Buffalo Bills Coaching Options


Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz looks up during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills lost Doug Marrone, their coach of 2 years due to a change in ownership as well as a denial for a contract extension.  This leaves the Buffalo Bills without a coach and a quarterback as well because of retirement.  The Buffalo Bills are currently knee deep in a coaching search to determine who will lead the Buffalo Bills into battle from the sidelines.

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  • The Buffalo Bills have a qualified coach on their staff but he is still under contract as their defensive coordinator.  The Buffalo Bills lost their defensive coordinator last year when Mike Pettine left to go and pursue his head coaching career with the Cleveland Browns.

    Do the Bills want to go through another search for a defensive coordinator? If Jim Schwartz is promoted to head coach, there are a couple of options the Bills have for defensive coordinator.  The can promote within, such as Pepper Johnson moving from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator.

    The Bills can also bring in another coach in from the outside that would share a similar defensive philosophy with Schwartz so that the changes with the defensive scheme would not be too drastic.  This would probably work the best with an internal promotion as mentioned above.

    I can not see that the harmony would be kept on the Bills sideline, if an coordinator is brought in for the head coaching job and basically jumps Jim Schwartz.  I don’t think that Jim Schwartz should have to answer to someone that does not have any experience as a head coach.

    There are some coordinators out there that probably would be a good fit with Buffalo, but how would Jim Schwartz take it.  The Bills as an organization do not like to have feathers ruffle in any area whether it be their players or their staff.  I can’t see the Bills being able to move forward with Jim Schwartz as a defensive coordinator if the Bills decide to hire another unproven defensive coordinator to take over as head coach.  Schwartz may be alright with another head coach coming in that has experience, but not a coordinator.

    If the Bills are smart they will tread lightly on their decision and to make sure that all parties involved are on the same page with the organization as a whole moving forward.