The Buffalo Bills have officially interviewed three candidates for their open head coaching job and will speak with at least one more this weekend. It’s not like the Bills are the only opening, though, so today we will recap where their targets are interviewing elsewhere.
Next up for the Bills is Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard (info). The Seahawks won their Wild Card contest, so the interview must take place in Seattle and Richard can’t be hired until after his team’s season is over. Buffalo is the only team interviewing Richard to this point.
Buffalo’s first interview was Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (info). The interview took place on Wednesday and since then, McDermott has lined up meetings with the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.
Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn (info) formally interviewed for the full-time job on Thursday. Lynn has the support of many current Bills players and still is seemingly the leader in the clubhouse for the Bills job. He sits down with the Los Angeles Rams today as he is interviewing with every other open NFL head coaching job.
On Saturday, Buffalo met with Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin (info). Like the remainder of the candidates, Goodwin has other interviews scheduled with NFL teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Rams.
The Bills still have Frank Reich (info) on their radar but it’s unclear when or even if they will interview the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator. Nothing has been reported beyond an interest and Buffalo would need to request permission for the interview.
We haven’t heard anything about Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph in almost a week. Like Richard, he would have to be interviewed in Miami after the Dolphins’ Wild Card game which takes place Sunday. The Denver Broncos have Joseph on their radar in addition to the Chargers and 49ers.
Finally, we know two names that won’t be on the list. John Wawrow of the Associated Press said on Saturday it was “very unlikely” the Bills would interview former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. The same can be said for former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who can’t take a job until the New England Patriots season is over.