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Important dates to consider in Bills' coaching search

By Jay Skurski

The NFL released a calendar of significant league dates today for 2013, and some of them apply to the Buffalo Bills and their now-ongoing search for a new head coach.

I've also included some important dates in regards to the NFL Draft. Here they are, from the NFL's release:

- Jan. 6: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the wild card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the wild card games.

- Jan. 13: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

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Jerry Sullivan: Right back to Square One

By Jerry Sullivan

"The Bills are at a crossroads, whether Wilson admits it or not. He has a bad team, an inferior front office, an increasingly disaffected fan base, and no franchise quarterback. And now, at last, a vacant head-coaching position."

I wrote those lines in November of 2009, on the day the Bills got around to firing Dick Jauron. Maybe I should just resubmit my entire column from that day, plugging in new names, and get a quick start on my New Year's. Why not? As you can tell, not a whole lot has change in three years.

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Bills players take to Twitter to react to Chan Gailey's firing

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills' Twitter account has been busy retweeting players as they share their thoughts on the firing of Chan Gailey.

Here are some of those sentiments, along with links to each player's Twitter feed.

Shawne Merriman: "You don't like to see ANYONE In this business get fired but it's just that a BUSINESS and we all have to perform still blessed to be apart of this group #NFL #Business #LightsOut"

Spencer Johnson: "Wana take time to thank the Bills fans, y'all r da best, I thank Coach Gailey and coaching staff n wish dem great success n their future.

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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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Video: Chan Gailey: 'We didn't get the job done'

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Kyle Williams reacts to Chan Gailey's dismissal

By Jay Skurski

Most Buffalo Bills players already had conducted their interviews this morning by the time news of coach Chan Gailey's firing reached the media.

Kyle Williams, however, was in the awkward position of speaking to reporters when the team made the announcement. Here's the transcript of Williams addressing his coach's dismissal.

Question: What was Gailey's message to the team?

Kyle Williams: "He just told us that he appreciated the work that we put in. Obviously, things have gone the wrong way at the end of the year. Guys still showed up and worked and worked hard and played hard. It was mostly that. To be honest with you, we didn't get in to job status, this and that. He just talked about he appreciated us."

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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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Chan Gailey's Bills tenure by the numbers

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills this morning fired coach Chan Gailey.

A recap of his team's performances each year.


  • * 6-10 record, fourth place AFC East
  • * 19th in total offense
  • * 6th in rushing offense
  • * 25th in passing offense
  • * 22nd in total defense
  • * 31st in rushing defense
  • * 10th in passing defense

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Bills make it official: Gailey is fired

By Mark Gaughan

Let the house-cleaning begin.

The Buffalo Bills fired head coach Chan Gailey today after three unsuccessful seasons.

Gailey, 60, closed his Bills career with a 16-32 record. The rest of his coaching staff has been fired, too.

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Why haven't Buffalo Bills progressed? Here's one reason

By Tim Graham

With fans sensitive to the Buffalo Bills' quarterback deficiency and refusal to draft a legitimate prospect, it should be noted half the starting quarterbacks in the playoffs are rookies or sophomores.

Four of the six NFC quarterbacks qualify: rookies Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins) and second-year quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers) and Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings).

In the AFC, rookie Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts) and second-year pro Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) made it.

For the record, here are Buffalo's draft choices through the third round each of the past two years:


  • * 10th overall: cornerback Stephon Gilmore
  • * 41st overall: tackle Cordy Glenn
  • * 69th overall: receiver T.J. Graham


  • * 3rd overall: defensive tackle Marcell Dareus
  • * 34th overall: cornerback Aaron Williams
  • * 68th overall: linebacker Kelvin Sheppard
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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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