Capers To Interview: ESPN is reporting that the Bills will interview recently fired Texans head coach Dom Capers for the head coaching job on Friday. Ralph Wilson promised an exhaustive search and it may be wrapping up after the Capers interview. The report says the Bills may make a decision by the weekend.
Sherman Impressive? ESPN is also reporting that a source close to the Bills head coaching search says that Mike Sherman "knocked the socks off" of Bills officials in his interview on Wednesday and he may now be the front runner for the job.
Bills Allocate Players To Europe: After officially signing 12 free agents the Bills have allocated seven of them to NFL Europe including two quarterbacks. Going to Europe are: Craig Ochs, Tory Woodbury, Rob Lee, LaWaylon Brown, Fred Jackson, Faafetai Tupa'i, and Nicholas Setta.
Bills Sign 12 Free Agents: Today the Bills officially announced the signing of 12 street free agents. 10 of the 12 we have already reported the past two weeks. The other two are Safety Rob Lee and RB Fred Jackson. Lee was on the Bills practice squad last year. Front Office Page
Rivera To Interview? WGR radio is reporting that their are rumors that the Bills have asked the Bears permission to interview to speak with their defensive coordinator Ron Rivera about the head coaching job. Rivera is one of the "hot" assistants this off season. If the Bills do setup an interview with him it means that the job may not be filled this week as some have expected.
Lofton Interviews: The Bills confirmed that James Lofton is in town today to interview for the head coaching job. He fulfills the minority candidate interview that each team must do under the Rooney Rule. He is the fourth candidate to interview for the job with Dick Jauron and Mike Sherman listed as the front runners. Lofton is the wide receivers coach for the Chargers and may be a head coaching candidate someday but he is a little green for the job now and it would be a major surprise if he got the job.
Interview Today; Decision Likely Soon: The Bills are expected to interview an undisclosed candidate for the head coaching job today. A club spokesman told the Rochester D&C that there will be someone in town today. It is believed this will be a minority candidate since the club is required by the "Rooney Rule" to interview one. One report says that candidate may be James Lofton. The team wants to have a new coach by the weekend so they can take part in the Senior Bowl activities next week and start assembling a staff.
Jauron The Favorite? The job appears to be between Dick Jauron and Mike Sherman, both candidates interviewed this week. Sources told the Rochester D&C that Jauron appears to be the front runner. Sherman may want too much power. He was the GM and head coach for four years and sources say he was asking how much control he would get. The Bills are in the drivers seat since neither candidate appears to be in the running for the only other open head coaching job available. This may bring a coach at a slightly reduced cost.
Jobs Filling Up Quickly: Head coaching jobs are filling up quickly leaving the Bills with a few options for their open job. The Lions are going to hire Tampa Bay defensive line coach Rod Marinelli for their open job. Jim Haslett was a finalist, this may open him up to interview for the Bills job. The Rams are set to hire Miami offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Neither of these guys was on the Bills radar screen. With the Texans a lock to hire Gary Kubiak as their head coach that leaves just the Bills and the Raiders with openings. Oakland doesn't seem to be looking at any of the Bills top candidates that include Dick Jauron and Mike Sherman.
Wednesday January 18, 2006
Bills Confirm Sherman Interview: The Bills confirmed that Mike Sherman interviewed for the head coaching job today just like they confirmed Dick Jauron interviewed yesterday. As has been the case with the interviews the team did not comment. These two are definitely considered by most reports to be the front runners for the job.
April Formal Interview: Reports have said the Bills interviewed Bobby April last week. A new report from a New Orleans newspaper says that last week's interview was just an informal conversation and they promised a formal interview at a later date. That interview according to the report is scheduled for later this week, perhaps as early as tomorrow. April is considered a long shot to get the head coaching job since his only pro coaching experience comes as a special teams coach. The only noted special teams coach that made the jump to head coach was Bill Cowher. April is nearly a lock however, to stay as special teams coach when the new coach takes over, that is expected to be part of any deal.
Sherman To Interview Today: All reports say that Mike Sherman is in town to interview for the head coaching job today. He will be the third candidate interviewed after Bobby April and Dick Jauron. Still no word on if an interview will be setup with Jim Haslett. He's a finalist for the Lions job. Take our new poll on who the coach should be on our homepage!
Tuesday January 17, 2006
Scratch Off Payton: Sean Payton will not be coming to Buffalo for an interview. He has accepted the head coaching job with the Saints. That is good news for fans of the Bills getting Mike Sherman. He was considered a finalist for that job. In the ever changing coaching carousel we are constantly updating our poll on who you think should be the head coach. Check back often and vote on each new poll!
Jauron Interview Finished: The Bills did announce that they did sit down and interview Dick Jauron for the head coaching job as we reported earlier. The team did not have any comments about the interview.
Jauron Interview Today: Several reports say that Marv Levy and Ralph Wilson will sit down and interview Dick Jauron today. He will be the second candidate to interview for the job, Bobby April had his interview last week. Jauron was a candidate for the Bills head job when Mike Mularkey was hired. He was the interim head coach of the Lions this year and coached the Chicago Bears for five years including a 13-3 record in 2001. In other coaching carousel news, Mike Sherman is scheduled to interview for the job tomorrow. Ted Cottrell has discussed the position with Levy but no interview has been set up.
Sherman, Jauron To Interview: WGRZ is reporting that the Bills will interview Mike Sherman and Dick Jauron this week for the open head coaching job. Sherman has interviewed for the Saints and Jets job and is considered the front runner in New Orleans but quickly agreed to an interview with the Bills according to the TV station. There is no confirmation whether or not the Bills have contacted Jauron but NFL Network says he will be in Buffalo in the next couple of days.
Gray Out: AP is reporting that Jerry Gray has been told by Marv Levy that he is not being considered for the open head coaching job and will not be interviewed. Gray takes that as a sign that he will be let go as defensive coordinator although he is still technically a member of the Bills. He has been given permission to seek a job with other teams.
Monday January 16, 2006
Bills Add Two: The Bills added two more street free agents late last week. OG Jason Thomas and DL Mark Word signed what are being called reserve-future contracts. Both deals are for two years and gives the Bills 10 new names for the depth chart since the season has ended. Thomas played two years in Baltimore before being released by the Dolphins before the start of the 2005 season. Word was last with the Raiders but he was released this past June. He had 12 sacks in two seasons with Cleveland in 2002 and 2003.
Front Office Page Launched: Despite being delayed a week by all the breaking news, Bills Daily has launched the 2006 version of our exclusive front office page. This page already has all the comings and goings at One Bills Drive so far this off season and will be updated as moves are made. We also list all contract details that are available on some of the newest Bills. We will be launching our 2006 salary cap page later in the week. Front Office Page
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