Bills Fire Chan Gailey; Top 10 Ideas to Replace Him as Next Buffalo Head Coach

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Bills Fire Chan Gailey; Top 10 Ideas to Replace Him as Next Buffalo Head Coach
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A tweet from the official Buffalo Bills account said what Bills fans have been expecting for the majority of the 2012 season, that the team had fired head coach Chan Gailey.

Chan Gailey relieved of duties as head coach Details/comments added as they emerge

This hardly comes as a major surprise as the Bills were 16-32 under Gailey. In the AFC East division games, they went 4-14 and were outscored in those games by the combined total of 561-346.

The news today that Gailey was fired allows the Bills to get a head start on finding his replacement, as there are a number of other NFL teams in a similar predicament.

So far on Black Monday, we have learned that Norv Turner (San Diego), Andy Reid (Philadelphia), Romeo Crennel (Kansas City), Lovie Smith (Chicago) and Pat Shurmur (Cleveland) have already been canned along with Gailey. The ESPN National blog is keeping a running tab on the Black Monday front.

The fate of other head coaches like Ron Rivera (Carolina) and Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona) is still up in the air.

Speaking of up in the air, the Bills GM Buddy Nix's job security hasn't been verified as of yet. Since Nix was so sold on Gailey, he could be relieved of his duties as well. If that happens, then the Bills would need to probably identify a new GM before hiring a new head coach. But there are some head coaches that can command that they want to hire their own GM.

Whether or not that would fly with Bills owner Ralph Wilson remains to be seen.

Here is a link to a brief press conference that Chan Gailey conducted after being let go today. He shared that the entire coaching staff has been relieved of their duties as well.

Black Monday isn't just about head coaches. It looks like at least four general managers have been fired today, including: Gene Smith (Jacksonville), Tom Heckert (Cleveland), Mike Tannenbaum (N. Y. Jets) and A.J. Smith (San Diego).

Following are some ideas for the kind of coaching talent that is available to replace Gailey.

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