Buffalo Bills: Is This Chan Gailey's Last Season as Coach?
With four years of head coaching experience in the NFL, Gailey's teams are a combined 28-36. If you look at the two years with the Bills, his record is 10-22.
Most coaches in the NFL shouldn't stick around if they have a below average winning percentage. In the case of the Bills alone, Gailey's win percentage is .312.
If the Bills struggle again this season, the Bills should fire Chan Gailey for a few reasons.
Even if the Bills start out slow against those elite teams, during the second half of the season the Bills will face numerous, non-playoff teams from last season that include the Jaguars, Rams and Colts.
In the final seven games of the season, the Bills will only play one team that had a .500 record, the Jets. Every other team had a below .500 winning percentage in 2011.
If Gailey can't prepare his team to go at least 5-2 through that stretch, that's one reason to move on.
The other reason to fire Gailey is because the Bills have numerous star players on their roster. It may take the defense time to gel before they work their way to becoming a dynamic defense, but with all the talent on the roster, it will be hard not to succeed.
Should Chan Gailey coach the Bills next season if the don't make the playoffs in 2012?
Mario Williams and Mark Anderson will provide depth and skill in the pass rush while Stephon Gilmore and other top draft picks will be ready to help the Bills move forward.
The Bills offense improved last season to 14th overall in total yards and total points which was up from 25th and 28th respectively.
I would expect more improvement in these numbers if the Bills offensive players can stay healthy.
The Bills adjusted and upgraded their defense this year to see similar improvement on the defensive side of the ball as they noticed in the offense in 2011.
Finishing 26th and 30th overall in yards allowed and points allowed for the defense must improve. Gailey needs to focus on improving the defense for the Bills to advance toward the playoffs.
Gailey knows the offense can be sufficient but if he overlooks the defense, that can be the Bills greatest downfall, even with the star players they signed.
If the Bills don't show improvement this season and miss the playoffs, it's time for the Bills to move on from Chan Gailey. He would have had three years to coach the team and missing the playoffs for three more years is unacceptable.
Waiting any longer for a new coach could prove costly as this team is slowly being built into a solid contender.
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