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.