Gailey talks offense

Friday the Chiefs introduced Chan Gailey at Arrowhead Stadium. Warpaint Illustrated was there to capture his first public moment as Kansas City's offensive coordinator.

CHAN GAILEY...

...On being hired:


I've been in this stadium a lot, on the other side of the field. It's great to be on this side for a change because I've walked out of here with my tail tucked between my legs a few times. It's fun to be on this side now. It's a great opportunity. I look at the challenge of what we have here, but I look at the opportunity. The opportunity is great. I'm looking forward to working with the players that we have that are on board now that are obviously very talented and productive. We have some of those.

As Herm said, we're going to try to be balanced. We don't want the opponent to know what we're doing. At least not be predictable. We want to be physical and tough, not turn it over and not take sacks, and find ways to win football games. Somebody might ask what the objective is, the objective is to score one more point than the other team every week. That's the objective.

...On why he came to the Chiefs:


I did not know Herm, but I knew a lot about Herm and I knew people that knew him. The way that he handles things and the way he runs things, we do have similar philosophies. The way he treats people.

The opportunity to work for an organization that I think is one of the best-run organizations in the league. That's important to me. I used to recruit Kansas City, and I used to tell my wife, Kansas City is a great town. That was part of it.

I looked at the opportunity with the personnel that is here. There is an opportunity with the players that are here for us to get well in a hurry. That's our plan.

...On developing quarterback Kordell Stewart and his philosophy:


You never take credit for everything in this business. Our staff came up with it, yes, I happened to be the coordinator at the time. But we just looked at it and tried to find a way to take a good player and let him do what he could do. That's what, to me, the successful people in our business do – take guys that have ability and put them in a position to be successful.

If you had to name a philosophy, that's my philosophy. There's no name for our offense, or anything like that. We just are trying to take whoever we have, and put them in a position to be successful.

We've got a way we do things, we've got some beliefs that are there – power running game, ball control pass, take shots, red zone attack, goal line – you've got those things. I've been coaching for all these years you develop some philosophies about what you believe in. But at the same time, you've got to be flexible enough to take the guys that you have and work with those abilities to be successful.

...On quarterback Brodie Croyle:


I would like to tell you I've looked at all the film from last year but I haven't. I have seen enough to know that I think there's a good deal of talent in Brodie. I think he's got a chance to be a very good quarterback. Everybody falls into the category until they are really good, they have the chance to be. If we can put him in good positions, and he continues to work, and all those things work together, then I think he's going to be a very good quarterback before it's over with. We'll see.

...On calling plays:


I don't know what the most enjoyable thing is. The challenge of the chess match is always fun. I like the week as much as I like gameday. The preparation during the week, trying to figure what their tendencies might be, making sure we self scout and don't have tendencies ourselves. Formulating a gameplan to allow the players to be successful on the field. Going on the field and staying with the gameplan until they show something different, and then you play the chess match.

There's an excitement about gameday that makes the game what it is. That's why it's such a great game. If all you did was throw the stats out there we'd know who was going to win every week. You get the game, and unusual things happen, great things happen sometimes.

...On adjusting during a game:


It's very important. You can be hard-headed if you want to be, but you probably won't be very successful if you're hard-headed. I've learned one thing. Just because it looked good on Wednesday night doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be great on Sunday. If they change, you better be able to change.

...On helping KC's offensive line:


We've already had discussions about the direction that we want to go. I think that's something we'll have more discussions about, what exactly is going to happen there. Can you do things to help your line? Sure you can. There's things you can do to help certain areas be successful, and that's what you try to do. Every time you give up something over here, you take away from over here, so that's the balance of trying to make sure that OK, we're not going to make it so easy on the offensive line that it's hard on the quarterback. You're always trying to balance that.

...On his absence from the NFL:


After I left Georgia Tech – or was asked to leave – I went out to the Falcons. I sat down and watched two days of NFL tape just to see what had changed. There were a few things that had changed, but it wasn't drastically different. The football game is still played on the same size field and still played with 11 guys. There's a few differences, but it's the same game. It hasn't changed drastically. Matter of fact, I learned a lot in college. There's a lot of stuff going on in college football right now that hopefully will make me better.


HEAD COACH HERM EDWARDS…


...On Gailey's degree of freedom:


I've never been a head coach that gets involved in playcalling during the course of a game. I suggest things during the course of a game, but that's why Chan is here, no different than the defensive coordinator. I'm not a guy that stands on the sidelines and second guesses the coordinator. As the game is being played there are certain things you might see, we'll have certain conversations, but at the end of the day that's why he's here.

He's an excellent playcaller, has called a lot of plays in his career. Been in a lot of situations where he's been successful, playoffs, Super Bowl, so I think he knows how to call plays. I don't think he's going to need a whole lot of my help.

...On his offensive philosophy:


The one thing we both agree upon...you have to be tough. Some people just assume because you play football you're tough. That's a little bit right, but I think you have to have tough-minded players. You have to be able to win in the fourth quarter in our league. Most games are tight. If you look at some of our games, a lot of games we played in this year, they were tight going into the fourth quarter. We didn't win them.

That's the difference, and I think you have to be tough enough when everyone in the ballpark knows it's third-and-one or fourth-and-one, and you decide to go for it, that you're not going to throw a pass. You're going to run the ball. You're going to be a tough football team and you're going to run the ball. I think that's very, very important. I'm not saying you can't throw a pass, but that's a mindset you have to have. That's something you build within your football team. I think our ability to score points is very, very important. That to me is very simple.

You have to throw the ball, that's how you score points in this league. But you have to throw it in a vein where you have the opportunity to make big plays in the passing game, and you don't put the quarterback in situations where you know it's the known down. You want to be balanced where you can take shots at people, but not turn the ball over.

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