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Lovie Smith already generating buzz as Bills' next coach

By Tim Graham

LovieSmithAPThere's no mourning period when it comes to coaching vacancies.

Mere hours after the Buffalo Bills fired Chan Gailey, the vacancy was said to be coveted by Lovie Smith, himself fired by the Chicago Bears this morning.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported tonight Smith is most interested in pursuing Bills and Arizona Cardinals openings.

Before that report, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah predicted Smith -- almost in a mock draft spirit -- forecasted the coaches who would fill the NFL's seven Black Sunday vacancies. Jeremiah guessed Smith would be Buffalo's next coach.

Jeremiah wrote:

"The Bills spent all that money on defense during the offseason, but the unit proved highly disappointing, ranking 22nd in total defense and 26th in scoring D. Smith can get the most out of those pricey defensive pieces. Ideally, you'd pair Smith with a strong offensive coordinator to get more consistency on that side of the ball as well."

If the Bills have mutual interest, then they could close the deal with Smith sooner than other candidates. The NFL requires clubs to interview at least one minority candidate under the Rooney Rule. The Bills would need to interview only one person if they wanted to hire Smith.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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