. Millennials wouldn’t like it, though.

    ————
    Why’s everyone so hateful of millennials?

  36. war27 says: Dec 30, 2016 9:40 AM

    This would be awesome. It be interesting to see him get to the superbowl and be fired on media day for a coach that could put in a game plan that could actually win it all.

  37. justintuckrule says: Dec 30, 2016 9:42 AM

    Him and coughlin would be like the mandelbaums.

    Mandelbaum, mandelbaum, mandelbaum.

  38. maust1013 says: Dec 30, 2016 9:43 AM

    I know 70 is supposed to be the new 50 but 91 is…91.

  39. nyneal says: Dec 30, 2016 9:51 AM

    Gotta love Marv levy. But he should stay in his rocking chair. Because the Bills need a head coach who will come in and weed out the bad eggs on that team and establish discipline.
    Sammy Watkins has already said much the same thing. Everyone knows Rex Ryan runs a country club, and that was his downfall with the Jets and now the Bills. Besides the fact that he’s a lousy head coach.
    If I were the Bills owner, I’d be looking for a guy like Bill Parcells — a no-nonsense my-way-or-the-highway, coach.
    Three years ago, the Bills were a tough team and had one of the best defenses in football. Rex Ryan changed all that and now they are one of the worst defensive teams in football.
    Playing in that environment, they need two things — they need a strong defense and they need to be able to run the ball. I think Tyrod Taylor can be good enough for them to win if they get those two things. He is still young, and everyone knows Rex Ryan is a QB’s worst nightmare.
    Get a HC who will pick a top QB coach to work with the kid, and work on beefing up your defense and running game and establishing discipline and toughness and you’ll turn things around in a hurry.

  40. realtruthteller100 says: Dec 30, 2016 9:54 AM

    imo its ageist that there isnt a rooney rule for old people. every nfl team should have to interview at least one geriatric before hiring a coach. fares fare

  41. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Dec 30, 2016 9:57 AM

    Marv, enjoy your retirement….You’re too good for today’s NFL, especially with RSG as the commish.

  42. captainwhodat says: Dec 30, 2016 10:05 AM

    anyone over 60 who tells you he is as good as he ever was is either lying or delusional…the simple true fact is the file cabinet does not open as easily, if it does open at all, as it once did…it’s why the country is so fouled up because all the ancients (and I’m 71) are running it…

  43. jvw1982 says: Dec 30, 2016 10:10 AM

    Just the fact that he thinks he could coach at 91 means someone should be keeping an eye on him….still chasing that elusive SB

  44. ducknichols50 says: Dec 30, 2016 10:15 AM

    bring back the red helmets if you come back Marv

  45. cosmicconvoy says: Dec 30, 2016 10:25 AM

    “That he’s still sharp enough at age 91 to consider coaching is remarkable.”

    The fact he’d consider it proves he’s losing his mind and isn’t sharp enough.

  46. hammer7329 says: Dec 30, 2016 10:39 AM

    As a die hard Bills fan this is absurd. Thankfully it won’t happen. Marv got out I ached many times especially in Super Bowls. With all that talent he couldn’t get it done.

  47. rondayne says: Dec 30, 2016 10:56 AM

    abninf says:
    Dec 30, 2016 7:16 AM
    He’s probably better than anyone else available. Millennials wouldn’t like it, though.
    ______________________

    Even if this were true or made any sense at all (it doesn’t) maybe letting one of these “dumb millennials” run the coaching search wouldn’t be the worst idea, as we have seen the Bills illustrate exactly what not to do for most/all of our football watching lives. What’s the worst that could happen, more seasons without the playoffs? Because that’s almost certainly going to happen anyways.

  48. goodguyattorney says: Dec 30, 2016 11:05 AM

    The guy knows football, no doubt. And I bet he still follows the Bills and knows the players’ strength and weaknesses inside and out. I also bet he’d finish the season with an improved record over last year. He’s tough and a class act. And you know, it ain’t that crazy.

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 30, 2016 11:07 AM

    “Millennials wouldn’t like it, though.”

    Millenials don’t like anything that doesn’t pigeonhole perfectly into their little PC world.

