As surprising as it might have been that Dolphins coach Brian Flores fired offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea Monday after only one season together, the replacement for O’Shea is going to create even more of a stir.
That’s because according to reports Tuesday Morning, Flores is hiring former NFL head coach and longtime offensive coordinator (including in Miami previously), Chan Gailey.
NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero had the information Tuesday morning that Miami is turning to the soon to be 68 year old Gailey, who has been out of coaching for the last 3 years:
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 31, 2019
Gailey was most recently the New York Jets offensive coordinator 2015 – 16. Prior to that, he had been the head coach of the Buffalo Bills 2010 – 12 and most famously was the Dallas Cowboys head coach for two seasons 1998 – 99.
In an interesting South Florida sub-plot, Gailey also served in the same play calling capacity in Miami for Dave Wannstedt 2000 – 2001, before leaving to become the head coach at Georgia Tech in college for five Seasons 2002-07.
It is interesting that at his NFL last stop as a coordinator in New York, Gailey worked with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (above) for two seasons. The Jets finished 10th in the NFL in offense with “Fitzmagic” at the controls in 2015.
Fitzpatrick and Gailey were also both together for part of his three-year stint in Buffalo, as the head coach. However, Gailey’s offenses were never better than 14th in his three years, he won only 16 games and was fired New Year’s Eve 2012.
You have to wonder whether this move is in part on the recommendation of Fitzpatrick and also, is it an indication that, for now, Miami plans to use the 15 year veteran to at least compete for playing time in 2020?
Fitzpatrick finished this season with just over 3,500 yards passing, 20 TDs and only 13 INTs. He also just led Miami to a stunning 27-24 comeback win over the Patriots in the final seconds in Foxboro, Sunday.