When Chan Gailey was introduced as the Herminator’s new offensive coordinator in K.C. a few days ago, Jason Whitlock (above) derided the hiring, calling Gailey “just another 50-something football millionaire with a spotty resume”, one who “never in more than 30 years of coaching been labeled an innovator.”
Remarkably, Big Sexy has backtracked, and not without sending a not-so-subtle message to his undoubtedly vast female readership.
I regret what I wrote about Chan Gailey a couple of days ago.
At one point I wrote that Gailey had never been labeled an œinnovator. I was wrong. He was the offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh when the Steelers introduced the Kordell œSlash Stewart offense.
That was pretty innovative. Gailey took a mediocre quarterback and turned him into a weapon. Stewart would play a little receiver. He™d run quarterback draws. He might line up in the slot and get the ball on a reverse or throw a receiver pass. The Steelers found ways to move the chains with Stewart under center, split in the slot or out wide.
œYou never take all of the credit for something, Gailey said when asked about Pittsburgh™s œSlash offense. œOur entire staff came up with it, but I happened to be the coordinator at the time. We just tried to take a good player and let him do what he could do.
When Gailey was announced as Kansas City™s new offensive coordinator, I simply forgot about Kordell Stewart and the fact that Gailey was there at that time. Friday morning I flipped on the radio, heard Gailey™s Pittsburgh tenure/Kordell Stewart innovation being discussed and was embarrassed.
It was the final piece of evidence that I hadn™t been fair to Gailey. I judged him too harshly simply because he™s a retread, mid-50s, wealthy and ran a relatively conservative offense with never-developed Reggie Ball at Georgia Tech. I stereotyped, which is something I try to avoid because it happens to me too often. Women see my good looks and sexy frame, read my columns and just assume I don™t have a brain. It™s very frustrating. Just once, I™d give anything for a woman to take the time to get to know me rather than rush me into an intimate relationship.