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Bills call 2:00 p.m. ET press conference

The last time the Bills called a press conference out of the blue, they announced that Buddy Nix would be the team’s new G.M. 

And now they’ve sent out via text and e-mail word that a press conference will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

The conference undoubtedly will include an announcement that Chan Gailey is the team’s new head coach.

The Buffalo News first reported on Monday that Gailey was a candidate for the job.  Jay Glazer of FOX first reported on Monday afternoon that Gailey was the candidate, and that barring a snag he’d have the job within 24 to 48 hours.  Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this morning that, indeed, it’s happening — and that an announcement is coming today.

Schefter points out that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher “highly recommended” Gailey for the job.  That’s no surprise; as Rosenthal pointed out yesterday, Cowher recommended Gailey (not Ken Whisenhunt or Russ Grimm or anyone else) to succeed Cowher in Pittsburgh.

Schefter’s report regarding Cowher’s recommendation confirms that the Bills and Cowher at a minimum talked about the vacancy in Buffalo.  And the Bills’ decision to accept the recommendation means that, if/when Cowher returns to the NFL in 2011, he’ll have to find another offensive coordinator.

And now that Gailey is almost officially in place, it’ll be interesting to see whether he makes a play for a certain star wideout (not named Terrell Owens) whom Gailey successfully recruited to Georgia Tech.
 

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51 Responses to “Bills call 2:00 p.m. ET press conference”
  1. jon says: Jan 19, 2010 9:42 AM

    new flavore of perry’s ice cream?

  2. Cubano says: Jan 19, 2010 9:42 AM

    Chantastic!!!!!!!! Thank you Bills!
    Sincerely,
    Bill Parcells

  3. Hauschild says: Jan 19, 2010 9:47 AM

    I’m amazed at how few NFL owners and GM’s can think outside the box. You’ve got gobs of potentially solid candidates, yet you settle for an NFL retread??? I just don’t understand the rationale.
    This is a prime example of why many NFL franchises are mired in mediocrity, or worse.

  4. Tomfoolery says: Jan 19, 2010 9:49 AM

    It’s pretty sad how many guys turned down the chance to be an NFL head coach. But then again the Buffalo Bills are like half sorry ass NFL team and half Canadian Football League team. The only thing Buffalo has going for it these days is their Buffalo Wings.

  5. Bearfan54 says: Jan 19, 2010 9:52 AM

    What makes Chan Gailey so special? Is he really a good pick or this job?

  6. DanSnyderSux says: Jan 19, 2010 9:53 AM

    And football fans all over Buffalo murmurred, “Uh-oh!”

  7. Lumas101 says: Jan 19, 2010 9:54 AM

    How or why would buffalo get Calvin Johnson? They have more pressing needs than receiver and unless I’m missing something it would take quite a bit to pick up Johnson.

  8. paulg says: Jan 19, 2010 9:55 AM

    Calvin Johnson? where did that come from?

  9. Prthegreat says: Jan 19, 2010 9:59 AM

    How do these guys keep getting Head Coaching Jobs????????????

  10. Tdk24 says: Jan 19, 2010 10:00 AM

    Chan told Wilson that he would help him finally win the Grey Cup.

  11. BradyGazelle says: Jan 19, 2010 10:05 AM

    Gailey was rumored to be in the running for head coach of my college a couple of years ago – and even that would have been totally embarrassing to me.
    You have my sympathy, Bills fans.

  12. The Family Ghost says: Jan 19, 2010 10:05 AM

    This is a weak hire. They’ll be going thru the whole process again in two years. Nice job Bills !!

  13. Big Stretch says: Jan 19, 2010 10:06 AM

    It’s time for Ralph Wilson to let someone who was born after the invention of the television take over the team. Love ya Ralph but it’s time to stay home.

  14. Bob Loblaw says: Jan 19, 2010 10:08 AM

    Never mind all the coaching speculation, this is all about T.O. giving back the key to the city.

  15. Emiliooo says: Jan 19, 2010 10:09 AM

    Chan Gailey… Great move…. great move…
    … well great if what you’re after every year is a high draft pick, and not a chance to make the playoffs!!!

  16. foxylettuce says: Jan 19, 2010 10:11 AM

    Once again, Buffalo is a drinking town with a Football problem.
    And my family wonders why I drink so much.
    I think Buffalo should air all their games on Comedy Central, because this franchise has given me more laughs, than Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle, and Stephen Colbert combined.

