Nov 11, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey talks with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) as they take on the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Gailey Showed Promise, But Went Sour


At the start, the Chan Gailey era in Buffalo showed some promise. Sure, the product didn’t always look great. That being said, there were signs that the team was moving in the right direction. The team started off last season on a tear, but eventually fell to a 6-10 record. Last offseason the Bills brought in Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, giving the team even more promise. However, the team, never lived up to any expectations and the time was right to move in another direction.

He put his eggs in the wrong basket, and the Bills ended up just as ineffective as they were when he arrived. In the end Gailey’s inability to use C.J. Spiller and the struggles of Ryan Fitzpatrick may have done Gailey in. As the three years went along it became more and more apparent that Ryan Fitzpatrick was not the quarterback of the future. Gailey became more and more conservative as that time went along as well. Many would tie the two together, but there is one factor that makes Gailey’s choices this season very confusing. He didn’t focus the offense on the runningbacks even when the QB play was lacking.

Gailey was not the right man for the job. The “quarterback guru” never seemed to find an answer, and the production just wasn’t there. He leaves with a 16-32 record with the Bills. Although there seems to be little animosity towards Chan, most agree with the decision to let him go.

Now we start a new era. With the coaches that are interested in the position, it seems that the team may be better off than they were three years ago. Once again we start over, and this time it feels like real change may actually be coming.

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