ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Chan Gailey, head coach of the Buffalo Bills stands on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-24. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
With yesterday's monthly approval poll for Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey fresh in our minds, I thought it'd be interesting to take a look back at Gailey's perception in the fan base over the past six months.
On January 2, 2012 - the day after the Bills dropped a 49-21 decision to the New England Patriots to finish the 2011 season at 6-10, and on a 1-8 run to close - 25 percent of voters patently disapproved of Gailey's work as Bills head coach. (55 percent of voters approved.)
Gailey has obviously been working behind the scenes during a busy off-season, but I believe that his tangible contributions from a six-month stretch without live football can be boiled down to the following: he made two significant changes to the coaching staff (Dave Wannstedt as defensive coordinator and David Lee as quarterbacks coach), played his role in the recruiting and scouting efforts for all of the team's new faces, and conducted rookie mini-camp, OTA and mandatory mini-camp practices - all of which took place without pads.
Bam. As of yesterday (with results still trickling in today), a whopping 1 percent of readers outright disapprove of Gailey as the head coach, while his approval rating has soared 32 points to 87 percent. Who's ready for football to start up again?