Monday comments from the Bills beginning with head coach Chan Gailey:
On DE Chris Kelsay questioning the team's lack of effort:
We all fall into that category. Is there more everybody can do? Yes. And that is a challenge for each of us to do the very best that we can every time we walk out there. Everybody can do a little bit better. You say you are doing your best but you have to find a little bit more because we are not where we want to be. I think we can be where we want to be still. But we are not there yet.
On if it is disturbing that effort is a concern seven games into the season:
I think we are playing hard. It is not that I do not think we are playing hard. I think we play hard. Can we play better? That is the key--being consistent. That is the term I used with the players this morning: being consistent and everybody being where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there. Being more consistent--that is the key to the whole thing. You walk out onto our practice field, guys are working hard. To me, I watch the film and everybody is playing hard. Can we play harder every snap? Yeah, we can. Everybody falls in that category a little bit. You have to do more. When you are losing, you have to do more.
On if the effort is acceptable to him:
Are there plays that guys do not do 100-percent every snap? Yeah, there are plays that happens. You have to correct that.
On how disturbing it is that some guys do not go 100-percent on every play:
Sure, it is disturbing every time you look at it. It goes on for every time, on every level of football. It really does. You have to squelch it. You have to get everybody playing to the top 100-percent every snap. You just cannot take plays off. I am not saying guys are taking plays off, I am just saying I think we can lay out, for lack of a better term, a little bit better at times.
On Kelsay saying players were taking plays off:
Kelsay is entitled to his opinion. That is true.
On if he knows how much DE Mario Williams' wrist is bothering him:
No I do not. I cannot speak for him. I cannot tell you whether he is being affected by it at all, a little bit or what it is. I cannot tell.
On if Williams has those conversations with him:
No. I ask him how it is going and he says it is alright.
On if Williams' play is where he wants it to be:
I wish everybody was doing a little bit more right now. Not just him, but everybody was doing a little bit more.
On how DE Kyle Moore seemed to produce more at left end yesterday than Williams:
I cannot answer that question other than I know at times (the other team) will chip when Mario is over there. They do not feel like they have to chip right now on Kyle Moore. They may in the future, but they do not feel like they have to right now. When Mario is on one side or the other, people tend to find an extra blocker, find a chip, a tight end on that side or something. They tend to do that.
On if better players normally find a way through what the other team presents:
We have to put together a defense that works. Everybody has to do their very best. I think (Williams) is working hard. I think he is playing hard, but we have to get production out of everybody. We have to be more productive.
On how to fix the defense:
Well, that goes back to the consistency I was talking about. We have to get everybody in the right gap at the right time. That is going to be key. That is where we are lacking right now, the consistency factor. We will stop the same play twice and the third time it gets out of there. I think there were four runs yesterday that accounted for about 140 yards of the 190 yards rushing. The big plays are what are hurting us right now and it is happening in the running game.
On if changes can be expected during the bye week due to poor effort:
I hope that everybody gives the best that they have got. That includes all of us as coaches. Everybody has to give their best effort to have a chance to win in this league. That is part of it. It is not easy and it is not fun when you lose. You have to get better, and right now we are not where we need to be. We are not close to where we need to be. Hopefully we will get some of that straight this week.
On if Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt will be reevaluated over the bye week:
There is no question about that. There is no discussion there. He is it and is going to be it.
On if the problem is a lack of talent or a lack of effort:
I go back to consistency. Everybody has to do the right thing on every snap. Right now we are not doing the right thing on every snap. If it falls back on anybody, it falls back on me making sure everybody is doing the right thing at the right time because that is what coaches are supposed to do--get people in the right place at the right time is what they are supposed to do.
On why Wannstedt is the right man for the job:
His wealth of experience coaching defenses, being around great defenses and I have known him for a long time. I've worked with him. I know his knowledge of defense and what people are supposed to do. I have a great deal of confidence that he can do the job.
On if there will be any changes to the starting line-up after the bye week:
Who knows? We are going to evaluate everything and nothing may change. We may just try to get better at what we are doing or there may be some changes. We just have to evaluate it.
