With Todd Bowles heading to the New York Jets, some stories have started to come out for potential coordinators.
Look for Chan Gailey to be the new OC for newly hired #Jets coach Todd Bowles, which is an intriguing choice.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2015
#azcardinals LB coach Mike Caldwell expected to be DC under Bowles. Heard def asst Ryan Slowik could be going, too.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) January 14, 2015
Caldwell would presumably play a Mike Pettine/Dennis Thurman type or role taking on some of the heavy lifting implementing Bowles' defensive vision while Bowles is occupied with the big picture responsibilities of being a head coach.
Gailey seems to be getting a lot of negative feedback. I'm not going to sit here and tell you Gailey is Chip Kelly or Sean Payton, but I don't think he's nearly as bad as he's been made out to be. I don't think this is a case where you can look at the raw stats and rankings. In his most recent NFL stints in Kansas City and Buffalo he's had to work around some enormous talent deficits. He's been pretty creative with his scheming and playcalling. He ran a bunch of Pistol with the Chiefs to take advantage of Tyler Thigpen's athleticism, and then worked around Ryan Fitzpatrick's deficiencies in Buffalo. Here's a good article from our sister site Buffalo Rumblings about that. I'm sure I'll discuss this in much more detail in the weeks and months to come, but I don't agree with the idea Gailey is a Paul Hackett/Tony Sparano level offensive mind.