Chan Gailey has no use for Pro Days


In Chan Gailey’s mind, most Pro Day workouts are just dog-and-pony shows.   Especially the ones for quarterbacks.

That’s why he tries to avoid them.

“I’ve done it when they told me to go.  I don’t get anything out of it to be honest with you. Especially for quarterbacks, it’s become such a production,” Gailey told Tim Graham of  “I’d rather sit there and watch the film.  I can sit there and run it back, run it back, run it back.”

Gailey has let Bills G.M. Buddy Nix pick up the frequent flier miles to watch Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, and Ryan Mallett.  Gailey figures he’ll see everything he needs on film and at the Bills facility.

“The guys that we’re really interested in, we’re going to bring in, and I’m going to sit down and have a good conversation with them,” Gailey said.   “I don’t get a lot out of going to those things.”

We suspect a lot of coaches feel the same way as Gailey.   It’s something to keep in mind when reading the next pro day review that says a quarterback “wowed onlookers.”

18 responses to “Chan Gailey has no use for Pro Days

  1. Yeah, it’s always better to bring in a guy, so you can sit down and talk with him, ask him if he’s mama’s a ho-bag, all that important stuff you can’t do at a pro day.

  2. I love Chan. Dude is as honest as it gets without acting like a jackass (Rex Ryan). Now let’s hope he can turn this trainwreck of a franchise around.

  3. I’ve made fun of Chan Gailey in particular and the Bills organization in general plenty on here, but I have to tell you, I am in completely in agreement with him on this one.

    Pro Days are a charade. Give ’em a physical, interview ’em, and watch the damn tape.

  4. Not that I’m 70 or anything, but haven’t those things pretty much ALWAYS been dog and pony shows?

  5. i second that motion on Chan not attending Pro Days, it’s all scripted. The flim don’t lie that why ryan mallett is the best qb in this years class and the reason why mallett will come into the nfl with a chip on his shoulders. i still beleive mallett will b drafted in the top 10.

  6. when we first hired chan i had no idea who he was and to be honest, wasnt very high on him. Now i love the guy. The more i hear this guy talk the more i BILLieve he is going to turn this team around into a contender. Go bills

  7. I didn’t think much of pro days either until someone let me know that they are more about ELIMINATING guys than looking for reasons to draft them. In other words, if Joe Player can’t perform the drills they want to run him through with the most ideal conditions possible around him, it’s a check mark in the “no” column. It doesn’t strike me as something HCs need to attend personally anyway. Scouts or position coaches/coordinators know what their team is looking for enough to do that.

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