Chan Gailey reportedly headed to Buffalo

Former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey has emerged as a surprise front-runner for the Buffalo Bills head coaching vacancy,'s Jay Glazer reports.

The 57-year-old Gailey interviewed with the Bills, who haven't made the playoffs since 1999, last week and is scheduled to meet with team owner Ralph Wilson and GM Buddy Nix again this week. "As long as talks don’t break down, Gailey is expected to be hired as the Bills head coach within the next 24-48 hours," Glazer wrote.

Gailey was 44-33 in six seasons with Georgia Tech, but an 0-6 record against rival UGA led to his dismissal in 2007. He resurfaced as Kansas City's offensive coordinator the following season but was fired last fall by new Chiefs coach Todd Haley.

Gailey was a well-regarded offensive assistant with Denver and Pittsburgh before Jerry Jones hired him to lead the foundering Cowboys in 1998. Though he led Dallas to consecutive playoff berths, Gailey was fired following a lackluster 1999 campaign.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was reportedly Buffalo's first choice to replace the fired Dick Jauron but the CBS Sports analyst has said he won't return to the sidelines in 2010. Judging from the comments on the Buffalo News site, Bills fans aren't too happy with their team's apparent second choice.