In the days after firing head coach Dick Jauron, the Buffalo Bills generated some electricity among their fans when reports linked them to the sexiest candidates on the market.
The reports, citing team and league sources, suggested the Bills were in hot pursuit of an elite coach. Former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan agreed to discuss the opening.
But in the span of a few days, three well-known coaches have indicated they're not interested in Buffalo.
A weekend report from Buffalo TV station WIVB stated the Bills contacted Jon Gruden and "went after him hard," but he spurned them. ESPN's John Clayton and the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reported the Bills had contacted Bill Cowher, who said he won't interview with anybody until the season is over.
On Tuesday afternoon, former Bills linebacker Marty Schottenheimer essentially took his name out of the running.
Schottenheimer, co-host of Sirius NFL Radio's "The Red Zone", discussed comments ESPN's Chris Mortensen made on the "Monday Night Football" pregame show. Mortensen said Schottenheimer could be a candidate for the Bills' vacancy.
"I think [the report] may have had something to do with a reunion of that 1965 Buffalo Bills team that we had," Schottenheimer said. "That’s probably a lot closer to the reality of it.
"I was a bit taken back. My wife looked at me kind of like, 'Hello?' And I said, 'I'm home!' It's flattering but there’s nothing there."
Alex Marvez, host of the "The Red Zone," asked if Schottenheimer had any interest in returning to the NFL as a general manager or a head coach.
"I’ve never really considered the general manager thing," Schottenheimer said, "other than some dialogue that I had with Clark Hunt [of the Kansas City Chiefs], and it was more of a discussion about the various roles and can a guy do both or can a guy go from the coaching side of it to the administrative or executive side of it, if you will. And certainly [Bill] Parcells has indicated that you could.
"But to be very candid with you I don't really think that I'm a candidate for any GM role, first of all, because I think it's a totally different animal. And Parcells may think otherwise, but it's not something that I would have an interest in.
"And from the coaching standpoint of it, you know, I'll be very candid with you and say it's nice to think that people would consider you, but the reality of it is is that after 30 great years, I'm really not going to go back down that road again."