On November 17, 2009, the Buffalo Bills fired head coach Dick Jauron. A day later, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Bills had already made contact with Mike Shanahan about their coaching vacancy - and a week after that, the Bills and Shanahan had what both sides described as an "excellent meeting."
This weekend, Shanahan's Washington Redskins will take on the Bills - a franchise that lost out on Shanahan's services, hired Buddy Nix as their General Manager, and who would later hire Chan Gailey as Jauron's successor. On Wednesday, Gailey was asked about this specific part of Buffalo's head coaching search two seasons ago. The back-and-forth is an example of precisely why all Bills fans should be watching Gailey's press conferences on a weekly basis.
Here's how the exchange went down between the reporter - we're not quite sure who it was, but it doesn't really matter - and the no-nonsense Gailey.
Reporter: "Chan, two months before you even were on the Bills' radar - before even Buddy Nix was hired -Mike Shanahan was being courted by this team. Does that mean anything, or - ?"
Gailey: "No. Doesn't mean anything to me."
Reporter: "Well, you weren't the first choice in some ways..."
Gailey: "We've got a bunch of folks on our team that are that way. I feel right at home."
Shanahan has been the Redskins' Vice President of Football Operations and head coach just as long as Gailey has been Buffalo's head coach in terms of games played. Shanahan is 9-13 in 22 games in the nation's capital, while Gailey is 8-14 with the Bills.