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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Bills president Tom Donahoe has at least one more candidate to interview for Buffalo's vacancy after spending most of Tuesday with former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel.

Donahoe he had an interview scheduled for Wednesday, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said. Berchtold would not identify the candidate or provide details of Donahoe's meeting with Fassel.

Fassel is the sixth candidate the Bills have interviewed in the last week since not rehiring Gregg Williams, who completed the third and final year of his contract.

Fassel is considered one of the leading contenders for the job because of his seven years with the Giants and his offensive expertise. Buffalo is coming off a discouraging 6-10 season in which its Drew Bledsoe-led offense finished among the worst in the NFL.

Fassel, fired last month by the Giants, who fell to 4-12, flew home to New Jersey after the meeting. He described it "as a good day" in a brief interview with Buffalo's WGRZ-TV.

But Fassel declined to say whether the Bills had made him an offer, adding he hoped to have a better idea of where he stood by this weekend.

Buffalo was the last stop on Fassel's immediate itinerary. He previously interviewed with the Arizona Cardinals officials and Washington Redskins.

Fassel finished with a 60-56-1 with the Giants, and led New York to the playoffs three times, including in 2000 when the team won the NFC title. The Giants unraveled this season partly because of injuries and finished with a 4-12 record. At Fassel's request, the team announced his firing Dec. 16, with an agreement that he coach the last two games.

Buffalo is now one of six teams seeking new coaches after the Giants hired former Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin to replace Fassel on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Bills interviewed former Chicago Bears coach Dick Jauron and their own defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, whose unit finished among the NFL's best this past season.

Last week, Donahoe met with Patriots coaches, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, and Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. Under NFL rules, the Bills are barred from resuming talks with those three coaches until their teams complete the postseason.

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I get the feeling Fassel will indeed be a Bill tomorrow.

Vibes don't feel right for the Skins on this one.

I don't think we will end up with Green either, but that decision was probably easier for both sides to come to after the interview process.

Green can be abrasive and self-absorbed and Snyder evidently dislikes people that project the same qualities he has :laugh:

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If we dont land Fassel I hope we go after the DC from the NE Pats and get a good OC. If he can do anything even close to what they did with the injuries in NE he could bring our defense back in the top ten(with additions to DL). With a good D and no more 15 step drops our offens would post decent numbers.

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