Now that the Bills have hired Buddy Nix as their new general manager, something we reported on earlier here at the National Football Post, the obvious next step is to hire a head coach.
Yes, we can speculate all we want about Nix and the Bills’ decision to hire from within the organization — which, if anything, was melodramatic — but moving on and finding the next coach is a monumental step for a franchise that has a great fan base but is stuck in a terrible stage of mediocrity.
Names. There are plenty when it comes to the coaching rumor mill and Buffalo. Owner Ralph Wilson first reached out to Mike Shanahan, who politely took his name out of the hat and will most likely land in Washington with Dan Snyder. Then it was Bill Cowher over the weekend, another power coach who’s been linked to just about every team with a question mark on the sidelines.
But are there any “real” candidates?
At the NFP, we’ve heard that Wilson is looking to go the offensive route, with names like Charlie Weis (who would come cheaply thanks to his Notre Dame money), former Ravens coach Brian Billick and former Rams head coach and Lions and Niners offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
Big names, for sure, but names that would come into town and take control of a team — and, more important, an offense -- that needs some work.
There’s no answer at the quarterback position right now in Buffalo. None. Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and yes, Brian Brohm aren’t going to win the Bills an AFC East title any time soon.
Terrell Owens, the big name who actually came to Buffalo last season, was a bust as a product of this system. And a defense that has Tampa 2 personnel will have to be changed with a new coaching staff. Nix, and whoever is the new coach, will have a lot of decisions to make, starting with free agency and then the draft, because this Bills team will have to be built from the ground up once again.
Yes, hiring Nix as GM is a first step, and an “average” move based on the people I’ve talked to. But there is still so much more to do along the shores of Lake Erie before this team can compete with and beat New England.
Because to win the East, the Buffalo Bills are going to have to build a team that can beat Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
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