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Buffalo Bills coach interview timeline taking shape

The first reported Bills coaching interview takes place today.

The Buffalo Bills fired Rex Ryan eight days ago, naming Anthony Lynn as the interim head coach. Lynn is a candidate for the permanent job and reports of five other candidates have emerged. With two reports from the last 24 hours, a rough timeline has fleshed out for the first round of interviews.

Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will interview Wednesday according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. McDermott made a name for himself as the Philadelphia Eagles coordinator before his time in Carolina. (Read more info on McDermott here.)

On the other end of the spectrum, Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin won’t meet with Bills general manager Doug Whaley until Saturday, per ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Goodwin is a former offensive line coach who has handled the offense for Bruce Arians, though Arians has called the plays. (More on Goodwin here.)

We do not know when presumed front-runner Lynn will interview or if he already has. The remaining candidates will likely slot into the days between McDermott and Goodwin. The exceptions are Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, who can’t interview until after his team’s Wild Card game this coming weekend. (More info on Richard.) The same holds true for Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (info).

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich (info) and other potential suitor Tom Coughlin (info) can interview at any time. If Buffalo decides to call rumored interest Teryl Austin (info), he would also need to be interviewed following his the Detroit Lions’ Wild Card game.