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Still no word on whether the Bills will hire Curtis Modkins as their offensive coordinator. Maybe Modkins is weighing other options. Two years ago around this time, Steve Fairchild hired Modkins as the offensive coordinator at Colorado State. Fairchild, who had been the Bills' offensive coordinator for Dick Jauron from 2006-07, was new to the Colorado State post and was hiring a number of assistants who had been fired from BCS programs. About a week later, Modkins took a job as running backs coach with the Chiefs, where Chan Gailey had taken over as OC.

I don't know much about Modkins. It's another uninspiring move, but not surprising. Gailey said  he would run the offense and call the plays. So Modkins will have the title of offensive coordinator without the usual responsibilties. It's safe to assume he won't be paid like the NFL's other coordinators, either. So  it looks like Ralph Wilson will be saving money on the position. Jason Garrett makes $3 million as the offensive coordinator in Dallas. That's about what Gailey will be paid to be the Bills' head coach.

I never bought the idea that Wilson would pay $10 million for a head coach. It would be nice if he threw some big money at other positions in his football department, but it's not likely. When the smoke clears, I'll bet if you add up the salaries of Gailey's coaching staff, the new pro personnel director, and any other hiring in scouting and personnel, it'll all add up to less than $10 million a year.

You don't have to pay big money to get results. But if Wilson was really willing to pay "whatever it takes" to get this team back into contention, there hasn't been any evidence to this point. How about an announcement that they're going to add a half dozen scouts to pull even with many other NFL teams?


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