UPDATE: Chan Gailey has had one successful interview with the Bills and will be landing at Buffalo Niagara Airport shortly for an interview tomorrow morning with Buddy Nix. If the interview goes well, Chan Gailey could be announced as the next head coach of the Bills tomorrow afternoon.
We’ve been hearing about all the potential candidates for the Bills head coach job for nearly two months. Since the alleged promise to pay up to $10M per year for ‘A List’ candidates like Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan who could potentially serve as a General Manager and Head Coach, Shanahan has signed with the Redskins and Cowher hasn’t left his desk as an analyst with CBS.
In the meantime, a number of coordinators have expressly rejected the opportunity to interview with the Bills for the head coaching job. Brian Schottenheimer, the Jets offensive coordinator with a not-terribly-impressive resume, is the latest to reject the Bills request for a conversation. Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of Stanford, has a 17-19 record at Stanford – a second tier college football program. The Bills reportedly offered Harbaugh, a sub-500 college coach, the head coaching job and he turned it down
. Think about that for a minute – a head coach with a mediocre resume at a second tier college turned down a NFL head coaching job. It’s mind-boggling, and it speaks to just how bad the Bills reputation is throughout the football world.
Jerry Sullivan has nailed the issue in his latest column
. Thanks to Bill Polian, A.J. Smith, Gregg Williams, and Mike Mularkey, the football world knows what it’s like to work for Ralph Wilson. And despite the fact that there are only 32 head coaching jobs available in the world and that the Bills job likely means at least $3M per year, no one with any other legitimate options seems willing to work for Wilson and the Bills.
It’s easy to think the Bills are an unattractive coaching destination because the team is so bad, but that’s not the issue. The Bills are mediocre (heck, we beat the Jets who are now in the AFC Championship game) and there are a lots of worse teams in the league who can find coaches easier than the Bills. It’s all about Ralph Wilson, Russ Brandon and the manner in which the Bills are managed. Sure, the fact that the franchise’s future is in doubt because Wilson is 91 years old may give some high profile candidates some pause, but if Wilson was like Wellington Mara or Dan Rooney, you can bet Jim Harbaugh would leave Stanford to coach the Bills.