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Billick surprised at Bills' lack of interest

Brian Billick was never contacted by the Buffalo Bills in their head coaching search, and the former Ravens coach is surprised by the lack of interest from Bills general manager Buddy Nix.

"Why he had not called a coach with a Super Bowl ring, 10 wins a year for nine years, having orchestrated the highest-scoring offense and defense in the history of the league, is a question worth asking," Billick told WGRZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Buffalo. "But I never spoke with Mr. Nix."

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The Bills recently hired Chan Gailey as their new head coach.

Last month, Yahoo Sports reported that Billick would be interviewed for the Bills' opening. Since being fired by the Ravens at the end of the 2007 season, Billick hasn't been interviewed for a head coaching job.

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According to WIVB-TV in Buffalo, the Bills' short list of candidates included: Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Arizona assistant head coach Russ Grimm, Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

Their "reach" list of candidates were: Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Mike Shanahan and Jim Harbaugh.

When WGRZ first contacted Billick, he didn't specifically answer whether he had spoken to Nix about the Bills' vacancy, saying the team made a "good choice" in Chan Gailey. According to their report, Billick called back 15 minutes later to clarify he hadn't talked to the Bills.

"I just wanted to make sure I was clear that [Nix] had not called," he said.

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