The Bills confounded fans and media alike by dropping a 15-12 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Defensively the Bills played great until the final drive, but that’s an old story. Offensively the Bills were unable to run consistently and again Ryan Fitzpatrick came up empty on a last minute drive. Fans and media alike are tired of a very similar ending after a promising first three quarters.
The postgame news conference with Chan Gailey was contentious, but not as bad as it could have been with the Coach being grilled for several game decisions and the lack of touches for CJ Spiller. Gailey had no answers and his explanation for Spiller being taken out of the game because he was winded is weak. A win against the Rams and the Bills season was still alive, now playing the final three games are a formality.
The Bills offensive line struggled with two starters out and Fitz was hammered, but the lack of Spiller in both the run and pass game is a mystery. In the final minute Spiller was in the back-field as a blocker and never released for a dump pass or sent out in a pattern for something underneath. Tom Brady makes hay with underneath throws to his backs and Chan Gailey just doesn’t have it in their play book.
The Bills defense is a much improved squad since the bye week and they again played well enough to win, but with the game on the line they were unable to make a play. George Wilson had a real chance to make a game clinching interception, but unable to hold on, shades of the Titans game.
Fred Jackson suffered an injury that looked serious, his third of what has been a brutal season for him. Jackson is a warrior and a needed inside runner, but Gailey’s desire to platoon his two backs for entire series makes zero sense.
This should be an interesting week for Bills media news conferences because the patience is wearing thin. If Ralph Wilson was in attendance I would imagine he would have been in Gailey’s office after the game asking the same questions.
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