Tuesday Coaching Carousel

Posted on January 5, 2010 by Patrick Moran

Despite several reports that suggest otherwise, if the Buffalo Bills are really interested in interviewing Brian Billick to become their 17th head coach, they’re doing a fine job of being nonchalant about it.  I spoke to a member of the Bills organization who told me Billick hasn’t been contacted by the club if he does it would be “news to me.”

That certainly doesn’t preclude Billick from coming to Buffalo.  The club interviewed Perry Fewell Monday night and informed the entire coaching staff yesterday morning they wouldn’t be back next year unless the new coach wanted them, so Buddy Nix’s plate has been full.  I’m told no candidates were contacted Monday as Nix took care of in-house business.

Nix is expected to start diving into interviews with prospects as early as today, and maybe he does contact Billick.

Billick has been rumored to already working on assembling a coaching staff in anticipation of a NFL job interview.  He’s been non-specific with recent comments, saying only if the situation was right would he return to coaching.

“I’ve always said in the right circumstance with the right people I would be interested in getting back into coaching,” Billick said this morning on ESPN’s Mike and Mike Show. “It’s interesting to watch from the outside. I don’t think there’s going to be the number of changes people thought.  We’ll see how this transpires.”

Billick, 56, went 80-64 as head coach in Baltimore from 1999-2007 and won a Super Bowl in 2000. His biggest strength has come in picking quality assistants.  Six coaches who’ve served under Billick have become NFL head coaches, including five active in the NFL today. His perceived flaw was his inability to develop a good quarterback despite being regarded as an offensive minded coach.

Meanwhile a name I’m hearing an awful lot in circles is New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.  Marty’s son is regarded as a bright up and coming mind and despite being just 36 years old has been the Jets offensive coordinator since 2006.

Nix has as a very strong relationship with Marty and word is he’s trying to lure him out of retirement. Based on what I’ve heard and know, I’m 100% convinced Marty Schottenheimer is Nix’s first choice.   At the end of the day I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if both Schottenheimer’s end up in Buffalo; whether it’s Marty as head coach with his son running the offense while being groomed to take over, or Brian getting the nod with perhaps his dad coming on board in a less strenuous team consultant role.

If you put a gun to my head right now, I’d predict one of them ends up the Bills next head coach. Then again, check back in 20 minutes.

Additionally, although I’ve heard nothing about the Bills being interested in him right now, there’s a growing buzz about Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh.  Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan wrote about him this morning and it’s widely known Harbaugh is looking to get a gig in the NFL.  Fellow News writer Allen Wilson is also a big endorser of Harbaugh.

Lastly, there’s no Bill Cowher news to report.  There’s definitely a mutual interest among the two, but reports based mainly from ESPN say Cowher is unlikely to coach in 2010.  It’s probably true, but until I hear it from the horses chin’s mouth myself, consider me in denial.

And don’t expect Fewell back in Buffalo to resume his defensive coordinator role.  He’s all but certain to take on the same role in Chicago under Lovie Smith, and I’m hearing he’ll bring Bills defensive backs coach George Catavolos with him.

Oh, and don’t expect Bobby April back either.  He wasn’t happy with yesterday’s events and is bound to get snapped up quick.

Stay tuned here for any updates as I’m sure things will change faster than the Buffalo weather.

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