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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Chan's the man

     January 19, 2010 -- The Buffalo Bills knew that one of their first orders of business for the 2010 season would be to hire a coach. Dick Jauron had lost his job in 2009, and Perry Fewell was picked as his interim successor.

     The usual speculation followed once the season had ended, and plenty of names came up. It's fair to say, though, that Chan Gailey was not one of those names.

     So it was with some degree of surprise that the Bills announced the hiring of Gailey. The veteran coach had only been a head coach in the NFL once, but he made the playoffs twice while leading the Dallas Cowboys.

     Bills general manager Buddy Nix talked to some of the "big names," such as Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan. Still, Gailey didn't mind being something of a "second choice."

     "Shoot, you look at the history of the Buffalo Bills, and I've come in that stadium enough times to know about the fans of the Bills Nation," Gailey told The News' Mark Gaughan. "Who wouldn't want to come here? Maybe some guys have personal reasons, they don't want to be here. Great. I'm glad, because I get to come here."

     The Bills struggled at times during Gailey's first two years on the job, but he seemed to received little blame for those problems from the fan base.

--- Budd Bailey

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