  17. hank moody says: Jan 19, 2010 10:12 AM

    I feel for the Buffalo fans. What a terrible choice.

  18. tombrookshire says: Jan 19, 2010 10:12 AM

    Amazing! Few coaches have failed so miserably and so publicly as Gailey, yet he gets another job as a HC! Well, I guess he joins Norv Turner, Wade Phillips, Rich Kotite and others who inexplicably get more than one, often several HC positions after proving again and again that they royally suck at it. Another HC gig for Cam Cameron anyone?

  19. 8man says: Jan 19, 2010 10:13 AM

    First those ugly uniforms with helmets that don’t match.
    Now this.
    I can still remember when this franchise was an NFL juggernaut.

  20. TFBuckFutter says: Jan 19, 2010 10:18 AM

    As a Patriots fan all I can say is….awesome.
    I was afraid they would do something that would actually improve the team. It’s always nice when one of your divisional opponents chooses to remain middling.
    They should also sign one of the McCown brothers to start at QB.

  21. raiderrob21 says: Jan 19, 2010 10:18 AM

    Well, another re-tred gets a head coaching job and someone that can actually do the job gets overlooked.
    Sorry Bills fans your still stuck with us Raider fans in confusion after that hiring.

  22. SabreNation says: Jan 19, 2010 10:20 AM

    Total disgrace. As if getting rejected by nearly every candidate they tried to interview wasn’t embarrassing enough, this is like rubbing salt in the wounds of all Bills fans.
    Chan Gailey?! The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t even think this bum was fit to be their offensive coordinator – so we turn around and make him our head coach?!?!?! WTF Ralph? I’d rather have Perry Fewell back.

  23. Marty says: Jan 19, 2010 10:22 AM

    This is a conspiracy to ruin the organization so it can more easily be moved out of town.
    And it will work.

  24. foxylettuce says: Jan 19, 2010 10:23 AM

    Sabres are 8-0-3 in their last 11.

  25. obscenery says: Jan 19, 2010 10:28 AM

    Detroit is stupid, but they aren’t THAT stupid. They won’t trade Calvin Johnson after just getting Stafford.
    It seems like you’re trying to show that you know what college system they both came from. So I’m impressed at your NCAA knowledge, but disappointed in your grasp of what possibilities are realistic.
    Lions- “Oh, Chan is coaching the Bills? Okay, let’s be nice and give him our stud WR. They’re easy to come by. We can just replace him with Ted Ginn. The Dolphins know how easy it is to find stud WR. What’s Charles Rogers doing? Or Mike Williams? Let’s call them up too.”

  26. titans20 says: Jan 19, 2010 10:31 AM

    So the Bills fire Turk Schoenart during the Pre-Season last year cause he was a bad Offensive Coordinator & then they hire Chan Gailey who was also fired by the Chiefs as a Offensive Coordinator during the Pre-Season last year.
    If Chan Gailey couldn’t help the Kansas City Chiefs who I believe has more firepower on Offense than the Bills do what in Gods name was Ralph Wilson thinking?
    I know Ralph Wilson said he wasn’t concerned about hiring a “Big Name” and that he was more concerned with just getting it right but this hire is about as on target as Nate Kaedin’gs Field Goals last Sunday.
    Honestly, do the Bills WANNA LOSE??
    You all hear of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim?
    Get ready for the Buffalo Bills of Toronto!

  27. simple_simon1 says: Jan 19, 2010 10:38 AM

    As a Lions fan (cue laughter) for 22 years I’ve had to watch some pretty bad seasons. I’ve even had to watch the excitement drain out of what is arguably the best RB in NFL history causing him to retire at least 5 years premature. I swear, if they do something stupid like trade Calvin Johnson to top it off now, I no longer can stand being a Lions fan. The only way it’s acceptable to me is if the Lions ended up with basically all the first 3 rounds of draft picks, but somehow, I don’t think the organization would end up with that. Even then, might not be worth it because I’m not sure there’s any players of his calibre in the draft this year, or many years for that matter.

  28. gopher says: Jan 19, 2010 10:41 AM

    Chan Gailey gets to try and build this team and when and if he does, he will be fired anyway as they will again move on. I’m happy that a young OC or DC did not get the job because without talent he would fail and his young career would take a hit and Gailey can afford to take another hit.

