Tag:Chan Gailey
Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Dave Wannstedt meets with the Bills

Posted by Andy Benoit

Since being fired at Pitt, Dave Wannstedt has been a hot NFL defensive coordinating prospect for 2010. It’s been rumored that the former Bears and Dolphins head coach has drawn interest from the Chargers and Browns – two teams in need of a defensive coordinator.

A third team jumped into the fray: Buffalo. Chan Gailey was the offensive coordinator on Wannstedt’s Dolphins staff in 2000 and 2001. The Bills defensive staff met with the former Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator (Cowboys ’92) on Thursday.

“He’s extremely knowledgeable,” Gailey told Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. “He’s a great human being. A great team guy and he would bring some intensity to our team because I know what burns inside of him.”

There is an opening at the linebacker coach position on Buffalo’s staff, though if Wannstedt came aboard his duties would likely reach beyond those of a traditional positional assistant.

“I think he would be a very good fit, but it remains to be seen if this is something he would like to do or not,” Gailey said. “So he’ll have to think about it and see what direction he wants to go.”

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Tracker: Black Monday

Black Monday is upon us, and that means plenty of coaching changes. We've organized all the NFL teams into a semi-draft order (yes, we know the Raiders don't have that pick and yes, this could change, but it puts the bad teams up top!) to give you an idea of who's been fired, who might be fired, how much job security they have, and potential candidates in different cities. See someone you think SHOULD be on the hot seat or a candidate for a certain job we missed? Let us know in the comments.  

RELATED: BLACK MONDAY/TUESDAY RUMOR MILL ROUND-UP

Team Coach Job Security Candidates



Ron Rivera

Rivera lands a 4-year, $11.2 million deal reportedly
The Panthers announced on Tuesday that Ron Rivera will be the organization's fourth head coach .



John Fox

Fox HIRED!
It seemed like the Broncos might go with someone that was familiar with their organization, but ultimately, they opted for experience and Fox , who they believe can help the defense and the team turnaround quickly.



Chan Gailey

Safe
The Bills were terrible in 2010, but they never gave up and routinely came close to upsetting better teams. Also, no one else wants the gig.



Marvin Lewis

RE-SIGNED!
Lewis called himself "unemployed" and he seems as good as gone but then there was a report that he'll return with Cincy in 2011 . Then there was a report he wouldn't. Now he's back, officially .



Ken Wisenhunt

Safe ... for now
Hard to imagine the Cards would dump Whiz until they give him a shot with another real quarterback. Cowher thinks Kevin Kolb lands here.



Jim Harbaugh

HIRED!
After much speculation as to where Jim Harbaugh would land, he finally ended up signing a $25 million, 5-year deal with the Niners .



Jason Garrett

HIRED!
Garrett was named the full-time Dallas head coach on Thursday at a lengthy press conference in Cowboys Stadium.



Gary Kubiak

NOT FIRED!
Kubiak is safe but the entire defensive staff has been canned , and now the Wade Phillips for DC speculation begins.



Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur HIRED!
Shurmur bolted St. Louis for Cleveland and it appears Mike Holmgren really wanted someone familiar with his West Coast offense.



Jim Schwartz

Safe
Lions won four straight to close the season; Schwartz has to be a hero in Detroit at this point.



Pete Carroll

Safe
NFC West title locked Carroll in and even with the Seahawks ugly loss to the Bears, it's hard to question what he did in his first season.



Jeff Fisher

OFFICIALLY BACK! DONE
In a surprising move, Fisher and Tennessee are parting ways. Now, the Titans will have to replace their head coach and their starting QB.



Mike Shanahan

Needing a QB
Dan Snyder letting Shanny run the team so him getting booted is a long shot. QB situation is a bit of a nightmare though.



Leslie Frazier

HIRED!
The Vikings didn't wait long -- they announced on Monday that Frazier's "interim" tag would be lifted and he'll be their head coach.



Hue Jackson

Jackson was hired Monday
Cable got the boot and now it looks like Hue Jackson's the favorite to land the coaching gig. Al Davis is involved though, so anything could happen.



Steve Spagnuolo

Such a cold seat
Even without a division title, the turnaround in St. Louis is pretty clear and Spags is safe.



