Oh look, Chan Gailey may get hired — again

Chan Gailey's biggest problem at Tech: He went 0-6 vs. Georgia.

Chan Gailey's biggest problem at Tech: He went 0-6 vs. Georgia. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The current national unemployment rate is 9.7 percent. Want to cut that in half in a week? Hire Chan Gailey’s agent.

Gailey is a fine man and apparently considered a fine football coach. I say apparently because the only thing more surprising than the number of jobs he loses is the number of jobs he gets. The former Georgia Tech head coach is on the verge of being named coach of the Buffalo Bills, according to both FoxSports.com and the Buffalo News.

This would be Gailey’s sixth head coaching job. The previous five, chronologically: Troy State, Birmingham Fire (World League), Samford, Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Tech.

Gailey is a resume on wheels. Since leaving Florida as a graduate assistant in 1975, he has been employed by 11 teams/schools in 33 years: Troy State, Air Force, Troy State (again), Denver (NFL), Birmingham (WLAF), Samford, Pittsburgh (NFL), Dallas (NFL), Miami (NFL), Georgia Tech and Kansas City (NFL).

His exit from the Chiefs this season was bizarre. He was hired by former coach Herm Edwards in 2008, retained after the season when Edwards was fired, then demoted from offensive coordinator after only  three exhibitions this year, stripped of play-calling duties by new coach Todd Haley and ultimately fired. To Gailey’s credit, he acted with class after the demotion,  and pretty much has at every stop.

The Bills have had four head coaches since Marv Levy retired after the 1997 season. Gailey’s hiring at Buffalo would create an interesting scenario, since Buffalo is one of the teams targeted as a possible destination for Michael Vick. The Bills also signed Terrell Owens this year.

Gailey, Vick and Owens?

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Jamar

January 18th, 2010
8:15 pm

maybe first..but that would be interesting to see how long it would take T.O. to flip on Vick..i mean, he can’t flip on Vick..can he?

All I'm Saying Is...

January 18th, 2010
8:16 pm

Retreads like Gailey getting shot after shot at head coaching positions in the NFL despite multiple failures is the number one reason why the Rooney Rule is required as that’s the only way a minority candidate can even get an interview.

Chan may be a class act and a nice man but, aside from his successful tenure as the Steelers Offensive Coordinator back during Kordell Stewart’s ‘Slash’ days and the Steelers subsequent Super Bowl runner-up finish, there is absolutely no reason why Buffalo should hire him given his track record.

Looks like Leslie Frazier, Defensive Coordinator for the Vikings, will get overlooked again.

jesse james

January 18th, 2010
8:22 pm

It sounds like they want a guy that will come in a let T.O. do what he wants to do. I assume he is still with them. Lord may the force be with Coach Gailey for having to deal with him. What an embarrassing player for the league.

GT IS NOW A 6TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

January 18th, 2010
8:24 pm

HE LIKELY WILL DO BETTER THAN WITH A HIGH SCHOOL TEAM. HAHHAHAHHAAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA

GT IS NOW A 6TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

January 18th, 2010
8:26 pm

THE JELLO JOCKITCH HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HIGH SCHOOL TEAM. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Reid Adair

January 18th, 2010
8:31 pm

Poor Chan Gailey. I am glad he may be back in coaching, but I wouldn’t wish Michael Vick or Terrell Owens on him – let alone both of them.

Don Beebe

January 18th, 2010
8:32 pm

Jeff, I think if Chan does gets hired as the head coach that you should apply for the defensive coordinator job. Your chances are pretty good because no else will want to work there. And your qualifications are just as good as Gailey’s.

dwdawg

January 18th, 2010
8:33 pm

hey, Nixon came back

dwdawg

January 18th, 2010
8:34 pm

Gailey is the Richard Nixon of football

walter

January 18th, 2010
8:35 pm

good for chan. he deserves so much more than that rat
infested cess pool aka north venue trade school

SEC Fan

January 18th, 2010
8:36 pm

The Bills tried to hire Mike Shanahan but ended up with Gailey. My guess it’s because of money. Seems they would have been better off with a good assistant.

I wonder if any dawg fans are nervous after the way the Cowboy D gave up 34 points yesterday.

buzz is wiser

January 18th, 2010
8:39 pm

lol…poor Bills fans. Does Patrick Nix have a job, maybe Chan can hire him? If this is true the Bills will go 7-9 the next four years.

4tix4dogs4cokes

January 18th, 2010
8:39 pm

Jeff — What you know about football and coaching would fill up a thimble.

Ronnie

January 18th, 2010
8:42 pm

Jeff, nice work on WSB-TV last night.

