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Rex has had Chan and Fitz’s number

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2015 – 4:01 pm

They squared off against one another as head coaches six times with Ryan Fitzpatrick in the lineup as Bills quarterback. Rex Ryan for the most part had Chan Gailey’s number posting a 5-1 record as the current Jets offensive coordinator. Will Ryan’s dominance over Gailey and Fitzpatrick continue?

Fitzpatrick believes he’s got different game breaking talent in New York with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, two huge receiving targets who have combined for 11 touchdowns in eight games. Fitzpatrick with Gailey calling the plays against Ryan averaged just 182.5 passing yards a game and a total of 16 turnovers in that span.

“He’s always a tough defense to go against and he does a great job,” said Fitzpatrick of Ryan. “They’re very creative in their schemes and what they do. I don’t know. I’m just going to rely on my experience, not just in the games I’ve played against him before, but everything that I’ve learned the last few years and how I’ve grown as a player. We’ve got a much different team here. The scheme is similar in that it’s Chan’s offense, but we’ve got a different set of personnel and we like to the run the ball, different talents so it is a much different offense in that regard. I think I’m a much better player than I was four years ago.”

In those six games against Ryan’s defense, Fitzpatrick started five of those games and completed just under 52 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed just 53.5 percent of his passes and was sacked six times. His passer rating was 81.7.

In the seven games in which Fitz has appeared against Rex Ryan defenses in his career the Jets QB has a completion percentage of just under 50 percent (49.8%) with 12 touchdowns and seven INTs. He’s got a passer rating of 75 and his team has a 3-5 record in that span. Only once in those eight games did he pass for more than 250 yards.

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Where motivation lies for Fitz facing Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2015 – 3:59 pm

Former Bills and current Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick admits that facing the Buffalo team he used to quarterback will bring some added motivation, much like it did last year when he faced them as quarterback of the Houston Texans. For Fitz the motivation lies in being moved off the roster a year and a half after signing a long term contract.

“Last year was an emotional win for me,” said Fitzpatrick of the Texans win over the Bills. “I think anytime you play against a team that told you you’re not good enough that carries some extra weight, so this one will definitely carry extra weight for me. But that being said, the more you’re removed from that, the more the faces have changed… I don’t know as many guys on the team anymore. There are a lot of things that have changed in a year.”

Fitzpatrick said when he signed the big money contract with the Bills as the starter here he thought at the time that he would finish his career in Buffalo.

“My plan wasn’t to have everything come crumbling down and have to move the next year,” said Fitzpatrick. “I signed that contract with that expectation, but things didn’t work out for a lot of reasons. Some of that I didn’t play up to expectations and I understand that and why they moved on. I just think the last few years that I’ve become a better quarterback. It’s made me a lot stronger and I’ve continued to grow through all my different teams and experiences.”

Fitz believes his accuracy has improved and that he’s a bit more restrained when it comes to taking risks. His touchdown to interception ratio has been an indication of that as he has 13 touchdowns against just seven interceptions.

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It sounds like Fitz time in NY with Jets

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2015 – 1:35 pm

Jets QB Geno Smith was apparently the victim of a sucker punch in his own locker room and the injuries he sustained could keep him out of the lineup for 10 weeks.

That according to ESPN New York Jets reporter Rich Cimini.

If the timetable for Smith being sidelined is accurate, former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is the likely starter for New York in Week 1. The Jets host the Browns in Week 1.

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Bills want Fitz to hit magic number of 25

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 10:30 am

Bills fans have seen enough of Ryan Fitzpatrick to know that if too much of the burden to win is put on his shoulders it generally doesn’t lead to positive results. That same trend has continued with his new team in Houston.

Last week with the Texans down 14-0 at the half had to throw more to climb back into the game, and though Fitzpatrick had a pretty solid second half, he crossed a dreaded pass attempt threshold that has not been kind to him.

