BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - OK, I know. It’s not the sexy move. It’s not the guymany Bills fans were looking for. I have yet to hear anyonesay…”Chan-tastic.”
Ten years of frustration will do that to a fan base. Youcan’t really blame them, the loyal fans of the Bills, forlooking at the today’s move with a jaundiced eye. They wanteda big splash - the Bills made a ripple. They wanted an“A-lister” – the Bills dropped down to anA-minus, maybe a “B.” They wanted a home run –the Bills look like they hit a double.
But consider this: the Bills made a good faith effort to reachout to the “A-listers.” Think of it. They reached outto Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, and Jim Harbaugh. Theonly one from that list who’s going to work in the NFL nextseason is Shanahan. And he went to the Redskins, where the ownerspends wildly on free agents.
Gruden – not in the league. Cowher – not coachingthis year. Harbaugh – gonna stay at Stanford. The Bills swungfor the fences and missed.
Would you feel better if the Bills had not reached out to thetop coaches? How much better would you feel if the Bills hired anuntested coordinator? Brian Schottenheimer, Leslie Frazier, RussGrimm — nobody knows if they’ll be successful headcoaches someday. They might be. We don’t know.
We’ve talked to a half-dozen NFL insiders over the lastday or so about Chan Gailey. Former or current coaches, GMs,scouts. They say hiring Chan Gailey is a solid move – alogical move. They say he’s a good coach. That’s NFLpeople saying that. Not me. Not other reporters, bloggers, oropinion makers.
Will Chan Gailey be a success as the Bills head coach? Idon’t know. It’s a tough job. He admitted it today.They've got quarterback issues and a lot of other holes to plug onboth sides of the ball. But he is a solid choice. A logical choice.A realistic option.
He’s just not real sexy.
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