Tony Sparano

EXTENDED!
After the Fins chased Harbaugh  and embarrassed Sparano publicly, they apologized financially by giving him a 2-year extension. How swell.



Jack Del Rio

SAFE!
Del Rio's got one more year, but it's "playoffs or bust" for JDR, according to owner Wayne Weaver.



Norv Turner

Safe for 2011
Front office says Norv's their guy for at least next year. Another disappointing season like 2010 and he could finally get the boot.



Tom Coughlin

SAFE!
Coughlin is confirmed as returning by Giants owner John Mara
Coughlin's in the middle of a playoff fight (thanks to the Bears) and Casserly says he'll be back with a one-year extension .



Raheem Morris

Award-winning?
Losses in late games by the Packers and Giants would get Morris in the playoffs and a pretty good shot at Coach of the Year if he doesn't win anyway.



Jim Caldwell

Safe
As long as Peyton Manning's playing for the Colts, it's hard to see them dumping Caldwell.



Mike McCarthy

Safe
The Packers look like the latest team to go from  "talented team to nearly miss the playoffs" to "white-hot wild card that wins the Super Bowl," so there's no reason to question McCarthy.



Todd Haley

Division champion
Haley's pretty golden in KC, no matter what some people want to say about his ego.



Rex Ryan

In like foot. Er, flint
Back-to-back playoff berths for Ryan mean he's plenty fine.



Andy Reid

Safe
The only question is whether or not Reid will trade Kevin Kolb in the offseason and how long they can keep Vick.



Sean Payton

Safe, duh
He won a Super Bowl two years ago.



Lovie Smith

Surprisingly safe
Did anyone think Lovie was safe heading into 2011? Yet he won the division and the Bears are white-hot. Very impressive year. 



John Harbaugh

Safe
Only thing he has to worry about is whether he has to face his bro once a year or not.



Mike Tomlin

Safe
Clearly, Tomlin's doing alright. 



Mike Smith

Safe
Weird thing is, Smith's not getting nearly enough love as a potential coach of the year candidate.



Bill Belichick

Safe
Retirement is the only way he'll ever get removed from New England. Arguably his greatest coaching job ever. 

Posted on: January 2, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Tracker: Black Monday

Black Monday is upon us, and that means plenty of coaching changes. We've organized all the NFL teams into a semi-draft order (yes, we know the Raiders don't have that pick and yes, this could change, but it puts the bad teams up top!) to give you an idea of who's been fired, who might be fired, how much job security they have, and potential candidates in different cities. See someone you think SHOULD be on the hot seat or a candidate for a certain job we missed? Let us know in the comments.  

RELATED: BLACK MONDAY/TUESDAY RUMOR MILL ROUND-UP

Team Coach Job Security Candidates



Ron Rivera

Rivera lands a 4-year, $11.2 million deal reportedly
The Panthers announced on Tuesday that Ron Rivera will be the organization's fourth head coach .



John Fox

Fox HIRED!
It seemed like the Broncos might go with someone that was familiar with their organization, but ultimately, they opted for experience and Fox , who they believe can help the defense and the team turnaround quickly.



Chan Gailey

Safe
The Bills were terrible in 2010, but they never gave up and routinely came close to upsetting better teams. Also, no one else wants the gig.



Marvin Lewis

RE-SIGNED!
Lewis called himself "unemployed" and he seems as good as gone but then there was a report that he'll return with Cincy in 2011 . Then there was a report he wouldn't. Now he's back, officially .



Ken Wisenhunt

Safe ... for now
Hard to imagine the Cards would dump Whiz until they give him a shot with another real quarterback. Cowher thinks Kevin Kolb lands here.



Jim Harbaugh

HIRED!
After much speculation as to where Jim Harbaugh would land, he finally ended up signing a $25 million, 5-year deal with the Niners .



Jason Garrett

HIRED!
Garrett was named the full-time Dallas head coach on Thursday at a lengthy press conference in Cowboys Stadium.



Gary Kubiak

NOT FIRED!
Kubiak is safe but the entire defensive staff has been canned , and now the Wade Phillips for DC speculation begins.



Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur HIRED!
Shurmur bolted St. Louis for Cleveland and it appears Mike Holmgren really wanted someone familiar with his West Coast offense.



Jim Schwartz

Safe
Lions won four straight to close the season; Schwartz has to be a hero in Detroit at this point.



