This is Part Four in an ongoing series profiling candidates for the Buffalo Bills head coaching position.
Most of the candidates the Buffalo Bills have officially spoken to have been defensive-minded. However, the next candidate on the list is Arizona Cardinals’ assistant head coach, run-game coordinator, and offensive line coach, Russ Grimm.
Grimm is a winner. He was a member of the Washington Redskins offensive line nicknamed the “Hogs,” was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaching staff when they won the Super Bowl in 2005, and then went to the Cardinals with Ken Whisenhunt and helped put an offensive line together to get the Cardinals to the 2008 Super Bowl.
He brings a toughness that truly only a lineman can bring to the game of football. He knows how to put together a running game to make a really good offense.
However, that’s primarily his focus. The offensive line and the run game. He has no experience calling plays or evaluating players outside of the offensive line and possibly running backs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.
He’s a tough motivator who demands respect. He teaches his players well. That’s very important with a head coach. If the Bills could work with him to get experienced offensive and defensive coordinators, he won’t have to call plays. Instead, he would be able to concentrate on motivation and keeping the players in line.
The Buffalo Bills could certainly use that kind of mentality. They’ve been sorely lacking in the motivation and toughness department for a long time. Russ Grimm would go a long way towards re-establishing a tough mindset for the team.