Ralph Wilson To Revamp the Buffalo Bills: Could Mike Shanahan Lead the Charge?
About a day after the firing of coach Dick Jauron, numerous reports surfaced that Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will meet with former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan regarding the spot now held by defensive coordinator/interim head coach Perry Fewell.
This is the first major move coming out of Buffalo all season, and certainly will not be the last.
"I tell you, we have a lot of work to do," Wilson told the Associated Press Thursday in his first interview since he fired Jauron this week. "We've got to revamp and take a look at the whole operation, and that's what we're going to do."
Also on Buffalo's wish list is former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher.
Personally, I believe Shanahan would be a great fit for Buffalo. He knows the game, has won two Super Bowls, and doesn't accept losing. Shanahan is also a great offensive coach, something Buffalo has desperately tried to develop the past few seasons.
Something must have really hit Wilson. He has waited 50-plus years for a championship, and it is questionable how much longer he, let alone the fans, will wait. In addition to the head coaching vacancy, I expect further moves in the managing and operations department. Russ Brandon can market the team well, as we have seen after the Terrell Owens signing, but the time to win is now.
In the remaining seven games, no one is safe. These games will serve as a job interview for the future coach of the Bills, who will need the fire to inspire a winning drive in the team.
The quarterback position has recently been given to Ryan Fitzpatrick for this weekend, after signing Brian Brohm, a second-year player from Green Bay's practice squad. Each week, the chances of Buffalo taking a quarterback in the upcoming draft are rising higher and higher.
I am interested to see how wideouts James Hardy and Steve Johnson play in the upcoming weeks. Neither have had an opportunity to showcase their skill-sets, and with the notion that Owens most likely will not be in a Bills uniform next season, they need to perform.
These upcoming weeks will be exciting for Buffalo fans. No Jauron and no permanent head coach means that Buffalo might be playing with more intensity and more creativity. With each player fighting for his spot on the roster, Bills football should be fun to watch!
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