In his 10-year NFL career when Fitzpatrick throws more than 25 pass attempts he is 18-45-1 as a starter. When he throws 25 or less he’s 12-6.

When he attempts 30 or more passes his winning percentage drops even further (9-37 record – win pct. 19.5%).

According to in conjunction with Advanced Football Analytics, the Texans are averaging one interception for every 25 drop backs.

So it would behoove the Bills to really stuff Houston’s run game and put more of the game on Fitz’s shoulders knowing if he reaches the 25-pass attempt threshold the odds are in Buffalo’s favor to not only get an interception along the way, but a victory as well.

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Should Bills blitz Fitz?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2014 – 5:40 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a quarterback who has always gotten the ball out quick, which is why he is a very difficult quarterback to sack even when under heavy pressure or facing a blitz. Buffalo has already faced two such quarterbacks in Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers, who deliver the ball quickly negating any aggressive attempt to take the QB down. So the question is do the Bills blitz Fitzpatrick?

Fitzpatrick has only been sacked twice in three games so far this season, which is a typical low number for the former Bills QB. However, blitzing Fitzpatrick has been effective in negatively affecting his passing game.

Fitzpatrick and the Texans rank 25th in the league in blitz passing situations. When facing the blitz Fitzpatrick’s passer rating drops from 91.8 to 68.9.

So while sacks may not be the end result when it comes to blitzing Fitzpatrick, there is evidence that blitzing to force hurried throws can be an effective approach against Fitz too. The key as Kyle Williams sees it is putting the Texans in longer down and distance on third down.

“He knows for the most part what the defense is trying to do and he can get rid of the ball,” said Williams of Fitzpatrick. “We’ve already seen that in two of our games this year with Chicago and San Diego. Veteran quarterbacks that know where they’re going with the ball and they get rid of it quickly. We have to win on first and second down and keep them behind the chains and make him hold the ball a little longer.”

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Bills could face 3 rookie QBs in 2014

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2014 – 2:11 pm

The Bills 2014 regular season schedule could have Buffalo on a collision course with three of the top four quarterbacks taken in the 2014 NFL draft.

Buffalo will not face top quarterback Blake Bortles who went to Jacksonville, but they will face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7, who took Teddy Bridgewater at the end of round one. Whether he beats out veteran Matt Cassel remains to be seen.

Buffalo also faces Cleveland in Week 13 where Johnny Manziel is expected to be the Week 1 starter. Then in Week 16 at Oakland they could square off against Derek Carr, who was taken by the Raiders in round two, especially if the season goes the wrong way for Oakland by that time.

It’s possible, but unlikely that they’ll face Houston fourth-round pick Tom Savage at quarterback in Week 4. It’s more likely they face their former quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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Fitz wants a fit for him and his family

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 13, 2013 – 8:15 pm

Just over a day after his release from the Buffalo Bills, Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has already started to think about his next move in the NFL.  And while he’d like to find a chance to compete for a starting spot in the league, Fitzpatrick says that’s not his only concern.

Fitzpatrick was a guest Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show.

“It’s a lot about the fit for me as a player,” he said on the radio show.   ” But it’s also about the fit for me and family, my wife and kids.  That’s why it was so hard to not be in Buffalo anymore.  We felt comfortable there, and really enjoyed living there.”

Fitzpatrick characterized the last 24 hours as “interesting,” saying he and his agent have already talked with a few different teams.  And he said as far as playing, his number one priority would be finding a team that would let hin compete for a starting spot, even though he’s willing to back up.

“I’m a competitor,” he said.  “I want to be out there on the field, I want to be  playing.  But I’m also a realist, and I’m a guy that understands the National Football League and my role as a quarterback.  If people want to throw me into that role, that’s something I’m willing to do.”

The entire interview with Ryan Fitzpatrick is available at

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Fitz looking for a fresh start

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 13, 2013 – 7:50 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick has had a day or so to ponder his future, after his release from the Buffalo Bills late Tuesday.  And the quarterback told The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, he’d like to land in a spot where he can compete for a starting spot.

