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NFL Network analysts discuss Chan Gailey's pink slip

By Tim Graham

NFL Network analysts Charley Casserly and Willie McGinest discussed the Buffalo Bills' decision to fire head coach Chan Gailey this morning.

Charley Casserly, the former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans executive, was asked if it was the right decision.

"Absolutely not," Casserly replied. "They have to stick with a program and see it through. It's three years, get sick and tired of somebody and let's get him out of here. You have to ignore the fan base, the pundits, everybody up there.

"Chan Gailey is a good football coach. You need to stick with a plan, go with it, and that's the only way you're going to get out of this. I didn't buy all of the publicity in the preseason. I didn't buy [Ryan] Fitzpatrick as a guy that was going to lead them to the promised land. I never saw this team better than a .500 team on its best day."

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Willie McGinest put the blame on Gailey's decision to stick with Fitzpatrick as quarterback. McGinest is a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

"The thing for me is they acquired a lot of talent," McGinest said. "They have a lot of talented players on this roster, especially on defense that they brought over. When you have a quarterback that hasn't shown that he can be that guy, it was a little premature giving him that contract because in my opinion he was streaky. He hadn't really earned it.

"Going forward, I didn't think he was the guy from the beginning. So now you fire the head coach and you don't have the right quarterback. It seems like they're going to have to start all over."

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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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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