On the status of OG Chad Rinehart:
He has a long-term injury. Whether it is season or not, I think they have further evaluations today and tomorrow where we will know more probably tomorrow.
On if Rinehart injured his ankle:
On if OL Sam Young stays in the reserve role or if they need to get OL David Snow up to speed:
Probably Sam (Young) has to be a jack-of-all-trades knowing guard and tackle. David (Snow) has been working more at center than he has at anything else at this point, but he has to start learning the guard spot, too. It depends on how quickly we get (Kraig) Urbik back and how quickly we get Cordy (Glenn) back. We expect to have both of them hopefully for this ball game coming up.
On if the use of RB C.J. Spiller and RB Fred Jackson was ideal yesterday:
It was good. I am not sure if ideal ever hits. First of all, nothing is ideal unless you win. There were some opportunities we had to score more points so it was not ideal. But for them to touch it 35 times between them and about four, five other times we tried to get the ball to Fred (Jackson) on some throws and did not connect on them. If we can let them touch it between 30 and 40 times a game, I think that is pretty good for us.
On when DE Mario Williams needs to step up and make the impact he is supposed to be making:
I think that it is all subjective to statistics. The impact that a guy has on a football team in a lot of people's eyes is viewed by statistics. We do not necessarily view those by statistics. We view them by what kind of influence and impact a guy has on the game. Right now, Mario is having a good impact on the game. Is it great at this point? No, it is not great. But he is having a good impact on the game. Every one of them is doing OK at times, but nobody is consistently doing it exactly right enough for us to be a productive defense. And I am going to use that word now because I think that is the word that we are searching for: creating consistency on our defense throughout the defense. Not just the defensive line, the defensive backs or the linebackers--all of them. Every one of them included. We have to be more consistent. Being where you are supposed to be and when you are supposed to be there that will allow us to improve our defensive statistics and defensive production.
On if Williams is being unfairly criticized:
Everybody gets singled out from time to time. Not everybody, most everybody. High-profile people tend to get singled out more than anybody else other than quarterbacks. Quarterbacks get singled out every week one way or the other. Most players that are high-profile players get singled out one way or the other either positively or negatively each week depending upon how the team does. And that is the bottom line.
On if it is possible for guys to quickly become more consistent:
It better or we are going to be in for a long year if we do not create consistency.
On if they are getting the bang for their buck for the defense:
I am not interested in bucks. I am interested in production. All I am interested in is production and we are not producing like we need to defensively. There are other areas we need to work on as well.
On how DT Marcell Dareus is performing on and off the field:
I cannot speak to off the field. You probably need to talk to him about off the field. He has had to deal with a lot, but he is coming to work every day and that is what I see. I do not know how he is handling all that other stuff. The play on the field is to me in line with the other people on the football team. Can he play better and can we be better? Yes. Everybody can step their play up a notch and improve our defense. They all have to. I am not going to talk about individual play one way or the other. It is a group thing. Everybody has to do what they are supposed to do.
On if he thinks it is necessary for players to hold each other accountable:
I think accountability to each other is vital to any football team. This is the most unique team sport in the world because of the numbers of people that are involved that have to do their job on a daily basis. I think the people that are accountable to each other understand that they are accountable to each other. If they do not, they need to understand that they have to be accountable to each other when it gets down to it that is who they play with and for. That is why you go to championships is because you are accountable to each other.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Monday, October 22, 2012
On not looking happy:
Yeah. Never really happy after a loss.
On if he thinks everybody on the offensive side of the ball is giving their all:
Offensively, our issue yesterday was we did not make plays when we needed to especially down there at the end of the game. We had a couple of opportunities to close the game out and not have to put it in anybody else's hands but our own. That was a disappointing thing offensively, having opportunities to close the game out and we did not do it.
