Bills fire Gailey, coaching staff

Posted Dec. 31, 2012 @ 11:21 a.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

The Bills fired head coach Chan Gailey after three seasons, the team announced on Monday. An emotional Gailey told reporters Monday that the entire coaching staff had been relieved of duties.

Buffalo finished with a 6-10 record for the second season in a row after beating the Jets in the season finale. Gailey had a 16-32 mark in his three seasons with the Bills.

Expectations were high in Buffalo after the team signed DE Mario Williams in March. Gailey promoted Dave Wannstedt to defensive coordinator, and the unit finished 22nd in the NFL. Gailey’s offense finished 19th in the league.

The last Bills head coach to complete four seasons was Marv Levy. 

There has been no announcement regarding the future of GM Buddy Nix.

The way we see it

Aging owner Ralph Wilson emptied the wallet last spring and made it clear he wants this team in win-now mode. Gailey’s decision to promote his friend Wannstedt didn’t pan out, and his loyalty to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t resulted in wins.

Known for his offensive prowess, Gailey’s offense struggled at times, especially in the red zone. C.J. Spiller’s lack of touches in several games brought criticism to Gailey.

One thing that was thought to be Gailey’s saving grace was the respect his players have for him, with stars like Stevie Johnson publicly pushing for the club to keep Gailey. This is a young team with some budding talent, starting with Johnson and Spiller on offense, but the quarterback position needs fixing. The fact that Gailey was well liked could have kept him safe if the team got to .500, but a 6-10 record with a few embarrassing losses thrown in forced Wilson's hand.