Six early names to watch for Bills' new offensive coordinator

Several have ties to both Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane

Sal Capaccio
January 12, 2018 - 9:07 pm

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Now that the Buffalo Bills have fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, here are are six early possible candidates to replace him, in no particular order:

Mike Shula

Fired by the Carolina Panthers from the same position last week, Shula worked with Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane in Carolina. Shula was Cam Newton’s quarterback coach his first two years in the NFL, then became offensive coordinator in 2013.  

Ken Dorsey 

Dorsey also worked with McDermott and Beane in Carolina, first as a pro scout in 2011-2012, then as the quarterback coach from 2013 until he was dismissed with Shula last week.

Rob Chudzinski

Also in Carolina in 2012-13, “Chud” was the Panthers’ offensive coordinator for those two seasons, then became the Cleveland Browns head coach. He was fired after one year and a 4-12 campaign. He joined the Indianapolis Colts as an associate head coach and has been their offensive coordinator for the last three seasons. He is currently still in that role, but many believe the Colts will make a change once they hire their new head coach. The Bills could ask permission to interview him before that happens, as well.

Mike McCoy

Plenty of reports last January suggested McCoy was McDermott’s first choice as offensive coordinator, but he elected to take the same position with the Denver Broncos. He was fired after 10 games. McCoy spent nine years as an assistant in the Panthers organization before becoming offensive coordinator for the Broncos from 2009-2012. He was then the head coach of the Chargers for four years before being fired and going back to Denver.

John DeFilippo

The current quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, DeFilippo is widely credited with having a major hand in developing Carson Wentz over his first two years. His contract is reportedly up after this season, as well, so the Eagles could not block him from interviewing for any position with another team. DeFilippo does have NFL coordinator experience. He was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland on Mike Pettine’s staff in 2014.

Brian Daboll

The current offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, it would be surprising if Daboll decided to leave Tuscaloosa for an NFL coordinator position. He reportedly makes $1.2 million per year, and that doesn’t include a six-figure bonus for winning the national title last week. However, he is a WNY native, graduating from St. Francis High School, still owns a home in the area, and his kids still live here. He’s been an offensive coordinator in the NFL for the Browns, Dolphins, and Chiefs, and has had two stints working for Bill Belichick and the Patriots as an assistant for a total of eleven years.

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