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Old 01-19-2010, 06:12 PM   #1

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Ex-Cowboys coach Gailey takes over struggling Bills

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Chan Gailey was hired by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, receiving a second chance to prove himself as an NFL coach and inheriting a team that has missed the playoffs for 10 consecutive years.

Gailey was introduced by Bills general manager Buddy Nix at a news conference that signaled the end of a two-month search to replace Dick Jauron, who was fired in November. Gailey takes over a team that finished 6-10 this season, and he becomes the Bills' fifth coach since Marv Levy retired after the 1997 season.

Gailey has spent 15 of his 38 years of coaching in the NFL. In his two years as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach, he went 18-14 and led the team to consecutive playoff appearances -- both losses. He was dismissed after the 1999 season, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has acknowledged his mistake in firing Gailey.

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Gailey, 58, acknowledged Tuesday that he didn't know if he'd receive another opportunity to be a head coach again.

"If you sit there and say you lose confidence in yourself, no, you don't," Gailey said. "But then you see opportunities go by. And you hope that your body of work will speak for itself."

Gailey's extensive background impressed Nix, and the coach met most of the criteria thar the GM set out when he took over the search two weeks ago.

Nix was eager to find someone with previous head-coaching experience and an offensive background.

"This guy met more of the criteria than I thought we could find," Nix said. "And this guy's won everywhere he's been. ... He'll get us back to winning and get to where we want to go."

Gailey said he intends to also serve as the Bills' offensive coordinator, and he's now assembling a coaching staff.

Gailey has been out of football since he was removed as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator in August, two weeks before the season opener. He was entering his second season with Kansas City after a six-year stretch as Georgia Tech's coach, during which he went 44-33 before being fired in 2007.

The Bills hit several bumps during their coaching search. They spoke with former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher in an attempt to lure him out of broadcasting. They also interviewed former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who instead chose to coach the Washington Redskins. Last week, New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer rejected the Bills' request for an interview.

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was considered the top candidate after he interviewed with the Bills two weeks ago. Frazier's stock appeared to climb even further after his defense shut down the Dallas Cowboys in the Vikings' 34-3 divisional-playoff victory Sunday.

Gailey has run college and pro teams, including a two-year stint as coach of the World League of American Football Birmingham Fire in 1991 and '92. He also coached Troy State (1983-84) and Samford (1993).

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Gailey led Georgia Tech to six bowl appearances, but his time there ended after a 7-5 finish and going 0-6 against rival Georgia.

Gailey's top priority with the Bills will be to spark an offense that has finished 25th or worst in yards gained in each of the past seven seasons.

Finding a franchise quarterback would help, too. A combination of injuries and futility led to the Bills to go through three starters this past year. The team hasn't had a starting quarterback stay for more than three years since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 season.

Gailey also would need to warm up to Bills fans, who spent the past two weeks clamoring for the team to hire Cowher. Fans raised $1,125 to rent a billboard in Buffalo last week urging team owner Ralph Wilson to hire Cowher.

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Good OC. Head coach, nope.
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So how many Bills fans are on suicide watch right now
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Interesting move...Gailey was widely reviled by Steelers fans as OC. Here he is, being fired by a shitty team as OC, yet being hired as HC after it.

Yet Arians is continually retained by a top-notch organization and gets infinitely less respect from his own fan base. So, the logic is (I guess) Bad OC for bad team producing poor results getting fired <<<< good OC who produces top 1/3rd results keeps his job on good team as OC.

That's why I have trouble keeping up with the prevailing "logic" around here....
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