Shanahan to meet with Bills next week

According to a report by, former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan will meet with the Bills next week to discuss possibly coaching in Buffalo in 2010.

Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher also is high on the Bills’ list of candidates, but at the moment, they are focused on Shanahan, who guided the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl championships in the late 1990s but was fired after last season.
There’s also strong speculation that the Redskins are pursuing Shanahan to replace Jim Zorn as their coach after the season. However, according to the source close to the Bills, Shanahan is intrigued by the “low-maintenance” situation he would have in Buffalo as opposed to Washington.

The Bills, the source said, are willing to offer whatever salary is necessary to land a high-end candidate such as Shanahan and would give him total control of the football operation, something Wilson has generally been opposed to doing in the past. Adding to the job’s attractiveness, according to the source, is the fact the team is in solid financial shape and not burdened by any dead salary-cap money.
“This is his (Wilson’s) last coach and (he) is going to do everything it takes to get it right,” the source said of the 91-year-old owner.

Shanahan would absolutely be the right choice for the Bills. They need someone to start over from scratch and blow up the roster and Shanahan has experience putting teams and coaching staffs together.

If the Bills hire another hotshot coordinator, they’ll likely need a new head coach again in 2-3 years. They need someone that can demolish the roster and start fresh. It may take a year or two before the Bills are competitive again, but Shanahan would eventually get them on the right track.

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