I'm not totally against the Gailey hiring. I'll say this though- I think it's totally uninspiring: a typical Wilson move to scoop up a coach who is not in demand by anyone else and that's alarming and I don't blame my fellow supporters of this team who feel like complaining. But let's face it. This team needs an offensive identity adjustment and hiring a coach with an offensive background was absolute must for a team that has been as pathetic as the Bills have been on offense for so long. I remember really wanting Gailey as our head coach after Levy retired following the '97 season- I guess I got what I wanted 13 years later! It's funny how that works.
Gailey's resume is ok with me. The level of success at Georgia Tech wasn't very inspiring, but he made bowl games EVERY year there- he was successful, albeit, slightly disappointing for the type of program I associate Georgia Tech with. His two years in Dallas were two playoff seasons as well- I realize they weren't world beaters either year, but he inheritd a team that missed the playoffs the year before, took them to the playoffs two straight years, and then they missed the playoffs for three straight years upon his being fired- that's a pretty good indicator for a team that has missed the playoffs for a decade now. His coordinator stops in Denver, Pittsburgh, and Miami were all successful stops in terms of winning as well and even KC fans seemed impressed with gailey i9n his brief stint there- again, his resume is pretty good overall.
I think I'm slightly disappointed mostly because the team couldn't attract a highly coveted coach and Gailey looks like a compromise at first glance. In fact, maybe he is a compromise, but he also appears to be a coach that has been associated with postseason play and above-average offensive football- two things missing in Buffalo for 10 years or so. I think he makes some sense- more sense in fact, then a Frazier or a Rivera. I can live with it as long as Buffalo doesn't compromise on finding its franchise QB.
Gailey isn't a boom or bust hire (like a Harbaugh would have been). He has a solid resume with very little glitz and upside to it. But let's stop with the hyperbole (which I fell into as well upon first hearing the news). His resume is light years better than Jauron's career of mostly losing football- that was a hire that can never be justified. Let's see if Nix can grab him a real QB now. I'm willing to give Gailey a shot, but I won't say the same for more of Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick.