In an expected move by the Buffalo Bills organization, the team announced today that they have fired head coach Chan Gailey, as well as his staff.
In a prepared release, the team said, “The Buffalo Bills today are announcing that Chan Gailey has been relieved of his duties as the team’s head coach.”
Expectations were high this past year, Gailey’s third with the club, especially after the Bills made major offseason acquisitions to shore up their defense, including the signing of Mario Williams to a $100 million long-term deal.
In three seasons with the Bills, Gailey compiled records of 4-12, and two duplicate 6-10 seasons.
Commenting on another year gone by, Bills Nose Tackle Kyle Williams said, “The two guys I’ve had as head coaches (Gailey and former coach Dick Jauron) are really good solid people, they’re great men to deal with, obviously we haven’t won enough which is what it’s all about.”
Williams added, “I get tired of losing, whether it’s starting over, this or that. Every year is a new year whether you have the same coach or not, you’re starting the year at square one, trying to find the identity of the team that year, what you’re going to do well, what you’re not going to do well, but more than anything, I get tired of putting in tons and tons of work and it’s hard sitting here talking to you guys at the end of December feeling like another one slips through your fingers. You only have so long to play.”
It remains to be seen if General Manager Buddy Nix will retain his position. Both Nix and Gailey were brought in by owner Ralph Wilson three seasons ago.
Gailey struggled with the defense, leaving the team in defensive coordinator’s Dave Wannstead’s hands. The Bills defense finished a disappointing 26th in the league in points allowed, while switching back and forth from a 4-3 to a 3-4 base defense.
Offense was to be Gailey’s specialty, and while he was able to squeeze production out of undrafted players and second-tier draft picks, he underused the dynamic CJ Spiller, made odd calls at inopportune times, refused to kick field goals over 50 yards and proved to have a lack of understanding of clock time management.
The Bills recently signed a new lease to keep the team in Buffalo for the next seven to ten years, but with Ralph Wilson turning 95 this year, it’s thought that the owner will go all out to finally bring in a coach with Super Bowl experience and give him complete autonomy to finally get the team back to the form they had in the early 90s, when they made four straight Super Bowl appearances.