According to ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills have contacted Mike Shanahan about their head coaching position, and are apparently arranging a meeting. This news comes a day after the Bills fired head coach Dick Jauron, and replaced him with Perry Fewell, who had been the team's defensive coordinator.
Schefter points out that the Bills will give Fewell every opportunity to erase the interim label and lead the Bills past the 2010 season. However, you'd have to think that if Shanahan wants the job, it's going to be hard for owner Ralph Wilson to turn down the two-time Super Bowl champion head coach.
The one concern is that Shanahan would likely want front office control, essentially also serving as the general manager as he did with the Denver Broncos. But as Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio points out, Wilson likely wouldn't let that hold a hiring back. The Bills are reportedly set for a complete overhaul organization-wide, and Shanahan proved to be an excellent decision-maker with his front office duties in Denver.
Even if Shanahan only served as the head coach, he's not going to want the roster to look too much like it currently stands in Buffalo. He'll likely be just fine with the Marshawn Lynch/Fred Jackson running back tandem for his offense, and always felt he could plug about any running back into his system and it would work wonders. Usually he was right. However, the quarterback position is a different story. Shanahan's always liked the big-armed, mobile quarterback that could make all the throws and extend the pocket. We saw those things with John Elway, Jay Cutler, and Jake Plummer. You won't see those things from Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick(who Fewell named the starting quarterback today). If he becomes the head coach, expect him to address the quarterback position early on in the Bills' draft or via trade.
With a career coaching record of 146-98 and two Super Bowl championships, Mike Shanahan might be just what Buffalo needs to turn their franchise around. But will it happen? That's very much up in the air, and it's possible Shanahan's not even interested in the job. Regardless, it will make for a very interesting story heading into the offseason.
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