–In 10 days, the Buffalo Bills along with ECMC, Kiss 98.5, American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls, USA and Old Falls Street, USA will come together to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The “Billieve” event will serve host to a number of memorable highlights, including outdoor concert performances by local bands and national recording artist Belinda Carlisle, a ceremonial pink lighting of Niagara Falls, and the Hard Rock’s International PINKTOBER living ribbon across the Rainbow Bridge.
–Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon earned high praise from former sports executives Mark Hamister and Larry Quinn. Business First’s Tim O’Shei wrote this blog about what both men had to say about Brandon.
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
October 9, 2005 — THURMAN THOMAS GOES ON WALL
RB Thurman Thomas became the 22nd member of the Bills Wall of Fame at halftime of the Bills’ 20-14 victory over the Dolphins.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
Head Coach Chan Gailey
On if he is concerned about the morale of the team:
Sure you are. You have your head in the sand if you do not worry about confidence, morale and all of those terms that we all use. I address it with the team. What I reminded them is they have done it before, to not lose confidence in themselves. I have seen them; we have all seen them do it before so I know it can be done.
On QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s confidence:
He has a great deal of confidence. He has always had that. He really believes in himself and what he can do on the field. He has a great deal of confidence in himself. He and I talk about quarterback play, what we expect, what we want, do not want, what we like, what we do not like and he knows exactly what he has to do. I think all of us do. I have a great deal of confidence. I have seen him do it too many times. He has not hit a couple of passes that we all wish he had, but I think he can do it and I think he will do it.
On what specifically he is doing to instill that confidence in him:
He plays the game and studies the game the way you are supposed to play the game and study the game. Has he made every throw perfect? No, but not many of them do. We have to work on some things and we have to be more consistent to help him out too.
On his diagnosis of the defense:
I think it goes back to some of the things we said last week. We have to get up the field, get increases, and not miss tackles. It was really more of the same as the week before to be honest with you. And that is not encouraging. We have to get back to basics, so to speak. Not try to make everything fit everything. It is like we are trying to make every call the right perfect defense for every situation. Sometimes you just have to call the defense and let them go play. I hate it that sometimes we have some guys trying to do some things that we do not need for them to try to do. We need to let them go play.
On how to tell guys to not do too much but be able to play to what the opponent is doing:
That is a great balance you have to find. You have to play with confidence that verges on cockiness and yet not play in such a manner that you play crazy, play wild and play out of the context of the defense or the special teams. That balance is always what you are hunting for as a coach. You do not know where it is.
On if some of the key pieces of the defense have underachieved:
No, I do not think they have. I think that what we have to do is get everybody back to playing to the level consistently. That is where we are. It is consistency. Everybody shows a spark now and then. Shows some great things now and then, but consistency on defense is what we are lacking right now. We have to get more consistent there.
On if being together for a week away from home can be helpful for the guys:
I think it can be very helpful, but time will tell on that one. I think being here and being away with just ourselves, because the people that are going to change this and rectify this are sitting in that team room in there. It is not anybody else.
On the other injuries:
Aaron Williams will be fine. (Jairus) Byrd is not going to practice tomorrow, but we think he has a chance to be ready for the game. (Chad) Rinehart, we are going to rest him Wednesday but we think he has a decent chance to make the game.
On the shape the offensive line is in:
I hate to use a drastic word, but we are depleted there for sure. That was one of the strengths we felt like going into the season and right now we have three guys that are out. We will see about Rinehart. That may be the fourth guy out. We will have to mix-and-match and do the best job we can there.
On if they will have to make a roster move:
Let’s wait and see till the end of the week.
On if the offensive line had emerged as the soul of the team:
We had a great thing going. I think I talked about the ability that we had as an offense to be able to adjust because of their experience and because of the time they had spent with each other on the offensive line. That is kind of gone right now and we have to adjust differently.
On if LB Nigel Bradham might be in line to start this week:
He might be. We will wait and see till the end of the week, but he might be, yes.
On if he has talked to WR Stevie Johnson about his appearance of being frustrated on the sidelines:
No, I have not.
On if he is feeling additional pressure for job security:
I was asked if I was worried about my job this morning and I want you to know I am always worried about the job I do. I do not worry about employment. I worry about doing the job I have been hired to do. We have not done an acceptable job the last couple of weeks and I understand that. We are in a production business. That is where we are. If we do not get it straightened out it is going to be a long hard season. We have to get it straightened out.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The Buffalo Bills along with the NFL are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month October. Above, DT Marcell Dareus sports a pair of pink cleats during Sunday’s game at San Francisco.
Buffalo News-Gailey and Co. work to build up Bills’ psyche
Buffalo News-Lost Bills approaching danger zone
Buffalo News-Injuries force offensive line to play short-handed
Business First-Hamister, Quinn Heap Praise on Bills
Rochester D&C-How good is Buddy Nix at evaluating NFL talent?
Associated Press-Bills DT Williams: ‘We stink’
Toronto Sun-Bills players get the ‘point’ after disasters
Arizona Republic-Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick faces hometown team
Olean Times Herald-Plenty of Blame to go around with the Bills
BuffaloBills.com-Arizona isolation just what Bills need
BuffaloBills.com-Chan Gailey: ”You have to dig your way out of it”
BuffaloBills.com-Player comments from Arizona
Arizona Training Session
Behind the Scenes: Bills at 49ers
Eric Wood on Team Morale and Regrouping
Ryan Fitzpatrick Monday Press Conference
Chan Gailey Monday Update
Bills attempt to put bad losses behind them
Bills’ Bradham could start Sunday for Moats
Bills’ Anderson getting MRI on knee
Bills’ Gailey does not feel lost
Hot Reads: Bills/49ers
10/8 Chan Gailey on the offensive and defensive woes of his Buffalo Bills
10/8 Joe Buscaglia tries to give answers for the Bills struggles
Paul Hamilton Has a lot to about Bills/ 49ers
Stevie Johnson- I demand a lot from my teammates.
Inside The Bills
Wood: We’ve got to play more steady, Byrd, A. Williams update, O-line loses another, Anderson has MRI, Why Gailey trusts Fitz, Fitz focused on improving, rallying team, Cards lose RB Williams, Gailey to talk to Wannstedt, The search for answers
Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Podcast from Phoenix: Graham, Gaughan report on morale of Bills team in crisis
Bills O-line signals SOS
C.J. Spiller: Folks will ‘be ready to jump on our bandwagon’
Podcast: Where can the Bills possibly go from here?
Mario Williams: ‘I haven’t hid anything’ about wrist injury
17 facts about Bills D stats that resemble the debt clock
Chan Gailey says faith in Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘not an issue’
Buffalo Sports Daily
This Tweet Sums It Up Well
ESPN AFC East Blog
Chan Gailey concerned about Bills’ psyche
All Sports WNY
Bills in Need of a Winning Attitude
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