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Extensive Coaching Search Leads To Jauron

AP Photo - Dick Jauron Press Conference Tomorrow? There is a report now that says the Bills are tentatively scheduling a press conference for 2:30pm tomorrow. There has been no official word from the Bills about a press conference at this time. The one thing that appears almost certain is that Dick Jauron will be announced as the new head coach sometime tomorrow.

Jauron To Be Next Coach: ESPN and AP are now also reporting that Dick Jauron has been offered the job and is prepared to be accept it. No official word yet but as we reported earlier he was seen at the Airport arriving in Buffalo this afternoon. What do you think of the hiring? Take our poll on the homepage. Team sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen said that contract details need to be worked out but the Bills should announced the move on Monday. It appears that Levy won a battle with Wilson. As we reported yesterday, Levy favored hiring Jauron who Levy knew from his broadcasting duties with the Bears. Wilson favored the impressive resume of Mike Sherman.

It Looks Like Jauron: WGR radio is reporting that Dick Jauron and his family arrived at the Buffalo Airport at 3pm today and said he's glad to be in Buffalo. The radio station contacted Mike Sherman at his home late Sunday afternoon but he had no comment. The Bills have yet to make an official announcement or schedule a press conference. They are expected to introduce their new head coach either tomorrow or Tuesday.

Mularkey Joins Dolphins: Former Bills coach Mike Mularkey will face his former team twice each year. He decided to take an offer from Nick Saban to become the Dolphins Offensive Coordinator.

Coach Decision Very Soon: According to all reports the Bills have finished their extensive search for a new coach and will pick from one of the six candidates very soon. Reports say they want someone with previous head coaching experience. That would narrow the list to four names. It has always been believed that Dick Jauron and Mike Sherman on the front runners. A rift in the organization about which of the two men to hire may be holding things up but expect a new coach by Monday or Tuesday at the latest so they can go to the Senior Bowl, which is a good place to start assembling their staff.

Saturday January 21, 2006

Saban Wants Mularkey: The Bills may have to deal with Mike Mularkey twice a year if Dolphins coach Nick Saban has his way. Saban wants to hire Mularkey to be his offensive coordinator. The two met yesterday and Saban came away knowing Mularkey was his choice. Mularkey however wasn't sure what he wants to do and is back in Buffalo weighing his options. He also has been offered the QB coaching job in Atlanta. That is a step down from coordinator and pays far less money. He is expected to make a decision tonight.

Levy, Wilson Split? WGR radio is reporting that Marv Levy and Ralph Wilson are split on who the next head coach should be. Sources told the station Levy wants Dick Jauron while Wilson wants Mike Sherman. This would make sense since Jauron worked in Chicago where Levy lives and use to have Bears broadcasting assignments. Sherman also may want more control being a former GM at that may cause conflict with Levy.

Friday January 20, 2006

Caldwell Interviews: Marv Levy and Ralph Wilson wrapped up a whirlwind week of interviews with two meetings on Friday. As we reported earlier, the Bills approached the Colts about speaking with Jim Caldwell. The team confirmed that they met this afternoon. This comes on the heels of meeting with Dom Capers in the morning. Originally it was reported that the Bills would meet with Caldwell tomorrow but they is pressure to get the search wrapped up quickly. One report says this is the last candidate to be interviewed before a decision is made.

Caldwell Could Be Last Interview: Dom Capers officially became the fifth candidate to interview for the Bills head coaching job today. AP is reporting that a source with direct knowledge of the search process told them Indianapolis assistant head coach Jim Caldwell will become the final candidate to interview for the job tomorrow. The source also said the team is expected to make a decision by Tuesday and a coach with previous head coaching experience at any level is a priority. If that's the case, James Lofton and Bobby April will not get the job. Neither the Bills or Colts have commented on if Caldwell will interview for the job or if the Bills have seeked permission to talk to him. Caldwell was a candidate for the Vikings head coaching job. He was an assistant with Tampa Bay before joining the Colts. He has 24 years coaching experience on the college level including eight years as the head coach of Wake Forest. He filled in as head coach when Tony Dungy left the team briefly this past season because of the death of his son. He is also the Colts' QB coach and has been credited with helping the development of Peyton Manning.

Mularkey Opportunities: Mike Mularkey is looking to land a job in the league a week afer resigning as head coach of the Bills. He interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons for their vacant QB coach job. He is in Miami today where he will interview for the vacant offensive coordinator spot with the Dolphins.

Thursday January 19, 2006

Capers To Interview: ESPN is reporting that the Bills will interview recently fired Texans head coach Dom Capers for the head coaching job on Friday. Ralph Wilson promised an exhaustive search and it may be wrapping up after the Capers interview. The report says the Bills may make a decision by the weekend.

Sherman Impressive? ESPN is also reporting that a source close to the Bills head coaching search says that Mike Sherman "knocked the socks off" of Bills officials in his interview on Wednesday and he may now be the front runner for the job.

Bills Allocate Players To Europe: After officially signing 12 free agents the Bills have allocated seven of them to NFL Europe including two quarterbacks. Going to Europe are: Craig Ochs, Tory Woodbury, Rob Lee, LaWaylon Brown, Fred Jackson, Faafetai Tupa'i, and Nicholas Setta.

Bills Sign 12 Free Agents: Today the Bills officially announced the signing of 12 street free agents. 10 of the 12 we have already reported the past two weeks. The other two are Safety Rob Lee and RB Fred Jackson. Lee was on the Bills practice squad last year. Front Office Page

Rivera To Interview? WGR radio is reporting that their are rumors that the Bills have asked the Bears permission to interview to speak with their defensive coordinator Ron Rivera about the head coaching job. Rivera is one of the "hot" assistants this off season. If the Bills do setup an interview with him it means that the job may not be filled this week as some have expected.

