Well, I’m eating my words right now, aren’t I? Chan Gailey has officially been named the Chiefs offensive coordinator. There’s not much I can do after ripping him earlier today, so I’ll let commenter Double D do the spin on this one:
Whoa! Here’s a little slice of Gailey’s resume to chew on:While member of Denver’s coaching staff: 3 Super Bowls As Pittsburgh OC (96-97): 2 Division crowns, AFC Champion (i.e., in the Super Bowl) . ‘96 Season, #2 in rushing.As Dallas HC (98-99): 2 playoffs, 1 Division Crown. Both yrs top 5 in fewest turnovers and fewest interceptions. 1998 – #1 in both categories.As Miami OC (00-01): 2 playoffs, Division Crown in ‘00, tied NE at 11-5 in ‘01 (lost tie breaker for division crown). At Miami, achieved NFL #8 ranking in total offense. And who was on that offense? Jay Fiedler at QB, Lamar Smith at RB, plus Orande Gadsen and James McKnight as receivers. Quite a stellar lineup there, huh? Damon Huard was the backup fwiw.I, for one, have no problem mind handing him the keys to LJ, TG, DB, and a yet-to-be-named wideout behind a what we all hope will be an improved OL and see where he can take it.
I think Zach and I just wanted a younger guy, someone more imaginative and, well, fresh. While this isn’t a sexy pick, it’s a safe one that has a fair chance of improving the Chiefs’ offense immediately. Chan has accomplished quite a lot, it’s just hard to see that when he’s been canned from two of his last three jobs, I guess.
Don’t expect an aggressive Vermeilian offense, though. That is not going to happen under Gailey. The Chiefs now have three head coaches on their staff. If the Chiefs don’t dramatically improve during the next two years, then King Carl will have to hit the road.
The last point I want to make is this shows that the Chiefs aren’t necessarily 100% committed to Brodie Croyle. Jim Fassel is seen as a QB guru, and Eric Price and Mike Shula both worked with Brodie in college. I wonder how Chan feels about Brodie. Only time will tell, I suppose.
I’m trying to be positive, everybody. Trying is the operative word.