Buffalo Bills Reportedly Fire Head Coach Chan Gailey

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 7:  Head coach Chan Gailey of the Buffalo Bills looks at his play chart during a game against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter on October 7, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 45-3.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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After finishing the season 6-10, the Buffalo Bills have decided to make wholesale changes, firing head coach Chan Gailey after three seasons with the team, as the team announced Monday morning.

Chan Gailey has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Buffalo #Bills

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 31, 2012

Gailey was hired by the Bills to start the 2010 season after former head coach Dick Jauron was fired midway through the previous year and interim head coach Perry Fewell was not retained.

Buffalo went 10-22 in Gailey’s first two seasons with the team, and his results in 2012 were flat-out unacceptable.

The Bills were smart to fire the veteran coach now and try for a fresh start in 2013.


What It Means

For the Bills, the hunt for a new coach begins immediately, and Gailey's dismissal opens the door for a new regime to take over a young team full of talent.

On offense, the Bills have running back C.J. Spiller and wide receiver Stevie Johnson to build around. The defense is led by an improving D-line that features Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.

There are plenty of elite coaches looking for jobs across the NFL, and the allure of a team with the raw talent the Bills possess may be too much for a big-name coach to pass on.

As for Gailey, the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach was better suited for the college game and should return there after yet another failed attempt in the big leagues.

His lack of success in the NFL has become evident. He dropped the ball as coach of the Dallas Cowboys in the late 1990s, and he had an even worse return to the league with the Chiefs as offensive coordinator and most recently the Bills as head coach. It's clear by now that Gailey would have an easier time finding a job in the NCAA.

Despite Buffalo’s mediocrity, there are major college programs that would pay big money for a coach like Gailey. At least in college football, the veteran coach would have a chance to win.


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