Posts Tagged ‘Bill Polian’

Bill Polian Selected for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
A 2012 inductee into the Bills Wall of Fame, Bill Polian will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

A 2012 inductee into the Bills Wall of Fame, Bill Polian will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Six members of the Buffalo Bills’ Super Bowl teams from the early 1990s—quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas, wide receivers Andre Reed and James Lofton, defensive end Bruce Smith and coach Marv Levy—have all been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Later this year, they will be joined in Canton by the man who helped bring them all together.

Bill Polian, who was the Bills’ pro personnel director from 1984-85 and their general manager from 1986-92, will be one of eight members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, which was announced Saturday. He is one of the first two Hall of Famers, along with former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf, to be inducted through the Hall of Fame’s new category for contributors who did not play or coach the game.

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After Doug Marrone’s Disappearing Act, Pegulas Must Fix Identity of Buffalo Bills

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Terry and Kim Pegula hold the keys to the future of the Bills organization. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Terry and Kim Pegula hold the keys to the future of the Bills organization. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Josh Cornwall

New Year’s Eve was an eventful evening at One Bills Drive for the second time in three years, except this time the loss of a coach wasn’t exactly on the team’s terms. Doug Marrone opted out of his contract as Buffalo Bills head coach just two years in, forcing the team into another extended coaching search while kickstarting a whirlwind of information surrounding the Bills’ now-former head coach.

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Reports: Bill Polian Decides Not to Join Buffalo Bills Front Office

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Yesterday, we relayed a report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora that Bill Polian, the former general manager of the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills and a finalist of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015, would be joining the Bills as their new team president/”football czar” this offseason. That reported was refuted Thursday by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who confirmed that Polian, a current employee of ESPN, will not be taking a job in Buffalo.

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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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