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Koopa
01-14-2007, 12:26 AM
if they were to hire him, i'd seriously get a new tattoo over my steelers logo and just become a nomad fan and pray every day that the steelers lose every game


Sunday, January 14, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If Chan Gailey were to pull an upset and become the next Steelers head coach, he will have been Bill Cowher's handpicked successor.

Gailey, the head coach at Georgia Tech and an offensive assistant with the Steelers under Cowher in the 1990s, interviewed for three hours yesterday morning at the team's UPMC facility on the South Side. He was the fifth candidate interviewed for the job and the only one to get Cowher's stamp of approval.

There could be a sixth candidate because the Steelers have received permission from the Houston Texans to talk to Mike Sherman, a former Green Bay Packers coach and currently the assistant head coach/offense for the Texans. The Steelers have not scheduled an interview with Sherman, who has had two interviews for the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals.

Gailey, 55, was not among those scheduled for interviews until Cowher recommended him to Dan and Art Rooney the past week. When asked who he would hire for the job, Cowher gave them Gailey's name. They called Gailey on Wednesday and the interview was then set up.

Two of Cowher's offensive coaches have been considered the top candidates for the job -- Russ Grimm, the assistant head coach and line coach, and coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Both also are candidates in Arizona, where Whisenhunt had a second interview Friday. He stayed an extra day yesterday at the Cardinals' request but no known offer was made to him.

Whisenhunt and Gailey also are among 12 candidates for the Miami Dolphins' job.

"I'm not trying to convince them of how to handle other people," Gailey said of other candidates. "I was talking about my situation and how I might fit into their organization. Those things are for a later date."

Two others interviewed with the Steelers the past week -- defensive coordinators Ron Rivera of the Bears and Mike Tomlin of the Vikings.

Gailey said he did not know if Cowher recommended him or not.

"I did talk to Bill Cowher. I talk to Bill Cowher a lot. But what he said, I do not know."

Gailey was a wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator with the Steelers from 1994-97 before the Dallas Cowboys hired him as head coach in 1998. He coached the Cowboys to playoffs in both of his seasons as their coach, but was fired after an 18-14 record and losses in their first playoff game each year. He later became the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator under Dave Wannstedt before Georgia Tech hired him.

"It went fine," Gailey said of his interview with the Rooneys and Kevin Colbert, the team's football operations director. "It's a great opportunity, this is such a great organization, has been through the years and will continue to be so. I just feel fortunate to be up here and be part of the process. It was a good day.

"I think it was a comfortable situation. I don't think I try to sell. I explain who I am and what I believe. They know a little bit about me. And then we talk about what direction we want to go in the future. That was the biggest discussion -- what direction are we headed. I thought we were on the same page in many respects."

They also talked about the current coaching staff, all of whom are under contract through at least 2007. A new head coach other than Whisenhunt or Grimm might not want to keep that staff intact.

"I think that's a question for them," Gailey said of Steelers management. "We did talk about that but I don't think that's my position to answer that at this point."

Cowher hired Gailey as receivers coach in 1994 to help develop the Steelers' passing game under coordinator Ron Erhardt. Erhardt's contract was not renewed after the 1995 season and Gailey was promoted to coordinator.

Gailey says he does not have one particular philosophy on offense.

"You just adjust and try to put your players in a position to be successful. That's my theory. I don't have a name for the offense or an offensive philosophy other than being physical, being able to run the football and then put your players in position to be successful."

Black@Gold Forever32
01-14-2007, 12:46 AM
I'm a Steelers fan no matter if they even hire Chan Gailey. I wouldn't agree and like the hire but the Steelers are my team no matter what. My parents are from the Pittsburgh area. My grandfather played for the Steelers in the early 1950s so no matter I'm a Steelers. Hell I have stuck by the ****ing Pirates and they havn't done **** for 15 years.lol

Koopa
01-14-2007, 01:00 AM
i don't want to associate with a team that has owners that don't give a flying **** about the fans lol

K Train
01-14-2007, 01:05 AM
i'd be furious.....whiz, grimm, and rivera are all great canidates, **** gailey...**** sherman, and **** tomlin

Koopa
01-14-2007, 01:14 AM
don't forget **** cowher for saying that would be his choice, **** cowher

BlitzburghRockCity
01-14-2007, 02:08 AM
I cant believe Cowher wouldnt give Whiz or Grimm his "stamp of approval" ! WTF is up with that !

