Ah, the Chan Gailey Era. Remember it? The Cowboys won themselves a division title and made the playoffs both years Gailey coached the team. And yet, they lost both their playoff games on Gailey’s watch. And they didn’t just lose those games. They lost to Jeff George and Jake Plummer, respectively. I suppose you could say Gailey was a moderate success here in Dallas. But you and I know better now, don’t you? I think we all know that Gailey sucked, especially in light of following the Johnson and Switzer regimes. Need a coach that will punt inside the other team’s 40 and be tuned out by his players within a matter of seconds? Chan’s your man.
Well, after getting canned as Georgia Tech head coach (he took Tech to a Bowl game every year there, which would be impressive if 98 percent of all college teams weren’t invited to bowl games) and being fired as the Chiefs offensive coordinator before the season even began, Gailey has again managed to land himself a head coaching gig. And where, you might ask? Bucknell? Nassau Valley Community Gun Repair College? No, an even more obscure spot. BUFFALO.
No, it’s true! Jay Glazer of FOX reported last night that the Bills were on the verge of hiring Gailey as their head coach. Not as quality control coach, or tight ends coach, or team bus driver. HEAD coach. The report is now confirmed by various outlets, and Gailey is expected to be named the Bills’ man at a 2 p.m. presser Tuesday.
I don’t know what more the Bills can do to kick their fans in the collective groin. Hiring the cagey Dick Jauron last go-round was bad enough. But hiring Gailey – when the team could have hired Vikings d-coordinator Leslie Frazier – is perhaps the most uninspiring thing any team has ever done. Ever.
Though I kind of like the idea of Buffalo being a place to which all infamous names in Cowboys history are banished. First T.O., now Gailey. Is there any way you can trade Roy Williams to these guys?