“I’m kind of at an interesting point,” Fitzpatrick said.  “I think for me, Buffalo was probably the best opportunity for me to start.  Unfortunately, they didn’t want to make that happen.  So I’m kind of at a crossroads right now.  I don’t know if there’s going to be a starting job out there that I can compete for or contend for.  If there is, I’m certainly willing to do it.”

Fitzpatrick says he’s already heard from some NFL teams, and he’s believes he’s got something to offer his next employer in the league.

“I’m a guy who has been through a lot in my career–a seventh round draft choice , a guy that has been on three different teams, who has really learned from some great players and some great men.  So, if I need to shift into the role of a backup and a guy that’s going to mentor somebody, that’s maybe the point in my career where I’ve got to slip down into that role and swallow my pride a little bit.”

The entire interview with Fitzpatrick is available at

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Bills can split cap hit from Fitz release

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2013 – 4:27 pm

The Bills released Ryan Fitzpatrick after 4 pm today to coincide with the start of the new league year. What that does is allow the Bills to make the quarterback a post June 1st designation.

By doing that the Bills have spread Fitzpatrick’s cap hit over 2013 and 2014 instead of absorbing all of it this year.

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Stevie breaks down where QB add comes from

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2013 – 11:00 am

Stevie Johnson was asked a lot of questions in his appearance on NFL Network’s NFL AM program today including where the addition will come at quarterback for the Bills, free agency or the draft. This was Johnson’s response.

“I guess depending on how free agency goes if we need to get somebody that the guys upstairs like then I guess we wouldn’t have to draft a quarterback and go receiver or whatever,” said Johnson. “But if we do (draft one) I think it’ll be good and cool for our team. I know Fitz or any quarterback in the league wouldn’t want somebody coming in to compete, but it’s a business and hopefully it’s the right move whoever we pick number one.”

Here’s Johnson’s full appearance from Wednesday.

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Fitz took open competition news well

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2013 – 6:30 pm


Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced that the starting QB job was open to competition last week when the team announced they had re-signed Tarvaris Jackson. At the NFL Combine he explained how each of the top two competitors in that forthcoming battle took the news.

“I’ve talked to Tarvaris on the phone, I’ve spoken to Ryan on the phone,” said Marrone. “Really my conversations between the players are private. I think that Ryan… and I really hate speaking for the players, but I think that (Ryan’s) good. I think we’re all competitors. When I was interviewing for the job there were other people interviewing for the job and I’m okay with that. I’m competing. When I was a player myself we were always with competition whether it was from someone else or competition within. I know in my experience I’ve never really seen a player that wasn’t open to competition.”

Marrone said with both players having NFL experience and NFL starts under their belt an open competition was “natural.”

“I think that players whether  they’re competitive with themselves to be the best they can be or competitive going against people at their position to prove that they should be on our roster is in all of us,” he said. “So for us to come in we’re all being competitive in what we’re doing.”

Buffalo’s head coach also said he’s conducted an evaluation of Fitzpatrick and Jackson on tape, but he’s not going to share his conclusions with the media or the public without talking to the quarterbacks themselves first. That won’t happen until April 2nd when players can report for the offseason conditioning program.

“I’m a big believer is watching the tape is part of the process,” said Marrone. “If I was going to talk to evaluation of a player I would want to do it face to face with the player first. I can’t do that until the players report. So I have to wait until I start working with the players on the field and even when we do that we’re in t-shirts and shorts and the game is a contact sport.”

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Stevie on 2013: “Playoffs, that’s it”

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2013 – 2:48 pm

Stevie Johnson made his share of interview stops during Super Bowl week in New Orleans. In an interview with NBC Sports Network, Johnson was asked for his thoughts on the Bills for the 2013 campaign and what he wants.

