Chan Gailey

Chan Gailey
Chan Gailey
GT Gailey.jpg
Chan Gailey during his tenure at Georgia Tech.
Date of birth January 5, 1952 (1952-01-05) (age 59)
Place of birth Gainesville, Georgia
Position(s) Offensive Coordinator
Head Coach
College University of Florida
Regular season 22-28–0
Postseason 0–2–0
Career record 22-28–0 (NFL)
68–41–0 (NCAA)
12–7 (WLAF)
102–74 (All Time)
Championships won 1984 NCAA Division II National Champion
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
1971–1973 University of Florida

















(Graduate Assistant)
Troy State
(Defensive Backfield Coach)
Air Force
(Defensive Backfield Coach)
Air Force
(Defensive Coordinator)
Troy State
(Head Coach)
Denver Broncos
(Special Teams/Tight Ends)
Denver Broncos
(Tight Ends/Receivers)
Denver Broncos
(Quarterbacks Coach)
Denver Broncos
(Offensive Coordinator)
(Receivers Coach)
Birmingham Fire
(Head Coach)
(Head Coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Wide Receivers Coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Offensive Coordinator)
Dallas Cowboys
(Head Coach)
Miami Dolphins
(Offensive Coordinator)
Georgia Tech
(Head Coach)
Kansas City Chiefs
(Offensive Coordinator)
Buffalo Bills
(Head Coach)

Thomas Chandler "Chan" Gailey, Jr. (born January 5, 1952) is an American professional and college football coach. Gailey is the current head coach of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL); he was formerly the head coach of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets college football team.

Gailey previously served as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2000–01 when the Dolphins posted consecutive 11–5 records. He was on the Pittsburgh Steelers staff from 1994-97 when the Steelers won four straight AFC Central titles and coached in one Super Bowl (XXX). He was offensive coordinator in 1997 when Pittsburgh ranked sixth in the NFL in total offense and seventh in scoring.[1] Gailey served as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and three games of the 2009 pre-season before he was relieved of duties by Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.


Early life and education

Gailey was born in Gainesville, Georgia in 1952.[2] He attended Americus High School in Americus, Georgia, where he was an Eagle Scout,[3][4] and a letterman in high school football, basketball, baseball and golf. In football, he was an all-state selection as quarterback. Gailey graduated from Americus High School in 1970.

Gailey attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a three-year letterman for coach Doug Dickey's Florida Gators football team as a quarterback from 1971 to 1973.[5] Gailey graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1974.[6]

Coaching career

Troy State, Air Force, Troy

Gailey stayed with Florida as a graduate assistant for two years before taking his first actual coaching job as the secondary coach for the Troy Trojans of Troy State University in Alabama. After two seasons there, he spent four seasons with the Air Force Academy, including two as defensive coordinator under head coach Ken Hatfield.[7] In 1983, he took over the head coaching duties at Troy, where he led the Trojans to a 12-1 record in 1984 en route to the Division II championship.[8]

Professional leagues (1984-1992, 1994-2001)

Gailey moved to the National Football League the next year, when the Denver Broncos signed him as a defensive assistant and special teams coach. The team made three Super Bowl appearances during his six-year tenure. In 1991, Gailey left the NFL to become the head coach of the Birmingham Fire of the World League of American Football, where the team made the playoffs in both years that he was coach.

After a one-year stint as head coach at Samford University, he returned to the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After starting off as coach for the wide receivers, then moved up to offensive coordinator for the 1996 and 1997 NFL seasons. The Steelers won their division all four years, and made one Super Bowl appearance.

In 1998, Gailey was hired to take over a struggling Dallas Cowboys squad, one that had faltered under Barry Switzer during his last year. Gailey's Cowboys won the NFC East in 1998, and made the playoffs under his two years at the reins, although they failed to win a playoff game. Gailey is the only Cowboys coach to make the playoffs every season with his team.[9]

Gailey returned to the offensive coordinator role, this time with the Miami Dolphins for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.[10]

Georgia Tech (2002-07)

Gailey was hired by the Yellow Jackets in 2002 to replace George O'Leary who left to become Head Coach at the University of Notre Dame.[11] In his first five years at Georgia Tech, he had compiled a 37-27 record. Georgia Tech went to bowl games each year under Gailey, and won two: the 2003 Humanitarian Bowl (a 52-10 win over the University of Tulsa), and the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl (a 51-14 victory over Syracuse University). Gailey compiled six winning seasons in six years at the helm. However, he never defeated Tech's biggest rival, the University of Georgia, never won the ACC, never went to a BCS bowl, never won more than 9 games, and never finished in the top 25. The 2006 season was his most successful at Georgia Tech winning the ACC Coastal Division, but losing his last 3 games to rival UGA, Wake Forest in the ACC Championship Game and West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.[12]

