INDIANAPOLIS -- Chan Gailey's two-year break from the NFL ended earlier this offseason when he was hired as offensive coordinator of the New York Jets.
During his press conference inside Lucas Oil Stadium at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, new Jets coach Todd Bowles explained why Gailey was the right man for the job.
“Chan’s been a good coach in college as well as pro football," Bowles said. He’s put in a lot of different offensive schemes. He can get the most out of his players. Everybody respects him. He can get it yelling. He can get it talking to a person. He’s very sharp in understanding what he has. He’s well balanced offensively, running the ball and passing the ball. I thought it would be a great choice for us."
Gailey has been out of the league since being fired by the Bills after the 2012 season. During his three years in Buffalo, the team finished 25th, 14th and 19th in the NFL in total yardage.
"We're going to run it and throw it. We’re going to be very balanced," Bowles said of the offense the Jets plan to install under Gailey. It’s not going to be a certain style of offense. As we get all our pieces in place, we’ll drift toward that as we go. But we’re going to run the ball and we’re going to throw the ball equally. We’re going to be a well-balanced offense.”
Like the Bills, the Jets are without a franchise quarterback. Unlike the Bills, though, the Jets may be able to do something about it. New York holds the sixth overall pick in the draft, and there is a possibility a player like Oregon's Marcus Mariota could slip to them.
Gailey's presence in New York also might give the Jets a leg up in the competition to sign Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who will be an unrestricted free agent next month. Under Gailey, Spiller had the best season of his career in 2012 with 207 carries for 1,244 yards, 43 catches for 459 yards and eight total touchdowns.