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?