Shannon Sharpe on what it takes to land Shanahan

Posted on November 22, 2009 by Patrick moran

Unless Perry Fewell can miraculously turn around the franchise over the final seven weeks, the Buffalo Bills are going to be looking for a new head coach, at the very least come January 4, 2010.   With a fan base already incensed, odds are Ralph Wilson finally takes a swing for the fences with the hire.

Among big name free agents already linked to having the Bills interest, Mike Shanahan is a name the team is attracted to.

Shannon Sharpe, another CBS analyst who is still close to Mike Shanahan, who he played for, says the Bills will meet with his former coach this week, but Shanahan will make it clear to him what he’s looking for.

“I had a great conversation with Mike this morning.  Let me tell you one thing about Mike Shanahan having played with him for seven years. If there’s not a total commitment from the organization to win Super Bowls.. It’s not about winning division titles or beating a particular team in that division.  If it’s not about winning Super Bowls from player’s stand point and coaches around him stand point, you’re wasting your time with Mike Shanahan because that’s the only that matters to him is winning championships.”

Fellow CBS analyst Boomer Esiason chimed in with one-line response, not beating around the bush when saying “He’s not going to Buffalo.”

Other candidates the Bills have shown rumored interest in is Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden and Mike Holmgren.

Cowher hasn’t coached since retiring following the 2006 season.  In his 15-year Steelers career he went 149-90-1 and won double digit games in nine of those seasons.   Of course, he won his lone Super Bowl in the 2005-06 season after taking Pittsburgh to the playoffs nine previous times.

Cowher thinks that Fewell is a legitimate candidate to keep the Bills head coaching job.

“I think Perry Fewell is a legitimate candidate for this job.” Cowher said matter of factly on the CBS pre game show moments ago.  It’s the only thing he had to say regarding the topic and didn’t discuss himself.

“No he’s not” said Esiason, even more directly.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also mentioned Charlie Weiss, who’s likely at the end of the line at Notre Dame, as a contender.  He cited Weiss being a  finalist for the Bills job before Buffalo ultimately hired Mike Mularkey in 2004.

If the Bills want Holmgren they already have competition.  Holmgren, speaking on KGR-AM 550 in Seattle on Friday discussed former Cleveland great Jim Brown’s insinuation that Cleveland Browns’ owner Randy Lerner is going to meet with Holmgren.

“I hope its true that someday we get a chance to talk,“ Holmgren told the radio station. “I have tremendous respect for Mr. Lerner. They’re a team that’s struggling just a little bit, I absolutely would love to talk to him about the possibility of working there.”

Schefter reported the Bills intend on speaking with Holmgren.

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