Chan Gailey to Be Next Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator

Chan Gailey
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 23: Head coach Chan Gailey of the Buffalo Bills looks on during a NFL game against the Miami Dolphins on December 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins made the surprising decision to fire Chad O’Shea on Monday, and now we know why. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, longtime NFL coach Chan Gailey is coming out of retirement and will call plays for the 2020 Miami Dolphins.

Chan Gailey Hired As Next Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator

Chan Gailey is going to be back on an NFL sideline for the first time since 2016. Last we saw Gailey, he was calling plays for the 2016 New York Jets. That season, the Jets finished with a 5-11 record while averaging just 17.2 points-per-game. However, one year earlier, those same Jets went 10-6 and averaged 24.2 points-per-game.

Interestingly enough, Gailey has spent a large portion of his career working with current Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Gailey was head coach during Fitzpatrick’s stint with the Buffalo Bills from 2010 to 2012 and was also the offensive coordinator during Fitzpatrick’s time with the Jets. The Harvard gunslinger was his usual self and wasn’t demonstrably better or worse with Gailey calling the plays.

Chan Gailey first made his coaching debut as a graduate assistant with Florida back in 1974. After spending the next decade at the collegiate level, Gailey joined the NFL as Denver’s tight ends and special teams coach in 1985. Gailey spent the next six seasons with the Broncos before leaving to be the head coach of the now-nonexistent Birmingham Fire. He made his return to the NFL in 1994 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and eventually earned the job as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. His tenure in Dallas was short-lived, as Gailey spent just two seasons in Dallas with an 18-14 record.

After stops in the NFL and the college level, Gailey earned another shot at a head coaching gig. Back in 2010, the Buffalo Bills hired Gailey to be their next head coach. Gailey held on to the job for three years, going 16-32 with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his primary starter.

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  1. Enjoyed your post. We most certainly hope that next years grades for both defense and offense are much higher. We all know that “Nome” wasn’t built in a day, but we do look for steady and consistent progress. On a critical note, l surely hope that the “Tank for Tua’ ” is just a misinformed aberration rather than what is going to come after the draft. As has been noted, the Dolphins have the FA money, the draft-choices, and the vision. From my perspective, build the durn’ OL, the DL, and the DB’s first and take a shot in the 2nd or 3rd round on a QB. I like what I saw out of Herbert ( Oregon-QB ) in the Rose Bowl and Stanley ( Iowa-QB ) in the Citrus Bowl. Wishing all on your staff a prosperous New Year.

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