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Chan Gailey?

Posted on: January 19, 2010 10:22 am
Edited on: January 19, 2010 10:23 am

 Chan Gailey?

Really, Buffalo?
Chan Gailey?

The Buffalo Bills, rebuffed by several coaches in their quest to fill their head-coaching position, will announce today that Gailey will be their new coach. He and his 18-16 record as head coach for two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys will come to upstate New York.

Why Gailey? The Bills wanted an offensive-minded coach and they wanted one who would take his docile place in their pecking order in the front office.

So now the duo in charge of turning the Bills around are a 70-year-old they talked out of retirement in general manager Buddy Nix and a coach in Gailey who is best known for creating "Slash" in Pittsburgh years ago.

Gailey is a nice man, one of the nicest coaches in fact. And he came with a strong recommendation from former Steelers coach Bill Cowher. But is that enough to earn one of the 32 jobs in the NFL?

I still say former Bills player Jim Haslett was the right man for the job. If you take out Haslett's 2005 season as coach of the Saints -- he was 3-13 in the Katrina year when the team didn't have a home -- he was 42-38 and won a division title. He was 2-10 as the interim coach with the Rams in 2008, a job he didn't even want to take.

Yet when he let it known he was interested in the Bills job, he didn't even get a sniff.

Sorry, Bills. Haslett was a better choice than Gailey. And he wanted to live in the Buffalo area. He loved it when he played there. He's a blue-collar guy from Pittsburgh, the kind Bills fans could identify with.

But Haslett can be forceful. He can rock the boat.

Gailey won't.

That had to play into why he was selected.

Gailey is considered an offensive wizard, but unless the Bills land a franchise quarterback it won't matter.

They've been chasing that position since Jim Kelly retired. Think about the parade of passers they've brought through Orchard Park. Guys like Rob Johnson. Doug Flutie, J.P. Losman. On and on it goes.

Fix that position, and the coach might have a chance.

If not, Gailey's tenure might be as short as the one he had in Dallas.


Category: NFL

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2010 1:22 pm


You don't know anything about the Buffalo Bills, the NFL, coaching, Chan Gailey, Jim Haslett, building a football organization, or winning.  Shut up.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2010 12:40 pm

Chan Gailey?


For the first time ever I am in agreement with you about this "Gailey Situation".  Not sure if I agree with the Haslett part but Gailey isn't the right man for the needs of the Bills right now, if ever.  With all the big name talk over the past month Bills fans have been getting pumped for some real change.  The i get the news yesterday about Gailey?!  I'd love to be proven wrong but I feel like this is the most ridiculous move we've made in a while (Worse than having Jauron coach in 2009).  It is the same story though for us Bills fans everywhere.  We try to see the upside but it never works out.  As for a QB, WE NEED ONE BAAAAAD!  It will be interesting to see what we do in the draft and offseason.  I'd love to see a QB come in but the most logical is Tebow in the draft.  With the offense being rebuilt logically the Bills could build one around Tebow's ability.

What really shocked me was when Nix said:  "I don't care what the fans think".  I know what he meant but to make that statement publically there's going to be some ill feelings toward him for the comments.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2010 11:50 am

Chan Gailey?

Just because Gailey is an offensive-minded head coach, that won't necessarily transfer into a points machine for the Buffalo Bills.

Brian Billick was the Vikings OC in 98 when they scored all those points yet he never had a point scoring machine in Baltimore. The Ravens were always defense first.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2010 10:58 am

Chan Gailey?

I couldn't agree more with your statement. I think that you have to get a franchise Qb before you want to do anything in the NFL(see all playoff teams still in it). I think though that If I were a Bills fan, I'd be pretty disappointed too. Facts are that they couldn't get anyone who everyone thought they shoulda got to even come there for an interview. They shoulda waited for Fraiser. This team is one of the few Nfl teams that are not doing well $$$$ and need whatever spark they can get to get them going. Just their division alone is enough to say that they will never contend for a playoff spot w/o a Qb. they coulda had Vick and they didn't want him cause he wasn;t better than Edwards?This is why teams like this will always lose!!

Since: Jun 10, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2010 9:59 am

Chan Gailey?

Oh and by the way, I said I was shocked because every other coach turned this position down. Kind of scary.

Since: Jun 10, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2010 9:48 am

Chan Gailey?

So not only does this guy no nothing about football, but now geography becomes a problem. Buffalo is in western New York. Look, as a long time Bills fan this moves does kind of shock me, but what the hell. How could it possibly get any worse. I think its smart to bring an offensive-minded coach but the problem is there is no QB or offensive line....and I'm sorry but Tim Tebow will not be the answer. I believe how Gailey utilized slash....why not take a shot on Vick?

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2010 8:02 am

Chan Gailey?

As a Miami fan I hate this hire because I do think Chan is a really good coach. He has a great offensive mind. He does great things with less talent. Even Jerry Jones said he should have never fired him, that he rushed that decision. The AFC East is tough all 4 teams are very close. The Jets got better wuick, so did Miami, NE leveled off and now Buf will be right there. I project the 2 wild cards will come out of the East for the next few years. Similar to the 90's when there were 3 wild card teams and almost every year 2 and sometimes all 3 wild cards came out of the AFC East.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2010 10:47 pm

Chan Gailey?

Frazier can't get a head job next year because then there would be noone to give a phony interview to to accommodate the
Rooney rule.  The best thing for the future of this team is to get a GM that will get the personnel needed to win.
TO was a marketing ploy, but there is some young talent to work with.  Get some O line help in the draft and you have some capable
backs in Jackson and Lynch.  Then maybe the struggling defense won't have to spend 60% of the time on the field.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2010 10:43 pm

Chan Gailey?

No - you are dead on.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2010 10:19 pm

Chan Gailey?

They DON'T play in the same state Eve.

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