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Bills have good options

Posted on: November 18, 2009 5:02 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2009 5:25 pm

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.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2009 11:35 am

Bills have good options

I agree that the front office is where the changes need to be made first.

The Baltimore Orioles, mentioned in the article for comparison, brought in excellent managers like Mike Hargrove but still ended up in last place because they were a train-wreck of an organization until Andy McPhail took over as GM under the conditions that owner Peter Angelos keep his disruptive, no-baseball-knowledge nose out of the decisions.

To Angelos' credit, he's kept his word and at least the Orioles now have minor leagues loaded with talent instead of having their long-time AAA affiliate at Rochester break with them.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 11:13 am

Diamond in the Rough

I think you stick with the New Guy. You fire the GM. I am from Wisc. and a Packer Fan..( duh ) but I have looked at the Bills like royalty. I think that settement can be shared across the country. Honestly, when the Bills were going to the the 4 SB's, it wasn't the Coked out Cowboys or Giants I wanted to see win, it was the Bills. They play in tough weather, have tough devoted fans. Bills Fans are deserving of so much more from there team, at least as much deserving as Browns Fans. That idiot GM clearly doesn't know football. The Bills had a very good offensive line last year, thats where you start.. Get  a GM that can draft lineman. Th old addage and the correct one is " No matter the talent of the QB, you give him time and they can pick you apart. Well now, the Bills have a shell shocked Edwards and 2 decent backups behind him. Start with the O-Line and look for a QB. Jake Locker is coming out this year, that would be my franchise QB to draft.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2009 2:16 am

Bills have good options

I think Buffalo can forget Cowher, Shanahan, Gruden or any of the other big names. Gilbride? No, not in Buffalo, he still wants to run the 4 wr and 5 wr sets, not good for Buffalos weather.

Marty is a great choice, would instill discipline, defense and a running game. Marty can get butts in the seats, and more wins than losses. Marty can do it without a legitimate QB too. However Marty will not win you a Superbowl. That ship sailed when the Chargers foolishly fired him. He was asked at the Hall of Fame inductions about coaching and indicated he was happy doing what hes doing. I love Marty but I think he is done.

If I were the Bills I would take a look at Russ Grimm, Rob Ryan, Leslie Frazier and Brian Shottenheimer. Both Grimm and Shottenheimer would bring in a disciplined running offense, vital to victory in cold Buffalo. Frazier and Ryan could bring much needed aggressivenes to the defense. A good combo would be Frazier HC, Shottenheimer assistant HC/Off Coordinator, Ryan Defensive Coordinator. At this point however to get Shottenheimer to come I think you have to offer him the head coaching job.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2009 11:07 pm

Bills have good options

I agree that Haslett, while being a good coach possibly, he's better off as a coordinator (like Wade Phillips or Cam Cameron).  I would like to see the Bills go after Shannahan, Cower, Holmgren or maybe even try and coax a coach like Marty Schottenheimer outta retirement to take the position.  We all know he can win in the regular season, just not in the postseason.  And to whoever said the Bills will be moving in a couple of years, it will never happen.  The Bills actually sell out most of their home games, are one of the original NFL franchises and have such a huge fan base in western New York that it'd be practically impossible to move them.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2009 9:30 pm

Bills have good options

I like the idea of a seasoned and respectable coach like Kevin Gilbride, but I'm not in love with Jim Haslett. Haslett is bright and seems to be an above-average motivator, but his New Orleans Saints were marked by a lack of discipline. Under Sean Payton they looked like that for a while too, but he difference is that he's straightened things out by making great personnel decisions and surrounding himself with good coordinators. I think all of that was a little too much for Haslett. He'd be a great coordinator, but as a head coach he'd just be okay.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2009 8:40 pm

Bills have good options

I want what you're smoking!  Are you serious?!?  Barely faster than a statue?  that's a low blow to the statue.  Clearly you have not seen a statue run.  I have and it is definitely faster than cement-footed Leftwich.  It could beat him by a foot though...

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2009 4:26 pm

Bills have good options

Another top notch opinion by a truly gifted sportswriter........This is the same Pete Prisco that predicted Brady Quinn would be the next Peyton Manning and Byron Leftwich was a better choice at QB for the Jags and Bucs, even though he is just a tiny bit faster than a statue. 

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2009 4:26 pm

Bills have good options

Shanahan can pretty much go wherever he wants after this season and I'm sorry Bills fans, but it won't be Buffalo.  The Bills have a better chance at winning the remainder of their games, then landing Shanahan. 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2009 3:17 pm

Bills have good options

The Bills need to clean house, and it's refreshing to see an owner committed to making any and all changes necessary. 

I agree with some of the other comments here that first and foremost, the Bills need a good strong GM.  A Holmgren, Wolf, Casserly, someone with a good master plan.  Then let that person, along with Wilson and some consultants, find the right head coach, not just the sexiest choice.  Cowher would be good, so would Shanahan, but there may be a good, qualified coordinator would would come cheaper.  Remember John Harbaugh?

Shanahan's name keeps coming up, but also in connection with the Notre Dame job.  Would he coach at a college? 

Al Davis and Randy Lerner need to pay attention to this situation.  If your team sucks, and you know it, nuke it and start fresh.  Don't be afraid to admit an error and go in another direction.

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2009 2:11 pm


Really Prisco?  Well, HECK, I'm sold then!  Forget Shanny or Cowher or any of these guys out there!

It's clear that Haslet has got the TUSKERS playing with the attitude it takes to make a title game in a 4 team league! He has overcome IMPOSSIBLE odds to take this team ALL THE WAY to the UFL title game!

PEOPLE! Do you KNOW what kind of road the Tuskers had had to travel to get there?   There are TWO OTHER TEAMS AT HOME right now because of Haslet's courage, will to win, and ability to unite the TUSKERS!

This should CERTAINLY inspire the good folks of Buffalo, knowing that this kind of championship coach is within reach!  BILL-IEVE!

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