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Report: Bills targeting offensive minded coach

  • Posted on January 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

In the daily carousel of Bills’ head coaching reports, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk chimes in, saying  a league source tells him the “Bills currently intend to hire a coach who specializes in the offensive side of the ball.”

As Florio states, with Brian Schottenheimer opting not to take the Bills up on an interview offer, it leaves a pair of coaches with their teams currently in the playoffs as the strongest possibilities.  Russ Grimm has already been contacted for an interview by the club and Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is quickly emerging as a dark horse candidate.

Florio says the news also suggests that the pursuit of Bill Cowher has concluded, but is quick to remind people to not write if off until Buffalo or Cowher sources say so themselves.

Other coaches that could become possibilities include Jim Harbaugh and Brian Billick, although the team has not contacted Billick according to him.

Don’t sleep on Baltimore coordinator Cam Cameron either.  He has ties to Buddy Nix in San Diego and could receive consideration.

Interview: Brohm ready to compete for No. 1 job

  • Posted on January 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Like everyone, Brian Brohm is playing the waiting game. He hears the rumors. An offensive coordinator here, a defensive guru there. He’s waiting and wondering. Any day, the Buffalo Bills will have a new head coach.

“I’m just anxious to see who it’s going to be,” Brohm said, “so we can get to work.”

Because then, Brohm’s strengths take over. Diving into a playbook. Learning the nuances of a scheme. Memorizing audibles. Knowing which on-the-line checks to make and when. Brohm is a self-diagnosed “football junkie.” Laughing, he admits that he rarely escapes the game. Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy once said Brohm picked up his offspring of the West Coast offense faster than anyone he’s ever had.

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Report: Fewell will take job with Giants

  • Posted on January 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm

You can officially scratch Perry Fewell off the list of candidates for the next Buffalo Bills head coach.  According to ESPN, Fewell is going to accept the defensive coordinator position for the New York Giants.

Fewell accepting the job means one or both of two things; either the former Bills interim coach assumed he wouldn’t get the Bills job, and/or the organization informed him formally he wasn’t going to be their choice.

Yesterday it was reported that New York Jets Brian Schottenheimer has declined the chance to interview for the Bills head coaching vacancy.  It’s not yet known exactly when or if the team will interview Arizona assistant Russ Grimm.

In an interview yesterday, Adam Schefter told me that Bill Cowher will not be the next Bills head coach, citing “too many reliable people he’s talked to.”  Take that for what it’s worth.

Meanwhile, at least small murmurs are emerging that perhaps the Bills have already made their decision to go with Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, which if true may or may not have played a part in Schottenheimer’s decision to decline an opportunity to interview and Grimm’s possible hesitation.

The only thing we know for certain is that Fewell won’t be on the Bills sideline next year.

Stay tuned.

Analyzing the new UB Bulls coaching staff

  • Posted on January 14, 2010 at 10:34 am

With the entirety of the UB coaching staff set (according to UB athletics), I thought I would put together a quick bullet point comparison between what we will have in 2010 and what we had in 2009. Between Turner Gill cherry picking the coaches he wants from the UB Staff (Stamn, Wimberly) and Quinn having his own ideas about who he wanted the turn over was huge.

I’m also going to present my SWAG estimate on how UB did at each position on two scales of one to five. The first measurement is of the quality over or under the previous person who held that job, the second measure is for the quality of hire given UB’s situation.

Quality above or below the person who held the job in 2009: Kind of speaks for itself, if you could have coach A or coach B who would you want based on their histories?

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Flynn continues down Wolves’ losing path

  • Posted on January 14, 2010 at 8:56 am

Western New York native Jonny Flynn continues his rookie season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and just like the team he represents, both continue to struggle.  The Wolves are just  1-7 on the new year, including dropping a triple-overtime thriller at Houston Wednesday night.

Flynn has had his moments but clearly still has a lot to learn at the NBA level.  The Niagara Falls high school product has been held to double digit points two straight games and three of the past five.  In total Flynn’s reached at least 20 points just once in eight games in January.

His poor shooting teammates haven’t helped his assist total as failing to knock down open looks have contributed to him not having a game this season with at least 10 assists.

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