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Fiedler: Fitz-Chan combo a good one

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2012 – 9:25 am

We’ve already seen how Ryan Fitzpatrick has benefited from working under Chan Gailey as a quarterback. The Bills head coach has a knack for utilizing talent around his signal caller to create an offense that consistently gains yards and puts up points. Former Dolphins QB Jay Fiedler knows all too well having worked under Gailey in Miami for two seasons.

“Working with Chan it was clear that he had a way of putting guys in the best places on the field to succeed,” Fiedler told Buffalobills.com. “In most cases he kept it simple, but he always gave you one great matchup on just about every play.”

Fiedler took in the Bills practice Saturday night as he was in town playing golf with some friends and called Wannstedt to see if he could stop by. The Long Island native, much like Fitz, is also an Ivy League grad after playing his college ball at Dartmouth.

Gailey served as Fiedler’s offensive coordinator in Miami when Dave Wannstedt was the head coach. With Fiedler as the starter the Dolphins went 21-10 from 2000-2001. We asked Fiedler about how much freedom Gailey gave him to call plays after seeing Fitz run the offense and call plays in last Thursday’s preseason opener.

“There were times where he would give me some leeway and I’d call plays,” said Fiedler. “Most of the time he was sending them in though.”

Fiedler says he does share a bit of Ivy League kinship with Fitzpatrick, a Harvard grad. Much like Fitzpatrick, Fiedler had to wait his turn for a shot at a starting role too.

“It’s been great watching his progress,” said Fielder. “I know what he had to go through because I was there myself. So to see him carve out a career for himself similar to the way I did is something I can relate to and appreciate.”


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