Inside The Bills

Gailey’s QB approach unchanged

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2011 – 12:22 pm

Here’s a quote about Chan Gailey from a certain Ivy League quarterback.

“I learned a tremendous among from him and I had an opportunity to start a few of the games when he was our head coach. I just remember him being someone that was so supportive of me being a guy in a backup role coming in to start and creating an environment for me where I could be successful and our team could be successful, among the many other really good things that he did. He provided a lot of structure and discipline for our team and was someone I learned a great deal from.”

One could easily think that quote came from Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it didn’t. It came from Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who served as a backup quarterback under Chan Gailey in Dallas from 1998-1999 when Gailey was head coach of the Cowboys.

Gailey is not surprised Garrett has come up through the ranks of coaching the way he has, though he figured the Ivy Leaguer might be doing something else.

“I knew he would be very successful at whatever he decided to do, and I thought if he decided to coach he’d be a very successful head coach,” said Gailey. “I thought he was smarter than to coach. But he ended up going into the business anyway. He’s done very well and I’m proud for him. He’s a great man.”

Garrett played his college ball at Princeton. His thoughts are not unlike those of Fitzpatrick, who has said repeatedly that he feels Gailey had begun to tailer the offense to his strengths last year after he stepped in as the starter in Week 3, and then completely revamped it to cater to what Fitz does best this season knowing he would be the starter.

Perhaps Gailey’s approach with backup quarterbacks is so supportive because he too was a backup QB during his college days at Florida. He knows the challenges associated with stepping for the starter.


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