Buffalo Bills to Meet with Chip Kelly and Mike McCoy and Other AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IJanuary 3, 2013

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks looks on as his team warms up before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills have wasted no time adding some of the finest available head coaches to their list of candidates in the job search to replace Chan Gailey.

Add Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to the list.

Kelly, 49, is in Arizona getting ready to coach the Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles are also interested in his services.

Kelly's unique uptempo style of offense has started to make its way into the NFL, and as that style of offense has grown more popular, the demand for Kelly's services has risen. Oregon's offense ranked second in scoring this season. Bills fans clamoring for more carries for running back C.J. Spiller will be happy to know his offense has ranked in the top six in the nation in rushing each of his four years at Oregon.

McCoy, 40, has earned a reputation as a brilliant offensive mind. He has been the Broncos offensive coordinator since 2009 and has helped the Broncos rank second in points and fourth in yards this season. John Wawrow of The Associated Press reported the scheduled interview.

The list already includes the likes of former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, former Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm, Bears head coach Lovie Smith and others.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault lists the Patriots five biggest needs for the 2013 NFL Draft.

According to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com, there's "cautious optimism" that Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich could be ready to play for the team's first playoff game.


New York Jets

There's a bit of a battle going on between the Jets front office and the media. The Jets have yet to hold an end-of-season press conference.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York is none too happy. He says the Jets are committing "one last delay-of-game penalty" in failing to address the media within the seven-day limit of the regular season.

Meanwhile, B/R Jets featured columnist RC Cos thinks the Jets beat writers are being immature in their handling of the situation.


Buffalo Bills

Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 SportsRadio asks the question everyone's wondering the answer to: Who is Doug Whaley, and is he the next in line as the Bills general manager?

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio writes that the appointing of Russ Brandon as new team president breeds some cautious optimism for the future of the franchise.


Miami Dolphins

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald takes on the role of general manager and lines out his plan for the offseason.

According to Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin wants to see his defense create more turnovers in 2013. The Dolphins finished 28th in the NFL with 16 turnovers in 2012.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.


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