Buffalo Bills interested in Whisenhunt for coaching job
Buffalo Bills CEO/President Brandon Russ is viewing Ken Whisenhunt as the top candidate for the coaching job, according to sources. The Buffalo Bills went on the market for a coach after relieving Chan Gailey off his duties on Monday. Chan Gailey served the Buffalo Bills for only two seasons.
The Buffalo Bills will reportedly fly off to Arizona on Wednesday to interview Ken Whisenhunt for the job, and an additional candidate on his former coaching staff. The Buffalo Bills are reportedly just one of the teams who requested permission from the Arizona Cardinals to interview defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who wasn’t fired on Monday.
Syracuse university coach Doug Marrone is reportedly also being considered for the Buffalo Bills coaching job.
During six seasons with Ken Whisenhunt, the Arizona Cardinals went 45-51 and were 4-2 in the postseason. In the last 28 years, the Arizona Cardinals made two of three playoffs runs under Ken Whisenhunt.
Before coaching the Arizona Cardinals, Ken Whisenhunt spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Current Buffalo Bills Assistant general manager (and GM in waiting) Doug Whaley was also pro scouting coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers during that period. Ken Whisenhunt had a three year stint coaching tight ends before being promoted to offensive coordinator.
The 50-year old Ken Whisenhunt will provide the Buffalo Bills with their second consecutive coach with an offensive background, which will likely force the team into hiring a good defensive coordinator in that scenario. The Buffalo Bills burnt a hole in their pockets bringing in defensive ends Mark Anderson and Mario Williams. They also invested first-round picks in signing defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Despite their efforts, the Buffalo Bills haven’t seen the anticipated results on that side of the ball.
Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator and Ken Whisenhunt’s former assistant head coach Russ Grimm may also be part of the interview process in the Buffalo Bills’ search for a new head coach on Wednesday.