When the Bills went through the process of hiring a head coach in 2014, they decided the best way to go about it was to cast a very wide net to see what they could find. It was a long, drawn-out search that included about a dozen official interviews.
This time around, the net should be much smaller.
In an interview with WGR’s Sal Capaccio, Bills owner Kim Pegula said that the team will probably look at about half as many candidates as they did during the coaching search that ended with the now-fired Rex Ryan.
Just spoke with Bills co-owner Kim Pegula who told me she expects team to interview 5-6 HC candidates as opposed to the 12 or so 2 years ago— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) January 2, 2017
While no interviews have been conducted yet (as far as we know), the team has officially requested to speak to three coaches: Vance Joseph of the Dolphins, Sean McDermott of the Panthers, and Harold Goodwin of the Cardinals. The team is also expected to interview Eagles offensive coordinator (and former Bills quarterback) Frank Reich. Of course, interim head coach Anthony Lynn is still the front runner, even if he’s not a “lock”.
That’s five candidates right there. The Bills have also been connected to Teryl Austin of the Lions and Kris Richard of the Seahawks. If Mrs. Pegula is to be believed, there might not be any more names to add to the list.