On Black Monday, the Buffalo Bills relieved Chan Gailey of his head coaching duties. Gailey left the Ralph with a 16-32 record in three seasons with the team. He struggled for the majority of his time with the Bills, especially when it came to offensive play-calling (see C.J. Spiller‘s lack of carries).
While Gailey teared up during the press conference and thanked the organization and its fans, the show must go on. The Bills appear to be cleaning house in a total rebuilding effort and they have a handful of tasks at hand during what appears to be a busy off-season. First things first:
Who will coach the team?
Many fingers are pointing towards Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday as well. Whisenhunt had dinner with newly appointed CEO Russ Brandon and other staff members on Tuesday night. Sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that interest is high on both accounts. Another source told Tim Graham of the The Buffalo News that Brandon is very fond of Whisenhunt.
Whisenhunt finished his Cardinals tenure with a record of 45-41, while falling short in Super Bowl XLIII. He led the team to two of their three winning seasons over the past 28 years.
Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is reportedly also interested in coaching the Bills, but will certainly have some competition in Whisenhunt and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone. The funny thing about all of this coaching carousel? We aren’t even in the off-season yet.
Whoever ends up on the sidelines in 2013 will have a tall task at hand: Getting into the playoffs. Buffalo hasn’t been to the postseason in 13 years, the longest drought in the league. They certainly have the talent, however, they simply need to get it done.
Let the madness begin.