  29. cbrianwatkins says: Jan 19, 2010 10:47 AM

    i love when all the NFL Execs post on PFT
    wait, wait a second, its not NFL Execs, its a bunch of guys who think they know about football while posting on PFT from their mom’s computer
    if any of you had half a clue about coaching or running an NFL team, you surely wouldnt be sitting in the seat you are now

  30. AWestcave says: Jan 19, 2010 10:50 AM

    As a lifelong Chiefs fan, I can say Gailey’s not the greatest coach of all time, but he actually turned the 2008 Chiefs offense into something that was at least watchable; which is pretty impressive considering who was on that offense (save for Brian Waters and Tony Gonzalez). At the beginning of that season, and up until Chan re-structured the offense around Tyler Thigpen, they were pretty pathetic. Afterward, defenses tended to adjust to them during the second half, but I was still impressed with his ingenuity considering what he had to work with.
    I suspect Bills fans may be pleasantly surprised with what Chan does with this team.
    Also, it’s been historically proven that if your ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl, you’re more likely to do it with a re-tread than with someone who’s won one before:
    Coughlin: fired by JAX, won a SB with NYG
    Dungy: fired by TB, won a SB with IND
    Belichick: fired by CLE, won 3 SBs with NE
    Gruden: traded from OAK, won a SB with TB
    Vermeil: retired from PHI, won a SB with STL
    Shanahan: fired by OAK, won a 2 SBs with DEN
    Levy: fired by KC, took BUF to 4 straight AFC Championships (lost all 4 SBs, but still a very notable achievement)
    Parcells, Vermeil (in KC after STL), Holmgren, George Seifert, Jimmy Johnson, Ditka? All fine coaches. Many even Hall of Fame-worthy coaches….NONE of which ever replicated their SB success with another team. Who’s to think Cowher, Shanahan, etc…would have been any different?
    Give him a chance, Bills fans. You might be glad you did.

  31. qblax16 says: Jan 19, 2010 11:03 AM

    Did you just say he turned the Chiefs into something… Awesome… thanks for the vote of confidence… I didn’t even bother reading the rest of that…

  32. GoCaps8 says: Jan 19, 2010 11:17 AM

    Wow, I’m sorry Bills fans.
    I recommend a massive protest, similar to the one that saved Redskins fans from Jim Fassel two years ago. Sure, we got Zorned instead, but Chan Gailey? Really?

  33. foxylettuce says: Jan 19, 2010 11:20 AM

    @cbrianwatkins
    Not sure if you’re new to football, but if you’ve been a fan of the Bills as long as I have (early 80’s), you’d know EXACTLY what we’re all talking about.
    This is not like politics, when your resume needs to speak for itse- oh, wait…..

  34. ch19079 says: Jan 19, 2010 11:22 AM

    I dont know who he is or what he can do.
    However, if Cowher recommended him, then it makes me feel just a little bit better about it. Makes me think the decision was based on what he can actaully do, rather than “I heard his name on ESPN over and over, I want that guy…”
    There are only a few current or former NFL people whos opinions I respect. Cowher, Dungy, and Vermeil are the only ones that come to mind.

  35. ReasonableBUFanatic says: Jan 19, 2010 11:29 AM

    @AWestcave
    Even if we are willing to give Chan Gailey a chance, the bigger story in Buffalo is that the same worthless idiots choosing the players, Tom Modrak (scouting) and John Guy (pro personnel) are still employed. They have been here for this decade of losing in Buffalo. NO COACH could succeed under this management structure.
    I’ll give Gailey credit for having the balls to try to fix things in Buffalo, but he is doomed. The same guys who drafted IN THE FIRST ROUND — J.P. Losman, Marshawn Lynch, John McCargo, Donte Whitner, and who signed Derrick Dockery to a 7-year $49 million contract, Langston Walked to a 5-year $25 million contract, and on and on an on…..Ralph Wilson believes these guys are good enough to keep in Buffalo. It’s absolutely outrageous.

