Dan Reeves joining Chan Gailey in Buffalo? ‘It’s news to me’

Dan Reeves said he has no plans to shuffle off to Buffalo

Dan Reeves said he has no plans to shuffle off to Buffalo

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.

89 comments Add your comment

Bryan G.

January 22nd, 2010
9:27 am

“I haven’t been even been contacted.” Did he stutter or is that a typo?

Bryan G.

January 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

oh, and “primero” for our Spanish friends.

boots

January 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

Dan is one of the good guys in the NFL. I hope he stays in Georgia, because Buffalo is a rough place, especially this time of year.

Ryno

January 22nd, 2010
9:31 am

Should be the other way around. Reeves is head coaching material – Gailey is not.

PMC

January 22nd, 2010
9:43 am

It would be pretty cool to see if Coach Reeves could get a 3rd team to the super bowl though….

Jeff Schultz

January 22nd, 2010
9:44 am

Brian G — Thanks for bringing an international flavor to the “First” derby. (And yes, that was a typo. Fixed.)

Bryan G.

January 22nd, 2010
9:45 am

De nada, amigo.

Jeff Schultz

January 22nd, 2010
9:45 am

Boots — You’re right about Dan — he is one of the good guys.

Bill

January 22nd, 2010
9:45 am

Dan is first class. Played HS ball against Dan and his brother, both great gentleman. Good Luck Dan what ever you do.

Jeff Schultz

January 22nd, 2010
9:46 am

Ryno — Never thought of it that way. But I agree.

Jeff Schultz

January 22nd, 2010
9:48 am

Brian — Pas de quoi. (French)

Ramblin Wrecker

January 22nd, 2010
9:49 am

It amazes me that there are 32 NFL head coaches (at the beginning of December), 64 NFL coordinators, around 200 NFL position coaches, then 119 college head coaches and probably a dozen hot college coordinators, not to mention the half dozen really good former NFL head coaches and college head coaches to choose from, and yet two of of the best college coaching spots went to Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley and an NFL job went to Chan Gailey.

I think USC is about to slide down the mountain, either by on field performance and/or by NCAA sanctions under Lane Kiffin. He’s a slimeball who has accomplished nothing but been given everything…twice!!! The Tennessee job is a prime spot. I can’t believe for two years straight, they did a job search and the best they could come up with was Kiffin and Derek Dooley. Dooley may turn out to be a good coach, but to this point he hasn’t earned that opportunity. I have to believe his name opened that door, much like Kiffin’s name did him wonders. It must be the AD or something that is existing in the Tennessee universe that is scaring off prime coaching candidates, because it can’t be the opportunity…a historical SEC power with a national following and a 100,000 seat full stadium with athletic dept coffers to match.

Oh and Auburn which is similar to Tennessee, the best they could do was Gene Chizik, who has a similar success record to Dooley.

Buffalo must really be an awful place if they can’t even get a hot coordinator to make an upward career move. Gailey will not embarrass that franchise, but if you want to move out of obsurity and past mediocrity, he’s not your man.

Ramblin Wrecker

January 22nd, 2010
9:51 am

Actually Lane Kiffin was given everything THREE times, because despite the dysfunctionality of Oakland, it is still one of 32 jobs on the highest level of football that should be coveted. Heck it was only a few years ago that Jon Gruden took them to the Super Bowl. It could be done with the right coach, and is at the very least a stepping stone to a head coaching job at a more attractive NFL stop.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 22nd, 2010
9:56 am

One thing about it Dan will have more dance moves than most of the Bills . He needs to be back in Football full time those Landry types are few and far between these days

Bill

January 22nd, 2010
9:58 am

Ramblin, you got some good points but Auburn got what they wanted “Chizih” and he has done a pretty good job and has some darn good players coming next year. Give Dooley a chance and lets see what the young lawyer coach can do. Agree something there I don’t like about AD.
Gailey is Gailey Lord bless his soul..he tries. Again Jeff Thanks.

Jackie Chan

January 22nd, 2010
10:03 am

I’m shuffling off to Buffalo to do some Kung Fu Fighting….isn’t that Reeves guy in a wheelchair?

DJ

January 22nd, 2010
10:06 am

Don’t count it out. The Bills will make a play for MV and Mr. Reeves could then fill in a mentor position. As for the harsh elements, didn’t Mr. Reeves play in the Ice Bowl?

And why all the fuss over Lane Kiffin (off subject)? I do not hear any calls for Hamilton’s head and he is the one that fired Fulmer and hired Kiffin. The guy can coach and recruit so get over it.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.....

