As the Buffalo Bills sit as the final team int he league looking to fill their head coaching vacancy, former Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has emerged as a strong candidate according to The Buffalo News.
Gailey, 57, has extensive experience as both a head coach and as an offensive coordinator.
He was head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1998 and ’99 and made the playoffs both seasons. He was head coach at Georgia Tech from 2002 through 2007, compiling a record of 44-33.
League sources say the Bills’ head-coaching search could come to a quick conclusion within a day or two and that Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is not going to be the choice for the job.
Gailey meets the preference of Bills General Manager Buddy Nix of having a man who has prior head-coaching experience. He also fills the Bills’ desire of getting an offensive-minded coach.
Gailey’s first offensive coordinator job in the NFL was with the Denver Broncos in 1989 and ’90. Denver made the Super Bowl the first of those two seasons. Gailey was an offensive aide for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1994 through ’97. The Steelers won their division each of those seasons. Gailey was offensive coordinator for Pittsburgh in ’96 and ’97.
After coaching the Cowboys for two seasons, Gailey was offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins in 2000 and 2001. Miami went 11-5 both seasons. He jumped from there to Georgia Tech, where his teams made bowl games all six of his seasons. Gailey, however, lost six straight years to Tech’s big rival, the University of Georgia, and he was dismissed after the ’07 campaign.
With all due respect to the former Chiefs offensive coordinator, I think this says a lot about the Bills current options. They weren’t able to land any of the big names that were out there and then they couldn’t even get Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer to interview for the job.
How is Leslie Frazier not the one and only option for this job? Sure, the Bills allegedly want an offensive coach, but how do you not see what Frazier has done with the Vikings defense and realize it’s what every team should strive for on that side of the ball.
I think very highly of Gailey as an offensive mind, but I can promise you that when Ralph Wilson decided to fire the entire Bills coaching staff he didn’t have Gailey in mind as the team’s next head coach.