The snub scale: Bills job doesn't rate

January, 17, 2010
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CBS Sports analyst Charley Casserly on Saturday reported the Buffalo Bills offered their head-coaching position to Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, but he turned them down.

The scoop was another big blow to a wounded organization's reputation.

Who wants this job?

The Bills have had two months to replace Dick Jauron. Two other clubs have fired coaches and replaced them within a week. It will be interesting to see if the Oakland Raiders fire Tom Cable and hire someone before the Bills announce Jauron's replacement.

Several have spurned the Bills' overtures. Below is a rejection rundown with a "snub scale" for how much Bills fans should be bothered by each rebuff. I'm not going to bother analyzing Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden or Mike Holmgren, all of whom have been approached in some manner by the Bills and turned down.

Confirmed interviews

Free-agent coach Mike Shanahan: Accepted head-coaching post with the Washington Redskins. Snub scale (out of 10): 1. The Redskins are a high-profile franchise that spends a lot of money. A no-brainer for Shanahan.

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier: Still alive in the playoffs, and we don't know how interested he is in the Bills. What if Frazier turns them down, too? Snub scale: Incomplete.

Bills interim coach Perry Fewell: Would rather take a defensive coordinator job with the New York Giants than wait for the possibility of a head coaching job. Snub scale: 3. If your dream is to be an NFL head coach, then you'd normally wait before accepting a lesser job, but Fewell saw the writing on the wall.

Reported offer

Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh: Would rather remain in the Pac-10 than be Bills head coach. Snub scale: 10. For wanting to remain with a second-tier college program rather than be head coach for Buffalo.

Declined interviews

New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer: Would rather remain a coordinator than run the Bills. Snub scale: 8. For preferring to have success as a supporting cast member than be a head coach, which he harbors dreams of doing.

San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera: Reportedly told the Bills and Seattle Seahawks he wasn't interested in interviewing for their jobs. We still haven't heard from Rivera on this like we've heard from Schottenheimer. Snub scale: If true, an Incomplete because he hasn't gone on record to say he definitely wouldn't interview when the Chargers are eliminated.

Former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis: Would rather be the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. John Murphy, sports director of Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB and the Bills' play-by-play radio voice, reported the Bills' interest in Weis. Snub scale: 9. For signing up to be an underling on a four-win club, but at least he's joining old friends he's comfortable with.

Might decline an interview

Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm: Buffalo News reporter Allen Wilson reported Grimm likely will turn down the Bills' request to interview. Snub scale: If Grimm follows through, a 10 for shunning one of the NFL's precious 32 roles he covets.

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