Let's hope the Rooney's make up their own mind !

Black@Gold Forever32
01-14-2007, 02:13 AM
I cant believe Cowher wouldnt give Whiz or Grimm his "stamp of approval" ! WTF is up with that !

Let's hope the Rooney's make up their own mind !

Yea I don't understand why Cowher would do that either. Kind of shocking. I didn't think Gailey was a terrible OC but I don't want him as our HC.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-14-2007, 02:18 AM
Nah he was an ok coordinator when he was with us but he stunk up the joint in Dalls and Miami and has been nothing more than average at GT. At this point I hope the Rooney's are pissed at Cowher so they don't let him influence their decision.

Koopa
01-14-2007, 02:19 AM
maybe cowher is just trying to get the rooney's to hire a **** coach, so when we win 1 game next year, they'll fire him and then rehire cowher in 08 lol

BlitzburghRockCity
01-14-2007, 02:22 AM
The more I think about this the more it pisses me off knowing that BC wouldnt give his stamp of approval to 2 of his top assistants !!

Black@Gold Forever32
01-14-2007, 02:25 AM
The more I think about this the more it pisses me off knowing that BC wouldnt give his stamp of approval to 2 of his top assistants !!

I agree Matt, why isn't Cowher backing Whiz and Grimm. It makes you wonder if they totally got along with Cowher. But then again Cowher hired Grimm and Whiz plus promoted Grimm to assistant HC and Whiz as OC. Very strange very strange why Cowher isn't supporting his top two assistants.

Maybe a riff between Cowher and these two did develop this year?

Koopa
01-14-2007, 02:31 AM
cowher is probably just hating on them, because they always wanted to do stuff that would open the team up and win, but cowher wanted to be martyball part 2

Black@Gold Forever32
01-14-2007, 02:36 AM
cowher is probably just hating on them, because they always wanted to do stuff that would open the team up and win, but cowher wanted to be martyball part 2

lol ok I agree Cowher didn't always get it done in the play-offs. But he was much better then Marty. I think Marty coached teams are 5-12 in the play-offs.:bluelol:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-14-2007, 02:43 AM
I agree Matt, why isn't Cowher backing Whiz and Grimm. It makes you wonder if they totally got along with Cowher. But then again Cowher hired Grimm and Whiz plus promoted Grimm to assistant HC and Whiz as OC. Very strange very strange why Cowher isn't supporting his top two assistants.

Maybe a riff between Cowher and these two did develop this year?

Dunno, maybe they did have some type of creative difference on how to run the team this past year, who knows? :dunno:

Grimm seems more like Cowher, hard nosed and stubborn on how things should be done. To me Whiz seems more like the guy would want to push the envelope with the offense.

Koopa
01-14-2007, 02:45 AM
if that's the case, **** grimm, cowher never won a damn thing while he was in pittsburgh, it wasn't until he finally let whiz open stuff up is when he won a ring....cowher is a bum and overrated, and if grimm is anything like cowher then he'll be a bum......but i read grimm wanted to make moves that could've made us better but cowher wouldn't allow it

BlitzburghRockCity
01-14-2007, 02:46 AM
This is all you need to know about Gailey right here..

http://media3.steelers.com/MediaContent/2007/01/12/05/Gailey_Miller_Stewart_73492.jpg

Black@Gold Forever32
01-14-2007, 02:48 AM
Dunno, maybe they did have some type of creative difference on how to run the team this past year, who knows? :dunno:

Grimm seems more like Cowher, hard nosed and stubborn on how things should be done. To me Whiz seems more like the guy would want to push the envelope with the offense.

