Chan Gailey has emerged as a strong candidate for the Buffalo Bills’ head coaching job, according to a team source and a league source.
Gailey, 57, has extensive experience as both a head coach and as an offensive coordinator.
He was head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1998 and ’99 and made the playoffs both seasons. He was head coach at Georgia Tech from 2002 through 2007, compiling a record of 44-33.
League sources say the Bills’ head-coaching search could come to a quick conclusion – within a day or two - and that Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is not going to be the choice for the job.
Gailey meets the preference of Bills General Manager Buddy Nix of having a man who has prior head-coaching experience. He also fills the Bills’ desire of getting an offensive-minded coach.
Gailey most recently served as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. The Chiefs changed coaching staffs after the 2008 season and Gailey was retained. But he was fired by new coach Todd Haley just two weeks before the start of the regular season. Haley, an offensive coach, apparently had philosophical differences with Gailey and decided he wanted to call the plays himself.
Gailey’s first offensive coordinator job in the NFL was with the Denver Broncos in 1989 and ’90. Denver made the Super Bowl the first of those two seasons. Gailey was an offensive aide for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1994 through ’97. The Steelers won their division each of those seasons. Gailey was offensive coordinator for Pittsburgh in ’96 and ’97.
After coaching the Cowboys for two seasons, Gailey was offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins in 2000 and 2001. Miami went 11-5 both seasons. He jumped from there to Georgia Tech, where his teams made bowl games all six of his seasons. Gailey, however, lost six straight years to Tech’s big rival, the University of Georgia, and he was dismissed after the ’07 campaign.