Bills' GM Pokes Fun at Raiders
"Trust me, it's a good job," Nix said of the Bills' coaching gig at news conference to announce the man who now holds that job, Chan Gailey. "Don't ever think you can't fill coaching jobs, even if they're bad. Oakland gets a lot of calls. Don't say I said that."
We won't, Buddy. It's just between us.
The Bills, however, have had a hard time during this coaching search, which has produced a number of high-profile candidates -- many of whom reportedly wanted nothing to do with Buffalo or even an interview with the team for that matter.
According to numerous reports, the Bills courted former Super Bowl-winning head coaches Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan, who eventually signed on to be the coach of the Washington Redskins. In fact, money to rent a billboard was financed by a group of Bills fans, who tried to convince the team's owner, Ralph Wilson, to hire Cowher at any cost.
New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Shottenheimer -- whose team currently is preparing for the AFC Championship Game -- reportedly turned down an interview request by the Bills, while another coordinator whose team is still alive, the Minnesota Vikings' Leslie Frazier, was not chosen for undisclosed reasons.
Gailey has not had a job in the NFL since he was fired as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator at the beginning of the season. He has spent 15 of his 35 years as a coach in the league.
Buffalo, which is coming off its fifth straight losing season, finished 6-10 in 2009, when Dick Jauron was fired midseason and replaced by newly-minted New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on an interim basis.
The Bills barely had a better record than the once-prominent Oakland Raiders, who finished the campaign at 5-11. Apparently, that was enough of an advantage for Nix to poke fun at their organization.
(Or that's the rumor anyway.)