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January 2, 2013

Bills fire Chan Gailey

GM Nix said in November that the coach wasn't going anywhere.

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“I get tired of losing,” Williams said. “More than anything, I get tired of putting in tons and tons of work. And it’s hard sitting here talking to you guys at the end of December feeling like another one kind of slipped through your fingers.”
What’s next remains unclear. Nix was at the team’s facility Monday, but he nor the team provided any indication as to whether he’ll be retained.
Gailey’s dismissal is a significant setback for Nix. The general manager announced in November that Gailey wasn’t going anywhere, because another coaching change would stunt the team’s development.
The Bills, however, closed by losing seven of their final 10 games.
Bills owner Ralph Wilson had initially backed Nix’s build-through-the-draft approach. Three years ago, the 94-year-old owner said he expected the rebuilding process could take as long as five years.
CEO Russ Brandon has been unhappy with the criticism leveled at the Bills, and how it’s translated into poor ticket sales. Buffalo failed to sell out its four final home games.
One option is for the Bills to make a splash in hiring their next head coach, as they attempted in their previous search.
After firing Dick Jauron in November 2009, Wilson expressed a desire to open his checkbook to lure a high-profile coach to Buffalo only to be rebuffed by Mike Shanahan, who instead landed in Washington.
The most high-profile candidates available include coach-turned-broadcaster Jon Gruden and Andy Reid, who was fired by Philadelphia on Monday. Then there’s two candidates in the college ranks, Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, who had numerous friends and former colleagues on Gailey’s staff.
An offensive specialist, Gailey was unable to spark the Bills popgun attack under Fitzpatrick. The Bills finished 19th in the NFL in yards gained and 21st in points this season. Gailey was faulted for under-utilizing the offense’s most dynamic threat, running back C.J. Spiller.

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