Not Disappointed

January 18th, 2010
8:47 pm

I really like Chan. Jeff he and I would keep in touch. Now, what about Curtis Modkins at Arizona Cardinals? Wow! Would he come and get him? This is heavy Jeff. “Jello Shooter anyone?”

I need a scotch. Ramblin Wreck

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January 18th, 2010
8:48 pm

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Morgan Burnett

January 18th, 2010
8:48 pm

Yep, 51-7 did Coach Gailey in – he was never the same afterwards.

G

January 18th, 2010
8:48 pm

Let the mutts keep running their mouths. They know things have changed on the Flats and every November will be a war they will not dominate anymore. You guys consistently are top 10 in recruiting and still can’t get there. Now that Saban and Meyer reside in the SEC, Richt, a good human being, just can’t ingnite that fire that’s needed to take it to the finish line. It proves you can’t win on talent alone.

DILLIGAF

January 18th, 2010
8:49 pm

“Gailey, Vick and Owens?”
Here is the scenario:

Vick, as starting QB would do what he does best, dropback, check his primary outlet, then try to make something happen with his feet. T.O. (the primary receiver) who is never open and never sees the ball, and after much frustration begins taking jabs at Gailey. Vick eventually chimes in, throwing the line, the defense and the whole coaching staff under the bus until Gailey is booted on down the road.

The Bills then hire Jerry Glanville who takes them to the Big Dance in 2012.

Greg

January 18th, 2010
8:49 pm

Does it matter how a coach actually speaks about what he is doing? I don’t know how it could be otherwise. After all, he has to speak to his assistants and players, not just the media. And speaking is the numero uno sign of what kind of mind a person has. I was NEVER impressed with the way Chan Gailey spoke about the what he was doing, just as I am really unimpressed with the way Mike Smith does the same. Every good coach I know, even though they have many different styles and personalities, gets to the point clearly and directly, and avoids cliches. Being able to speak clearly and effectively doesn’t qualify a person to be a good coach (after all, they have to know a thing or two about football, have to be consistent, and have to be able to motivate people, as well, among other talents), but it IS a necessary condition for being a good coach.

K R

January 18th, 2010
8:51 pm

I think his win loss record is not bad-right? Also–who else can the Bills get?
Sometimes take what is there.
Schults this was a pointless blog. I am thinking you are a hack the more I read your blogs
sad. you should be better than this.

Steve

January 18th, 2010
8:53 pm

Yea “G” things sure have changed for the bees. How have things changed? Because you dorks had ONE good season out of the past 20 years? Your “championship” team could not beat UGA’s worst team in 8 years. UGA is only going to get better while the nerds stay the same, as always. 30-24 loser! You dorks could not even beat a very bad UGA team in basketball. Pathetic.

Eric

January 18th, 2010
8:54 pm

I am a Bills fan and a Georgia Tech fan. Please I beg for your pity

Realist

January 18th, 2010
8:54 pm

All this B.S. from the UGAy fans only reinforces the fact that CPJ and the Tech program has them scared to death!!! Add on a solid, professional DC and they really are in a panic. Keep letting your stupidy show leg humpers. LOOSERS!!!

georgia frigging HATER Too

January 18th, 2010
8:54 pm

WALTER——GO SUC ON A KNUTT—ATHENS IS THE KUDZU-CESSPOOL OF THE SOUTH—–ONE RN IN 115 YEARS—NOTHING ELSE EVER

layinlow

January 18th, 2010
8:55 pm

Not suprising. The Bills have a 91 year old owner who’s heirs are reportedly going to sale the team. No big name coach and even assistant coaches like Russ Grimm will even entertain the idea of going to Buffalo. Plus with the possibility of a lockout on the horizon the Bills are now thinking short term fix until the future is more clear. They can sign Gailey for a reasonable deal until the immediate future is settled. However, I would have given Leslie Frazier a shot before a retread like Gailey.

Tom

January 18th, 2010
8:56 pm

Leave the man alone. I’d take his job and retirement anyday over your’s schultz. How bad did your 401k tank last year? Maybe you need a new financial advisor.

Stuart

January 18th, 2010
8:57 pm

Of course Chan has handled his firings with class. He left with a pocket full of cash every place he was canned. If Gailey ends up coaching Vick and Terrell Owens it will be the penance he deserves for robbing Georgia Tech of $4 million ill-gotten he got from Dave Braine before Braine went insane. More Tech football talk at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Steve

January 18th, 2010
8:58 pm

“Realist” I feel for you. Well, not really since you are yet another dork on here making things up. UGA is scared of Tech? Really? Isn’t it past your bedtime? How pathetic is it that you dorks have won ONE time in the past 9 games against UGA? I mean really, that’s bad dork. As you know, the only game that means anything to you nerds is the UGA game each year. That is why you are so sad after every year. We could care less about the Tech game as it is an expected win. How does it feel to have lost 5 bowl games in a row? Yea, UGA is scared.

poopdawg

January 18th, 2010
8:58 pm

My sister is between jobs , she hasn’t heard from the Bills. She loves RED and blue.

