Billick to Bills talk picking up steam

There's a buzz in the NFL community the Buffalo Bills could be on the verge of executing a quick search and hiring a new head coach this week.

Even though general manager Buddy Nix indicated the process hadn't begun when he took over Thursday, some insiders predict an announcement is imminent based on Monday's move to fire the entire coaching staff to clear the way.

Brian Billick could be the guy.

Yahoo! Sports columnist Jason Cole reported over the weekend Billick, the former Baltimore Ravens coach, would interview this week.

Paul Hamilton, reporter for Buffalo sports radio station WGR, cites a league source who has informed him Billick has been assembling a staff for Buffalo.

As far as anybody knows, the Bills haven't formally interviewed anyone since they met with former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on Nov. 23.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday the Bills had held a "stealth meeting" with former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher before Nix was hired, but ESPN's Adam Schefter followed up Monday with a report Cowher probably won't coach in 2010.

Nix said he would interview interim head coach Perry Fewell on Monday. Hamilton wrote on his blog the Bills would seek permission to interview San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.