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’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.
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