The Buffalo Bills acted quickly, firing coach Chan Gailey just hours after he ended his third straight double-digit loss season with the team.
The team informed Gailey of his release Monday morning. He finished the 2012 season 6-10 and had a 16-32 record over three seasons with Buffalo that included only one win over a team with a winning record, New England in 2011. His defenses also allowed at least 400 points each season.
Gailey's entire coaching staff – including defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt – has also been fired.
The Bills will now look to hire their sixth permanent coach this century (seventh coach if interim coach Perry Fewell is included on the list). Since Marv Levy retired in 1997, Bills coaches – Wade Phillips, Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron and Gailey – have combined for a 103-147 record and an 0-2 playoff record (Wild Card losses in 1998 and 1999). Gailey's .333 winning percentage is actually the lowest out of all the coaches on that list.
Here is Gailey's statement made late Monday morning:
"A couple of things. One, Scott (Berchtold) wanted to make sure I clarified one thing, the staff has been relieved of their duties as well. Just so we all get that straight. The second thing is there won’t be any questions after this. I’ve just got a few things I want to say.
"The first thing I want to say is thanks to the Bills organization, to Buddy (Nix) and Mr. Wilson for the opportunity. I understand this is a business. We didn’t get the job done. I’ve been called two other times to turn things around, was able to do it. I wasn’t able to get this one done soon enough, and I understand that completely.
"I want to thank the fans. Great Buffalo fans, a great football town. These are loyal, loyal fans and I understand that. I think that the next staff will have a great opportunity for success and to make this another great football franchise.
"This will probably be, and I say probably, but I think it will be the first place that’s ever fired me that I’ll pull for. Thank you."
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