Originally posted on Buffalo Wins  |  Last updated 12/24/12
Anyone but Chan Gailey, right? We can all agree, Gailey brings nothing more than what Dick Jauron brought to the table. Like the two of them, they have horrible gameday management skills, a (false) perception of being innovative with one side of the ball while ignoring the other side, and for whatever reasons, their players love them and would rather lose than see their mentors fired. He's a fool. He's a retread. He's a guy who has been fired at 3 of his last 4 jobs and hopefully, it will be four out of five come December. Bottom line: Gailey should be fired. As of now, it seems like the Bills are intended on keeping Chan for next year, but a loss to the Jets could change that. How on earth do you market this team with Gailey at the helm of a 5-11 team, I have no damn clue. Now, if the Bills somehow do right and fire this bum, this series will be your coaching guide to the stars. You'll be hearing a lot of people say they want  young assistants. Of course, they will probably do this without any information or googling, so that's where I come in. For the next couple of posts, I'll be looking at old and young retreads, young offensive and defensive assistants, college coaches and even the CFL.  When all my coaching pieces are finished, I'll have about 4-5 candidates left, until I endorse the chosen one. For this piece, I'm looking at the coaching retreads of the last 15 years. Who do we want? As of now, it seems like everyone wants to have some young rising star assistant coach. This isn't shocking at all. Normally, when a fan or media base want to kill off a coach, they want the exact opposite of what they have. When fans were sick of Wade Phillips, they want a disciplinarian because Wade was aloof. Enter blowhard Gregg Williams and enter failure. When Gregg failed because he couldn't control Kevin Gilbride, most people wanted an offensive minded guy. Enter Mike Mularkey and enter failure. When the rookie coaches failed, most people wanted experienced coaches. Enter Dick Jauron and enter hell. Besides the football part, people hated Jauron because he wasn't exactly inspirational when talking. He also didn't get in people's faces either. So, when he failed, the Bills brought in Chan, who was a little more lively than Jauron, but not much more by NFL standards.  Now that we hate Chan, it has become the opposite of 2005. We are sick of looking at old people who have been coaches and now want the young upstart. I'm sure if the Bills sign some 35-year-old kid and he fails, it will go back to wanting a guy with experience. And onwards goes this coaching cycle of futility of ours. Don't hate retreads It is easy to despise retreads. Chan Gailey and Dick Jauron are the main reasons for it. However, you shouldn't just plug your ears and cut off someone who mentions Marty Schottenheimer or Josh McDaniels. I know we seem to be a fan base that is closed minded when bad things with a certain pattern happen to us (See: California QBs or drafting CBs), but if you research what retreads have done in the league over the last 15 years or so, it isn't that bad. Since 1997, ten championships have been won by retreads ( Mike Shanahan-2, Bill Belichick-3, Dick Vermeil-1, Jon Gruden-1, Tom Coughlin-2, Tony Dungy-1). Since 1997, there have been 36 head coaching hires who had previous stints as the big cheese of their organization. Here there are with a little bio of their 2nd or in some cases, 3rd coaching stint. Bill Parcells-Legend in terms of retreading credentials. Guided Cowboys to playoffs in 2 out of 4 years, but zero playoff wins. Helped draft a lot of young talent that is still on the team today. Head coach of the Jets for three years and guided them to AFC Championship. Helped turn around the Pats in the mid-90s. Loves rebuilding jobs. Jimmy Johnson- Went to Miami in 1996. Built a great defense, but offense was always mediocre, as Dan Marino was pretty much finished and they couldn't draft a running back to save their lives. Went to the playoffs from 1997-1999, but only won two playoff games. Dave Wannstedt- Coached Miami for 5 seasons, guiding them to the playoffs his first two years. Pretty much he rode the coattails of the Jimmy Johnson created teams. He stinks. Bill Belichick- 3 Super Bowl wins. Maybe greatest ever? Pete Carroll-Took over for Bill Parcells when he bolted for the Jets in 1997. Went to the playoffs in two of his three seasons there, but was fired after the 1999 season. Never finished below .500. Came back to the NFL after a successful tenure at USC in 2010 and is currently kicking ass in Seattle. Wade Phillips- Guided the Bills to the playoffs two