January 22nd, 2010
10:06 am

Whatever anyone opinion is of Dan Reeves, you have to respect the guy.

This dude has won more games that any three coaches now coaching in the NFL combined.. Excluding Norv Turner maybe… That does include Mora Jr.

Coach Reeves is VERY conservative by nature and that showed in his Superbowl appearances.However, he won MANY games at Dallas, Denver, NY and Atlanta. The man can coach. Performances do not lie. He did his talking on the field.

A hall of famer for sure I would think. The man coached under Laundry, Coached Elway to 4 Superbowls, Coached great Giants team with Rodney Hampton and took the Falcons to it’s only Superbowl… I will never forget that Andersen kick to get there. Andersens arms in the air.. I still have that picture in my office.

I respect Coach Reeves tremendously.

JB

January 22nd, 2010
10:12 am

Gailey is the new Bills coach because they are cheap. It takes 4-6 mil to get a top notch NFL head coach. They’ll probably pay Gailey 2 mil. If they were committed to winning, Cower would be there with a 8 mil a year contract. They’ll muddle through mediocrity with Gailey and win 6 or 7 games.

General Lee

January 22nd, 2010
10:14 am

I thank Gailey is a better pro coach than a college coach.I think he will do just fine in buffalo.

Poorbrave

January 22nd, 2010
10:14 am

Amen to that, RESPECT………

Cecil34

January 22nd, 2010
10:15 am

I still remember #30’s halfback pass in the Ice bowl to Lance Rentzel…

Coach Reeves has too much class to be involved with today’s sleazy, youth-centered, footertainmentball NFL. I hope he stays out of it.

Book em Dano

January 22nd, 2010
10:16 am

I always like Dan. He is one of us. I am also aware of his health issues and age. I’m not sure a high stress job is what he needs at this point in his life. No slam, just common sense reality. As for my personal stress level, it was worth $40 extra large to get rid of Conan. That hairdo and corpse like complextion was freakin’ me out.

Cecil34

January 22nd, 2010
10:19 am

Yeah, Book em, Johnny was rolling in his grave when they gave the show to that nipple-lickin’ kewpie-lookin’ fool!

ernisTbass

January 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

If Dan Reeves had picked Drew Brees he would still be coaching the Falcons

mike

January 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

We’re always looking for a few good men. Actually 22 (11 for each side of the ball) in Deeeeetroit. At least Oakland and Buffalo no what the promised land looks like……

James

January 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

Dan Reeves. Good guy. No one has said a single bad thing about him on this blog. Of course, maybe that’s because we’re Falcons fans, and you can’t disrespect the man who brought you your only super bowl chance… Oh, anyway, so Dan: don’t go to Buffalo. It sucks up there.

greg

January 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

for crying out loud dan is 66. marv levy was 70 in his last superbowl appearance and coached a few more years. dan is a great coach and i say go for it. Book em Dano!!!!!!!!!!!!

comedy

January 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

The Honorable Dan Reeves. Super duper football knowledge. Why has no team contacted him before? He resume’ glows brighter than a fireplace on a cold night.

New Stepmom

January 22nd, 2010
10:45 am

Dan Reeves is an absolute class act. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife briefly on two occasions and cannot put words together to describe what a great couple they are. I hope they stay in Atlanta, but Buffalo would be lucky to have them.

As for Auburn, I am a graduate and was not pleased about the Chizik hire a year ago. That has changed. Not only did Chizik get guys who were not great players to win 7 games and almost beat Alabama, Iowa State did well this year too and some of that credit must go to Mr. Chizik. Chizik is a great motivator and is recruiting like gang busters. I just hope the powers that be have learned their lesson and will not treat him as poorly as they treated Tubbs.

La. Tech has not been an embarrassment under Derek Dooley and I think Tennessee made a good hire and he will be fun to watch there. Of course Lane Kiffin was fun to watch too, he was great looking (sorry to be a girl) even when speaking while his foot was in his mouth.

Sun Tzu 7

January 22nd, 2010
10:47 am

ErnisTBass,

If Dan would have drafted Drew Brees then he wouldn’t necessarily still be with the Falcons. The head coach that originally drafted him is back in college… and I think the Chargers got rid of him about the same time that Blank let Reeves go to bring in Jimmy Jr.

Personally I’ve always repected Coach Reeves and hoped there would be a way the Falcons could get him involved somehow whether it be through the front office or as some type of consultant.

