Report: Dolphins hiring Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator

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The Dolphins are going old-school with their new offensive coordinator.

Chan Gailey is coming out of retirement and will be the next offensive coordinator in Miami, NFL Network is reporting.

The 67-year-old Gailey last coached as the Jets’ offensive coordinator in 2016. He has previously been head coach of the Bills and Cowboys, and his many stints as an offensive coordinator include a previous stop in Miami in 2000 and 2001.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was Gailey’s starting quarterback for all three of his years in Buffalo, and then was the starting quarterback again for both of Gailey’s seasons as offensive coordinator of the Jets, so it appears likely the Dolphins will keep Fitzpatrick, who finished the 2019 season strong.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores fired offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea yesterday and is now moving quickly to replace him, with a coach everyone thought was retired but will now try to get the Dolphins back into contention.

75 responses to “Report: Dolphins hiring Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator

  1. Not sure what I think of this but after the job Flores did this year I have to trust his decision.

  2. Flores is brilliant. Gailey was a below average HC, but is an excellent OC. This might be an indicator that Miami might not be drafting a QB this year.

  3. This move was made because he and Crazy Legs Fitz have worked together for years.
    I have no problem with this move.
    It also sends a message that crazy legs is coming back next season
    Dont be surprised if Miami doesn’t draft a QB folks.
    I see them going into camp with Fitz no 1 and Rosen his back up.

  4. You have to trust Flores lol looks like Flores is doubling down on fit magic here folks and thinks he can be the guy. So by the time this team will be ready to win a thing you will be searching for a new head coach and quarterback. What a mess

  5. I spit out my morning coffee, but it was worth it. Thank you, Dolphins! Now, please go out and coax Wannstedt out of retirement, too.
    Who knew retro was back in?

  6. I’m guessing Flores doesn’t know that there is a revolution with offenses these last few years. Kyle,Mcvay,Kliff,Lafluer,Bengals coach, they all have been part of the new offense. Why on earth would you move backwards? Chan never had a inventive offense even during his prime years. He was never in the same breath as Mike shannhan or mike holmgren. This is the stupidest move and I guarantee this time next year he will be regretting it.

  7. This makes O’Shea’s firing look a lot better. At first glance it looked he was letting O’Shea go because he could not get along. Now it looks like he has a plan.
    Not sure that I agree with Flores selection. But after getting five wins with the Dolphins roster Flores has earned the benefit of the doubt.
    Sorry for O’Shea who apparently tried hard and got the offense to improve. Hope that Gailey is better.

  8. Hmm, I’m not liking this hire. I would hope there is an OC with an modern offense. I guess Gailey is solid but is he capable of coordinating a top flight offense… I seriously doubt it.

  9. There’s a name I never thought I’d hear on the NFL hiring circuit again. 2019 is ending on one last bizarre note.

  10. Chan Gailey is a rock star and the phins crushed the Patriots hopes into oblivion. Good time to be a Dolphin fan.

    Brady is washed.

  11. For whatever it’s worth, he was a better coordinator than head coach. Admittedly, that’s setting a low bar. Flores did a good job considering Miami’s upper management’s attempt to tank the year.

  12. I have come to the conclusion that none of these teams actually know what the heck they are doing.

  13. This is the funniest thing I’ve read all year! The “wayback machine” strikes again! Hue Jackson is out there Miami. Rex and Rob Ryan are still available. You tried tanking this year and the players wouldn’t let you Miami, with a few more of these ex coaches you can do it!

  14. Finfan362 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 7:24 am
    Not sure what I think of this but after the job Flores did this year I have to trust his decision
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    Dolphins finished with their worst record since 2007. Big deal he beat a declining patriot team which every rookie coach we have had has done their first season. Phin fans are ready to crown Flores the man when he hasn’t did jack. So annoying.

  15. I am not sure what this means, but I will give Flores the benefit of the doubt. I was not sure what was going on at the beginning of last season either, and he and his assistants did a great job with the team and culture. When you see players flourishing during a lousy season shows they teaching guys how to win. Welcome Chan!!

