Chan Gailey will find another job; he always does

Think of Chan Gailey as the football equivalent of Gene Shue. For you young ‘uns, Gene Shue coached five different NBA teams, making the finals twice but never taking a title. You could, NBA men believed, do a lot worse than having Gene Shue coach your team. But you could also do better.

Not two full years after getting fired by Georgia Tech, Chan Gailey got fired Monday by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he’d been the offensive coordinator. Not many assistant coaches get fired in training camp — sometimes they get punched (see: Raiders, Oakland)  — but that has become the Gailey signature. He’s a solid football man. Alas, solid isn’t a synonym for “inspired.”

Gailey has had 14 different jobs over 34 years, bouncing between the NFL and college football and even the old USFL. The longest he has stayed in place is six seasons, first as the Denver Broncos’ special teams coach and later at Tech. He has, over time, coordinated both offenses and defenses. He knows a lot about football. You could do worse than having him around. But you could also do better.

Georgia Tech learned as much last fall. In six seasons Gailey never had a losing record but never beat Georgia. He could take a team so far — in 2006 the Jackets won the ACC Coastal but lost the conference title to Wake Forest in the worst game ever played — but no further. If he wasn’t quite the definition of mediocrity, he was close.

Playing under a different coach, Gailey’s recruits beat Georgia in 2008. To say that Gailey left Tech is disarray would clearly be incorrect. He left the program essentially as he found it, which is more than Bill Lewis did. (Around Tech, Bill Lewis is known as “he whose name can never be mentioned.”) But he didn’t take it forward.

And that’s Chan. People hire him because he’s a nice fellow and he knows football, and then they dump him, as Jerry Jones did in Dallas after two playoff seasons, because he doesn’t inspire a team to higher heights.

But not to worry. Even after getting sacked after three exhibitions by one of the worst teams in the NFL, he’ll find work soon enough. Because that’s Chan Gailey, too. At getting hired, he’s among the very best.

61 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

August 31st, 2009
1:41 pm

while awaiting the usual God and Greyhound post, I offer the following BREAKING NEWS:

Report from Athens Regional Medical Center:

m’s wife has given birth to twins. A boy and a girl have been named 45 and 42. They have another set of twins born two years ago named Male and Female(m says the hospital named them).

Film at 11??????????????????????

PB

August 31st, 2009
1:46 pm

Let’s hear it m.

ernisTbass

August 31st, 2009
1:49 pm

Portland State???

Brent S.

August 31st, 2009
1:50 pm

There was a reason KC was in the top 3 draft spots for two years after he left Tech…Choke Gailey SUCKS!!!!! He took Tech’s program 6 years BACKWARDS, while UGA(Y) went 6 years FORWARD with Mark Richt. Plus, PJ did with Gailey’s players, that Gailey couldn’t do consitantly, win and BEAT UGA(Y)!!!
If we would have had PJ when Richt got hired at UGA(Y), then Tech would be just as viable as Georgia right now, and the series would be, at least split, over the past 6 years!!! But, as the article states, some dumb, down on their luck program will give Gailey a shot, AGAIN!!

football fan

August 31st, 2009
1:50 pm

Who Cares

August 31st, 2009
1:55 pm

He’s a dumba$$. The day he was hired at GT he said in a news conference, “I am happy to be the head coach of the University of Georgia Tech!” Nuff said…

Gwinnett Jacket

August 31st, 2009
1:55 pm

Economically speaking, you can do a lot worse than collect severence checks from college football programs and NFL teams. It is time for him to spend time with the grandbabies and allow a young fellow fill his void.

Dr. Warren

August 31st, 2009
1:56 pm

m

August 31st, 2009
1:56 pm

It sure didn’t take Kansas City 6 long horrible years to fire chan gomer gailey like it did Tech.

chan gomer gailey is the worst coach in the history of the free world and he destroyed Tech football for 6 long horrible years. Any Tech fan that ever supported him or defended him in any way sucks just as bad as he does. Especially Tech websites like the Hive that propped him up while he brought Tech down. Shame on you.

Thank God and Greyhound that the chan gomer gailey error at TECH is gone. But I pity the fans of the team that is stupid enough to hire him next.

