There’s no shock in thinking that the Bills are going to be in the market for a coach this offseason, as they have already been looking at Mike Shanahan, but it looks like he’ll be going to the Redskins from all reports. Today it appears there’s another high profile name on the Bills list – former Ravens coach Brian Billick. Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole reports that Billick will be on the Bills short list come Monday.
Brian Billick, who guided the Baltimore Ravens to the title in the 2000 season, is expected to interview for the Buffalo Bills job next week, according to three sources. Billick, who is working as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports, couched his answer when asked about the Bills vacancy Saturday.
“I have not had any contact with the Bills so far,” Billick said.
The Bills were contacted by Yahoo! Sports but did not respond prior to publication.
The Bills are expected to let interim coach Perry Fewell go after the season. Fewell replaced Dick Jauron earlier this season and was the defensive coordinator for the Bills under Jauron from 2006 until this season.
This week, the Bills hired 70-year-old Buddy Nix to be the general manager of the team and – with the hopes of winning sooner rather than rebuilding – appear to be leaning toward hiring someone with previous head-coaching experience. The team has already approached Shanahan, Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher about the job, but has been rebuffed so far.
Billick was fired by the Ravens on New Year’s Eve two years ago, and has been keeping in the public eye ever since with doing work in the media for NFL Network as well as Fox TV.
There are also reports that Ron Rivera, who is the defensive guru in San Diego, will get an interview from the Bills once Monday hits.