All eyes appear to be on Buffalo. Profootballtalk.com is now reporting that Brian Billick is 'assembling' a coaching staff, perhaps in anticipation of interviewing with the Bills.
'Black Monday' has been a busy day for Buffalo beat-writers. The day started off with the Bills firing their entire coaching staff, persumably in anticipation of Bill Cowher coming on board. Then, reports came out that Cowher would prefer to defer one more season to get whatever he considers his dream job. Next, reports indicated fired interim head coach Perry Fewell would be invited to interview for, well, his old job.
Billick's name has surfaced lately in connection to several college coaching gigs. Now he's assembling a name of assistant coaches. While this may appear premature, it would behoove him to have a game plan laid out prior to talking to any team on any level. Buffalo could, indeed, be his next stop.
The question is, however, is he the right fit? Billick has gained his coaching reputation as the former head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, leading them to a Super Bowl title on the strength of perhaps the best defense of the 2000s. The one thing he doesn't have is a reputation for building an offense.
In the AFC North, Billick discovered his team didn't need that much of an offense as long as his defense was strong. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland never possessed stable offensive tools that could consistently overcome the high powered Ravens' defenses of the past. As long as the defense held tight, the Ravens were always in the discussion to win that division.
In Buffalo, can Billick attract the Ray Lewises and Rod Woodsons of the NFL? If he could, would that be enough to hang in a division that includes the Patriots and the strong defense of Rex Ryan's Jets? Can he do it without the men that built that Ravens defense, namely Marvin Lewis and Rex Ryan?
The problem is, Billick could only succeed in Buffalo if he surrounds himself with strong coordinators to go with him. He needs to hit the mark on both sides of the ball. Charlie Weis perhaps? The Bengals' Mike Zimmer?
With that criteria in mind, almost anyone could coach the Bills. I could coach them and look good if I had two great coordinators. Billick, on his own strength, doesn't bring enough to the table to justify a high-dollar contract that he'd no doubt want.
The Bills may be better off passing on Billick.