  16. This hire makes no sense for a couple of reasons . If Gailey was hired because the Dolphins believe he’s a good fit because they are committed to Fitzpatrick then they are wrong on both parts of that plan . Secondly if Miami drafts a QB early in the draft why would you want an old school 67 yr old with a limited future to be his mentor . The only way this makes sense is if Gailey is the OC in name only and Flores has another plan for how he’s going to run the offense.

  17. That means that Tua (if he declares for the draft) will be sitting on the bench next year watching Fitzmagic win 4 or 5 games since the Dolphins 2020 schedule includes 4 trips out West (at Arizona, San Francisco, Denver, and Las Vegas) and a “home” game in either London or Mexico City. Sounds like a great plan for 2021 draft picks

  18. Finfan362 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 7:24 am
    Not sure what I think of this but after the job Flores did this year I have to trust his decision.
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    He has not earned trust yet. The Minkah Fitzpatrick trade was one of the worst decisions of the decade. I understand people see the season as better than expected but why were expectations so low in the first place. Flores was touted as a defensive minded coach who could fix the defense, yet he failed to recognize he had one of the league’s top 10 defenders on his squad and authored a 1st quarter of the season that seemed like the team would be the worst team in NFL history. That was the talk early on. It is unsurprising that winning 5 games after that would seem great. I won’t say he is a bad coach. I am saying he has not shown enough to earn the trust of the fans

  19. gjv001 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 7:37 am
    Flores is brilliant. Gailey was a below average HC, but is an excellent OC. This might be an indicator that Miami might not be drafting a QB this year.

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    Flores is brilliant you say. So was “Mangenius” I say give it a little time.

  20. The issue I’d have with this is yeah he’ll work well with Fitz but he’s pushing 40. It’s time to develop a young guy .all this does is push that off another year.

    There’s a process to rebuild and it works even if it means tearing down the roster

  21. jets2469 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 7:45 am
    You have to trust Flores lol looks like Flores is doubling down on fit magic here folks and thinks he can be the guy. So by the time this team will be ready to win a thing you will be searching for a new head coach and quarterback. What a mess
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    Lmao, a jet fan calling the Dolphins a mess…..

  22. Since the Dolphins haven’t announced anything, might it be likely that Chan Gailey is being hired in some kind of mentoring role (like the team tried to do with Jim Caldwell) for a younger, up-and-coming OC like Jerry Schuplinski, who’s already on staff as QB coach?

  23. FinFan68 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 9:14 am
    Finfan362 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 7:24 am
    Not sure what I think of this but after the job Flores did this year I have to trust his decision.
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    He has not earned trust yet. The Minkah Fitzpatrick trade was one of the worst decisions of the decade. I understand people see the season as better than expected but why were expectations so low in the first place. Flores was touted as a defensive minded coach who could fix the defense, yet he failed to recognize he had one of the league’s top 10 defenders on his squad and authored a 1st quarter of the season that seemed like the team would be the worst team in NFL history. That was the talk early on. It is unsurprising that winning 5 games after that would seem great. I won’t say he is a bad coach. I am saying he has not shown enough to earn the trust of the fans.
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    Minkah wanted to play one position, Flores likes multi positional players, they sat Minkah down, Flores,Grier and Ross and tried to explain it to him, Minkah wanted nothing to do with it and showed he wasn’t a team player, they traded him for a 1st. As for Flores, he was given a practice squad roster with a 37 yr old journeyman qb that wasn’t expected by the “experts” to win a single game and went into Foxboro when the Pats needed that game for a bye, Belichick calling it a playoff game and beat them. He gets my respect and benefit of the doubt, now he needs to build on it.

