Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bills to interview GM candidates next week

Per the Buffalo News:

by Mark Gaughan

Don't expect a household name to be the new addition to the Buffalo Bills' personnel department in 2010.

It's the nature of the business that many top talent evaluators in the NFL are not well known outside league circles.

Yet the Bills will have a lot of qualified candidates to consider in the coming weeks as they work on overhauling their football operation.

The Bills are expected to start interviewing candidates to become either the new general manager or the new director of football operations sometime after Christmas.

The Bills may not hire anyone in the front office until they find out what former Denver coach Mike Shanahan plans to do. The Bills have had an initial interview with Shanahan. Any team hiring Shanahan would have to allow him to pick his own personnel man, since he would come with the clout to call his own shots. Hiring Shanahan still has to be considered a long shot for the Bills, since he is likely to have more attractive offers from other teams facing less of a rebuilding task than the Bills. Meanwhile, Bills Chief Operating Officer Russ Brandon is studying GM-type candidates.

Also the Redskins fired Vinny Cerrato their "GM" and hired Bruce Allen as the new top football executive. Rumors of him wanting Gruden. Another question is whether he could co-exist with Shanahan.

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