Pete Carroll

Safe
NFC West title locked Carroll in and even with the Seahawks ugly loss to the Bears, it's hard to question what he did in his first season.



Jeff Fisher

OFFICIALLY BACK! DONE
In a surprising move, Fisher and Tennessee are parting ways. Now, the Titans will have to replace their head coach and their starting QB.



Mike Shanahan

Needing a QB
Dan Snyder letting Shanny run the team so him getting booted is a long shot. QB situation is a bit of a nightmare though.



Leslie Frazier

HIRED!
The Vikings didn't wait long -- they announced on Monday that Frazier's "interim" tag would be lifted and he'll be their head coach.



Hue Jackson

Jackson was hired Monday
Cable got the boot and now it looks like Hue Jackson's the favorite to land the coaching gig. Al Davis is involved though, so anything could happen.



Steve Spagnuolo

Such a cold seat
Even without a division title, the turnaround in St. Louis is pretty clear and Spags is safe.



Tony Sparano

EXTENDED!
After the Fins chased Harbaugh  and embarrassed Sparano publicly, they apologized financially by giving him a 2-year extension. How swell.



Jack Del Rio

SAFE!
Del Rio's got one more year, but it's "playoffs or bust" for JDR, according to owner Wayne Weaver.



Norv Turner

Safe for 2011
Front office says Norv's their guy for at least next year. Another disappointing season like 2010 and he could finally get the boot.



Tom Coughlin

SAFE!
Coughlin is confirmed as returning by Giants owner John Mara
Coughlin's in the middle of a playoff fight (thanks to the Bears) and Casserly says he'll be back with a one-year extension .



Raheem Morris

Award-winning?
Losses in late games by the Packers and Giants would get Morris in the playoffs and a pretty good shot at Coach of the Year if he doesn't win anyway.



Jim Caldwell

Safe
As long as Peyton Manning's playing for the Colts, it's hard to see them dumping Caldwell.



Mike McCarthy

Safe
The Packers look like the latest team to go from  "talented team to nearly miss the playoffs" to "white-hot wild card that wins the Super Bowl," so there's no reason to question McCarthy.



Todd Haley

Division champion
Haley's pretty golden in KC, no matter what some people want to say about his ego.



Rex Ryan

In like foot. Er, flint
Back-to-back playoff berths for Ryan mean he's plenty fine.



Andy Reid

Safe
The only question is whether or not Reid will trade Kevin Kolb in the offseason and how long they can keep Vick.



Sean Payton

Safe, duh
He won a Super Bowl two years ago.



Lovie Smith

Surprisingly safe
Did anyone think Lovie was safe heading into 2011? Yet he won the division and the Bears are white-hot. Very impressive year. 



John Harbaugh

Safe
Only thing he has to worry about is whether he has to face his bro once a year or not.



Mike Tomlin

Safe
Clearly, Tomlin's doing alright. 



Mike Smith

Safe
Weird thing is, Smith's not getting nearly enough love as a potential coach of the year candidate.



Bill Belichick

Safe
Retirement is the only way he'll ever get removed from New England. Arguably his greatest coaching job ever. 

Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:19 pm
 

Merriman might not play for Bills at all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a somewhat surprising exchange, Bills coach Chan Gailey intimated that LB Shawne Merriman might never take the field for Buffalo.

Check out this exchange, as transcribed in the Buffalo News:

Gailey was first asked if Merriman would practice this week.

"I don't see, that, no. I don't see that this week," the coach said.

That led to Gailey being asked about Merriman's chance to play Sunday against Pittsburgh.

"I'm not confident about this week at all," was the coach's response ...

Later in the interview, Gailey was asked whether Merriman would suit up at all this season for the Bills.

"I don't know. That's a good question. I think that would be something that I would have to address each and every week, to see where he is and see what the doctors say and see what's going to happen with that. I don't know that yet.”


In a word: ugh.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 9:32 pm
 

Bengals secondary kills chances for win

Cincinnati's fans were not happy after Sunday's loss to Buffalo (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Bengals were clicking against the Bills. RB Cedric Benson had racked up big yardage in the first half. QB Carson Palmer looked sharper than he has in recent games. Terrell Owens was making catches against his old team. The defense was scoring points for the offense.

