Newly minted Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix wouldn't divulge any names Thursday, when he spoke of putting together a list of candidates to consider for the club's head-coaching vacancy.
But two days later, a name has emerged.
Paul Hamilton of Buffalo sports radio station WGR 550 reports the Bills will ask the Chargers for permission to speak with defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. The NFL allows assistants from playoff teams to interview for jobs only during a bye week, which the Chargers have secured.
Rivera's and Nix's paths crossed with the Chargers in 2007. Nix was in his last season as director of player personnel and assistant general manager when the Chargers interviewed Rivera to be their head coach. They went with Norv Turner instead, but Rivera agreed to come aboard as linebackers coach.
Rivera won a Super Bowl as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears. He began his coaching career as the Bears' linebackers coach and eventually became their defensive coordinator.
There has been talk about Rivera's interview satisfying the Rooney Rule, which mandates a minority candidate be considered. But Nix on Thursday stated the Bills formally will interview interim coach Perry Fewell, who is black.