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Bills Catch Potential Cowher Break, Part 2

  • Posted on January 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm

It’s still just another step of many things that need to happen, but another alleged Bill Cowher 2010 destination may be closed off.

Last week it was reported that Carolina has offered John Fox and his entire staff the opportunity to return for the 2010 season.  Now it looks like Tampa Bay may be out of the Cowher mix as well.  Pro Football Talk, citing a source says that Bucs head coach Raheem Morris has been told both he and his staff will be back in 2010.

Carolina and Tampa were both teams where widespread speculation mounted towards Cowher resuming his coaching career.

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Report: Billick, Schottenheimer to interview for Bills job

  • Posted on January 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm

According to a report by Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, the Buffalo Bills will interview  Brian Billick next week for their soon-to-be vacant head coaching position.  Cole cited three sources on the interview.

“I have not had any contact with the Bills so far,” Billick said in the report. Cole said he attempted to contact the Bills but the team didn’t respond with a comment prior to publication.

Billick was the Baltimore Ravens coach from 1999 to 2007, compiling a 80-64 record during that time and coached the Ravens to a Super Bowl in 2000.

Billick was fired at the end of the 2007 season after the team slipped from 13-3 in 2006 to just 5-11 in ’07.  He’s been a television analyst for Fox Sports since 2008.

This is the second report of the Bills being interested in a coaching candidate today.  Earlier we reported that general manager Buddy Nix will ask the San Diego Chargers for permission to interview defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

We’ll bring more information to you as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Brian Schottenheimer will also interview for the Bills job, according to Yahoo Sports.  He’s been the New York Jets offensive coordinator since 2006. He’s 36-years old. He was a finalist for the Jets head coaching job last year before the team decided to hire Rex Ryan.

Will Perry Fewell resume his coordinator role?

  • Posted on January 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm

There’s a next-to-zero chance Perry Fewell’s transitory run at head coach continues beyond the season finale against Indianapolis.  For one, fans will never buy his interim tag being changed to permanent.  Keeping Fewell in charge of shot calling would be the same as Ralph Wilson pleading for season ticket sales to plummet. The team is just 2-4 under his leadership and in many ways has resembled the squad that went 24-33 under Dick Jauron.  The offense continued to be as wretched under Fewell as it’s ever been, while conservative game planning and foolhardy penalties continue to be the norm.

But that doesn’t mean Fewell’s tenure in Buffalo is completely over.  While general manager Buddy Nix said last Thursday he’d interview Fewell for the head coaching job when the season ends, we all know that’s little more than a formality.  Fewell won’t be the 2010 head coach, but it doesn’t automatically discard him from continuing on the staff.

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Source: Rivera to be candidate for Bills coaching job

  • Posted on January 2, 2010 at 11:59 am

Rumors on the Bills head coaching search are sure to fly over the next several days if not weeks, and I’ve learned of one coordinator who could be a strong candidate.

Despite hinting strongly during his introductory press conference that he’d likely hire a head coach with previous experience, a source tells me defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will be high on new general manager Buddy Nix’s list of candidates for the Bills head coaching position.

To interview Rivera, Nix would have to get permission from the San Diego Chargers.  He’s been their defensive coordinator since the midpoint of the 2008 season and previously served in the same role with the Chicago Bears from 2004-06.  Chicago went to the Super Bowl in ‘06 with a defense that ranked fifth in the NFL under his leadership.

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Sabres erase three goal deficit in comeback win again

  • Posted on January 2, 2010 at 2:25 am

The Buffalo Sabres certainly don’t want to make this habit, but for the time being they’ll gladly take it.  For the first time in franchise history the team erased a three-goal deficit for the second consecutive game.  Buffalo spotted the Atlanta Thrashers a three spot late into the second period before coming back to eventually win in overtime, 4-3.

The end came when a Tyler Myers shoot in took a funny hop along the boards past Atlanta goaltender Johan Hedberg that took a funny bounce out in front to the waiting stick of Derek Roy, who put the puck into the uncontested net.

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Answering your NFL & CBA questions

  • Posted on January 2, 2010 at 1:55 am

I’ve received a lot of questions recently regarding what will happen next year if the league goes to an “uncapped” year.  I’ve also read a lot of misinformation on many websites about the rules governing the 2010 “uncapped” season, and how 2010 free agency is impacted.

So, I’ve listed the common questions asked, and the factual answers to each, straight from the NFL.

Q. When does the CBA expire should there be no extension to the agreement?
A. In March of 2011.

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