I’ve never heard Coach Reeves say anything negative about the Falcons and would love to see him around Flowery Branch again.

rock

January 22nd, 2010
10:58 am

turn of the century was not that long ago

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 22nd, 2010
11:20 am

Count me as another one who remembers watching Dan Reeves in the Ice Bowl. It must have been awful to have to play in those conditions and what truly boggles the mind is that anybody would sit out in that to watch anything. It’s beyond my comprehension.

Jeff Schultz

January 22nd, 2010
11:21 am

ErnisTbass — Funny, but actually Dan only got fired after Vick broke his leg.

Jeff Schultz

January 22nd, 2010
11:23 am

I love the fact that Reeves is being praised by you folks. I thought way too many people dumped on him in his last season with the Falcons (and since) and I’m still bothered by how that whole firing went down. Players basically threw him under the bus by quitting on the season, and we know now with hindsight all of the issues that team had.

Jeff Schultz

January 22nd, 2010
11:24 am

Rock — I think he meant the previous century. But I got the joke.

Bills Backer

January 22nd, 2010
11:26 am

Ramblin Wrecker you are a moron and the only crappy place is your mommas house. Buffalo is the greatest place to coach/play/watch a football game. Just because you jerkoffs cannot even sell out the flats or the Georgia Dome doesn’t mean you can make comments about the greatest team on earth.

Panther08

January 22nd, 2010
11:27 am

They are closely connected. Both of them grew up in Americus, GA.

Bills Backer

January 22nd, 2010
11:28 am

James…your mother sucks too….she sucks me every night. Go Bills

Bills Backer

January 22nd, 2010
11:28 am

Hey JB…Were we so cheap when we won four AFC titles in a row, or 2 AFL championships. Buffalo is #1

GT Fan

January 22nd, 2010
11:33 am

I’d go to war with Dan Reeves. What more could you ask.

waw

January 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

don’t think Bills Backer knows the rules around here…

.

January 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

Jeff, Bills backer @11:28 needs to go! This is not the place for that crap, thanks.

Stephen Smith

January 22nd, 2010
11:42 am

Dan Reeves was a very good coach for the Falcons and it was a shame how he was fired. In hindsight, Mora did much less than Reeves did with the team and further demonstrated his poor coaching ability in Seattle.

gt

January 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

You wonder if they were that desperate to hire Gailey why they wouldn’t hire the real thing in Reeves. I dealt too many real assistants would want to hitch their star to Gailey. I will love to see if the assistants look like Nix on offense and I understand Gailey’s old DC is available too. Great coaches have a legacy of head coaches that spin off them, Bobby Dodd had a load of these proteges as did Dooley, don’t think Gailey is burning the woods up.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 22nd, 2010
12:05 pm

Dan Reeves’ problem as Falcons coach was not his coaching, but his input on the personnel side. Two of the three seasons that he had a healthy game changer playing for him (first Jamal Anderson, then Michael Vick) he was good enough to take the Falcons to the playoffs. The problem was that when his game changers were not healthy there was not nearly enough talent on the rest of the team to sustain winning, and this was due in large part to Reeves’ involvement in personnel decisions (like trading the pick used on Jamal Lewis for Reggie Kelly).

That said, if Vick doesn’t break his leg in 2003, in all likelihood the Falcons break the back to back winming seasons curse, Reeves is never fired, Jim Moron is never hired, and things turn out quite differently for Reeves, Vick, and the Falcons franchise.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 22nd, 2010
12:14 pm

By the way, Drew Brees was a very, very average quarterback until the 2004-05 season, coincidentally the year the NFL changed the illegal contact rule to benefit passing games. The Chargers’ opinion of him was low enough that they drafted Philip Rivers that year. I seriously doubt that Reeves would have squeezed more out of Brees in those first three seasons than Cam Cameron did as his offensive coordinator.

m

January 22nd, 2010
12:15 pm

Jeff….you are the one that should be elated that the Bills hired chan gomer gailey.

Why, you may ask?

Because no matter how stupid your columns are….they will never be as stupid as the Bills GM that hired gomer.

Da Bills

January 22nd, 2010
12:20 pm

The bills will be back i can count on it. The greatest team in sports Bills Backer i love u and i dont even know you rep for them Bills

Adrian Devine played here.

January 22nd, 2010
12:20 pm

I liked Dan Reeves when he was the Falcons coach. And the way he was fired will forever be a stain on the franchise under the ownership of Authur Blank. The man won everywhere he coached and everywhere he played. The one word that i think best describes him is ” Winner” . If he decided to go to Buffalo, it would be a smart move of Gailey’s part as well as a the owner’s part.