Lofton Interviews: The Bills confirmed that James Lofton is in town today to interview for the head coaching job. He fulfills the minority candidate interview that each team must do under the Rooney Rule. He is the fourth candidate to interview for the job with Dick Jauron and Mike Sherman listed as the front runners. Lofton is the wide receivers coach for the Chargers and may be a head coaching candidate someday but he is a little green for the job now and it would be a major surprise if he got the job.

Interview Today; Decision Likely Soon: The Bills are expected to interview an undisclosed candidate for the head coaching job today. A club spokesman told the Rochester D&C that there will be someone in town today. It is believed this will be a minority candidate since the club is required by the "Rooney Rule" to interview one. One report says that candidate may be James Lofton. The team wants to have a new coach by the weekend so they can take part in the Senior Bowl activities next week and start assembling a staff.

Jauron The Favorite? The job appears to be between Dick Jauron and Mike Sherman, both candidates interviewed this week. Sources told the Rochester D&C that Jauron appears to be the front runner. Sherman may want too much power. He was the GM and head coach for four years and sources say he was asking how much control he would get. The Bills are in the drivers seat since neither candidate appears to be in the running for the only other open head coaching job available. This may bring a coach at a slightly reduced cost.

Jobs Filling Up Quickly: Head coaching jobs are filling up quickly leaving the Bills with a few options for their open job. The Lions are going to hire Tampa Bay defensive line coach Rod Marinelli for their open job. Jim Haslett was a finalist, this may open him up to interview for the Bills job. The Rams are set to hire Miami offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Neither of these guys was on the Bills radar screen. With the Texans a lock to hire Gary Kubiak as their head coach that leaves just the Bills and the Raiders with openings. Oakland doesn't seem to be looking at any of the Bills top candidates that include Dick Jauron and Mike Sherman.

Wednesday January 18, 2006

Bills Confirm Sherman Interview: The Bills confirmed that Mike Sherman interviewed for the head coaching job today just like they confirmed Dick Jauron interviewed yesterday. As has been the case with the interviews the team did not comment. These two are definitely considered by most reports to be the front runners for the job.

April Formal Interview: Reports have said the Bills interviewed Bobby April last week. A new report from a New Orleans newspaper says that last week's interview was just an informal conversation and they promised a formal interview at a later date. That interview according to the report is scheduled for later this week, perhaps as early as tomorrow. April is considered a long shot to get the head coaching job since his only pro coaching experience comes as a special teams coach. The only noted special teams coach that made the jump to head coach was Bill Cowher. April is nearly a lock however, to stay as special teams coach when the new coach takes over, that is expected to be part of any deal.

Sherman To Interview Today: All reports say that Mike Sherman is in town to interview for the head coaching job today. He will be the third candidate interviewed after Bobby April and Dick Jauron. Still no word on if an interview will be setup with Jim Haslett. He's a finalist for the Lions job. Take our new poll on who the coach should be on our homepage!

Tuesday January 17, 2006

Scratch Off Payton: Sean Payton will not be coming to Buffalo for an interview. He has accepted the head coaching job with the Saints. That is good news for fans of the Bills getting Mike Sherman. He was considered a finalist for that job. In the ever changing coaching carousel we are constantly updating our poll on who you think should be the head coach. Check back often and vote on each new poll!

Jauron Interview Finished: The Bills did announce that they did sit down and interview Dick Jauron for the head coaching job as we reported earlier. The team did not have any comments about the interview.

Jauron Interview Today: Several reports say that Marv Levy and Ralph Wilson will sit down and interview Dick Jauron today. He will be the second candidate to interview for the job, Bobby April had his interview last week. Jauron was a candidate for the Bills head job when Mike Mularkey was hired. He was the interim head coach of the Lions this year and coached the Chicago Bears for five years including a 13-3 record in 2001. In other coaching carousel news, Mike Sherman is scheduled to interview for the job tomorrow. Ted Cottrell has discussed the position with Levy but no interview has been set up.

Sherman, Jauron To Interview: WGRZ is reporting that the Bills will interview Mike Sherman and Dick Jauron this week for the open head coaching job. Sherman has interviewed for the Saints and Jets job and is considered the front runner in New Orleans but quickly agreed to an interview with the Bills according to the TV station. There is no confirmation whether or not the Bills have contacted Jauron but NFL Network says he will be in Buffalo in the next couple of days.

Gray Out: AP is reporting that Jerry Gray has been told by Marv Levy that he is not being considered for the open head coaching job and will not be interviewed. Gray takes that as a sign that he will be let go as defensive coordinator although he is still technically a member of the Bills. He has been given permission to seek a job with other teams.

Monday January 16, 2006

Bills Add Two: The Bills added two more street free agents late last week. OG Jason Thomas and DL Mark Word signed what are being called reserve-future contracts. Both deals are for two years and gives the Bills 10 new names for the depth chart since the season has ended. Thomas played two years in Baltimore before being released by the Dolphins before the start of the 2005 season. Word was last with the Raiders but he was released this past June. He had 12 sacks in two seasons with Cleveland in 2002 and 2003.

Front Office Page Launched: Despite being delayed a week by all the breaking news, Bills Daily has launched the 2006 version of our exclusive front office page. This page already has all the comings and goings at One Bills Drive so far this off season and will be updated as moves are made. We also list all contract details that are available on some of the newest Bills. We will be launching our 2006 salary cap page later in the week. Front Office Page

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