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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Chan Gailey's trust in Ivy League QBs

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Chan Gailey must have an affinity for Ivy League quarterbacks.

Gailey was Miami’s offensive coordinator with Dartmouth grad Jay Fiedler in 2000 when the Dolphins went to the second round of the playoffs.

Now in his second year as Buffalo’s coach, Gailey’s offense is led by a Harvard man, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the Bills are in playoff contention.

Should Gailey have given the Princeton grad a chance during his two-year run with the Cowboys in Jason Garrett?

“Well, the UCLA guy was pretty good,” Garrett joked.

Troy Aikman went 14-11 with Gailey has his coach from 1998-99. Garrett went 4-3 to help the Cowboys salvage two playoff seasons.

A few weeks ago Aikman, now Fox’s lead analyst, asked Gailey about Fitzpatrick, which prompted the coach to say, “He’s certainly the smartest quarterback I’ve had.”

“He set that one up,” Gailey said. “That one was so easy. He said tell me about Ryan Fitzpatrick. It was just a setup. I was able to hit the ball out of the park on that one. Troy was a great quarterback and extremely smart. I was fortunate to be around some good quarterbacks in my career.”