If you are available today at 2 p.m. EST, tune in to the live press conference on www.buffalobills.com where you can see the Bills introduce Chan Gailey as their new head coach.
It turns out that Gailey was recommended to the Bills by Bill Cowher, when Cowher decided he did not want to commit to taking the Bills job. Cowher told the team that he would be hiring Gailey as his assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, and so the Bills did Gailey one better, and hired him as the head coach.
Reviewing various Web sites, the initial sentiment surrounding the hire is a mixed bag. Some question the lack of inspiration that Gailey brings to the table, à la Dick Jauron, while others applaud his success at generating offense with less-than-high-caliber quarterbacks such as Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart, and Jay Fiedler.
If the Bills suffer another losing season, and the camera pans over to a stoic Chan Gailey, then you can imagine that Bills fans will be running for the hills once again. If Gailey can drum up an offense that shreds opposing defenses and leads the Bills to the playoffs, all will be forgiven. After all, Gailey led the Cowboys to the playoffs both years he coached the team. That results in a 1.000 batting average in my book.
How Will the Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey Duo Work Together?
One thing is for sure, there is a new SEC connection firmly in place at One Bills Drive. Nix is from Tennessee and Gailey is from Georgia. Nix heavily recruited players from the SEC during his NFL career as a scout, and Gailey attended the University of Florida. Their personalities aren't loud, so a dedicated passion to playing winning football and playing better offensive football appears to be their mindset.
I have not yet read or heard of any immediate connection where Nix and Gailey have attempted to work together in the past. There had been comments made by Nix at his initial press conference that he wanted to hire someone with whom he was comfortable, and many thought that meant someone he knew from his past. With Gailey, that must mean he was comfortable with him from an interviewing process standpoint.
Did Ralph Wilson Deliver on His Promise(s) to Bills Fans?
When Dick Jauron was fired as the Bills head coach, Wilson went on at length that he was going to turn the football operation over, and was going to spend whatever he needed to, in order to bring in a top-notch football guy and get it right. Well, here we are now, months after Jauron has been fired, looking ahead to today's press conference. Did Wilson deliver?
Sure enough, he did act quickly to bring Buddy Nix on board as his G.M. But now we are looking at Chan Gailey as the next head coach, and we have to wonder which one of this duo is the star that Ralph alluded to? On the surface, you would have to say that both men are life-long football guys and are decent, good men.
But as we all know, the proof is in the pudding. Give Gailey the benefit of the doubt, and give him a chance to see what he can do. We already have a strong draft class from the past year with which to work, and if Nix can deliver with another strong class, there may be enough talent for Gailey to bring a winning team to starved Bills fans. Time will tell.