It’s never too early to start talking about future head coaching candidates. The NFL world spins fast and pieces are always on the move. Case in point, two head coaches have already been fired this season with two more being in the “hot seat” conversation and ready to follow suit (will the loser leave town in this week’s Broncos-Raiders match-up?).

That means national media and insiders are already putting together lists displaying the top names expected to be available next offseason.

That includes The Athletic’s Mike Jones and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, who have compiled the up-and-coming coaches around the NFL that could be getting interviews for next year in their respective articles.

Surprisingly, none of those two lists includes Buffalo Bills‘ offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey.

My first reaction to this was “Well, maybe that’s because it’s his first year as an offensive coordinator and it takes more experience to be on the radar.” However, Pelissero’s article includes Bears OC Luke Getsy who’s also in his first year in such a position.

“Could Dorsey have been overlooked?” was the second thought that popped into my head. But The Athletic’s piece actually included Bills DC Leslie Frazier which rules that out for me.

Sure, Buffalo’s OC has been in his position only this season and he’s hit some bumps on the roads over the past few weeks. But I would’ve guessed he was already on some teams’ radars.

After all, he’s been an NFL assistant coach since 2013 (on top of spending six years in the league as a pro player). Dorsey has also been a huge part of developing Josh Allen for the Bills considering he’s been his QB coach since 2019. You could even argue that the second-year jump from Allen is due in big part thanks to him.

Dorsey is likely more worried about fixing the Bills’ running game and red zone offense than he is about appearing in an NFL’s who’s who this time of the year. But it was a surprise to see his name omitted twice in this conversation.

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