  50. babyjunkie says: Dec 30, 2016 11:14 AM

    Merv

  51. bencoates57 says: Dec 30, 2016 11:14 AM

    No country for old men.

  52. cardinealsfan20 says: Dec 30, 2016 11:25 AM

    @supra23 says – Why’s everyone so hateful of millienials?”

    Because those haters are too dumb to feed themselves. Most of them either dropped out of or barely graduated high school. They are simply parroting some take that they heard. They lack the knowledge to form their own opinions

  53. irishmanknowsall says: Dec 30, 2016 11:25 AM

    At 91 he still wouldn’t be able to find the SB.

  54. maxkingpin says: Dec 30, 2016 11:35 AM

    “Millennials wouldn’t like it, though.”

    Well they would as long as they have their little “safe space”
    to hide from the big, bad, cruel world.

  55. marmac2768 says: Dec 30, 2016 11:35 AM

    Marv wouldn’t need to coach the entire team. They could hire him to COACH THE COACHES!!! That has been one of the main problems with the Bills the last few years.

  56. araidersfan says: Dec 30, 2016 11:52 AM

    I don’t think that Marv Levy at 91 is up to the physical demands of being a HC. But the Bills would be wise to consider bringing him in as a consultant to advise them on their next HC and also shaping the roster. Come to think of it, Marv would probably be a vast improvement over their current GM (Doug Whaley).

  57. joetoronto says: Dec 30, 2016 12:04 PM

    Millennials don’t like being called “Millennials”, they prefer “Snow Flake” or “The Bubble Wrap Generation.”

  58. mrmcdougle says: Dec 30, 2016 12:09 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 30, 2016 6:22 AM
    …………….

    The fact that it was the first post, at 6AM, demonstrates the level of butt hurt this man seems to feel… I’m sure it’s a long story, but surely a painful one. I’m imagining another Buffalo Bill (from Silence of the Lambs) vibe, blasting Bon Jovi, with pictures of the Pegula’s pinned to his wall with knives.

  59. atahualpaoxford says: Dec 30, 2016 12:15 PM

    @Joetoronto: listen….a new year is upon us…and a whole bunch of people are going to die without having ever seen the Maple Leafs hoisting the Stanley Cup….so….keep your snide remarks to yourself and cut it out with your Buffalo problems…

  60. jag1959 says: Dec 30, 2016 12:15 PM

    If Millennials are all that bad then shouldn’t the Boomers complaining about them be questioning the man in the mirror instead of ripping an entire generation? After all they either gave birth to the Millennials or to their parents. It’s always humorous to see the ‘get off my lawn’ guys dogging the Millennials and in doing so implicitly absolving themselves when it was their generation that is responsible either directly or indirectly for helping to produce them. For a generation that prides itself on it’s personal responsibility mocking the generation they produced seems more than little hypocritical. If you despise Millennials maybe you should have done a better job teaching your own kids to parent. I am a Boomer that raised Gen X kids that have done a great job with their own children. Of course YMMV depending on how good of a parent YOU were

  61. dimi1919 says: Dec 30, 2016 12:30 PM

    Dec 30, 2016 9:27 AM
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bills hire him. We know the Bills are game for gimmicks as they hired Ryan. But, more importantly, what have they got to lose? Only thing is, if they make it to the SB, they might want to hire BB for one game.
    ———–

    Unless it’s against tom coughlin and the Giants.

  62. billswillnevermove says: Dec 30, 2016 12:40 PM

    It’s just a darn shame that Joe wasn’t found at the bottom of the Peace Bridge.

  63. alleycat702 says: Dec 30, 2016 1:43 PM

    He might be 91 years old, but he’s waaaaaay better than Wrecks Ryan!

  64. surfinbird1 says: Dec 30, 2016 1:53 PM

    Marv then asked, Where the hell am I.

  65. dabillshateme says: Dec 30, 2016 2:04 PM

    This fool set the franchise back 5-7 years when he was the GM – hiring that loser Dick Jauron and wasting a top 10 pick on Dante Whitner, then trading up to take McCargo. Stay retired.

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