INDIANAPOLIS — Buffalo’s cold-weather reputation apparently froze any chance the Bills had at hiring Mike Shanahan.
Shanahan, now the Redskins’ coach, chose not to pursue the Bills’ head-coaching job after interviewing with the team in November. He said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he gave the Buffalo job “some consideration,” and he praised the Bills for being “an excellent organization and very well-run,” but there was one significant reason for him choosing to look elsewhere.
“If I went to Buffalo to live there, from my family perspective, I would be the only one that would go,” Shanahan said, jokingly. “My wife and kids wouldn’t go.”
Shanahan clarified that it was strictly the Buffalo weather that turned off his family, but he then sighed, “In Washington, we had 40 inches (of snow) in a few days.”
– Jason Feller