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.