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Gailey's inexperienced staff faces enormous challenge

Chan Gailey officially introduced his coaching staff Friday, and it was hard to ignore one trend about the group.  This will not be a coaching stuff with a lot of NFL experience.

ESPN’s Tim Graham broke it down in a fancy table.  Six staff members have two years of NFL experience or less.  Eight assistants have performed two or fewer years in their current role.  Four of them will have zero seasons of NFL experience in their role.

The defense could experience an especially difficult transition.  The Buffalo News does a great job breaking down where Bills defenders will fit in the new scheme.  Some fit just fine.  Others are less certain.

If Aaron Schobel doesn’t retire — he’s currently undecided — he’ll have to transition to outside linebacker.  Kyle Williams, the man fans voted as the team’s defensive MVP, doesn’t have a logical position in a 3-4 defense. The team has no nose tackle.

Taking over the Bills would be an enormous challenge for a staff with any level of experience, must less a staff of relative newcomers.

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24 Responses to “Gailey's inexperienced staff faces enormous challenge”
  1. superbowl says: Feb 12, 2010 11:29 AM

    The whole city of Buffalo is a fail – i mean honestly.. have you been there. it is as bad as it gets in comparision to other US cities. This is not a football town. this is a town with SIMPLY NOTHING ELSE TO DO.

  2. kpc21 says: Feb 12, 2010 11:31 AM

    get vick

  3. garretmustgo says: Feb 12, 2010 11:33 AM

    Hahaha … this is destined to fail ..

  4. Big Stretch says: Feb 12, 2010 11:34 AM

    Buffalo must be angling for the number 1 pick in the 2011 draft.

  5. gopher says: Feb 12, 2010 11:34 AM

    I guess the experience staff did not do so well so how bad could it get?

  6. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Feb 12, 2010 11:34 AM

    Chan Gailey has plenty of experience. In getting shitcanned from the Cowboys coaching staff.
    Its gonna be a long several years for you, Buffalo fans.

  7. HarrisonHits says: Feb 12, 2010 11:43 AM

    Bills will continue to be bottom feeders as long as Ralph Wilson owns the team. And it seems unlikely this coaching staff can do much to turn the team around.

  8. chris says: Feb 12, 2010 11:46 AM

    Ok your an idiot i have come to that conclusion….You read an article and report about it and dont bother looking into it…They are inexperienced as NFL coaches but have decades of experience at the college level, both you and TIm just assume they have 0 experience just because they dont coach in the NFL…. teams in college use the 3-4 3-3-5 and 4-3 etc. They know what they are doing its not like some joe they pulled off the streets that was a janitor for 40 years and decided to be a coach so before you write shit like this do some real research you bum any one can do this apparently all you have to do is pay the monthly fee for espn insider and just write a spin off of an article you read.

  9. jj jones says: Feb 12, 2010 11:49 AM

    With the number one pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bils select Jake Locker, quarterback, Washington.
    The Oakland Raiders are now on the clock…

  10. tv says: Feb 12, 2010 11:57 AM

    “Experience” is vastly overrated. Football is football. Doesn’t matter if these guys were coaching in college or the pros – they still know the game.
    If experience were that much of a factor, they Colts would have won the SB.

  11. WeezerNY says: Feb 12, 2010 12:13 PM

    Please do your homework:
    Total Experience – 314 years
    Total Experience in the NFL – 79 years
    Head Coach – 13 years
    Assistant Head Coach – 12 years
    Associate Head Coach – 4 years
    Offensive Coordinator – 23 years
    Quarterbacks Coach – 14 years
    Runningbacks Coach – 17 years
    Wide Receivers Coach – 31 years
    Tight Ends Coach – 5 years
    Offensive Line Coach – 47 years
    Assistant Offensive Line Coach – 4 years
    Offensive Quality Control – 2 years
    Defensive Coordinator – 9 years
    Assistant Defensive Coordinator – 10 years
    Defensive Line Coach – 20 years
    Defensive Ends Coach – 16 years
    Strong Side Linebackers Coach – 2 years
    Outside Linebackers Coach – 4 years
    Linebackers Coach – 11 years
    Banditbacks Coach – 3 years
    Gatorbacks Coach – 3 years
    Defensive Backfield Coach – 8 years
    Secondary Coach – 18 years
    Cornerbacks Coach – 4 years
    Defensive Backs Coach – 36 years
    Safeties Coach – 1 year
    Defensive Quality Control – 2 years
    Special Teams Coach – 29 years

