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Chan Gailey delivers emotional statement after dismissal

By Tim Graham

Chan Gailey, fired as head coach by the Buffalo Bills this morning, trembled and held back tears when reading from a prepared statement a few moments ago at One Bills Drive.

Gailey began by announcing the Bills also had fired the entire coaching staff.

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"The first thing I wanted to say was 'Thanks' to the Bills' organization, to Buddy [Nix] and Mr. Wilson for the opportunity," Gailey said. "I understand this is a business. We didn't get the job done. I've been called two other times to get things turned around, was able to do it. We weren't able to get this one done soon enough, and I understand that completely.

"I want to thank the fans, great Buffalo fans, great football town. These are loyal, loyal fans, and I understand that. I think that the next staff will have a great opportunity for success and to make this another great football franchise.

"This'll probably be -- and I say 'probably,' but I think it will be -- the first place that's ever fired me that I'll pull for. Thank you."

Gailey didn't take any questions from reporters.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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