Report: Bills name Gailey head coach

Posted Jan. 19, 2010 @ 11:19 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bills have hired Chan Gailey to be their next head coach, according to ESPN.com.

Gailey is expected to be introduced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. He will become the team's fifth head coach hired in the last 10 years.

Gailey served as the head coach of the Cowboys from 1998-99, compiling a 18-14 record and reaching the playoffs both seasons. He also coached Georgia Tech from 2002-07, leading them to six bowl appearances, and spent time as offensive coordinator with the Broncos, Dolphins and Chiefs. He was let go by Kansas City prior to the '09 season.

Gailey, 58, brings an offensive mind to a team that struggled on that side of the ball last season, finishing 30th in the league. His success offensively is unquestioned, as NFL teams he's coached have made the playoffs in 11 of his 15 seasons.

The Bills had previously talked to Mike Shanahan, Bill Cowher, former interim head coach Perry Fewell and Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier about their coaching vacancy, being rebuffed by numerous other candidates. Cowher heavily recommended Gailey, which in part led to his hiring.