  24. They absolutely are a mess bud. You have no quarterback and you just hired 90 year old Chan gailey. When exactly are we supposed to start seeing this team progress because it looks like you will be bad for a long time pal. At least you got the nice weather tho

  25. Phins fans seem to be blaming Flores for moves made by your GM. Gaily and Fitz work well together. We Bills fans know that. Rosen is looking like a bust. By the time the Phins pick in the draft the 3-4 decent college QB’s will be gone more than likely. This move makes perfect sense right now…

  26. jets2469 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 10:00 am
    They absolutely are a mess bud. You have no quarterback and you just hired 90 year old Chan gailey. When exactly are we supposed to start seeing this team progress because it looks like you will be bad for a long time pal. At least you got the nice weather tho

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    Mess. Like another first round bust on an USC Qb. Also the dolphins had this bad bad bad coach that shipped off a lot of talent on the offense. His name. I can’t remember. Oh! It’s that guy coaching your team giving Levon Bell the stink eye. Now go shovel show out your driveway

  27. phinatic29 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 8:16 am
    Chan Gailey is a rock star and the phins crushed the Patriots hopes into oblivion. Good time to be a Dolphin fan.

    Brady is washed

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    um yea. dont get ahead of yourself. brady is 42 and had a rough game but still won 12 games. you won 5 games and are hinging your entire franchise hopes around ryan fitzpatrick and chan gailey for the next few years. great time for dolphins fans. hahahaa

  28. I don’t care who the offensive coordinator is if they don’t draft alot of great offensive linemen high in this draft and fix the offensive line this offense won’t have success .

  29. Finfan362 says:
    December 31, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Minkah wanted to play one position, Flores likes multi positional players, they sat Minkah down, Flores,Grier and Ross and tried to explain it to him, Minkah wanted nothing to do with it and showed he wasn’t a team player, they traded him for a 1st. As for Flores, he was given a practice squad roster with a 37 yr old journeyman qb that wasn’t expected by the “experts” to win a single game and went into Foxboro when the Pats needed that game for a bye, Belichick calling it a playoff game and beat them. He gets my respect and benefit of the doubt, now he needs to build on it.
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    That is not quite accurate. Fitzpatrick was the ultimate team player in 2018 as a rookie. He played just about every position in the secondary. After the season, he asked to focus on one position. He met with Flores after the hire and likely discussed it because there was no talking about it until the moves late in the preseason when his mom jumped on social media. He is a natural FS (playing at all-pro level in Pitt at that position). He was upset with the team’s apparent acceptance to tank. Early on there was no question about that. Flores played him out of position AND yanked McCain out of position also so that he could play FS (where Fitz should have been). That created two weaknesses in order to fill one. The defensive performance in those games was historically bad, not just for the Dolphins but for the entire history of the NFL. Saying he was traded for a 1st rounder is accurate but misleading. Minkah was a top 10 1st rounder that was traded for future first rounder. After this year it seems the Dolphins got rid of a pro-bowl player that literally transformed Pittsburgh’s defense for a #18 pick that may or may not be any good at all. While the personnel moves can be mainly attributed to Grier it is hard to absolve Flores of any blame. Look at what they got rid of. A pro-bowl LT, pro bowl FS, good WR (Stills) and a decent RB (Drake) who are all playing quite well for their new teams. That’s not even counting guys like Tannehill (who led the Titans to the playoffs and is currently playing better than most QBs). Hindsight is 20/20 but some of this stuff was easy to see as bad moves back when they were initially made. Again, I’m not saying Flores is bad. I’m just saying, for me, he has not earned blind faith or trust for the future. Maybe he will in the future but not yet.

  30. Chan’s offenses were solid when he was here 20 years ago. He had Jay Fiedler and a bunch of nobodies to work with.

    Going old school when the rest of the league is going the Lamar Jackson route is interesting. Defenses will be getting lighter and faster to match that trend and could have trouble with a old school bruising run first attack

  31. This is a real head scratcher. I like Chan Gailey. I met him ’99. He’s a nice guy but he was canned in Dallas because of his inflexibility of his game plans. Sound familiar. Aikman and Garrett convinced Jerry to fire him when he wouldn’t open up his playbook. Seriously. Good luck with that, Dolphin fans.

