Bills bounce Chan Gailey


He came to Buffalo with a pedigree that included a near-perfect string over a 14-year period of postseason performances.  Three straight years of no playoffs has ended his run.

The Bills have fired coach Chan Gailey, according to Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News.

It’s hardly a surprise, even though G.M. Buddy Nix at one point said Gailey is safe.

For now, Nix is safe.  But it’s possible Nix will be fired, too.

And with owner Ralph Wilson now 94 years old, we’ve got a feeling he’ll be spending some of what he can’t take with him on a high-end coach who owns a Super Bowl ring.

48 responses to “Bills bounce Chan Gailey

  1. Buddy Nix also needs to go. His comments throughout the season have shown that he is incapable of making a decision and sticking with it.

  2. A high end coach with a SB ring would have to be floored by an offer to come into that situation in Buffalo. The owner is 94, they have no QB, the GM gives out crazy contracts to at best okay players, and they have been the Patriots whipping boys for years.

    It isn’t just a poor team it is a team with an entrenched losing culture without an upside.

  3. Nix is retiring after the Draft and Doug Whaley who worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers will be taking his spot. Rumor is that the Bills are interested in Kyle Shanahan. Anyway, the Nix/Gailey era is over.

  4. YES!! Certainly a nice man, but Buffalo has had many of those. Mularkey even took the guys out for burgers @ McD’s. As far as “Offensive Genius,” goes. If I had heard “Master of the Screen” one more time…..well I won’t say. Dave is next……where was the Deeeeeeeeeeeefense? Time to move on!!

  5. “And with owner Ralph Wilson now 94 years old, we’ve got a feeling he’ll be spending some of what he can’t take with him on a high-end coach who owns a Super Bowl ring.”

    Yeah right, and I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

    Wilson was a great owner in his day but has been a total failure at running a modern NFL franchise as the sport changed and he didn’t. The achievements of the Bills during the last 10 years demonstrate this quite well.

    The Bills will continue to do horribly until Wilson gives up his death grip on the team.

  6. Gailey seems like a genuinely nice guy, but the team is simply not responding to him. They looked lifeless for most of the season, and they gave up too easily whenever they fell behind. His reliance on his “Good Ol’ Boys Club” as defensive coordinators was his major undoing.

  7. time to reunite the dynamic duo of buddy nix and the bills new head coach marty schottenheimer. marty ball is on the way. get ready for the ‘gleam’.

  8. My replacement for Gailey would be someone who has already had some success at the Head Coaching position, not an Offensive or Defensive Coordinator looking to move up. The Bills have done way too much of the moving up of Coaches. Offer Bill Cowher 5% ownership of the team and most GM options to get him here in Buffalo.

  9. I love to bring Andy Reid in and let him act as coach and GM. Bills need an experienced coach. Hiring coordinators hasn’t worked out too well for us. 13 years and counting

  10. Stupid hire in the first place, along with Buddy Nix.

    Bills should have stuck with Perry Fewell for at least a season after he took over. Gaily’s scheme changes didn’t play to the Bills strengths, and he managed to screw up their defense along the way, which had always been one of the few bright spots on the Bills.

  11. No solid coach is coming to the bills. As people have said they have no quarterback and even drafting one would take 2-3 years to do anything. I do like the Kyle Shannahan thought though

  12. Hire Love Smith as HC and maybe Norv Turner as OC. Go get Alex Smith. They would make the Bills respectable again while the roster is churned.

  13. Lovie Smith to Buffalo. Its perfect, a master of the 4-3 defense, imagine what he could do with kyle williams, Dareaus, and Mario Williams. He would require a good OC tho

  14. Bills should be a team a coach would want to coach. Young, some talent on the roster, easy to mold into the type of team of that coach would want, Ralph has shown a willingness to spend money. Just need a QB.

  15. As a Buffalo Bills fan living in chicago, i am a fan of both the bills and bears!!!! Lovie Smith makes the most sense for Buffalo. He can transform that 4-3 defense in to a monster, and since Ron Rivera will probaly get the axe in Carolina he can join Lovie in Buffalo as defensive coordinator. They had many good years in Chicago together. I am so sick of my Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears coming in 2nd to the Patriots and Packers every year!!!!!! The Bills and Bears are so talented in players.. I bleed Chicago and Buffalo Football, they have the best fans in the world!!! Go Bills and Bears !!!!!!

  16. I seriously hope the Bills hire Rod Marinelli and bring in Matt Millen as GM. I could seriously see Mr. Wilson making this move!

    Keep your fingers crossed boys and girls!!

  17. Hire Mike Singletary, id love to be there at the first half time when he drops his pants and shows the team how well they are playing.

  18. Bbking0420

    How do you root for two teams?

    That’s like a cheap insurance policy in case one team sucks.

    As a lifeline skins fan since 76 I don’t get it. I enjoyed the glory years and then dealt with absolute depression for the past 18+ but never did I say hey, I’m from the DMV so while the Skins are pitiful, i will pull for the ravens instead.

    I’m not hating….I just bleed so much for one team, I’d feel like I was cheating them if I pulled in the slightest for another.

    Anyway, as far as the Kyle chatter, I don’t see him leaving his RG3 fun when he has Dads gig lined up for him 2-3 years from now.

  19. I thought Super Mario was supposed to take you to the promise land Buffalo? I remember how every Bills fan came out of the woodwork and started talking trash like they were a sure playoff team now that he signed. I also remember everyone saying that the D line is the best in football. 100 million dollars for a player that is not a game changer is absurd. Good luck with him and his cap charge in future years.

  20. Nothing against Gailey, but here’s a guy that gets hired to be fired. I don’t understand how he keeps getting coaching gigs. His resume doesn’t warrant keep getting second chances.

  21. I think his inability, or unwillingness, to make Spiller the main RB over Jackson despite Spiller having one of the best RB season’s in NFL history YPC-wise (6.5 YPC) sealed his fate.

  22. @JakeC4:

    You don’t want a coach already with a SB ring. If history & trends are any indicator, and I firmly believe they are, there has NEVER been a head coach who has won a Super Bowl with 2 teams. There have been numerous instances where a SB winning coach has gone to a new team on a big contract & he never reached the promised-land again. I honestly believe that is why Cowher & Gruden are still unemployed. Teams believe in trends & history, as I do. If Buffalo wants to win, they would be smart to hire a coach with a solid résumé, but one who hasn’t won a SB before.

  23. Please Please Please!!! Don’t hire Norv Turner!! Don’t hire a coordinator get a proven head coach this train is off the rails. We have a decent offensive line a very good possession receiver and a RB who has star potential. You have a few decent pieces on defense. With good coaching this line can be much better. Get a couple decent LBs and you can have a good D.

    And the biggest thing Bills fans are forgetting is Byrd has to be resigned!!! Besides Kyle Williams he’s the only player on defense that has been a consistent big play guy for more than one season!!

  24. The Bills need to totally change their organizational culture…it seems as though the rot that’s set in is almost acceptable at the top, and it filters down to the locker room…they need more former players involved than Kelly and Thurman (I think their message and presence has become stale)…mentalities need to be reversed and the deadwood needs to be cut loose…as to the answer – I think they’ll have to look outside the organization to find it..get someone as a football czar who isn’t afraid to think outside the box and be innovative…and for God’s sake, find a QB somewhere…

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