Who should the Buffalo Bills hire to replace Dick Jauron?
Mike Shanahan? Jim Haslett? Kevin Gilbride?
They can't miss with any of them. I mean it.
Most of you will say Shanahan is a slam-dunk choice. He has the rings. He's done amazing things on offense, and we know the Bills need help there in the worst way. But he will cost a pretty penny. We're talking in the $7 or $8 million a year range. Bills owner Ralph Wilson didn't pay a coach over $1 million until Jauron.
Haslett and Gilbride would come a lot cheaper.
Both can do the job.
I've known both for a long time, and they are good football coaches. Haslett excels at coaching defense, while Gilbride excels on offense.
Both have been head coaches and both deserve another chance. Haslett is a former Bills player who would bring an enthusiasm and emotion to a team that needs it. The players will love him. He didn't get a fair shake in New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina) or St. Louis and his Florida Tuskers team is in the title game of the UFL.
Gilbride is an underrated offensive coach who didn't do a good job as head coach in San Diego, but he's learned a lot in recent years running Tom Coughlin's offense with the New York Giants. He was the offensive coordinator for the Bills in 2002 and 2003. The Bills had success in 2002 with Drew Bledsoe at quarterback, but then the team let Bledsoe's weapons leave and he struggled the next season.
Any of the three would be a good choice for the Bills.