The failure to break the NFL's longest playoff drought cost Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey his job.
As first reported by the Buffalo News, Gailey was fired Monday following the completion of a 6-10 season. The Bills confirmed the report through their team Twitter account.
General manager Buddy Nix, who hired Gailey to replace Dick Jauron in January 2010, could be the next member of the team fired.
Gailey was (15-32) in his three years with the Bills.
The offseason signing of defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year, $96 million contract spurred hope that the Bills would reach the postseason for the first time since the 1999 season. Instead, Williams and his team were both disappointments.
Williams battled a wrist injury for half the season before undergoing a minor corrective surgery. That led to improved play but not to the dominating fashion the Bills had expected when tendering the largest free-agent contract ever signed by a defensive player.