Gailey's name was mentioned for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins head coaching jobs following the 2006 season, two teams for which he was offensive coordinator.[13] Gailey got neither job. On January 19, 2007 Gailey announced he would return to Georgia Tech.[14]

After a 7-5 2007 regular season and losing for the sixth straight year to the Georgia Bulldogs football team, it was announced on November 26, 2007 that Gailey had been dismissed and his $1 million/year contract bought out.[15][16][17][18]

Back to the NFL (2008-2009)

Gailey was hired on January 16, 2008 to become the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Gailey inherited a Chiefs offense that ranked at the bottom of the league in almost every category the previous season.[19] He was demoted after three pre-season games in 2009 and relieved of play-calling duties by head coach Todd Haley.[20] Gailey was out of football in 2009.

Buffalo Bills (2010)

He was introduced as the 15th head coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 19, 2010, replacing interim Head Coach Perry Fewell and becoming their fifth head coach in 10 years.[21]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Troy Trojans (Gulf South Conference) (1983–1984)
1983 Troy 7–4 4–3
1984 Troy 12–1 6–1 1st
Troy: 19–5 10–4
Samford Bulldogs (NCAA Division I-AA Independent) (1993)
1993 Samford 5–6
Samford: 5–6
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2002–2007)
2002 Georgia Tech 7–6 4–4 T–5th L Silicon Valley
2003 Georgia Tech 7–6 4–4 T–4th W Humanitarian
2004 Georgia Tech 7–5 4–4 T–6th W Champs Sports
2005 Georgia Tech 7–5 5–3 3rd (Coastal) L Emerald
2006 Georgia Tech 9–5 7–1 1st (Coastal) L Gator
2007 Georgia Tech 7–6 4–4 3rd (Coastal) L Humanitarian
Georgia Tech: 44–32 28–20
Total: 68–41
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

National Football League

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DAL 1998 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Arizona Cardinals in NFC Wild-Card Game.
DAL 1999 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Minnesota Vikings in NFC Wild-Card Game.
DAL Total 18 14 0 .563 0 2 .000
BUF 2010 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC East - - - -
BUF 2011 5 3 0 .624 (currently) T 1st in AFC East - - - -
BUF Total 9 14 0 .391 0 0 .000
Total 27 28 0 .491 0 2 .000

World League of American Football

Record with Birmingham Fire

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
1991 5 5 0 1st North American West Lost Semifinals (Dragons)
1992 7 2 1 2nd North American West Lost Semifinals (Thunder)
Totals 12 7 1 (excluding playoffs)

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Chan Gailey has served:

Assistant coaches under Chan Gailey who became NFL head coaches:

See also


  1. ^ Associated Press. Former Cowboys head coach hopes to revive Chiefs' sputtering offense, 16 January 2008.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Townley, Alvin (2007). Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influence of America's Eagle Scouts. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-36653-1. Retrieved December 29, 2006. 
  4. ^ Hydrick, Robert (May 2006). "Gailey looking forward to spring practice". WALB News 10. Retrieved November 8, 2006. 
  5. ^ 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 174 & 181 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Van Brimmer, Adam (2007-10-18). "Army life different, say Tech coaches". The Telegraph ( Retrieved 2007-10-23. [dead link]
  8. ^
  9. ^ Dallas Cowboys History
  10. ^ "Winning Style". Tech Topics (Georgia Tech Alumni Association). Spring 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  11. ^ Clarke, Michael (2005-11-18). "Gailey signs new five-year contract, will coach through 2010 campaign". The Technique. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  12. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-02). "Skinner, Swank lift Wake to ACC title; next stop: Orange Bowl". ESPN ( Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  13. ^ "Miami interviews Gailey". The Technique. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2007-03-22. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Gailey to Remain at Tech". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  15. ^ Knobler, Mike (2007-11-26). "Georgia Tech fires Gailey after six seasons". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  16. ^ "Sources: Gailey fired at Tech after six seasons". ESPN ( 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  17. ^ Knobler, Mike (2007-11-26). "Tech owes Gailey $4 million". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  18. ^ "Gailey Relieved Of Duties As Georgia Tech Head Coach". (Georgia Tech Athletic Association). 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  19. ^ . Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  20. ^ Clayton, John (2009-08-31). "Gailey no longer running Chiefs offense". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  21. ^ "Bills hire Gailey as coach". Associated Press. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 

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