On if there is a feeling the team has squandered away too many opportunities to get back into it:
This was a tough loss for us. You always try to look at the bright side, put things into perspective and all of that. But 4-3 would have been a lot better than 3-4, especially with a bye week. You always want to go into the bye week with a win because this loss will linger a little bit longer. It was a tough loss, a game that we were in, a game that we were winning and a game that we could not pull out. That makes it difficult. You always look forward to working against the next opponent, working against the scout team, getting out there and figuring out the new game plan. That is how you kind of forget about some of these tough losses. We have a week now where will be off to let this thing kind of sink in and then we will have to get back to work.
On if there is a chance the locker room might fracture:
We are fine in terms of guys pulling together and guys taking blame for what happened. I think that is something where there is going to be no finger pointing in this locker room. I think guys are going to challenge each other and a lot of that is going to be in-house. You do not do that stuff through the media. You do not point fingers, blame and single out guys through the media. You challenge each other behind closed doors and I think that is what will happen more than anything. The fracturing of the locker room is just not going to happen.
On if the leaders need to challenge each other more:
As competitors you do. You challenge yourself. You challenge each other. There are certain guys that will be able to accept a challenge. There are certain guys that are going to be able to be heard. I am always going to accept Stevie (Johnson) challenging me or Fred (Jackson) challenging me. You accept the challenges from the guys that you respect. I think those are the guys that will have to do the speaking.
On if he is surprised some players have not been better this season:
When you ask that question the first person that popped in my head was myself. I have not had a good year and it has been for a number of reasons, but it is something that you just have to continue to work at. This season has been a disappointment. I think nobody expected us to be 3-4. I think it is good that we are disappointed. It just sucks that this is now another season that we feel that disappointment. Right now I think we feel urgency that we have to get this thing going before it is lost.
On if all he accomplished yesterday was erased by the interception:
I touched on earlier, having a chance to close the game out there in the fourth quarter and not being able to do it. Whether it was the series before that, whether it was that series with the third-down interception or when we got the ball back and were not able to get any yards and get it down to at least have the chance to attempt a field goal. That is tough. As a quarterback, and as a leader of the offense, a lot of that falls on me. Certainly that interception falls on me. That is something that we have to be able to do. We have to be able to close out games on offense. We paid for it yesterday.
On if the team can still accomplish its goals for the season:
The interesting thing in the NFL is you never know what is going to happen. You have to continue to adjust and manage your goals. We wanted to go undefeated in our division, we wanted to go undefeated at home and all of that stuff. Well, that is not going to happen. That is not possible anymore. We have to reassess where we are at. The bye week is a perfect week to do that, look and evaluate what we are doing. Set new goals of how we are going to get to the playoffs and go from there.
On talking about the same problems this year that have plagued the team in the past:
It is frustrating in general to lose games, especially the close ones you feel like you had a really good shot at winning and you kind of let slip out of your hands.
On if there is a time when a team leader needs to call the team out:
Chris (Kelsay) is a guy who has been here for a long time. He has been around for a long time and he is a respected guy in our locker room. For him to lay out a challenge, I do not think it is just the defensive guys--I think he is laying out a challenge to the team. It is something we pride ourselves on, hustle and outworking people. If that is something he saw then he threw out a challenge to the whole team there. I think at time that is important. I also think it is important when there are things, especially with specific people that we address those in-house and not through the media. But that is a challenge he issues through the media and that will be one that resonates through the locker room.
On Kelsay not calling out anyone specific:
What Chris is doing, and Chris is going to be the first one to point a finger at himself, he is challenging their unit as a whole. I think that is important. That is something you can do and it will resonate through the locker room. I guess what I am trying to say is if you are going to point specific fingers at something, you do it in-house and you talk to guys about it. That is not something you do through the media.
RB Fred Jackson
Monday, October 22, 2012
On players being held accountable:
Everybody has to be held accountable for what they are doing on the field and we all know that. (The defense) has come in and said that they want to do better, but at the same time we had chances on offense to end the game as well. It is a sick feeling right now, but at the same time we cannot go in the tank. We got the film, watched that and saw what we can improve on. Right now, it is put up or shut up. We have put ourselves in a difficult situation right now, but it is not a situation where we can go in the tank and forget about the whole season.
