Another wrinkle in the "we need CowherHolmgrenGruden" wail of disappointed Bills fans is competition for top notch coaches with other franchises. I've already talked about why Cowher specifically probably would take 2 or 3 different jobs before he would consider the Bills, but the larger point is that there are likely to be A LOT of opportunities out there next year better set up than the Bills.
Adam Schefter in Steinberg's piece puts it better than I can:
"Well, a lot of people say, 'Oh, Redskins, Dan Snyder, Vinny Cerrato, undesirable' and I would take the flip side of that," Schefter said. "I would tell you that we are headed toward an uncapped year. What's MORE desirable than the Redskins situation, where Dan Snyder is going to spend whatever it takes in a market where there are no limitations on what one owner can spend?"Good point Adam. Bills got T.O. for (relatively) short money and unloaded their other big free agent prize (Peters) after one year. Terrence McGee is the only other Bill besides Evans and Peters to make more than $2 million last year (!).
Brings up 2 points: (1) guys like Snyder and Jones (hell, even Al Davis) are more likely to spend big on players (Oakland and Dallas were 1-2 in NFL payrolls last year) and (2) they're also the guys likely to make big lavish coaching hires next year.
Who was the last big name coach the Bills hired? Keep thinking. You won't think of one.