It’s not surprising that Chan Gailey and Todd Haley couldn’t co-exist in Kansas City. The are both strong offensive minds that attack teams in different ways.
Still, the way Gailey was fired last season was surprising. Gailey was one of the most respected assistants in the league and Haley decided to keep him as offensive coordinator and play caller. Until the end of the preseason, at least. PFT broke the story when Gailey was fired last August 31.
In the end, the decision worked out for both parties. Haley found happiness with Charlie Weis. Gailey got another head coaching job in Buffalo. This week, they face off. Gailey allowed that the timing of the move was unusual, but says he harbors no resentment.
“I understood exactly where Todd was coming from,” Gailey said via
the Chiefs’ official website. “He and I were on different pages and
he wanted to do things the way he wanted to do it and I understand that
completely. I’ve been there.”
This is a dangerous game for Kansas City. They have been very consistent with their effort each week, but they aren’t a team that can just show up and expect to blow anyone out. Despite all the problems on Buffalo’s defense, the Bills offense is showing signs of breaking out.
We recommend checking out Bills-Ravens Wednesday night on NFL Replay or watching it on Game Rewind if you have a subscription. Ryan Fitzpatrick put together one of the most impressive performances we’ve seen all year, and he suddenly has a dangerous receiving corps with Lee Evans, Stevie Johnson, and Roscoe Parrish. Really.
Gailey pulled off a similar trick in 2008 with Kansas City when he helped Tyler Thigpen lead a surprisingly productive offense in Kansas City down the stretch. While I think the Chiefs will ultimately win the AFC West this year going away, it wouldn’t shock me at all to see Gailey get a measure of revenge this Sunday.