The Bills have the first man on their offensive coordinator list. It’s a man Sean McDermott knows well.
Ken Dorsey reportedly talked to the Bills on Wednesday about becoming the new offensive boss.
A Bills source confirmed to News 8 Sports Director Thad Brown that Dorsey was on the Bills list, but was unsure if the interview had already occurred.
Dorsey and Bills head coach Sean McDermott worked together the last four seasons in Carolina where Dorsey has been the quarterbacks coach.
Prior to that Dorsey was a Panthers scout for two seasons.
Greg Olson was supposed to interview for the Bills vacant offensive coordinator opening on Thursday.
Instead, he’s reportedly going to Los Angeles to coach the Rams quarterbacks.
The initial report came from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but has since been corroborated in multiple places.
Former Jaguars OC Greg Olson, a favorite to become Bills OC, now is planning to become the Los Angeles Rams QB coach, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2017
Vic Carucci from the Buffalo News tweeted that Olson preferred L.A. for family reasons.
The Bills could also be waiting for additional interviews with coaches who are involved with this weekend’s conference championship games.
Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll has previous offensive coordinator experience. He ran the offenses in Cleveland (2009-10), Miami (2011) and Kansas City (2012).
The Packers have two possibilities, both who have owned the Bills OC title before.
Tom Clements is the associate head coach in Green Bay for offense and has previously held the title of offensive coordinator. He’s been with the Packers since 2006 after he was fired by the Bills following two seasons as the Buffalo coordinator.
Alex Van Pelt is another intriguing candidate. He was the Bills coordinator under Dick Jauron in 2009. Van Pelt went to Tampa Bay for the next two seasons and then to Green. He’s currently the Packers quarterback coach.
Hearing the Bills may be inclined to pursue Alex Van Pelt for their OC opening pending outcome of Packers season. Has ties to them— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 18, 2017
The Jaguars, Rams and Jets are all also searching for an offensive coordinator. If the Bills are waiting for a candidate to come free after being eliminated Sunday, there will be competition.
The Bills did announce the hiring of a running backs coach on Wednesday, naming Kelly Skipper.
Skipper has been in the NFL since 2007. He coach Raider running backs for six years before spending the last two in Jacksonville.
His pro resume is unimpressive, but Skipper coached long time NFL backs Lorenzo Neal, Michael Pittman and DeShaun Foster in college.