A plurality of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll wants former Steelers coach Bill Cowher to take the reins of the Buffalo Bills. Cowher, however, has told the Buffalo Bills that he’s not interested in interviewing for the job at this time, ESPN reported.
Owner Ralph Wilson’s decision last week to fire Dick Jauron as head coach of the Bills sparked widespread speculation about who will be hired as the permanent replacement. Several former NFL coaches, as well as defensive coordinator Perry Fewell-who will finish the season as interim head coach-are being considered.
On Sunday, Fewell’s debut as interim head coach was ruined as a late drive by the Jacksonville Jaguars led to the Bills’ 18-15 loss. "It’s been an emotional week for all of us, and this was an emotional loss for us also," Fewell said. Four percent of readers say Fewell should be the Bills’ permanent coach.
Rounding out the Snap Poll’s top three are former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy with 17 percent and Mike Shanahan, former Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Raiders head coach, with 11 percent.
Respondents’ views were mixed on whether Wilson is likely to make the changes necessary to get the Bills to the playoffs.
Roughly 550 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Nov. 23.
Wilson has a history of not making the right decisions, so why would he start now at age 91? He got lucky when he hired Bill Polian, who put the Bills’ Super Bowl teams together. But then Wilson’s arrogance got the better of him and he fired Polian, who has gone on to build the Colts into perennial Super Bowl contenders. Morons hire morons, and unless we completely luck out, that’s what we’re in for again.
Too late for this season. Let’s build, learn and get ready for next season. If they only continue to keep the games close, the fans will respond. Get a good head coach and supporting staff, draft some talented players, and put together something new and innovative. Good luck, Bills.
All of the coaches in this referendum could do a good job at Buffalo, undoubtedly. Ralph Wilson will have to give up some control, as well as dollars, to both attract and keep any of these coaches. While I would like to see Bill Cowher take the job, I don’t want any ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach making another team more competitive than the Steelers!
-Hutch Hutchison, In T’Hutch Ltd.
Give a new face a chance. Tom Landry was an assistant coach with the New York Giants when he was tapped to build the Dallas Cowboys. That worked out pretty well!
-Phil Beckley, SPLASH Marketing
Although I am a lifelong Giants fan, these are my observations: This is not the time to experiment. Let’s go with a proven winner with the know-how and style to bring this dysfunctional organization to order. Watching millionaires not perform or get injured because they are not physically prepared to play is passe. I would suggest Mike Shanahan or Brian Billick. Everyone’s job is on the line. P.S.: Can we clone a Polian to command the rebuilding of the Bills?
-Dennis Kiriazides, Xerox retiree
Vince Lombardi couldn’t win with the team they have now. He needs to clear out the front office and find a GM who can recognize a football player when he sees one.
-Philip McLean, Bear Creek Communications
In Ralph Wilson’s 50-plus years as the owner of the Buffalo Bills, only once has he paid top dollar for a coach. That was Chuck Knox. Mr. Wilson would have to change an awful lot of things and give up an awful lot of control to turn the Bills around. I think we’ll have the $9 billion high-speed ferry, I mean rail, to Buffalo before Mr. Wilson can turn our Bills team around.
-Clifford Jacobson, WebHomeUSA.com
Only six coaches have won back-to-back Super Bowls; Mike Shanahan is one of them. He is a proven playoff coach, and Denver is not doing so well without him. Give him the keys, Ralph!
The only consistent success the Bills have had was in the years when Marv Levy was coach. During this period they also had a nearly perfect mix of players who were able to win and achieve success the majority of the time. I’d like to see Charlie Weis become coach because I’m a Notre Dame fan and I’d like to see him leave the university.
-Dave Belcher, LeRoy
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