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


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.