Bills hire Gailey as head coach
Gailey was introduced by general manager Buddy Nix at a new conference which ended a two-month search to replace Dick Jauron, who was fired in November. Gailey takes over a team that finished 6-10 and becomes the Bills’ fifth coach since Marv Levy retired after the 1997 season.
Gailey has spent 15 of his 38 years of coaching in the NFL. In his two years coaching the Dallas Cowboys, he went 18-14 and led the team to consecutive playoff appearances—both losses. He was dismissed after the 1999 season.
The 58-year-old Gailey acknowledged he didn’t know if he’d get another opportunity to be a head coach again.
“If you sit there and say you lose confidence in yourself, no you don’t. But then you see opportunities go by. And you hope that your body of work will speak for itself,” Gailey said.
For Nix, it was Gailey’s extensive background that impressed him and met most of the criteria the GM set out when he took over the search two weeks ago.
“This guy met more of the criteria than I thought we could find,” Nix said. “And this guy’s won everywhere he’s been. ... He’ll get us back to winning and get to where we want to go.”
Gailey said he intends to serve as the team’s offensive coordinator, and is now assembling a staff.
Gailey has been out of football since he was removed as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in August, two weeks before the season opener. He was entering his second season with Kansas City after a six-year stretch as Georgia Tech’s coach, during which he went 44-33 before being fired in 2007.
Nolan lands in Miami
Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s stay on the NFL job market was brief.
The Miami Dolphins hired Nolan on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the announcement he was leaving the Denver Broncos after one season.
Nolan replaces Paul Pasqualoni, fired after the Miami defense backslid in his second season. The Dolphins also announced the hiring of former New York Giants assistant coach Bill Sheridan as inside linebackers coach.
Nolan spent four seasons as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, where he went 18-37 before being fired midway through the 2008 season. He has made five stops as an NFL defensive coordinator: Denver, Baltimore (2002-04), the New York Jets (2000), Washington (1997-99) and the New York Giants (1993-96).
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-- Deuce McAllister has decided to retire from pro football, ending an injury-plagued eight-year career in which he rewrote the New Orleans Saints’ rushing records. McAllister, 31, hasn’t played since 2008 but briefly rejoined the Saints last week to serve as an honorary captain for the club’s playoff victory over Arizona on Saturday.