According to published reports, the Bills will hire Dave Wannstedt to be their assistant head coach. If so, it's a good move. Wannstedt is one of the best defensive minds in the business, and it can only help to have another veteran coach working with a defense that struggled mightily a year ago.
Wannstedt was a college head coach at Pittsburgh last year after a long career in the NFL. He was head coach with the Bears and Dolphins. He was the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys when they beat the Bills in the two Super Bowls. George Edwards is the Bills' coordinator, but I have to assume Wannstedt will oversee the defense while working with the linebackers. That's a great thing, too, because the Bills desperately need someone to coach up their young and unproven linebacking corps.
Having coached for six years in the Big East, Wannstedt has seen many of the top players in college, too. So he'll be another voice at the draft, which is another critical one at One Bills Drive.
According to Fox Sports, this makes ex-Bills head coach Dick Jauron the frontrunner for the vacant defensive coordinator's job in Cleveland. Jauron is believed to be up against former Arizona defensive coordinator Billy Davis. Jauron worked with Browns president Mike Holmgren in Green Bay. Jauron is also a candidate for Philadelphia's vacant defensive coordinator's job, but Fox Sports says he could accept the Cleveland job as early as today.
Maybe Donte Whitner, an unrestricted free agent who is almost certain to play elsewhere next season, will consider signing with the Browns to play for the man who was his first head coach in Buffalo. Here's what Whitner told me about Jauron before the start of the season:
"You could never question Jauron's character," Whitner said. "He was a really nice guy. He looked out for everybody. He would never throw anybody under the bus. But I guess when you're that nice a person, you can't be a head football coach sometimes. You're probably better off as a position coach or a coordinator."