Updated: Friday, 22 Jan 2010, 9:23 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 21 Jan 2010, 12:03 AM EST
Buffalo - The Buffalo Bills search for a new head coach really only last
two weeks, even though it may have seemed longer. And in the end,
it was new General Manager buddy Nix who target Chan Gailey. At his
news conference Tuesday, Nix says there was no shortage of
"Very impressed, I had a good time talking to a lot of good people,:" Nix said. "We covered the entire gambit. And I did that because I wanted to be satisfied, that I looked at all the possible candidates that I could."
Sources close to the Bills tell us the team had a short list of viable candidates ith Chan Gailey the top name on that list. Along with Gailey, Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was on the list as was Arizona assistant head coach Russ Grimm and two defensive coordinators--Leslie Frazier of the Vikings, who was interviewed.
and Ron Rivera of the Chargers.
The Bills apparently also had a "reach" list of candidates with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher the prominent name on that list.
Other "reaches were Jon Gruden, whom the Bills spoke with late last year, Mike Shanahan, who was interviewed in November, and Jim Harbaugh, who's staying at Stanford.
The Bills wound up with Gailey, who's
got extensive experience in the NFL. He
started in the NFL in Denver in 1985 under Dan Reeves, who grew up in Gailey's hometown of Americus, Georgia and coached him in little league baseball.
News 4 Sports spoke with Dan Reeves Wednesday, and asked for his opinion on Chan Gailey.
"Chan's gonna be sound. He's fundamentally sound, he's gonna do things that make them able to compete week in and week out. He's gonna be very well prepared. But I think also Chan is also on the cutting edge. He's gonna be one of those innovative guys who come up with things."
Reeves, who coached in four Super Bowls and played in two others, has not coached since he was fired by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2003 season. But he would not rule out coming to Buffalo to work on Gailey's staff.
"He hasn't reached out to me," Reeves said, "but I coached him in Little League and he might give me a chance. He might come back and try to see if I could help him out."
We asked if Reeves would be open to working with Gailey in Buffalo.
"I tell you, if I could help Chan Gailey out, I would certainly be interested in that."