You never know what random thoughts might go through my mind…
I’ve started working on our comparison of Hall of Fame finalists – that post is coming in the next couple of weeks – and this thought came to mind. Does Russ Grimm have a better chance of making the Hall of Fame or of getting the Bills head coaching job?
Grimm is a Hall of Fame finalist once again. He’s been eligible for the Hall for 14 years, and the fact that he still gets finalist consideration means that he’s not a lost cause. In fact, at this point Grimm is the most likely enshrinee from the Redskins’ old Hogs offensive line that keyed the franchise’s success in the 1980s. Plus, with only two offensive linemen as finalists this year (Grimm and Steelers C Dermontti Dawson), his path may be just a tick easier this year.
Meanwhile, Grimm is also a head-coaching candidate. He spent many years on Bill Cowher’s Steelers staffs before moving with Ken Whisenhunt to Arizona after being passed over as Cowher’s replacement. Grimm has been a candidate in the past, and he seems to be getting pretty strong consideration in Buffalo. In fact, the question right now appears to be whether Grimm wants to interview with the Bills. He seems skeptical, but knowing what Whisenhunt has done with a previously moribund franchise in Arizona should encourage Grimm that Buffalo isn’t a hopeless situation.
With these two possibilities – the Bills job and the Hall of Fame – January could be a very interesting month for Grimm, even with his Cardinals team knocked out of the playoffs.