Debate: Has Buffalo Bills' Chan Gailey Gotten A Fair Shake?

Rick Stewart

Buffalo Bills fans have soured on Chan Gailey, but we're interested in a more nuanced discussion about the embattled head coach. Here are four questions for our readers.

It's been clear for months that the overwhelming majority of Buffalo Bills fans are ready for the team to replace Chan Gailey at head coach. Since training camp began in July, Gailey's Buffalo Rumblings approval rating has dropped from its off-season norm of 88 percent to 22 percent just two weeks ago - and it's been as low as 7 percent.

Obviously, Bills fans don't believe that Gailey is the right coach to lead the team into the future (or the 2013 season, at that). That'll happen when a team is 15-31 on a man's watch, including 3-13 (so far) in division contests; every other frustrating development (like, say, his sparse use of a certain speedy runner, as just one example) is borne of that record.

We get it. Gailey's worn out his welcome with Bills fans. Given that it's it's still possible that he'll be coaching the team in 2013, however, we have some questions for the community to debate that we're hoping can promote more constructive back-and-forth about the head coach. We're hoping, at minimum, that the comments section will at least be a little more nuanced in the hate-fest that will likely ensue. Here are our questions:

  • Regardless of your stance on whether or not Gailey has to go, are you at all curious to find out how he might coach up a young, well-regarded quarterback prospect?
  • The only significant new player investments that Buddy Nix has made on offense for Gailey: running back C.J. Spiller (No. 10 overall, 2010), left tackle Cordy Glenn (No. 41 overall, 2012) and wideout T.J. Graham (No. 69 overall, 2012) in the draft, and receiver/Wildcat quarterback Brad Smith in free agency. Do you believe that Gailey has gotten a fair shake as he's built an offense largely from what can be considered spare (or inherited) parts?
  • How concerning do you find Gailey's unwillingness to get overly involved in defensive game-planning - a job that he leaves entirely to his defensive coaching staff?
  • A lot of people want Gailey to give up his play-calling duties so that he can better manage the the game clock, adjustments, timeouts and all of those other various things that head coaches are in charge of. Does the fact that Gailey's strength as a coach in general is his play-calling - and the fact that offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins has never called plays at any coaching level - give you any pause on that front?

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