Almost immediately after he was fired from the Chicago Bears this past Monday, Lovie Smith let people know that he thought he’d be a great fit as the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills. According to a report this morning, Smith may get that opportunity.
WGR’s Howard Simon said on the air this morning that a source tells him the Bills will interview Smith sometime this weekend. The 54-year old coach ran the Bears for nine years, posting an 81-63 mark that included three divisional titles and a trip to the Super Bowl. Smith is a highly decorated defensive specialist and if he can find the right coordinator and quarterback, could be an excellent fit for the Bills.
The Bills, as reported first by USA Today late Wednesday evening are also set to meet with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly on Friday. However, if you’re to believe CBS Sports’ Jason LaConfora, don’t get your hopes up too much. LaCanfora says that while the Bills, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles all are set to interview, he hears Kelly will choose between the Browns, Eagles or remain at Oregon. In other words, LaConfora doesn’t think Kelly’s interest in the Bills is mutual and perhaps he’s interviewing to drive up the price.
That means, at least if the team wants Kelly as bad as seemingly most fans do, Russ Brandon has his work cut out for him.
Lastly, multiple reports indicate the Bills will interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy this weekend.
Buffalo has already interviewed former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and defensive coordinator Ed Horton.