Dolphins Hire Chan Gailey As OC

One day after firing Chad O’Shea, the Dolphins are bringing in a familiar face to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy. Per Ian Rapoport of (via Twitter), Miami will hire Chan Gailey as its new OC. Gailey served in that same capacity with the Dolphins from 2000-01.

It’s something of a curious move, given that the Dolphins seemed to be finding their groove under O’Shea. Although the overall offensive numbers look bleak — the team finished 27th in the NFL in total offense, last in rushing offense, and 25th in scoring offense in 2019 — they did rank in the top-10 in passing offense and top-15 in scoring offense after Ryan Fitzpatrick took over the starting QB job on a full-time basis beginning in Week 6.

However, as Cameron Wolfe of writes, O’Shea’s system was frequently described as complex — which makes sense given the amount of time he spent in the Patriots’ organization — and with a number of young players on the roster and a rookie signal-caller likely coming in, head coach Brian Flores perhaps wanted something a little more digestible. Gailey’s spread offense could fit the bill.

Plus, it’s not as though Fitzpatrick is unfamiliar with Gailey’s system. Gailey was Fitzpatrick’s OC with the Jets from 2015-16 and his head coach with the Bills from 2010-12. And as Wolfe says, the team wants Fitzpatrick back in 2020 for the final year of his two-year deal and to bridge the gap to the young QB it will presumably select in the upcoming draft.

Gailey, 67, is a familiar name to NFL fans. He has served as the offensive coordinator for four different teams (the Steelers, Dolphins, Chiefs, and Jets) and as the head coach of two (the Cowboys and Bills). He is just 34-48 as a head coach, including an 0-2 mark in the playoffs, and he has not been successful at every stop, but he obviously has the respect of Flores and will attempt to mold Miami’s young offense.

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14 comments on “Dolphins Hire Chan Gailey As OC

  1. Boston2AZ

    McDaniels will leave for a HC gig and O’Shea will be named OC in NE. Watch.

  2. Marner#16

    This team and franchise has been a laughing stock for years 5 win season please! Even worse if your a fan of this nonsense.

    • Juan v

      Yet you feel like reading and posting on a team you don’t care about. Thank you for your comment
      closet phins fan. Happy new year

    • Skullking

      5 wins and while the org was trying to lose more. Several teams that weren’t trying to lose did the same or worse. Now they hired a OC that has consistently legitimized every offense he’s touched, have the best cap situation, most draft capital, and a winning mentality after beating the Patriots in Foxborough. There are a lot of teams with worse outlooks than the Dolphins.

      • “Now they hired a OC that has consistently legitimized every offense he’s touched”

        Are you high? Dude has been completely out of football for three seasons and the offensive rankings for the last six seasons he was actually around were 24th, 25th, 14th, 19th, 10th, and most recently 26th. He hasn’t had a top ten offense in football as an OC since 1997 in Pittsburgh. This is an absurd hire.

  3. Marner#16

    Juan v,

    And you take the bait. Funny how you can respond while riding your horse and serving coffee VALDEZ!

    • fisharebiting

      I would think the chargers (5 wins), browns (6), panthers (5) & Falcons (7) had much higher expectations for this season than miami did yet they finished with the same or nearly similar records.

  4. Marner#16


    Your in the sun too much. Atlanta has a great qb and be, as does Carolina . Dolphins have diddle squat!!

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