“Playoffs that’s it,” said Johnson. “For players to be accountable when things go wrong. That way we bounce back faster. I want everybody to compete with each other. I don’t want anybody to be comfortable. How could you be comfortable when it’s been 12 or 13 seasons without playoffs. I want everybody to be accountable for their actions good and bad and we get to the playoffs.”

As noteworthy as his playoff comment might be it’s perhaps even more telling that the next thing out of his mouth was that players are accountable when things go wrong. He also gave indication that players in the locker room got comfortable with the team’s situation of not being a playoff team. It’s encouraging that he’s out to change that.

Johnson also said that Ryan Fitzpatrick is still his guy, but some competition at the position would do nothing but help Fitz.

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Gailey will stick with Fitz for Jets game

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 24, 2012 – 3:00 pm

Just one game left in the season for the Bills, and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for the finale.

Head Coach Chan Gailey said Monday he won’t use the Jets game this Sunday to take a look at either of the other two QBs on the roster, Tyler Thigpen or Tarvaris Jackson.

Speaking of Fitzpatrick, Gailey said simply, “He gives us the best chance to win.”

And the Head Coach pointed out that Fitzpatrick had a good day throwing the ball in a losing effort at Miami.

“I  still have a great deal of confidence in Fitz,” Gailey said.  “Really, he threw the ball extremely well yesterday. If we had just hung onto it and catch them, the game’s totally different to me.  I thought he did some great things yesterday and he  competed his rear end off.  I have a lot of confidence in Fitz. ”

Gailey was asked specifically why he would not want to give backup Tarvaris Jackson a shot to play this week.  Jackson’s been on the inactive list since he was acquired in a trade with Seattle four months ago.

“I try to win every game,” he answered.  “I don’t care what the situation is, I’m trying to win every game.  Who gives us the best chance to win?  That’s what I’m about.”

In fact, the Head Coach said he would not use Sunday’s season finale as a chance to give playing time to little-used backups.

“The best players are going to play,” Gailey said.  “They’ve earned the right to play.  They want to play in the games, that’s what they want to do—they want to play in the games.  They’ve earned the right to play, and if they’re ready to go, the best players are going to play.”

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Players on Stevie non-TD

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2012 – 9:00 pm

There were a lot of opinions after the game on Stevie Johnson’s non-touchdown call. We’ve already outlined the referee’s stance on the play. Here’s what the players thought.

“We thought it was (a touchdown),” said Spiller, who was on the sideline since he had just made a 62-yard run. “But the ref made the call that he made and we had to come back and try to get it again. It definitely worked in their favor. We definitely thought he scored on that one.”

“I have no idea,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was far from the end of the play. “I threw it and I thought he grabbed it took a couple of steps and as he went down it popped out. That’s all I saw. They obviously ruled it an incompletion.”

“I caught the pass, put it over the pylon, and then hit the ground,” said Johnson. “I didn’t come up with it.  And like last year or the year before, with Calvin Johnson, I understand it, it’s an incomplete pass.  But my frustration was with the play before that, where I had the ball, and then it came out before I even took a second step, and they called that a fumble.”

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Fan Friday 12-21

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2012 – 2:01 pm

A great day for the Bills and Bills fans, with the new 10-year lease agreement. You can find all the information you need on the home page of Here’s the latest edition of your questions from and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills. Let’s get to it.

1 – Chris, 

Which Bills will be free agents at the end of the year. I know the Byrd and Andy will be.  Has Buddy made any in-roads with either? Or maybe locking up Wood too. Can you break down the rest? Do you know who is a RFA and regular free agent? Would like to see lots of these guys stay? Especially Kyle Moore and Dickerson. Also what is Tarvaris Jackson’s contract? 