  32. I’m one of the few who like this move. As a rookie HC, Flores wanted an OC with some HC experience but Caldwell left unexpectedly for health reasons. With Chan he gets that experience. In addition, he gets someone who’s familiar with Fitz as well. Smart move actually. Fitz had to play with a depleted roster full of backups without any real play makers on his team. They couldn’t block, they couldn’t tackle and so forth but somehow he managed to survive. I’m more concerned with what their GM is going to do with their boatload of draft picks rather than who their OC is. This team is in total rebuild mode so there will be many new and young faces on this team that’ll take some time to gel together at the NFL level. It makes a lot of sense to bring Fitz back and have a new young QB sit during this transition which makes a lot of sense for Chan Gailey to be there too.

  33. It looks like Fitzpatrick is calling the shots in Miami now.

    This isn’t the first team to have loaded up on Fitzmagic and got crunk.

  34. Whoever said Minkah was a TOP 10 pick, was wrong. He was picked 11th and was expected to be basically the rover on defense. He didnt want it and was traded.

    As for Chan Gailey, his offenses are run based with play action. More West Coast than vertical. I would have kept O’shea.

  35. Chan is a good OC. Phins fans should quit whining and look at this guy’s history. He got a lot out of a Bills offensive roster with very little talent at receiver. If the Dolphins continue to suck – which I hope they do, it won’t be because of Chan Gailey

  36. NOT THIS IS INTERESTING! I have no idea why Chaddie boy was fired (other than Miami’s offense sucked for most of the year), but Gailey WAS a damned good OC. So he was in Miami when Fins had Feeley at QB? Hmmmmmm…. I mean, Fitz will never be good but he is probably better than Jay Feeley….

  37. Gailey is going to look at the films and If he say players that would fit into his system he should get rid of then and get the players who will fit into his system.

  38. Gailey is going to look at the films and If he say players that would fit into his system he should get rid of then and get the players who will fit into his system.

  39. Some of these comments crack me up. While sitting at home typing, they think they know more than the professionals do. Gailey is a good OC. He’s ground and pound and we can see what a good run game can do for an “average” QB (see Tannehill now). He believes it starts in the trenches and as we saw this season, we’ve got some good WRs to build on.

    As for keeping Fitz, I’m confused why people don’t think we’ll draft a franchise QB. What better QB to learn from than a guy like Fitz who’s seen everything there is to see in the NFL. Just because you don’t start a guy on the first day doesn’t mean he won’t start sometime during the season. Whoever said all the “good” QBs will be gone by the time we draft must not have heard about Brady (6th), R. Wilson (3rd), Mahommes (mid-1st), Lamar Jackson (32nd – 1st), and on and on and on.

  40. Another circus move by this clown team. Three of the players they gave away made the pro bowl. They traded away their best running back. Now, they will need ot use some of their picks to get a LT and a DB, guys they gave away….. Gailey is awful and the fact he is getting another chance in the NFL is laughable. It was nice to get draft picks but this team has PROVEN they don;t know what to do with them. They will be lucky to come out of this years draft MARGINALLY better than they are now.

  41. Can we please stop talking about Minkah and all the other players that we traded away…. They obviously wasn’t part of the plan going forward for whatever reason. For instance, Minkah basically wanted to tell the coach where he wanted to play. Stills called out the man who pays him millions to play a game in public. We all knew what we had in Drake, a good back but not a bell cow. And Tunsil even stated that what the Texans gave up to get him, he would have done the trade too.

    Now, the hiring of Gailey, tells me Fitz will be back in Miami next year, and that we are not sold on any of the QBs coming out in this years draft. Meaning we will have a vet at QB and Rosen as a backup. Now, I wouldn’t put this out the realm of possibility that Rosen beats out Fitz. Fitz could be the ultimate team guy. He has been around Rosen for a year, been in many different offenses, and could know the type of offense Rosen could thrive in, then in comes Gailey, I’m just saying…. (trying to put a positive spin on this)!!!!

    Therefore, we can focus on building a team from the ground up i.e. the O-Line and the D-Line, and find a RB. Spend some $$$ on a Trent Williams or another solid FA O-Line, then supplement that with a rookie or two in the draft. Then go get one of these bell cows like a JK Dobbins, or the kid from Wisconsin to run the ball 20+ a game. Find a Edge Rusher in the draft and FA, and a safety

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