I don't either just racking my brain why Cowher wouldn't back Grimm or Whiz. I just want Whiz to be named HC. If not Whiz then wait for Ron Rivera but just as long as Rivera keeps the 3-4 and Coach LeBeau.

Black@Gold Forever32
01-14-2007, 02:49 AM
This is all you need to know about Gailey right here..

http://media3.steelers.com/MediaContent/2007/01/12/05/Gailey_Miller_Stewart_73492.jpg

:bluelol: But Kordell did throw 21 TD's and run for 11 TD's in 1997 when Gailey was the HC. By far Kordell's best season TD wise with the Steelers.lol

Ambridge
01-14-2007, 10:10 AM
Nah he was an ok coordinator when he was with us but he stunk up the joint in Dalls and Miami and has been nothing more than average at GT. At this point I hope the Rooney's are pissed at Cowher so they don't let him influence their decision.

Exactly!!

As soon as Cowher said Chan Gailey the Rooney's should have just flushed that down their mental toilet and had security escort Bill out of the Steeler complex along with a one way plane ticket back to Carolina.

Captcoolhand
01-15-2007, 09:32 AM
This is all you need to know about Gailey right here..

http://media3.steelers.com/MediaContent/2007/01/12/05/Gailey_Miller_Stewart_73492.jpg
I don't Blame Gailey because Stewart was a Screw up:lol:

Nah he was an ok coordinator when he was with us but he stunk up the joint in Dalls and Miami and has been nothing more than average at GT. At this point I hope the Rooney's are pissed at Cowher so they don't let him influence their decision.I'm not sure how he did this:dunno:

Under Gailey, the Cowboys compiled a composite regular season record of 18-14 in his two seasons, qualified for the playoffs both years, and captured the NFC Eastern Division title in 1998. In addition, the Cowboys finished in the top five in the NFL in both fewest turnovers and fewest interceptions in each of Gailey's two seasons as head coach, including a number one ranking in both categories in 1998.
In Gailey's first season with the Dolphins, he helped guide a running game which amassed 1,894 yards, the most by a Dolphin team since 1984. Lamar Smith finished tenth in the AFC with 1,139 yards rushing, the second-highest single-season total by a Dolphin, marking just the seventh time (fifth player) that a Miami player reached the 1,000-yard plateau.
In seven of the eight seasons that Gailey was either a coordinator or head coach in the NFL, he had a player attain the 1,000-yard rushing mark each time, including Jerome Bettis of the Steelers and Emmitt Smith of the Cowboys.

From what I've read http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/...ey_chan00.html (http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gailey_chan00.html) maybe Cowher just thought that Gailey would continue to keep this team a traditional running game.:dunno: :scratch:
Like him or not should he even get a shot here again, We'll all have to deal with it:yesnod: :2cents:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-15-2007, 10:04 AM
18-14 is hardly anything to write home about, and it's not like it's that hard to qualify for the playoffs in the NFC, it's been that way for a long time now. Also consider that Gailey inherited alot of very special players there when he took over that team and they still didn't blow the doors off anybody.

GT is a good team but they are hardly a stellar powerhouse that everybody fears and admires.

All Im saying is I just don't think he's all that when it comes to being an NFL coach and he's not anywhere in my top 5 choices; not that it's up to me anyways but its my opinion.

DIESELMAN
01-15-2007, 10:56 AM
I've been keeping my cool these past couple of weeks. I was hoping for either Whiz or Grimm but now Whiz is gone and Grimm hasn't been announced as HC either. The more time goes by I'm hoping and praying the Rooneys are waiting for the Bears to lose and announce Rivera HC. I DO NOT!!! DO NOT want to see Gailey or Sherman as HC. No matter what happens the Steelers have been my one and only football team, it'll stay that way.....:helmet:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-15-2007, 12:39 PM
Unless they have some inside track to Rivera, waiting for him is a risky shot because other teams will want his services too.