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The Buffalo Bills head coaching search has taken quite the unexpected and surprising turn.

The Buffalo Bills secretly interviewed long-time coach Chan Gailey last week and a source close to Gailey said the coach is slated to meet with owner Ralph Wilson and GM Buddy Nix sometime again Monday, FOXSports.com has learned. As long as talks don’t break down, Gailey is expected to be hired as the Bills head coach within the next 24-48 hours.

Gailey’s name had been kept tightly under wraps, it appears he has now jumped up as a possible favorite to land the open slot.

Gailey fits the exact bill for what the new GM Nix is looking for. The Bills were hoping to hire someone with head coaching experience and they wanted the candidate to have his expertise on the offensive side of the ball.

Gailey spent some time this season with the Kansas City Chiefs but had his duties removed from him prior to the start of the season. While he didn’t work out this past season in K.C., Gailey’s offenses have long been productive in places such as Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh. He also spent time as the head coach at Georgia Tech.

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The Buffalo Bills head coaching search has taken quite the unexpected and surprising turn.

The Buffalo Bills secretly interviewed long-time coach Chan Gailey last week and a source close to Gailey said the coach is slated to meet with owner Ralph Wilson and GM Buddy Nix sometime again Monday, FOXSports.com has learned. As long as talks don’t break down, Gailey is expected to be hired as the Bills head coach within the next 24-48 hours.

Gailey’s name had been kept tightly under wraps, it appears he has now jumped up as a possible favorite to land the open slot.

Gailey fits the exact bill for what the new GM Nix is looking for. The Bills were hoping to hire someone with head coaching experience and they wanted the candidate to have his expertise on the offensive side of the ball.

Gailey spent some time this season with the Kansas City Chiefs but had his duties removed from him prior to the start of the season. While he didn’t work out this past season in K.C., Gailey’s offenses have long been productive in places such as Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh. He also spent time as the head coach at Georgia Tech.

Buffalo fans are horrified by the potential hiring of Gailey. With all of the money Ralph Wilson (owner) promised to throw around during the coaching search we were once again falsely optomistic because of the big-name candidates on the market.

The Bills are sinking quickly, and the fans deserve MUCH better with their strong devotion and dedication to their team since our last playoff run (1999)

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Buffalo fans are horrified by the potential hiring of Gailey. With all of the money Ralph Wilson (owner) promised to throw around during the coaching search we were once again falsely optomistic because of the big-name candidates on the market.

The Bills are sinking quickly, and the fans deserve MUCH better with their strong devotion and dedication to their team since our last playoff run (1999)

Hard to blame Wilson when nobody was interested in the job. He put the cash out there.

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They didn't even wait for Frazier - unless of course he already let them know he wasn't interested.

So, it looks like they decided on an offensive minded HC rather than a defensive minded one. That's fine.

...........................but Chan Gailey??:blink:

Here are some reasons why the Bills may have decided to pick Gailey; from a BB message board;

1. Staffs are being assembled league wide, as the season has come to an end. Good assistants are being snapped up, without a coach in place, the Bills are losing the opportunity to replace the assistants they have fired. After all, saving ~8 mil in signing Gailey leaves RW alot of cash to throw around to hire quality people and expand traditionally one of the smallest staffs in the league. Sure ...

2. As a corollary to the first point, Gailey is considered to be a relative hot commodity as a coordinator. Several teams have expressed an interest and he may have forced their hand, saying that unless they acted quickly to sign him as HC, he would sign elsewhere as OC. This seems reasonable, as staffs are being assembled and unless he wanted to sit on the sidelines or lose a chance at a good opportunity (i.e. Chicago), he's need to act now. I think he called the Bills bluff and they folded.

3. End this farce of a coaching search, being rejected by coaches and coordinators league wide has been publicly humiliating. This once proud franchise has been held up to ridicule daily, signing a coach will at least make our problems lower profile.

One good reason, two bad reasons.

However, with an unsuccessful search the Bills HAD to pull the trigger or we would have ended up with **** Jauron again. Even HE might not want to come back.

Unfortunately I think Wilson has his hand too far into the pot, which turns a lot of coaches off. He insists on making important decisions, ultimately dooming the Bills to fail.

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1. Staffs are being assembled league wide, as the season has come to an end. Good assistants are being snapped up, without a coach in place, the Bills are losing the opportunity to replace the assistants they have fired. After all, saving ~8 mil in signing Gailey leaves RW alot of cash to throw around to hire quality people and expand traditionally one of the smallest staffs in the league. Sure ...

2. As a corollary to the first point, Gailey is considered to be a relative hot commodity as a coordinator. Several teams have expressed an interest and he may have forced their hand, saying that unless they acted quickly to sign him as HC, he would sign elsewhere as OC. This seems reasonable, as staffs are being assembled and unless he wanted to sit on the sidelines or lose a chance at a good opportunity (i.e. Chicago), he's need to act now. I think he called the Bills bluff and they folded.

I don't think there will be a demand for Chan Gailey the coach. As an O.C., he could always be hired

away if a head coaching gig comes up. The Bills would be better going way off the grid for a "maybe", than

settling for a "never was"

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