The head coaching situation in Buffalo is something to keep an eye on this offseason, if only because Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride appears in the mix of successors for the fired Dick Jauron.
And Gilbride said today that he'd have no trouble accepting the job if the Bills came calling in January. Gilbride said he enjoyed his two years there, from '02-'03, as the offensive coordinator.
"I'd certainly be interested," Gilbride said today. "I loved Buffalo and the people. You know, there's nothing much up there, so they're all crazy for the Bills. And I got along with (owner) Ralph Wilson great.
"Besides, we're northeast people. I'll go anywhere I have to, and we have, but we'd rather stay in the northeast whenever possible."
Gilbride, of course, coached the San Diego Chargers in 1997 and '98.
According to ESPN, the Bills have already contacted former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, and will also give interim head coach Perry Fewell a fair chance to win the job permanently over these last seven games. Shanahan would be an attractive choice because of his two Super Bowl titles, but with other coaching spots potentially opening in Washington, Carolina, Oakland, Cleveland, and Tampa Bay, just to name a few, he may not consider Buffalo as a prime landing spot.
So it's not inconceivable that Gilbride could get a call after the season or, if the Giants make the playoffs, the postseason week where assistants can be interviewed.
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