Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Schottenheimer latest to shun Bills
Do the Buffalo Bills have the worst head-coaching job in the entire NFL?
It's difficult to argue otherwise when they keep getting turned down for interviews.
Most of the A-list candidates gave Buffalo the Heisman stiff arm a long time ago. Now, top assistants who've never been head coaches before are saying "No, thanks."
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, after receiving permission from his employer to interview, will not speak with the Bills this week or in the event the Jets are knocked out of the playoffs.
Scottenheimer told me over the weekend how happy he was with the Jets, saying he still wanted to be a head coach ""at some point down the line, but I won't be disappointed if I'm here the next five or six years."
The San Diego Union-Tribune on Monday reported Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera turned down opportunities to interview with the Bills and Seattle Seahawks last week.
Since general manager Buddy Nix was hired, the Bills have interviewed interim coach Perry Fewell and Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
But one top assistant has agreed to an interview. Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm told the Associated Press he would talk to the Bills, but probably not until the Cardinals' postseason is over.