Bills owner: 'Whole operation' will be revamped
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson is prepared to revamp his entire football operation after the season and warned that no position is safe.
"I tell you, we have a lot of work to do," Wilson told The Associated Press on Thursday in his first interview since firing coach Dick 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."
When asked if that includes the possibility of hiring a general manager with a football background, Wilson reiterated that every position will be reviewed.
The Bills (3-6) play at Jacksonville on Sunday and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a 10th straight year. Jauron was dismissed Tuesday and replaced by defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who will serve as interim coach the rest of the season.
Though Fewell is a candidate for next season, Wilson said he's open to making a lucrative offer to land a high-profile coach.
"It's not about money, it's about winning," Wilson said by phone from his home in suburban Detroit. "If it was about money, we wouldn't have brought in and paid for somebody we know was a great player."
Wilson was referring to the signing of receiver Terrell Owens to a one-year $6.5 million contract in March after he was cut by Dallas.
"Anybody that says I'm cheap is looking down the wrong side of the street," Wilson said.
Wilson discounted reports that the team is interested in interviewing Mike Shanahan, the former Denver Broncos coach.
"I don't know anything about him," he said.
Later in the day, the Bills issued a statement downplaying speculation regarding their coaching search, saying the team is focused on the final seven games of the season and "the efforts of coach Fewell, the coaching staff and our players."
"We understand there will be much speculation regarding the head-coaching position, but we will not comment during the process until a new head coach has been announced."