And then suddenly, everything turned.

The Bengals secondary lost starting SS Roy Williams (concussion), starting FS Chris Crocker (knee) and starting CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle). Nickelback Morgan Trent had been placed on IR earlier in the week, and starting CB Leon Hall didn’t look 100 percent healthy either.

And Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick took advantage of a secondary that suddenly had to give significant playing time to Rico Murray and Reggie Nelson, completing 21 of 34 passes for 316 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. The big recipient of Fitzgerald’s explosion was WR Steve Johnson, who caught eight passes for 137 yards and three scores.

All of it equaled a Bills team that turned a 28-7 deficit into a 49-31 victory. It’s the second-straight win for a Buffalo team that had been on the verge of turning the corner for several weeks. The Bills finally got their first win last week against the Lions, and today, in the second half, they dominated what has become a horrendous Bengals team in Cincinnati.

Owens pretty much said it all when he told reporters this after the game: "Let me look you in the eyes and emphasize: we are terrible."

And maybe Chan Gailey’s squad isn’t quite as terrible as most of us thought.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:49 pm
 

Merriman's injury called minor

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As Will pointed out earlier, new Bills LB Shawne Merriman injured his right leg 15 minutes into his first practice with Buffalo today and immediately left the field.

Apparently, it’s a minor injury and not a big deal.

“Shawne put 10 pounds (of pads) on his body and went out there and had a little strain and we didn’t want to chance anything,” coach Chan Gailey told reporters, according to the team’s official website. “So we’re getting it checked out completely and we’ll see what happens from there, but it wasn’t anything major.”

It doesn’t appear that Merriman will play this weekend, as the Bills will want to be awfully cautious with the 26-year-old who’s become as brittle as a man 10 years older. He’s played in just three games for San Diego this season as he’s dealt with a bad Achilles and recorded only six tackles.

For now, the Bills will move slowly with their new acquisition.

“What happens is everyone gets their expectations so high,” Gailey said. “You’ve got to realize he hasn’t played a lot of football and hasn’t had pads on in a while. All of that stuff. We want him out there, but he’s not quite ready. We’re not going to put him out there until he’s ready. That’s the number one thing. We’re not going to put him out there until he’s ready.”

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:35 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2010 2:38 pm
 

Merriman injured in first practice as a Bill

Posted by Will Brinson

Shawne Merriman was excited about joining the Buffalo Bills because it offered him an opportunity to show that he's healthy and capable of producing at a new-contract-worthy, Pro Bowl-level.

That honeymoon's been canceled already though, because, according to our Bills Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak, Merriman suffered an injury in his first practice as a Bill.

Ludwiczak reports that Lights Out "left the field with an apparent injury to his lower right leg after about 15 minutes."

So, yeah, that's kind of awkward, especially since that's the same leg with which he had Achilles' issues earlier this year.

The severity of the injury isn't known yet, but if it's anything serious, it could be the kind of thing that costs Merriman a chunk of change going forward.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 9:50 am
 

Merriman 'definitely' won't re-sign with Bills?

Posted by Will Brinson

Sifting through the introductory quotes from Shawne Merriman's first press conference as a Buffalo Bill, you would think he's thrilled to be there -- Merriman constantly deflected attention from his own career to the talented travails of his new team team.

But there have been plenty of rumblings that Merriman wasn't thrilled about getting nabbed by the winless Bills and flown to Buffalo -- John Czarneck of Fox Sports reports that Merriman 'definitely won't be re-signing with the Bills,' even though they've got a clear need at his position, because of his unhappiness with his current location.

That seems about right, but before we insult Buffalo just because they're a winless team in a boring city who frequently travels to Canada, it's important to note that they might not want to sign Merriman either.

After all, given their record (0-7) and their release of former first-rounders (Marshawn Lynch and Trent Edwards) this year, it's pretty obvious that Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey are cleaning house and putting their stamp on this franchise.

Even if Nix is really high on Merriman (he was a big part of San Diego drafting the linebacker out of Maryland in 2005), overpaying a 26-year-old who moves like a 35-year-old isn't nearly as a intelligent as utilizing resources to pick up a talented linebacker in the draft.

Either way, though, classifying this acquisition as a "symbiotic rental" seems like the best idea.

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