Chan Gailey out as Buffalo Bills coach after three years
- By Gregg Rosenthal
- Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 01:34 p.m.
Chan Gailey could not survive another season without progress. The Buffalo Bills announced Monday that Gailey is out as coach.
"The Buffalo Bills today are announcing that Chan Gailey has been relieved of his duties as the team's head coach," the team said. Yep, that's the whole statement.
It remains to be seen if general manager Buddy Nix will keep his job.
Gailey went 16-32 in three seasons as Bills coach, finishing 6-10 in each of the last two seasons. Gailey struggled to solve the team's defense, changing directions and coordinators every season. The front office spent a lot of money this season on free agents, including defensive end Mario Williams, and the Bills finished 26th in the NFL in points allowed.
Gailey's speciality was offense, and he often did a nice job working with lesser talent than most teams. But his offense was easier to defend in 2012 than previous years, and Gailey's attachment to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't pan out. The Buffalo News has written many times that Fitzpatrick is not expected back next season.
The only constant under Bills owner Ralph Wilson over the last decade has been change. That will continue into 2013. We're just waiting to see if Nix will be the one making the changes after failing with his first coaching hire in Buffalo.