Bills on the hunt for new coach

After new Buffalo Bills General Manager Marv Levy disqualified the idea of returning to coaching, he kicked his head coaching search in full gear. The Bills contacted a few coaches on Saturday for interviews.

Sean Payton, the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, was contacted by the Bills and received permission to setup an interview however no date has been scheduled. Payton joined the Cowboys staff in 2003 under head coach Bill Parcells. In his first year as offensive coordinator , Payton helped lead the New York Giants to the Super Bowl. He is regarded as one of the NFL's bright young offensive coaches.

Jim Haslett, former head coach for the New Orleans Saints, has been contacted by the Bills and will setup an interview within the next few days. Haslett is rumored to be the favorite and has been credited with taking the Saints to the playoffs for only the third time in team history.

Dick Jauron, most notably a former head coach of the Chicago Bears, will interview with the Bills today. Jauron led the Bears to a 13-3 record in 2001. He was also a favorite as head coach in 2004 before Mike Mularkey was hired. Jauron served as the Detroit Lions' interim head coach this season.

Mike Sherman, former Green Bay Packers head coach, will interview with the Bills on Wednesday. Sherman is considered to be heavily favored by the New Orleans Saints.

Ted Cotrell has also been speaking to Bills General Manager Marv Levy and an interview could be setup within the next week.

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