Inside The Bills

Schottenheimer getting more play

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2010 – 5:16 pm

Former San Diego head coach Marty Schottenheimer continues to get more and more play concerning the Bills head coaching vacancy.

Most of it is rooted in the fact that Schottenheimer and Bills GM Buddy Nix share a close relationship. They spend leisure time together golfing and there’s an inherent trust there. I’ve been a proponent that Schottenheimer would be just what the Bills need, a disciplinarian that preaches the kind of football that would be successful in a climate like Buffalo.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter appears to be on board as well.

I think Schottenheimer would be a great fit in Buffalo, and the fact that the Bills hired Buddy Nix as GM increases the chances that Schottenheimer would get a long look there. Schottenheimer and Nix worked together in San Diego and are close. Nix also worked with Cam Cameron in San Diego, and he’s another name that should not be dismissed. No one knows exactly what direction Buffalo is going to go, but there aren’t many coaches that would fare any better for the Bills than Marty Schottenheimer.

Schottenheimer however, told the Associated Press late Monday afternoon that he has not had any contact with anyone from the Bills organization, though he did admit he left a congratulatory voice mail for Nix on his phone. When asked by the AP if he could see himself as the next head coach of the Bills his answer was “not likely.”

That doesn’t mean no, but with Schottenheimer not tied to a team where the Bills would have to ask permission to speak with him you would think he would’ve been contacted already and possibly even interviewed knowing the Bills have to use the next two weeks to interview any candidates on their list that are currently coaching for playoff teams.


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