  36. Duan says: Jan 19, 2010 11:29 AM

    Chan gailey’s resume:
    1974–1975 Florida
    (Graduate Assistant)
    1976–1978 Troy State
    (Defensive Backfield Coach)
    1979–1982 Air Force
    (Defensive Backfield Coach & Defensive Coord)
    1983–1984 Troy State
    (Head Coach)
    1985–1990 Denver Broncos
    (Special Teams/Tight Ends, Receivers, Quarterbacks, Offensive Coordinator)
    1991–1992 Birmingham Fire
    (Head Coach)
    1993 Samford
    (Head Coach)
    1994–1997 Pittsburgh Steelers
    (Wide Receivers Coach & Offensive Coord.)
    1998–1999 Dallas Cowboys
    (Head Coach)
    2000–2001 Miami Dolphins
    (Offensive Coordinator)
    2002–2007 Georgia Tech
    (Head Coach)
    2008–2009 Kansas City Chiefs
    (Offensive Coordinator)
    Lot of time in the game, but it seems like he has been mostly one and done type of coach, until he made it to the college ranks! He is a professional assistant! Good job on that one Bills, thought you guys would have been smart and gone with some youth! Like I said a while back, Rob Chudzinski would have been a strong candidate for the franchise.

  37. Jim_Kelly12 says: Jan 19, 2010 11:36 AM

    I’m just disappointed.

  38. schism says: Jan 19, 2010 11:37 AM

    Raplh Wilson……really? I mean….really????
    The Bills are one injury away from being a playoff team, Ralph WIlson’s stroke.

  39. Prthegreat says: Jan 19, 2010 11:50 AM

    So now lets bring in Kotite to run the O (into the ground)
    Bring in Dave Campo to run the D (into the ground)
    Jim Mora Jr to run Special Teams… and His daddy to answer all the questions before and after the games…
    NOW you have your circus!

  40. slutnuts says: Jan 19, 2010 11:56 AM

    cbrianwatkins says:
    January 19, 2010 10:47 AM
    i love when all the NFL Execs post on PFT
    wait, wait a second, its not NFL Execs, its a bunch of guys who think they know about football while posting on PFT from their mom’s computer
    if any of you had half a clue about coaching or running an NFL team, you surely wouldnt be sitting in the seat you are now
    ___________________________________
    because we arent nfl execs we dont have an opinion?
    funny, how all of us know nothings complained about jauron, and mularkey, when they were hired, i guess we were proven wrong.
    when you are a fan of a team and they continually hold the football like a proverbial “lucy” and us “charlie browns” kick at it and miss often enough, eventually we are going to recognize that we will always miss, when doing the same thing.

  41. cbrianwatkins says: Jan 19, 2010 11:57 AM

    foxylettuce says:
    January 19, 2010 11:20 AM
    @cbrianwatkins
    Not sure if you’re new to football, but if you’ve been a fan of the Bills as long as I have (early 80’s), you’d know EXACTLY what we’re all talking about.
    This is not like politics, when your resume needs to speak for itse- oh, wait…..
    ————————————————
    yes i’m very very new to football, its made of pig skin isnt it?
    my point is, if any of you brainchildren knew anything about the inner workings of a NFL team, you’d surely be working for one of them, and there is an obvious reason why NONE of us are

  42. Brockflock says: Jan 19, 2010 12:11 PM

    If you aren’t happy with Gailey, remember that Ralph Wilson has always gone for the low bid.

  43. TFBuckFutter says: Jan 19, 2010 12:12 PM

    “cbrianwatkins says:
    January 19, 2010 11:57 AM
    my point is, if any of you brainchildren knew anything about the inner workings of a NFL team, you’d surely be working for one of them, and there is an obvious reason why NONE of us are”
    That’s not actually true.
    People can have an expertise in something and have it not be their career. Granted, they may not have the hands on knowledge of the inner workings of the organization, but you don’t have to have a football oriented career to be able to accurately judge a player or coach’s abilities. Perhaps a bunch of the readers of this site do have the capabilities of performing a front office job for an NFL franchise, however they choose to view the game as a hobby and continue on with their chosen careers.
    Assuming you have to do something professionally to have a grasp of it is pretty stupid. I’m a terrific painter….more skilled than plenty of the professional painters I’ve seen over the years…..but I don’t make money at it.

  44. dogma1 says: Jan 19, 2010 12:15 PM

    I think this is the end of the Buffalo Bills franchise. They won’t be in NFL 5 years from now, maybe sooner.
    This was a panic hire, everyone has been turning the Bills down left and right because they know this is one of the worst jobs if not the worst in the NFL.
    Good Bye, Buffalo Bills.

