Amid rumors and reports that multiple NFL teams are interested in giving former Bears and Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt a job at the NFL level, the Buffalo Bills apparently are the first team to get him into the building.
The Bills disclosed via their official website that Wannstedt met Thursday with the team’s defensive coaching staff.
“It’s not me that he needs to meet with,” coach Chan Gailey said. “He’s meeting with the defensive staff which is the biggest meeting. He and I have known each other a long time and I have a great deal of respect for Dave.”
Gailey is indeed interested in Wannstedt; the question is whether Wannstedt is interested in the Bills.
“I think he would be a very good fit, but it remains to be seen if this is something he would like to do or not,” Gailey said. “So he’ll have to think about it and see what direction he wants to go.”
The Bills currently have no inside linebackers coach, but in light of Wannstedt’s experience he could be taking on a bigger role than that.
“We would talk about what exactly those duties would be,” said Gailey.
Wannstedt recently resigned from the head-coaching job at Pitt after six years on the job. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator in the 1992 Super Bowl season. He then was hired to succeed fellow Pitt alum Mike Ditka as coach of the Bears.