Buffalo Bills Close to Hiring Chan Gailey as its new Coach
Asked if the announcement would come Tuesday, the team source said, “I believe so.”
The Bills are said to be impressed with how Gailey has brought teams to the playoffs with quarterbacks such as Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart and Jay Fiedler. In fact, Bill Cowher — whom the Bills had been courting to replace the fired Dick Jauron — highly recommended Gailey to the Bills.
Cowher planned to make Gailey his assistant head coach/offensive coordinator if he came back. Gailey has coached in four Super Bowls and has had his teams go to the playoffs in 11 of his 15 NFL seasons.
Gailey was coach of the Cowboys in 1998-99, following Barry Switzer, reaching the playoffs in both seasons but failing to win a playoff game. He coached Georgia Tech from 2002 through 2007 and led the Yellow Jackets to a bowl game in all six seasons at the helm.
Gailey has also worked as an offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, who hired him in 2008 and relieved him of his playcalling duties after three preseason games in 2009.
When one candidate after another backed out, the Bills kept turning back to Gailey at Cowher’s recommendation.
The Bills had sought out or interviewed Cowher, Mike Shanahan, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The team also interviewed its former defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell, who took over as interim coach after Jauron was fired midway through the season.
Fewell took a job as the New York Giants‘ defensive coordinator.