Jack

January 18th, 2010
8:59 pm

Chan Gailey has a winning record for his career as a head coach. He’s also the one who recruited the talent that Paul Johnson is using to win now that they have matured. Nonetheless, Jeff Schultz writes yet another snide column about how he’s smarter than everyone else.

Ed

January 18th, 2010
9:04 pm

How many consecutive bowls did he take GT to? He isn’t really a bad coach. in fact he is pretty good. Not much of a motivator but I predict he will do well in Buffalo.

Burgess

January 18th, 2010
9:06 pm

Gee, all you haters out there…..I wonder how many national championships you’ve won as a head coach. . How many super bowls have you coached in ? Ask Dave Wannstedt and Bill Cowher what they think about Gailey. I’m sure you idiots know more about coaching in the NFL than they do. Jerry Jones has been quoted as saying firing Gailey has been his biggest mistake since owning the Cowboys.
Let’s see how many games Johnson wins with his high school offense wins after Gailey’s players are gone.

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 18th, 2010
9:06 pm

Chan Gailey- secret agent, cowboy astronaut, giggalo. It says it right there on his application.

DILLIGAF

January 18th, 2010
9:07 pm

Jack:

“He’s also the one who recruited the talent that Paul Johnson is using to win now that they have matured.”

They’ve matured alright, they’ve also “left the building”.

James

January 18th, 2010
9:07 pm

Tech fan here. I am glad Johnson was hired at Tech, and I think he is a much better fit than Gailey was.

That said, Gailey wasn’t a bad coach, he just wasn’t a great one. As someone mentioned, he has a winning record for his career. He’s just not really outstanding that I’ve noticed. Funny thing is, we won’t be able to tell if he can coach or not (if you haven’t made your mind up already) because he will be in Buffalo with TO and possibly Vick. Haha. What a mess…

whiskey bottle

January 18th, 2010
9:10 pm

I think I’m going to puke !

Chan Gailey at GT was the worst 6 years of my life

Sorry Buffalo fans, He’s a great person, but just not the best coach

Doug Flutie

January 18th, 2010
9:11 pm

Buffalo in the NFL version of Pergatory. It’s where you go to pay for your sins. Just ask T.O. Nobody cares about you. Nobody is watching. And the play-calling will put you to sleep. Chan Gailey will happily be unnoticed in Buffalo while he continues to polish his resume…

Doug Flutie

January 18th, 2010
9:12 pm

PS, as a Bills fan, I would f’n LOVE to see T.O. and Vick on the same team. In fact, Vick would be the only reason T.O. resigns with Buffalo. Otherwise, T.O. is long gone.

david

January 18th, 2010
9:14 pm

Ed

January 18th, 2010
9:16 pm

All of you GT and UGA bashers must be ignorant. Your comments suggest that is the case. Can’t we PLEASE clean up this blog. Shultz, please stop egging them on. Try to write something civilized for a change.

Steve

January 18th, 2010
9:18 pm

Ed, isn’t it time to get off of mommy’s computer and go to bed? The school bus will be there bright and early!

Tom

January 18th, 2010
9:21 pm

Who cares, Jeff?

You need to jump on this rumor about Joe DeCamillis following Grantham to Athens.

Realist

January 18th, 2010
9:22 pm

David

January 18th, 2010
9:26 pm

That’s really good realist. Because what Dodd thinks on January 18 matters so much to all of us. I know you don’t understand college football but so you will know, it will matter where UGA and Tech END UP in 2010, not where they start. Nice try though little kid. Now go do some math or play video games or whatever you dorks do.

dexter

January 18th, 2010
9:40 pm

honestly, if Chan hires Tenuta he could win some games but he needs to stay away from patrick nix..

CHill Dawg

January 18th, 2010
9:41 pm

Gailey, Vick, Owens, Schultz! A dream foursome with uncanny similarities!

Herschel Talker

January 18th, 2010
9:50 pm

PANTS ON THE GROUND!!!
PANTS ON THE GROUND!!!
LOOKIN’ LIKE A FOOL WITH YOUR PANTS ON THE GROUND!!!

Go Tech

January 18th, 2010
9:50 pm

Gailey has to be the worst canidate for any team–the only reason he wound up at GT was because Braine was his best friend. Gailey was so intimadated by Marc Richt. Yet Gailey belongs in the pros, look how he treated his players–Reggie Ball-not going to class?

Whopper Dawg

January 18th, 2010
9:51 pm