Tech75

August 31st, 2009
2:01 pm

a fine man, but overmatched at the top level

Powder Springs Jacket

August 31st, 2009
2:16 pm

“He has, over time, coordinated both offenses and defenses”…does this mean Willie Martinez should be worried?

Go Techies

August 31st, 2009
2:17 pm

Well, Well, Well; It looks like someone finally showed America what Chan “The Man” is all about. He is the most conservative play calling coach ever to grace collage football and the NFL. Maybe he should try high school ball again, he could get away with it there and not be pressured to win ugly all the time. Both college and pro football have adapted to the spread offense and wide open attacks and won’t settle for 3 yards and a cloud of dust anymore. That’s boring to people now-a-days and won’t sell tickets. Join your buddy Dan Reaves Chan and stay on the couch!!!

Mark Bradley

August 31st, 2009
2:21 pm

Food for deep thought, Powder Springs Jacket.

AtlantaNative62

August 31st, 2009
2:21 pm

M, as soon as I heard the news of Gailey’s firing, I headed to this site to see if you had posted a comment and you didn’t let me down! I expected a little more vitriol and celebration by you but otherwise it has your usual comedic value. (BTW, someone explain to the UGAly fans what vitriol means).

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
2:23 pm

Two straight playoff seasons with Dallas? Sounds like a “Miracle Worker” to me!! Still, glad he’s gone and we have CPJ!! THWG!!

BTW, heard Gailey speak on several occasions in non-football venues. Native Georgian, from Americus; seems like a good man, wish himn well; just NOT with TECH or the Falcons, PLEASE!! Maybe to replace WM at UGA? Now THAT would give dawgs something to talk about!

GT94

August 31st, 2009
2:24 pm

“M” is not a GT alum, probably a UGA sidewalk fan. Why even pay attention to anything that he has to say?

Ken Stallings

August 31st, 2009
2:25 pm

Mark Bradley reaching deeply into the history bag to call up Gene Shue!

I have to admit, Mark, I wouldn’t have remembered Gene, but it’s a pretty good comparison. How did you arrive at that comparison?

GT94

August 31st, 2009
2:26 pm

MB,

Do you have any upset picks for this weekend’s football games???

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
2:28 pm

Powder Springs: beat me to the WM idea while I was typing; sorry for the repetition. THWG!!

Okay, I will

August 31st, 2009
2:28 pm

Vitriol is that stuff you put in your hands and rub through your hair.

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
2:34 pm

I thought that was Brylcream?

Don

August 31st, 2009
2:36 pm

We wasted 6 years and $10 million bucks on Gailey, fortunately BBuzzOFF helped run him out of town so Georgia Tech can now win ACC Championships and beat Georgia.

Mark Bradley

August 31st, 2009
2:41 pm

I tried to think of the most mediocre coach I could remember, Mr. Stallings, and Mr. Shue seemed to fit.

And GT94, I kind of like Jacksonville State over its opponent this weekend. (Kidding.)

sharecropper

August 31st, 2009
2:41 pm

M: now, come on. Get a life. Gailey has now been fired twice. How much blood do you want from the turnip? We need less anger and more humor on this site.

rduck

August 31st, 2009
2:52 pm

I was there in 2007 against VT when we had to call a timeout before running the 1st play of the game. Then we came out in the exact same formation after the timeout… Nuff said bout Gailey!

GT GLBT

August 31st, 2009
2:53 pm

SO LONG, SUCKER!!!

More trash from Georgia Tech put on the curb where it belongs!

toccoadawg

August 31st, 2009
2:56 pm

chan aint the man in KC either

Born2Buzz

August 31st, 2009
3:02 pm

DoginLex, beautiful.
rduck, i was there also…that was the beginning of the end. thankfully.
yep, chan will end up somewhere. he doesn’t have to because he can sit comfortably with his buddy dave braine on lake oconee living off what we paid him to go away. but some down on their luck team/school will give him another shot.

Sturge

August 31st, 2009
3:05 pm

Excellent article by Bradley and spot on comments by “m” and “Go Techies”. This firing is not a surprise as Haley calls most of the plays anyway which made me wonder why Chan was there in the first place (especially after finishing near last in every offensive category last year). Even w/o Cassel the KC offense just got better. Some people on this site unbelievably liked this guy but I still can’t get over the fact he started “5th down Reggie” for 4 years.

