BREAKING:Chan Gailey fired as head coach of the Buffalo Bills
After 3 seasons and a combined 16-32 record, the Bills have decided to relieve Chan Gailey of his duties as head coach of the team as reported by the Buffalo News. The firing was expected by fans after the team greatly fell short of expectations this season. Gailey is the first victim of a reported “house cleaning” that may be on the way. According to a tweet from the official Bills twitter, Chan Gailey has said that his staff has been relieved of their duties as well.
Don’t be surprised if Gailey is just the first of a good number of Bills (both players and management) that will be sent packing this offseason. General manager Buddy Nix is also rumored to possibly be getting the axe.
Gailey received support from GM Buddy Nix throughout the season, but now it looks as though Nix might be right behind him on the way out the door. Over the past 25 years, only 11 NFL head coaches have kept their jobs after starting their tenures with three losing seasons. Gailey will not get another chance to improve on his record in Buffalo.
Highlights of Gailey’s tenure included the team’s first win over the New England Patriots since 2001 in week 3 of the 2011 season, but he will be more remembered for the team’s inability to close out the close games this season. This season alone, the Bills lost close games to St. Louis (15-12), Tennessee (35-34), and New England (37-31). He finished his career in Buffalo with a 28-9 win over the New York Jets, their first win over the Jets since 2009.
Gailey made a brief statement Monday morning after his firing:
A couple of things. One, Scott (Berchtold) wanted to make sure I clarified one thing, the staff has been relieved of their duties as well. Just so we all get that straight. The second thing is there won’t be any questions after this. I’ve just got a few things I want to say.
The first thing I want to say is thanks to the Bills organization, to Buddy (Nix) and Mr. Wilson for the opportunity. I understand this is a business. We didn’t get the job done. I’ve been called two other times to turn things around, was able to do it. I wasn’t able to get this one done soon enough, and I understand that completely.
I want to thank the fans. Great Buffalo fans, a great football town. These are loyal, loyal fans and I understand that. I think that the next staff will have a great opportunity for success and to make this another great football franchise.
This will probably be, and I say probably, but I think it will be the first place that’s ever fired me that I’ll pull for. Thank you.
Gailey’s firing means the Bills will have their sixth head coach in a 14-year period in the 2013 season. At the age of 60, Gailey’s days as a head coach are more than likely over.