DAVIE, Fla. – Veteran assistant coach Chan Gailey has resigned after serving a year as the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator, the team announced on Wednesday morning.
This means the Dolphins will have a new offensive coordinator for the third consecutive year under coach Brian Flores as they continue to find the right schema and caller to get the most out of rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
“I would like to thank Chan for all of his hard work and dedication in a unique year,” said Flores in a statement. “He played an important role in the staff and in the development of our young squad. I wish him all the best.”
Gailey’s resignation comes less than 24 hours after Flores said he expected all of his assistants for the 2021 season – barring surprises. It’s uncertain whether Gailey’s departure will come as a surprise or whether the team planned that opportunity.
When Gailey was asked several times throughout the season if he wanted to return in 2021, the 69-year-old was non-committal and only stated that this was the most unusual season of his coaching career given the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.
Flores hired Gailey, a former head coach for the Bills and Cowboys, out of retirement in January 2020 to replace offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea.
The dolphins will now start evaluating their own staff and possibly external candidates in order to find a new offensive coordinator. If Miami is looking to encourage internal options, then Trainer George Godsey and Trainer Eric Studesville are top contenders.
Godsey took on a heightened role coaching Tagovailoa in the second half of the season, and he was often seen abandoning the previous ride with the young quarterback on matchdays.
Tagovailoa went 6-3 as a starter, but all five of his interceptions came in the last four games, including three in the season-end loss to the Bills.
Earlier this year, Flores also praised Studesville as a “phenomenal coach, teacher and communicator” who has a future as an offensive coordinator and head coach.
The 2020 Dolphins finished 22nd overall (339 yards per game) and 15th in the rating (25.3 points per game).
Gailey’s offense didn’t seem to get the most out of their short time together in Tagovailoa. Now the 22-year-old has a new caller and a full off-season to study under.