Friday, January 2, 2015

RPT: New Bills coach to report directly to owner


The Pegulas made a strong move last fall in acquiring the Buffalo Bills franchise. Turns out, they're going to have a strong presence within it.

As the Bills search for their new head coach, owner Terry Pegula will conduct interviews with candidates alongside general manager Doug Whaley and president Russ Brandon, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News.

And when that decision is made, the "[next] Bills coach reports directly to Pegula." That's per Graham, who added that Kim Pegula will also sit in on coaching interviews.

Brian Galliford over at Buffalo Rumblings (SB Nation) sums it up pretty nicely:
"Earlier on Friday, Graham had reported that COO Jim Overdorf would be a part of the head coaching search, as he was when the team hired Doug Marrone, but he has since refuted that. Graham and John Wawrow of The Associated Press also reported that Whaley would be the point man in the search, with Brandon advising, but that was before it became apparent that the Pegulas would be directly involved," Galliford wrote.
"Which brings us back to Whaley, who remains the most intriguing figure in all of this craziness that has gone down over the last two days. One would think that if he's being allowed to hand-pick a Bills head coach, his job is probably pretty safe. But now, that may not be the case, and more curiously, whoever is the coach will have a direct line to the owner - the one who hired said coach, and not Whaley."
 Here's Graham's updated story on the coaching search and interview things.

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