Friday, January 4, 2013

Buffalo Bills and Their Coach Search

by Steve

After Russ Brandon took my advice and woke up and took charge the Bills need a new head coach.  Names are being thrown around at a furious pace from former head coaches, college guys, coordinators AND it appears people are actually interested this time.  For some reason, last time when we hired Gailey I tried to stay positive (check the comments section) but the guy was the worst hire possible.

First I'll give you my criteria for a new head coach.  Under 52, the guy has to be under that arbitrary age. I don't want some old ass dude that has been doing the same thing for 20-30 years.  Alright, that's about it I just want a young guy and prefer a guy that has at least been a coordinator in the NFL recently. Having a pulse on the league, meaning things that are innovative and successful right now, helps. 

Here is my take on the potential candidates:

Doug Marrone
The Syracuse head coach in a bad Big East football conference (although 'cuse beating WVU and L'ville beating Florida gives the conference some cred).  He has a .500 record but seems to be turning the Orange around.  Hasn't been in the league since being in N.O. for a handful of years 5 years ago. He needs to stay in central New York.

Ken Whisenhunt
This guy seems to be kryptonite for a lot of people I talk to.  He is 50, he just got fired from a terrible organization and had limited success in six years in the desert.  Would he be the worst hire?  Possibly but not likely.  It would be a tough sell to me but not impossible.  The main problem I have with ol' Whizy is he was the first guy they interviewed, appears to be someone they are specifically targeting from the get go and has ties to our front office guys.  Oh and he whiffed on Leinart and Kolb. Yikes.

Ray Horton
D coord at Arizona, 53 in April and has cornrows. He is a bit off the board, sorta, which is something that intrigues me.  I don't like these types of stats usually but from Nov 8 2011 to Sept 30 2012 the Arizona Cardinals were 11-2.  I also like the idea of a defensive guy because a great defense keeps you relevant longer and you are relying less on one or two people for success (yes I know you need a great QB to win).

Chip Kelly
Might as well get to him.  He is the consensus pick for people I talk to and every single god damn "personality" at WGR550.  When everyone (except people who have played or talked about the NFL their whole life) want Charles Kelly I am reluctant.  Is it partially because I don't want to feel spurned when he turns the Bills down? Possibly.  Does it seem like he is getting out of Oregon right when the ship is about to sink with sanctions? Yes.

His innovative offense is extremely enticing and interesting to see how it will/won't translate in the NFL.  What he runs at Oregon will not work in the NFL.  A hybrid? Definitely.  I would take him but not my first choice but I am starting to like him more as every former player talks like he can't be successful and people like John Clayton hate on him.

Lovie Smith
Will be 55 before the season starts but has been a successful head coach (2 NFC title games) so I'll consider him.  Yes his teams collapsed the last two years but do we think that has anything to do with Jay Cutler injuries?  They were 7-3 last season before Cutler was sidelined for the season with an injury.  This year the team was 7-1 until Cutler got hurt against the Texans.  He is a defensive mind who seems to have been getting his offense in order with an up and down quarterback before his QB got injured in 2 straight seasons.  The hate for this hire would make no sense.

Mike McCoy
Might be my first choice of head coach. He is young, 40, a former quarteback, has a Peyton Manning endorsement and will interview for the job. He won a playoff game with Tim Tebow at qb and has resurrected Mannings career post 4 neck surgeries. Sure maybe he doesnt deserve a ton of credit for the '12 Broncos but this guy is a rising star.


Hue Jackson
Didn't get a fair shake in Oakland, he is intriguing.

Romeo Crennel

Russ Grimm

Chris Peterson
Boise coach, not getting a lot of run either because no one is interested or he isn't. A bit odd but i would listen.

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