  45. cbrianwatkins says: Jan 19, 2010 12:51 PM

    slutnuts says:
    January 19, 2010 11:56 AM
    cbrianwatkins says:
    January 19, 2010 10:47 AM
    i love when all the NFL Execs post on PFT
    wait, wait a second, its not NFL Execs, its a bunch of guys who think they know about football while posting on PFT from their mom’s computer
    if any of you had half a clue about coaching or running an NFL team, you surely wouldnt be sitting in the seat you are now
    ___________________________________
    because we arent nfl execs we dont have an opinion?
    funny, how all of us know nothings complained about jauron, and mularkey, when they were hired, i guess we were proven wrong.
    when you are a fan of a team and they continually hold the football like a proverbial “lucy” and us “charlie browns” kick at it and miss often enough, eventually we are going to recognize that we will always miss, when doing the same thing.
    ————————————————–
    having an opinion and stating things as if your name is rush limbuagh are two entirely different things (ie making it look like fact)
    anyhow, be thankful you dont live in Detroit or are a Raiders fan
    they have it much worse

  46. jj jones says: Jan 19, 2010 1:06 PM

    LA Bills

  47. Duan says: Jan 19, 2010 1:15 PM

    @ dogma1
    I dont think its a bad job, its just not an attractive location, it’s in the NE and they will have to have someone that is young and hungry – not used up goods?
    Maybe Gailey might turn it around, but looking at his resume – he is a career assistant.
    I don’t care what color he is, they should have went with someone young and hungry to prove themselves.

  48. wwwmattcom says: Jan 19, 2010 1:36 PM

    I hate to speculate about the 2010 season in january.
    I feel the anger on this board is the only reason why the Bills would leave Buffalo.
    I was irritated when they put up the billboard to fire jauron. yea I wanted him out, but who’s running the show?
    It’s becoming a mutiny.
    If you Bills fans protest the Bills because of a coach you deserve to lose the team.
    I am a Bills fan and I wish there were less haters! Screw opponents thoughts, don’t forget who YOU root for.

  49. Thumper says: Jan 19, 2010 2:03 PM

    cbrianwatkins says:
    January 19, 2010 10:47 AM
    ——————————-
    OK, Sister Watkins, put the ruler down and step away from the keyboard. This isn’t PS 169 either, and if you swing that thing again, you may get sacked in your old habits.
    ——-
    Just joking. But tone it down a tad, ok? Bills fans are some of the most loyal in the game. Have you even been to Buffalo in the winter? Seriously? You do know it’s an outdoors stadium? Ever heard of lake effect snow?
    Your post amounts to telling them to STFU and just keep paying the freight with no questions asked. That attitude is largely what’s wrong with most professional sports in the US today. Year in, year out, Bills fans show up, rain, shine or blizzard, and support their team, irrespective of their won/loss record. They were there for the good times, they remain through the bad. More teams should be so fortunate…
    They wanna complain, I say let them. No harm done. Besides, they’ve earned it. When you beaver through even 5 years of freezing commitment in Buffalo, THEN, I may listen to what you got, else, perhaps you should heed your own advise.
    Besides, Buffalo is good for the NFL. Reminds us of the way the game was originally intended to be played; in the mud, blood, and tears. In a way, their failure, will be all of our failures if the team moves…
    See? I WANT them to succeed even though I’m not one of their fans. We need them, the game needs them. They wanna bring pressure on management to get their heads on straight? I say bring the thunder Bills fan. We need you.
    Signed,
    Thumper
    (just some dumbass who doesn’t live in his Mom’s basement. Hell, Mom don’t even have a basement, LOL)

  50. buffalokie says: Jan 19, 2010 2:21 PM

    “it’ll be interesting to see whether he makes a play for a certain star wideout (not named Terrell Owens)”
    ————————————
    Okay, I give up. Who is this star wideout Florio speaks of?

  51. Thumper says: Jan 19, 2010 3:07 PM

    @buffalokie
    I think the implication is Calvin Johnson, who played for Galey at Georgia Tech…
    Really thin logic though…Detroit is crazy if they don’t lock Calvin down for 5 years or so.
    I cannot see any “play” the Bills could make to shake him loose…maybe you could figure one?

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