Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Buffalo's hire has an effect on AFC West
By Bill Williamson
We have a couple of AFC West thoughts about the Buffalo Bills’ surprising decision to hire Chan Gailey:
Kansas City: There will be an interesting reunion in 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium when the Bills visit the Chiefs. Kansas City coach Todd Haley fired Gailey as offensive coordinator late in the 2009 preseason.
Haley and Gailey never clicked professionally. Haley never felt comfortable with Gailey’s guidance of his unit, so Haley took over as offensive coordinator. This was a bad marriage from the start. Haley should have never retained Gailey from Herm Edwards’ staff.
It could be an interesting game, because I’m sure the well-respected Gailey was none too pleased to be fired so close to the season. However, he shouldn’t hold a grudge. He has bounced back nicely.
Oakland: If the Raiders decide to fire Tom Cable, they will have their choice of the available coaching pool. There are currently no head-coaching openings in the league.
Gailey likely wouldn’t have been on Oakland’s wish list, so the Raiders could be in a position of strength if they choose to go coach hunting again. Perhaps that will prompt Oakland owner Al Davis to make a decision on Cable. Or perhaps it won’t.