out of the three years he was here. Guided Dallas to only one playoff victory in four seasons. Dick Jauron- **** you. Chan Gailey- See above. Eric Mangini- Lasted only two years in Cleveland. Had just 10 wins. Mike Holmgren came and booted HIM after just one year of working together. Dom Capers- First Houston Texans coach. Never won more than 7 games and only 18 in four seasons there. Tony Dungy- Went 85-27 with Indianapolis. Went to the playoffs for seven straight years and won a Super Bowl. Jon Gruden- Left Oakland because he hated Al Davis. Took over for Tony Dungy and guided the Bucs to the Super Bowl his first year. Since his win in the Super Bowl, he never won a playoff game for the next 6 seasons. Bruce Coslet- How on earth did this guy get another coaching job? Went 21-39 with the Bengals. Actually, not as horrible for Cincinnati as I would have thought. Still, he sucked. Joe Bugel- One of Al's famous retreads in Oakland. Lasted just one season there. Jim Mora Sr.- Went 32-32 with the Colts. Was the first ever coach for Peyton Manning and helped guide them to a 13-3 record in 1999. Went to the playoffs in two of his four years, but never won a post season game. Will always be remembered for his tirade about playoffs. Funny, but people don't remember how he bashed Manning to the media about his play and #18 wasn't exactly thrilled with it. Wonder how much that had to do with him getting fired? Tom Coughlin- Was almost fired in 2007, but had an improbable run in beating the Pats in the SB. Has two championships. Good retread. Jeff Fisher- Only in his first year in St. Louis. Defense seems turned around, offense is not. Norv Turner- Probably the poster boy for retreads everywhere. After being canned in Washington, he went to Oakland and is currently in San Diego. Was terrible in Oakland like everyone seems to be. Went to San Diego and did some nice things during his first three seasons  there (3 playoff wins and 3 division titles) and compiled a 32-16 record. Been south ever since. Record is 23-24 over the last three seasons and is probably going to get fired. Marty Schottenheimer- Helped turnaround two pathetic franchises in Kansas City and San Diego. Went to the playoffs nine times with both teams. Always had issues with winning the big game and developed a reputation as a choke artist in playoff games (6-13 record). Mike Fox- Doing nice things in Denver, as they have won back-to-back division titles. Hell, he won 8 games and a playoff win with Tebow as his damn QB. Mike Shanahan- Funny, but I wrote a piece last year before the Redskins/Bills game where I crapped all over Shanahan for not taking the Bills job and being stuck with Rex Grossman. My, have things changed since RGIII came into Shanny's life. Oh, and he did have a cup of coffee with Denver, after being fired by Al Davis in 1989, where he won two Super Bowls. Romeo Crennel- He's been so bad in KC that he fired himself as the defensive coordinator. Herm Edwards- Guided the Chiefs to the playoffs his first year, but was terrible during the next two seasons (6 wins). Plus, he hired Chan Gailey.  Dick Vermeil- After a 15 year hiatus, Vermeil came back to the NFL to coach St. Louis. After a inauspicious start to his tenure -9 wins in two seasons- Vermeil won a championship with Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. Vermeil then "Retired" only to then come back and coach the Chiefs for five seasons, where they had only one playoff appearance, but finished with a 44-36 record. His best accomplishment there was the running game lead by Priest Holmes and soon thereafter, Larry Johnson. Art Shell- Ha! This guy came back to the Raiders and won two games. He hired his old friend to be the OC, who happened to be running a hotel before Shell brought him back. Art only lasted a season. Ray Rhodes- After having a modest tenure with the Eagles, Ray Rhodes was sent packing and was hired by the GB Packers right after Mike Holmgren left them. He only lasted one season. George Seifert-Seriously, if George Seifert didn't screw up so badly in Carolina, you could make the case he should be in the HOF. His records are better than Marv Levy and John Madden. 98-30 with two Super Bowl wins in San Francsico. But, he ventured out to Carolina where he was a fricken disaster. A 16-32 record in just three seasons. Mike Ditka- He gave up his entire draft for Ricky Williams and at one point, Billy Joe Hobert was his QB. Dan Reeves- Reeves didn't do too badly in his stints with Giants and Falcons. He guided the Falcons to the Super Bowl and if Mike Vick didn't get hurt in 2003, Reeves probably would have lasted longer. Jim Mora Jr.