Bills confirm talks with Cowher

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Owner Ralph Wilson told the AP he has spoken with legendary Steelers coach...

Bill Cowher is officially on the Buffalo BIlls coaching radar. The rumors have substance. Wilson confirmed that he has been in contact with the long-time Steelers coach to the Associated Press. Last week, ESPN reported that the two sides had "stealth" discussions."

Yet still, Wilson was guarded in saying whether Cowher was interested in the job.

"I don't know," Wilson said. "You'd have to ask him."

Wilson is the first person to publicly state the two sides have been in contact. Cowher has declined to discuss his coaching future on his CBS pregame show. Wilson did not get into specifics with the AP, though said that "we don't want to rush into hiring a coach just to be hiring somebody quick...We don't want to hire a coach with a splashy name."

It was presumed that Cowher was waiting for more head-coaching jobs to open up. Instead, the Bills and Seattle Seahawks are the only teams with vacancies. With Seattle expected to hire Pete Carroll, Buffalo is it. If Cowher aims a 2010 return, he may consider the Bills. A glut of new coaches last offseason and the possibility of an uncapped year in the future have both contributed to the lack of firings this offseason.

To Wilson, it doesn't matter if the coach is offensive- or defensive-oriented. He said that he's looking for a coach that wants to be a part of the Buffalo community, "a guy with a lot of passion."

Without question, Cowher is the most winningest coach on the market. He went 149-90-1 as Pittsburgh's head coach, winning the Super Bowl in 2005. During his tenure, the Steelers won eight division titles.

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and interim coach Perry Fewell have also been interviewed by the Bills.

Check out our series of articles breaking down the top candidates:

---Tyler Dunne believes that Brian Schottenheimer's run-first approach would fit well in Buffalo.

--- Ian Smith says Buffalo should go after offensive guru Brian Billick.

--- And Spencer Timkey argues the Bills must go all-out for Cowher.

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