Remember how so many Georgia Tech fans would look at Chan Gailey and think, “Vanilla”? Well, Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards looks at looks at Chan Gailey and thinks, “Bill Walsh,” and “Sid Gillman” and “visionary.”
Gailey generally has had a solid reputation as an NFL assistant. That reputation seldom carried over at Tech, where fans mostly grew weary of seven-win seasons, losing to Georgia and struggling to develop a quarterback. (I’ll post some offensive numbers in a moment.)
But Gailey, now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills after a stopover in Kansas City, is being lauded by Edwards. The quarterback told ESPN’s AFC East blogger, Tim Graham, “I’ll try to explain it as best as I can. I’ve never been around a guy that’s very conscientious of what offensive plays set up other plays. He’s doing a lot of motion and shifting, trying to disguise certain plays so it doesn’t look like the same plays to the defense.
“That’s what’s nice as a quarterback. You’re talking to him and he understands that certain formations we run a lot of the same plays. There’s coordinators that get pretty basic and pretty predictable. I feel like Chan isn’t going to be that predictable. It’s nice to keep the defense off-balance.”
I will grant you that this is Trent Edwards and not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning making the comments. Still, the comments are fairly staggering.
For what it’s worth, this is how Georgia Tech ranked in offense in the ACC during Gailey’s six seasons:
♦ 2002 (9 teams): fifth in total offense, seventh in scoring.
♦ 2003 (9 teams): ninth in total offense, eighth in scoring.
♦ 2004 (11 teams): eighth in offense, seventh in scoring.
♦ 2005 (12 teams): ninth in offense, 10th in scoring.
♦ 2006 (12 teams): third in offense, fifth in scoring.
♦ 2007 (12 teams): third in offense, fifth in scoring.
OK, questions for the masses: Were we missing something, is Edwards missing something, or is the truth somewhere in between