David

August 31st, 2009
3:05 pm

He can hang with Nix, he does not have a job either.

Mark Bradley

August 31st, 2009
3:09 pm

Nix is one of the big reasons Gailey didn’t last at Tech, David.

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PMC

August 31st, 2009
3:13 pm

Nice guy, just horribly horribly boring.

he’s forgotton more about football……

toccoadawg

August 31st, 2009
3:17 pm

Mark all kidding aside. I am glad GT finally got a top notch coach Like Coach Johnson. There is no reason for the bugs not to compete for the ACC championship every year with all the talent in Georgia that florida and bama are getting. He may be a bug but he is a Top notch person.

Worst Game Ever...

August 31st, 2009
3:26 pm

Mark, Come on. The worst game ever was last year’s classic between Auburn and Miss State. A total of 5 points scored. 2 were scored by the defense. That’s the worst game ever.

At least we can blame rain, wind, and howling sounds coming from the empty stadium as the reason for hindering our performance. You know the sound that comes when you blow air across the top of an empty bottle.

Gailey

August 31st, 2009
3:30 pm

I am an old school coach, I do things my way. I would compare myself to Braves coach Bobby Cox, who stays with his old school style, despite what other so called experts might think. The Braves have not won recently but Cox is a legend and will never be fired, I wish I was as fortunate as Bobby. You see in Football they do not look back at what I did years ago with the Steelers and with the Cowboys, it is what have you done for me lately. I wish I had gone into Baseball and more luckily employed by the Atlanta Braves.

m

August 31st, 2009
3:30 pm

Mark Bradley…you are showing your stupidity. Nix had nothing to do with chan gomer gailey getting fired. Nix was offensive coordinator in NAME ONLY. chan never allowed him to do his job….EVER.

You are stupid to suggest it.

BigMike

August 31st, 2009
3:43 pm

Chan I’m sure the Univ of Idaho will offer you soon, but remember you can’t bring the North Ave gang bangers with you. On a positive note they’ll be less crime on Idaho’s campus.P.S. You won’t have to play the Dawgs either!!!!

Troy State University

August 31st, 2009
4:17 pm

Um, he doesn’t inspire a team to heights? Oh.

just passing thru

August 31st, 2009
4:30 pm

Don’t forget, the first day that Gomer was in town to accept the job, at his news conference he said”with Tech being close to Atlanta it will help recruting”. You knew right then that Dave Brainless had made a major error!

SatchelBuzz

August 31st, 2009
4:35 pm

I never have nor will I ever forgive him for the 51-7 debacle. That said, it’s a great day to be a ‘Jacket.

GO TECH! TWHG!

SatchelBuzz

August 31st, 2009
4:38 pm

I still get upset thinking about Gailey,…THWG!

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David

August 31st, 2009
6:30 pm

hey M

We saw Nix at Miami when he was in charge. The Cal game, is the last game you will ever see Nix coach on the D-1 level.

Mark:

Gailey put Nix in charge, so it’s his own fault.

Ken Stallings

August 31st, 2009
6:31 pm

LOL!!

I assume, Mark, by “Mr. Stallings” you meant Gene Stallings and not me!

I was never a coach. That would mean “less than mediocre!” LOL!!!

But if you ever want to go somewhere in an airplane, I am a professional pilot! :)

Cheers!

Big D

August 31st, 2009
7:07 pm

After what he said about my kid, I hope he NEVER gets a job! As he said “we won’t WASTE a job for you”!!! Starve u B@sturd!

Former Jacket

August 31st, 2009
7:22 pm

Just to clear things up for Reggie Ball. The 5th down was partly to blame on Pat Nix. I stood there right next to Coach Nix and wondered why was he telling Reggie spike the ball on 3rd down. Yes the yard marker read 2nd down (score board correctly read 3rd) but as a player you must always have your head in the game and be aware of the down and distance. It was a sort of out of body experience. I was like “Is he really telling him to spike the ball or is that a play call I missed?” Sure enough the ball was spiked giving us one down to score and he throws the ball out of bounds. Nix and Gailey were standing right next to each other. How the both of them missed this still makes me scratch my head… Wow! I never beat Georgia… Thanks guys!

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