On DE Chris Kelsay saying players have to push each other to give effort consistently:
You have to be able to depend on the guy next to you, but while you are doing that you have to be able to tell them what you expect from them. If they are not getting the job done, you have to let them know. To do that, you have to look at what you are doing as well. I think guys are going to start pointing out things that need to be done right. That is just what needs to be done. We have to go out and make plays. We have to be consistent. We are not consistent in everything we are doing, so it is going to be a tough sled from here on out. But to do what we need to do, guys are going to have to step up and make plays.
On if yesterday is as good as he has felt this season on the field:
Without a doubt. I have not felt as well as I did yesterday in a long time. I was able to go out and make a few plays, but did not make enough. We still got the loss. I did feel good and hopefully I can go out and continue to play well.
RB C.J. Spiller
Monday, October 22, 2012
On how hard the bye week will be coming off of a loss:
You definitely want to go into the bye with a win, but unfortunately it did not happen. I guess this bye is pretty much for us to get as many guys healthy as possible so we can make this run for the long-term. Just reevaluate everything from what we are trying to do offensively to how we can be successful to finish games and to win those close ones.
On if it is important to remind people to give everything they have got:
I do not really sit down and watch how individuals play and if he is giving effort. If I have to do that, week-in and week-out, try to question a guy's effort then I would not want to play with that guy. In this league, and this level, you should pretty much give your best effort every time you go out there on Sunday to help the team win. If a guy is not giving it his all, then you cannot really trust him to be out there because you never know what play he might take off. Offensively, I trust every guy out there because I am able to see the film and see the type of guys that are running around and making plays. I do not know if it is just talking defensive-wise or what, but on offense I think guys are giving a great effort.
On if the team needs a mental break:
It just depends. Of course you want to rest your body. We have been going at it for a long time now so you have a lot of guys probably banged up. I guess the bye came at a good time to let guys get healthy, reevaluate everything and see what type of season we want to have. Do we want to end this drought of not making the playoffs or do we want to be the same old guys and have an early post season?
DE Chris Kelsay
Monday, October 22, 2012
On if this is a good time for the team's bye week:
Myself personally I would rather just get back at it. We do not like sitting around with this taste in our mouth. You want to get another opportunity and I think some guys need the rest, whether it is physically, mentally or both. I know after a loss you always want to have a chance that next weekend to get a win, so it is going to be a frustrating off week.
On if it is just a matter of regrouping:
Yeah I think so. We just need to refocus and stress consistency. We have played really well at times and we have played really, really poorly at times--a lot of the time. It is just more of what we are not doing than what other teams are doing to us. I know you guys are tired of hearing that. We are tired of saying it, obviously. Some way, somehow we have to understand what accountability means across the board, playing hard every play. You watch the film and not everybody was playing hard every snap. That is unacceptable.
On how maddening it can be to see teammates not giving it their all:
There is no excuse for it. We put in way too much time and effort during the week. I thought we practiced really well throughout the week, but if you do not play on Sunday and you cannot translate it to the game field then it is all for naught. Coaches put in a ton of time and a lot of effort. We are all away from our families, we make this what it is and it is our livelihood. It is a blessing to be in this league. To go out there and lay an egg, there is no excuse for it.
On if players need to hold themselves more accountable:
Absolutely. You are going to see it from a lot of guys. Maybe as leaders some of us have let certain things slide. Cannot do that. We are not going to allow it.
On if effort has been a problem before on the team:
No, I do not believe so. Coaches call you out.... We grade hard when guys are not playing hard. Coaches point it out, but maybe it will mean more coming from the players.
On if the problem is not focusing or not finishing a play all the way through:
I think it is both. Relying on your technique and your fundamentals, playing with your hands, running to the football, the ball is thrown down the field, turning, chasing and running. You never know what is going to happen. Fumbles occur. The team with more guys around, more often than is going to come away with the ball. The quick screens and draws, retrace. Whatever it takes to get to the football. Play with all out energy. At the end of the day that is basically how I grade somebody. Is he going to play as hard as he can?