Chan Gailey and Dan Reeves: The Sunshine Boys hit Buffalo?
Not so fast.
Reeves was at home in Atlanta Friday and not house hunting under a snowdrift in Buffalo. “I haven’t even been contacted,” the former Falcons’ coach said when asked about reports that he might be headed north to work with Gailey, the new Bills’ and former Georgia Tech coach. “It’s news to me.”
This apparently all stemmed from an interview Reeves did with a Buffalo television station Thursday. He was asked if he would be open to working with Gailey, and responded, “I tell you, if I could help Chan Gailey out, I would certainly be interested in that.”
Several media outlets ran with it, including even a blogger on the Bills’ official website. So I figured I would just call Reeves this morning and ask him. He said he hasn’t spoken to Gailey since “several days before” he was named Buffalo coach, and wasn’t even aware at that time if he had interviewed for the position.
Reeves, 66, said he still would like to get back into the NFL. But he conceded that that the fire “is fading out. The big thing about the NFL is somebody has to want you. All of the young guys are having success, so they’re not that interested [in somebody older].”
He has worked as a consultant with Dallas and Houston, but a deal for a permanent position with the Cowboys fell apart in early 2009.
Reeves and Gailey go way back. Reeves actually coached Gailey in Little League.
When was that?
“The turn of the century,” he cracked.