Tim Polzer
Monday December 31st, 2012

The Buffalo Bills have fired head coach Chan Gailey, according to a team statement. The NFL Network reports general manager Buddy Nix's status is uncertain.

Gailey was 16-32 in three seasons with the Bills, finishing 6-10 in each of the last two seasons. Gailey and his staff struggled to improve a Bills defense that finished 26th in the NFL in points allowed despite the addition of several free agents, including Mario Williams to a $100 million deal.

Gailey's experience as an offensive coordinator helped improve the Bills' attack early in his tenure, but the team took a step back in production in 2012, and the team's front office reportedly lost patience with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"The Buffalo Bills today are announcing that Chan Gailey has been relieved of his duties as the team's head coach," the team said.

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