  12. WeezerNY says: Feb 12, 2010 12:13 PM

    Chan Gailey, this will be his 36th season as a coach, 16 in the NFL and 2 in the WLAF – his experience – 2 years as a graduate assistant, 5 years as a defensive backfield coach, 3 years as a TE coach, 5 years as a Receivers coach, 2 years as a special teams coach, 6 years as a offensive coordinator, 1 year a defensive coordinator and 13 years as a head coach.
    Curtis Modkins, this will be his 16th season as a coach, 3rd in the NFL – his experience – 1 as a graduate assistant, 1 as a secondary coach, 1 as tight end coach, 4 as a cornerbacks coach, 1 as defensive backs coach, 7 as running backs coach
    Bob Bicknell, this will be his 18th season as a coach, 4th in the NFL – his experience – 1 year safeties coach, 1 year running backs, 3 years linebackers, 1 year tight ends, 1 year asst offensive line, 5 years offensive line, 5 years offensive coordinator
    George Catavolos, this is will be his 43rd season as a coach, 26th season in the NFL – his experience – 2 as a graduate assistant, 15 years a a secondary coach, 26 as a defensive backs coach, 4 as an assistant head coach
    George Cortez, this will be his 31st season as a coach, 1st in the NFL – his experience – 5 years assistant coach, 9 years offensive line coach, 3 years running backs coach, 2 year defensive line coach, 1 year special teams, 14 years quarterbacks coach, 2 years defensive backs coach, 12 years offensive coordinator.
    Joe D’Alessandris, this will be his 32nd year as a coach, 3rd in the NFL – his experience – 1 year graduate assistant, 28 years as an offensive line coach, 2 years assistant offensive line coach, 1 year assistant head coach
    Bruce DeHaven, this will be his 40th year as a coach, 14th year in the NFL, 9 years high school coach, 3 years defensive backs, 5 years offensive line, 1 year assistant offensive line, 1 year running backs, 26 years special teams
    Stan Hixon, this will be his 30th season as a coach, 7th in the NFL – his experience – 5 years running backs, 25 years as a wide receivers coach, 1 year associate head coach
    Kevin Patullo, this will be his 7th year coaching, 3rd in the NFL – his experience – 5 years graduate assistant, 2 years offensive assistant/quality control
    Bob Sanders, this will be his 31st year coaching, 10th in the NFL – his experience – 7 years defensive line coach, 6 years linebackers coach, 4 years outside linebackers, 16 years defensive ends, 10 year assistant defensive coordinator, 3 years Banditbacks (a hybrid outside LB and SS), 3 years Gatorbacks (a hybrid MLB and S), 2 years SSLB coach, 1 year assistant head coach, 2 years linebacker coach, 1 year defensive coordinator
    Giff Smith, this will be his 19th year coaching, 1st in the NFL – his experience – 5 years graduate assistant, 1 year wide receivers coach, 2 years secondary coach, 11 years defensive line coach, 3 years associate head coach
    Adrian White, this will be his 11th year coaching, 7 years defensive backs coach, 7 years defensive coordinator, 2 years defensive Quality Control

  13. Big Stretch says: Feb 12, 2010 12:23 PM

    tv says:
    February 12, 2010 11:57 AM
    “Experience” is vastly overrated. Football is football. Doesn’t matter if these guys were coaching in college or the pros – they still know the game.
    If experience were that much of a factor, they Colts would have won the SB.
    ————————————————
    Ask Nick Saban, Al Groh, Bobby Petrino, Bobby Ross, Steve Spurrier, and Pete Carroll just to name a few if coaching in the NFL is the same as coaching in college.

  14. Cubano says: Feb 12, 2010 12:30 PM

    The Bills will continue to suck for the next 10 years.

  15. bullis says: Feb 12, 2010 12:37 PM

    Superbowl
    Your a moron without no life. Get a grip!

  16. edgy1957 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:44 PM

    chris says: February 12, 2010 11:46 AM
    Ok your an idiot i have come to that conclusion….You read an article and report about it and dont bother looking into it…They are inexperienced as NFL coaches but have decades of experience at the college level,
    ************************
    There is a VAST difference between the NFL and college. That being said, other than their QB coach and their OC, I really don’t see a problem with their experience. I know that Gailey’s going to call the plays but it would be helpful to have an OC that’s been spent time putting together NFL game plans to take that burden off them. Cortez has pro experience from the CFL but I’d rather have a guy that had NFL experience.

  17. wwwmattcom says: Feb 12, 2010 1:04 PM

    GO BILLS

  18. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Feb 12, 2010 1:16 PM

    If football is football they should have hired a local high school coach with 40 years of experience.

  19. pray4thebills says: Feb 12, 2010 1:37 PM

    “The whole city of Buffalo is a fail – i mean honestly.. have you been there. it is as bad as it gets in comparision to other US cities. This is not a football town. this is a town with SIMPLY NOTHING ELSE TO DO.”
    -I guess if you’re the typical simple minded tourist looking for over-priced, mindless, pointless activities like Madam Tusauds wax museum then yes, Buffalo is not the place for you. But if you actually have a brain and the ability to think for yourself, then visiting buffalo can be very rewarding. While most of the city is run down (tell me, which american city isn’t?) you’ll also find some of the greatest architecture, local cuisine, theatre, and art in the country. But you’d actually have to read an article not pertaining to sports to know that, so I understand why you’re obviously not in the know You pretentious, judgmental, narrow-minded simpleton.
    And as for not being a football town, tell me which other town in the city consistently sells out a rundown 76,000 seat stadium with nothing else around it just to watch a football team that has not made the playoffs in ten years. If thats not a football town, then I don’t know what it is. Do you have to pamper all your fans in a dome and surround them with huge tv’s and other distractions to be considered a football town nowadays?
    You my friend, are everything that is wrong with America.

  20. steveop24 says: Feb 12, 2010 1:42 PM

    go bills

  21. edgy1957 says: Feb 12, 2010 3:08 PM

    Buffalo averaged 70,000+ fans and they averaged slightly more than the New Orleans Saints, who won the Super Bowl (and they lost a game to Toronto, which CAN’T draw as much as Buffalo can. It didn’t count against them).

  22. wwwmattcom says: Feb 12, 2010 4:12 PM

    pray4thebills
    thank you. superbowl is a knucklehead.

  23. Gregg Rosenthal says: Feb 12, 2010 4:55 PM

    1. Of course we know they have been coaching all their lives. They wouldn’t get to the NFL otherwise. But NFL experience and college is very different. in nfl terms, compared to other teams, they are very inexperienced.
    2. It’s crazy to say buffalo is not a football town. of course it is – one of the best ones. very very knowledgeable, passionate fans.

  24. stanmak says: Feb 14, 2010 11:06 AM

    pray4thebills
    EXACTLY- my last few visits to buffalo through this past season showed me that no matter where i was, in or around the city, people were loving their home team. wishing they would do better, but still behind their team no matter what.
    “superbowl” is a freaking moron and so is anyone that sympathizes with him

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