Buffalo Bills Would Be Crazy to Let Chan Gailey Even Finish out 2012 Season

Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 25, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 1:  Chan Gailey, coach of the Buffalo Bills paces the sidelines during a game with the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Head coach Chan Gailey has failed the Buffalo Bills organization and should not even be given the opportunity to finish the 2012 season on the sidelines.

Gailey has wasted three years of Buffalo's time, finishing 4-12 in 2010 and 6-10 in 2011.

This season was supposed to be different.

The Bills opened up the piggy bank in order to sign DE Mario Williams to a $100 million contract. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offensive depth chart became loaded with playmakers, and the AFC East was weaker than it's been in years.

So, after starting the season 4-7, why continue to entertain Gailey's failings and allow him to act as if he has control of the team? Gailey may be a competent coordinator, but he has proven that he cannot handle the load as a head coach.

Players do not respond to Gailey. There is a lack of energy and emotion to many of Buffalo's contests, as if going through the motions is accepted.

Buffalo has allowed 21 points or more on eight different occasions and 35 or more points five different times.

The Bills are rarely competitive, and they are playing nowhere near the talent level on their roster would dictate. They have skill all over the roster, yet they rank 23rd in passing, 31st in rush defense and 18th in pass defense.

It is apparent that the team needs to move on from and forget about the Gailey era as soon as possible. So why drag the charade out until the end of the season? There is not going to be a player backlash once Gailey is let go, and it would allow the organization to signal a clear dedication to figuring out a winning formula and heading towards 2013 with a sense of purpose and direction.

It also allows Buffalo to get the early jump on potential head coaching replacements. The offseason barnstorm rush to get the top guys is always a mess, and the Bills could avoid getting lost in the shuffle by showing looking already.

It is not as if Buffalo won't draw interest from candidates. The Bills have players like Williams, WR Stevie Johnson, RB C.J. Spiller and CB Stephon Gilmore that will be attractive pieces for prospective coaches.

Since Gailey took over, Buffalo has not come close to a winning record or even sniffed the playoff hunt. He has a 32-43 career head coaching record that screams of mediocrity. 

The Bills are ready to take the step towards contention, but the right leaders must be put into place, and that means moving on from a head coach who can't get the job done.