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Bills interview former Packers coach Sherman

1/18/2006 - Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike
Sherman interviewed Wednesday with the Buffalo Bills, bringing the
team a step closer to hiring its new head coach.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold confirmed Sherman met with the
team at its headquarters, but wouldn't provide details.

Sherman was the third candidate, and second with NFL
head-coaching experience, to interview for the job to replace Mike
Mularkey. Detroit Lions interim coach Dick Jauron, who previously
spent five years as head coach of the Chicago Bears, interviewed
with the Bills on Tuesday.

Jauron and Sherman are considered the front-runners, providing
team owner Ralph Wilson and new general manager Marv Levy a clear
choice of whether to go with an offensive- or defensive-minded
coach. Jauron, a former Pro Bowl defensive back, is a defensive
specialist while Sherman has solely coached offense.

Sherman wasn't available for comment.

The team also interviewed Bills special teams coordinator Bobby
April.

No other interviews are known to be scheduled, but the Bills
haven't interviewed a minority candidate, a requirement under NFL
rules.

Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who is black, told
The Associated Press on Wednesday he hasn't been contacted by the
Bills. Cottrell was initially considered a candidate because of his
ties to the team. He twice coached under Levy as an assistant in
Buffalo, and served as defensive coordinator from 1998-2000.

Sherman had a 57-39 record in six seasons with the Packers
before he was fired following a 4-12 finish this season -- the only
year he had a losing record. Sherman also had a 2-4 playoff record,
leading the Packers to the postseason in four consecutive years,
2001-04.

Sherman also served as Packers general manager before being
stripped of that title a year ago.