Buffalo Bills This Weekend: Head Coaching Candidates


Nov 4, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey talks to a referee against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

There is a lot of hard work happening at One Bills Drive this weekend; and no, it doesn’t involve the Buffalo Bills players. A heavy snowfall of about 6 inches fell in the region and extra workers have been brought in to help shovel out the stadium to get it ready for the game on Sunday. It wasn’t the light snowfall either. It was the back breaking wet snow. The kind of snow we all hate to shovel. The kind of snow which feels like you need an entire week to recover from. A sincere thank you is in order to all those who are helping out.

Black Monday is only 3 days away and its a wonder if the Bills will pull the trigger on Chan Gailey and tell him his time has come with the organization. His record speaks for itself: 16-31. No more needs to be said. We all understand the playcalling blunders, the clock management blunders and the curious decision at player personnel/groupings. There is belief change has to be made, but the question is who will make the change, when will it happen and what happens next.

So without futher regard, here are some potential head coaching candidates:

  • Jon Gruden – Will demand a high salary to lure him away from ESPN. Has a career record of 100-85 with 1 Superbowl win.
  • Bill Cowher – Will demand a high salary to lure him away from CBS. Has a career record of 161-99-1 with 1 Superbowl win.
  • Jim Haslett – Salary expectations will not be as high and is a former Buffalo Bill. Has a career record of 45-51.
  • Brian Billick – Was reported to have a high interest in the job 3 years ago. Has a career record record of 85-67 with 1 Superbowl win.
  • Eric Mangini – Young head coach willing to learn from past experiences. Has a career record of 33-47.
  • Chip Kelly – Will demand high salary to make the jump from College to the Pros. 45-7 as head coach of Oregon, but only 1-2 in Bowl games. Innovator of the Blur offense.
  • Bill O’Brien – Guided a prolific Patriots Offense as the Coordinator. Helped Penn State to a respectable 6-4 record amidst controversy.
  • Bruce Arians – Guided the Colts to the playoffs after a 2-14 season and after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with cancer. He is 60 years old.
  • Perry Fewell – After leaving the Bills, Fewell helped the Giants rebuild their defense en route to a Superbowl win. Went 3-4 as an interim coach with the Bills in 2009. But would he even consider coming back?

What’s Happening This Weekend:

The New York Jets come into Orchard Park in a battle for last in the AFC East. If the Bills lose, they can possibly move up to the 4th overall pick in Aprils NFL draft. If Buffalo wins, the team is looking at another pick at around 10th overall. Not good enough for the playoffs, not bad enough for a can’t miss player in the draft. There is a little solace for Bills fans though, because Mark Sanchez is starting a quarterback and has historically put up good numbers against Buffalo. He’s only lost once, (which was in his first ever game against the team) but since then he has had an average quarterback rating of 101. We’ll see if that trend continues on Sunday.

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