C.J. Spiller calls reuniting with Chan Gailey with Jets 'a perfect match'

Friday January 16th, 2015

Free agent running back C.J. Spiller said he would be open to reuniting with former coach Chan Gailey with the New York Jets, calling it "a perfect match," Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Spiller, 27, rushed for a career-high 1,244 yards and six touchdowns while also catching 43 balls for 459 yards and two scores with Gailey as head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2012. In the last two seasons under Doug Marrone, he had just 1,233 rushing yards and 310 receiving yards combined.

With Gailey rumored to be joining new Jets head coach Todd Bowles' staff as offensive coordinator, Spiller said he will consider following him to New York.

“There is that familiarity between me and him in that offense,” Spiller told the Daily News on Thursday. “So that would be a perfect match. Who knows what can happen, but I’d be foolish not to have those guys on my list. I had my best years in the league with Chan. So it’d be dumb not to give it serious thought.”

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With running backs Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson splitting carries, the Jets finished No. 3 in rushing yards this season, behind only Seattle and Dallas.

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The Jets finished 4-12 and fired coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik at the season's conclusion.

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