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Who Will Be the Buffalo Bills’ Next Head Coach? 15 Possibilities

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Former Bills quarterback and current Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich is considered to be among the top candidates for the team's head coaching vacancy. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Former Bills quarterback and current Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich is considered to be among the top candidates for the team’s head coaching vacancy. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Although the Buffalo Bills won nine games in 2014 for the first time since 2004, big changes are coming to the team in 2015. Monday’s retirement by Kyle Orton means the Bills will have consider all options, including 15 quarterbacks identified by Buffalo Bills Draft this week, to find their quarterback for the 2015 season. They will also have a new head coach, as Doug Marrone opted out of his contract with the team, after just two years in Buffalo, on New Year’s Eve.

It’s not completely clear yet who will be leading the upcoming coaching search. Bill Polian is reportedly set to be the Bills’ new team president, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, but that reportedly might not be announced until late January due to Polian’s current commitments with ESPN. With Polian coming in, it’s unknown whether general manager Doug Whaley and current team president Russ Brandon will be retained.

Regardless, one would think new owner Terry Pegula and the Bills have a plan in place—after all, they had to know Marrone’s opt-out was a possibility—to immediately initiate their search for a new coach.

Who could that new coach be? Let’s take a look at some of the names that could possibilities.

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Doug Marrone Opts Out as Buffalo Bills Head Coach, Bill Polian Reportedly in as Team President

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
After two years as Bills head coach, Doug Marrone has opted out of his contract with the team. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

After two years as Bills head coach, Doug Marrone has opted out of his contract with the team. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As the Buffalo Bills turn the page to 2015, they’ll be doing so with a new head coach. After two seasons with the team, Bills coach Doug Marrone has exercised his option to opt out of his contract with the Bills, immediately making him a free agent to pursue other coaching opportunities, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: 2014 Season-in-Review

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Mario Williams was one of the NFL's best defensive ends once again in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams was one of the NFL’s best defensive ends once again in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills put an exclamation point on their first winning season since 2004 with a 17-9 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in Week 17. The big win not only raised the Bills record to 9-7, but it snapped what had been a 15-game losing streak for Buffalo while playing on the road against New England.

A majority of the Patriots’ best players were on the sidelines by the second half of the game, which can be expected for a playoff team in the last week of the season. With that in mind, we look past the Bills’ season finale and back at the entire 2014 season for this week’s team grades.

As if you weren’t already aware, the defense was able to create havoc all year and really anchored this team, which led to excellent grades for many of its players. On the other side of the ball, the offense as a whole struggled most of the season, even though some players were able to finish up with good overall marks.

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Who Will Be the Buffalo Bills’ Quarterback in 2015? 15 Possibilities

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Jay Cutler is among the quarterbacks being discussed as potential 2015 options for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

Jay Cutler is among the quarterbacks being discussed as potential 2015 options for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills missed the playoffs for a 15th consecutive season in 2014, but they might not have if they had better quarterback play. Amid key players hitting free agency and rumors of front office changes, there remains no bigger question heading into the Bills’ 2015 season than that of who will be their quarterback next year, especially after Monday’s news that incumbent starting quarterback Kyle Orton is retiring from the NFL.

Buffalo and its fans have to be realistic—the Bills probably aren’t going to find their long-term answer at the quarterback position in 2015. With no first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, the Bills aren’t in good position to land their next Jim Kelly.

That said, the good news for the Bills is that even a slight, temporary upgrade under center might be enough for the team to make a playoff run next year. Having just completed their first winning season since 2004 by beating the New England Patriots in an ugly win Sunday, the Bills had enough talent to make the postseason this year, just not enough execution, particularly from the quarterback position, where Orton and EJ Manuel both struggled this year.

Manuel was the Bills’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft, but he has been a big disappointment and started just four games before being benched in 2014. With that in mind, the Bills have to consider all options at the quarterback position for 2015, and each of the following 15 players could be possibilities.

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Kyle Orton Retiring After One Year as Buffalo Bills Quarterback

Monday, December 29th, 2014
After one season as Buffalo Bills quarterback and 10 NFL seasons total, Kyle Orton is retiring from the league. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

After one season as Buffalo Bills quarterback and 10 NFL seasons total, Kyle Orton is retiring from the league. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you were distressed over the possibility of Kyle Orton being the Buffalo Bills quarterback once again in 2015, those fears can now be put to rest. The 10-year NFL veteran announced his decision to retire from the league Monday.

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