-When Mike Holmgren left Seattle, Mora Jr. was penciled in as the heir apparent. He was error alright. He only lasted one season. Dennis Green-"The Bears are who we thought they were!" That will always be what Green's tenure will be remembered for. No playoffs in the three years. Steve Mariucci- One of the many failures under Matt Millen. Was gonna make Joey Harrington into a star. Shooting star more like it. Went 15-28 before getting fired during his 3rd season. Bobby Ross- I swear to you, Bobby Ross looks exactly like Chan Gailey. Look!!  Anyways, after leaving San Diego, he went to Detroit, where Barry Sanders leaving kind of ****** up the end of his tenure. Ross went 74-64 with the Lions and two playoff appearances in four seasons. Dennis Erickson- He was the coach when the Bills blew away the 49ers during their 6-game winning streak in 2004. He was only in San Fran for two seasons and never made it to the playoffs. Mike Holmgren- Don't want him running my organization, but can handle him coaching the team. He went to Seattle in 1999 as the coach, GM, president and emperor. He stunk during his first four seasons there, winning just 31 games. However, he was forced to give up his GM duties and he turned out to be a decent coach for them. The Hawks went to the playoffs five straight years and won the division four times during that stretch. They also went to a Super Bowl. Mike Mularkey- Chan Gailey beat him this year. Enough said. Final word on retreads: Of the 36 coaches I've listed, 19 of them had made the playoffs during their 2nd/3rd stint as a head coach. They have combined to coach in 13 Super Bowls since 1997. Of course, a lot of the good from this group comes from HOFs, while the losers, have been a giant turd sandwich. However, I don't think you can just say "Forget retreads!! They all suck!" especially after looking at this list. It is a flip of the coin, stats wise. I also think there are some good to having a retread over a young upstart because older coaches tend to employee more experienced guys. I believe young guys may feel threatened by having a veteran coach on their staff. Of course, you could say that about older coaches and younger guys. I think what I'm getting at is that retreads have been around a lot longer and know more coaches. You also have the experience factor. The biggest problems with Gailey and Jauron coming here as retreads is that they had very little success as head coaches before here. No playoff wins and just one winning season between them in Dallas and Chicago. They shouldn't have been hired to begin with. You telling me if someone like Parcells or Tony Dungy got off their asses and said they wanted to come here, you'd be preaching the "Just say no to retreads!" Of course not. But that's where the problem lies. Dungy and Parcells would rather sit at ESPN/NBC than take a job like this. We all learned that in 2009 when it came to big time coaches being courted by the Bills. So, what is left? Bobby Ross? Mangini? Hell, no. Of the guys here, and allow me to sound like Jim from South Buffalo who can recall all the members of "The Electric Company" and his memories of bringing a hooker and a keg to the Rockpile,  but I like Marty Schottenheimer. I know he's old, has a history of losing playoff games (Hey, so do we!!), and is up there when you think retreads. But he wanted the job in 2009. He knows Buddy Nix and isn't the type to take **** from anyone. He's been on record to say **** off to Daniel Snyder and AJ Smith. I like that. I need someone to tell the idiots at One Bills drive to shut the hell up. Schottenheimer is well respected across the board in the NFL by his coaching peers. If you look at his staffs over the years in San Diego and KC, he had highly respected guys like Bill Cowher, Jim Hasslet and Wade Phillips. The Chiefs went almost 20 years without going to the playoffs, until Marty walked in. San Diego was a joke and so was Drew Brees. Then Marty came. He's won 10 games by power defense and a strong running game (KC years) and passing the ball with Brees and Rivers (San Diego). He's adjusted to what he's got in other words. Yes, he's lost some bad playoff games, but can you fault him for The Drive? The Fumble? For when Lin Elliott couldn't kick 4 field goals against the Broncos? When the Chargers' DB iced the game against the Pats with a INT, only to then fumble it? When Nate Kadeing missed a kick to beat the Jets? When Montana was knocked out of the AFC Championship? There's a lot of bad luck here if you want the truth. If Gailey gets fired, I'm interviewing him. Next up: Current Assistants who were head coaches. Level II of retreads.
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