FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Last week Chan Gailey said this year was the most difficult and challenging year of his career and it will remain that way as the 64-year-old coordinator has decided to hang up his headset and call sheet. We knew sweeping changes were coming to the staff, debates over whether Gailey should be fired or not turned out to be moot because he decided to leave on his own,
"I informed Coach Bowles prior to the 2016 season that I would retire after this season," Gailey said in a statement released by the Jets. "I thought it was best to tell him early, so that he could begin to think about how he would move the team forward on offense. While we did not have the season we all wanted to have, I think there are some great people here at the Jets and in the New York/New Jersey area. I wish them all the best moving forward."
Gailey did an excellent job with the Jets last year, after coming out of retirement, but his offense failed to put forth a remotely competent unit this season. While many will blame Gailey for this year's failures, no coach has ever been able to get more out of Ryan Fitzpatrick that he has and as Gailey told reporters last week, "I'd like to think I didn't get dumb over one year." This offense has problems, too many to count, Gailey was not one of them, but finding his replacement is now one of them.
Gailey has said that he still loves to coach, but it's easy to see why he would retire after realizing that he might be stuck with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg as his quarterbacks next year. Even if the Jets signed a veteran quarterback or drafted a rookie, none of those choices would be enough to entice the 64-year-old Gailey to return next year and now the search for a new offensive coordinator can begin. The recently fired Mike McCoy would be a good place to start.
Chris Nimbley is the editor-in-chief of JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@cnimbley), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)