Wannstedt visits Bills in seeking defensive job

Former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt met with friend and former
colleague Chan Gailey on Thursday to see if the Buffalo Bills’
coach might have for a job for him.

The Bills did not provide details in announcing the meeting had
taken place Thursday.

Forced to resign by Pittsburgh last month, Wannstedt has an
extensive defensive background and would be a good fit for a Bills
defense that had difficulty stopping the run and allowed 30 or more
points nine times.

Wannstedt is familiar with Gailey, who completed his first year
as the Bills’ coach. When Wannstedt became coach of the Miami
Dolphins in 2000, he hired Gailey as his offensive coordinator.
Gailey spent two seasons with the Dolphins before moving on to
coach at Georgia.

What’s unclear is what position Wannstedt would be offered in
Buffalo.

The Bills currently have one opening, at inside linebacker,
after DeMontie Cross was fired last week.

Despite Buffalo’s defensive struggles, coordinator George
Edwards is expected to keep his job after completing his first
season. Edwards took the job less than a month after he was hired
to be the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

The Bills defense was last in the NFL against the run, allowing
2,714 yards rushing – the second highest total in franchise
history. Buffalo allowed 200 yards eight times last season.

Wannstedt was ousted after six years at Pittsburgh, and
following a 7-5 season in which the Panthers were picked to win the
Big East. He declined the option to finish the season with the
team, and was not on the sideline for Pitt’s 27-10 win over
Kentucky in the Compass Bowl last weekend.

Wannstedt spent four-plus seasons coaching the Dolphins and six
seasons as coach of the Chicago Bears in the 1990s.