After all the names that have been thrown out there, it appears now that the Bills’ ongoing search for a new head coach could be coming to a close.
According to multiple reports from The Buffalo News, Chan Gailey has catapulted to the forefront as the Bills’ next head coach. The former Dallas Cowboys and Georgia Tech head coach could become the next head coach in Buffalo within the next few days. Mark Gaughan’s article also states that Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is not going to be the Bills’ choice for the job.
The Bills have been seeking a head coaching candidate with prior head coaching experience and an offensive mind, and Gailey matches that description. He was the head man in Dallas in 1998 and 1999, and reached the playoffs in both seasons. From 2002 until 2007, Gailey was the head coach at Georgia Tech comprising an overall record of 44-33. During his six seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Gailey guided Tech to six consecutive bowl games.
Gailey has had several stints in the NFL an offensive coordinator. He first cut his teeth as an offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos in 1989 & 1990. He served as an offensive aid with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1994 until 1997. After his two years in Dallas, Gailey landed with the Miami Dolphins in 2000 & 2001. His most recent NFL gig was with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. Gailey was fired by new Chiefs head coach Todd Haley two weeks before the start of the season in 2009.
Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, via his Twitter account, indicates that Gailey and the Bills met last week and that barring a breakdown over the next few days, it looks as though this could be a done deal and Gailey will be the guy.