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.
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.