Wilson Turns Down Marty Ball? The Bills may have a coach but the rumors aren't stopping. ESPN.com's Tim Graham is reporting that Marty Schottenheimer wanted the job badly but Ralph Wilson didn't want him as the next head coach. Publicly Schottenheimer stated he wasn't interested in returning to coaching but people close to him told ESPN that he wanted the job. It would have reunited him with his good friend Buddy Nix and you would think Nix would have given him the job if Wilson signed off on it. No word on why Wilson didn't want Schottenheimer to coach. This could also explain why is son Brian wouldn't interview for the job.
Gailey Likely To Be Own Coordinator: Chan Gailey said if you want to do something right do it yourself and he expects to be his own offensive coordinator. He reportedly has his staff pretty much in place but there have been no announcements yet. Gailey said Nix has final say on coaches but they are on the same page.
Gailey Named Head Coach: Chan Gailey was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills at a press conference this afternoon. He said the Bills will be successful and GM Buddy Nix introduced him and chastised the media for their discontent over the pick for the new head coach. Nix said they set out to get the guy who will win football games for them and they got that in Gailey. Nix said that 80% of what was reported was not true and they definitely got the right guy and he has full confidence in him. He said he wouldn't hire a coach that didn't meet Ralph Wilson and Gailey was the only candidate invited to meet the owner. The GM also said they had 35-40 people call them for interviews and that people wanted the job. The perception was that most qualified candidates were not interested in the position. Gailey said there are coaches that want to win and those who expect to win. He expects to win and they need to get the players in there, get organized, and get this thing going.
Gailey Hiring Today; 2pm Press Conference: The Bills have called a 2pm press conference persumably to introduce Chan Gailey as the Bills new head coach. It appears it was Bill Cowher who recommended him for the job and would have made him his offensive coordinator/assistant head coach if he came back this year. The Bills were rebuffed by many candidates and kept coming back to Gailey. They interviewed him last week and were impressed by the fact he has had offensive success with some lower tier quarterbacks. We will have snippets from the press conference later this afternoon. What do you think of the hire? Let us know what you think by taking the poll on our homepage!
Monday January 18, 2010
2nd Interview Today? Jay Glazer is reporting that the Bills secretly interviewed Chan Gailey last week and the second meeting, presumably with Ralph Wilson, is happening today. If all goes well Gailey is expected to be offered the job and could be the next head coach as early as tomorrow.
Gailey The Guy? The Buffalo News is reporting a new name for the Bills coaching list which they certainly need since almost all the old names have turned them down. A league and team source told the News that Chan Gailey is not only on the list but perhaps the lead candidate for the job. These sources also told the paper that the coaching search could come to a quick conclusion in the next day or two and Leslie Frazier will not be getting the job. GM Buddy Nix said he'd like a guy with head coaching experience and a guy with an offensive background as always been perferred. They get both of those with Gailey. He coached the Dallas Cowboys to two playoff appearances in two seasons as their head coach in 1998 and 1999. He was the head coach and Georgia Tech from 2002 to 2007. He was the Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2008 but let go by the new regime shortly before this past season.
No Frazier? Since Leslie Frazier now seems to be the only candidate the Bills have for the head coaching job, the talking heads have started talking about the probability of him becoming the Bills next head coach. He helped his case with a great defensive gameplan against Dallas yesterday. The Bills can't talk to Frazier again until Monday. Adam Schefter reports on ESPN that he doesn't think Frazier will end up in Buffalo. He did not quote any sources and it seems to be just his opinion. He didn't offer up an opinion on who might be the next head coach.
2010 Front Office Page Released: We have now released our 2010 front office page. Like it past years it will give you all the team's transactions, contract signings, and free agent list all on one page! We also let you know what we think will happen with this year's free agent group. 2010 Front Office Page.
Top 2009 Players: We have taken our player of week winnes and put them on one easy page to view complete with their big stats from the game. We do this every year and it really shows you who the team's MVP is. We gave our player of the year award to Fred Jackson and it shows as he one the player of the week award six times including five in the last seven weeks of the season. 2009 Top Players.
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