Josh in CA  

CB: Here’s the official list of Bills unrestricted, restricted and exclusive rights free agents.
Unrestricted FAs
FS Jairus Byrd
RB Tashard Choice
QB Tarvaris Jackson
DL Spencer Johnson
G Andy Levitre
WR Ruvell Martin
FB Corey McIntyre
CB Leodis McKelvin
DE Shawne Merriman
DE Kyle Moore
G Chad Rinehart
LB Bryan Scott                      
QB Tyler Thigpen

Restricted FAs
C/G Colin Brown
WR Donald Jones
WR David Nelson

Exclusive Rights FAs
TE Mike Caussin
TE Dorin Dickerson

Dickerson is a virtual lock to stay. All the Bills have to do is present him a qualifying tender to maintain their exclusive rights to him. The potential danger with Donald Jones and David Nelson is if they tender them low qualifying offers and another team chooses to sign them to an offer sheet the Bills would have just a week to match the offer otherwise they would receive zero compensation. That’s because both of them were undrafted rookies.

So provided the Bills want to keep both players in the fold for the future that they would explore contract agreements that go beyond just a one-year tender offer. That’s just a guess, but knowing there’s no compensation protection (getting a draft pick back from club that signs him) because they were undrafted it might be the best course of action.


2 – Hey Chris,
Any chance the Bills will every break out the 90s unis as their “throwbacks”? That was the “glory years” for me (I moved to Buffalo in 1986), and it seems like it’d be fun to see them out there in those Super Bowl uniforms again (the blue home jerseys, of course…)

Greg Campbell

CB:  At this point I have not heard anything about a 90s throwback jersey. I think the Bills as an organization recognize that era as a popular one, so I’m sure it’s something the club may explore further down the line. If and when it comes to fruition is another story altogether.



3 – Hi Chris,
Chan Gailey has only attempted one 50+ field goal all year. Is this lack of faith in Lindell or is he just too conservative? Could this put Lindell’s future with the team In jeopardy?

Thanks for your time,
CB: Coach Gailey has stated more than once that he has not lost faith in Rian Lindell, who is 1-for-1 from 50-yards plus this season. In fact Lindell is currently having his most successful season from field goal percentage this season (20-21 – 95.2%), which we will cover in detail on Saturday morning.

Gailey has also said it’s always been his position that when it comes to 50-plus yard field goals and field position he traditionally will put more value on field position. In his first two years when his defense was playing poorly field position likely did not matter as much. In all three instances this season when he has chosen to bypass a chance for points (Ariz., Indy, Jax.) on a 50-plus yard attempt, his defense was playing very well in those games.

So I believe time and score and the way in which his defense is playing at the time influence him in that decision making as it should. If you choose to call it more conservative coaching that’s your prerogative.



4 – Hey Chris
I have recently heard you say that the Bills are 15-7 when Fitzpatrick throws the ball less the 30 times i just wanted to ask you if you believe that speaks more to Fitzpatrick ability to screw thing up the more times he has the ball in his hands or is it the confusing play calling by Gailey? A few times this season the play calling on offense has be laughable and just downright questionable and frustrating. Is this the right time for the Bills to part ways with Chan?

Thanks so much for all you do Chris,
Josh, Baldwinsville NY

CB: Bills GM Buddy Nix has publicly stated time and again that he does not want to start over, much as the Bills have done for the better part of the last 13 years with new coaching staffs ever 3 or 4 seasons. No one can deny that a new coaching staff would be a step back because of all that’s involved in starting with new coaches, schemes, etc.

With respect to the statistic you referenced it is accurate. Buffalo is 15-7 when Ryan Fitzpatrick throws less than 30 times in a game. Fifteen of those 22 games have been under Gailey and the record is 11-4. 

There are other factors involved naturally, so what you make of those statistics is up to you, but Buffalo is 5-24 when Fitzpatrick throws 30 times or more in a game.



5 –  Hi Chris,

First off thank you for the great coverage of our buffalo bills. Obviously this season has been a huge disappointment in which we find ourselves playing for draft picks. When I look at this roster I’m finding it hard to find a lot of holes but the product on the field clearly is showing something different. so i guess my first question would be, have I just bought in blindly because I’m a fan and want to believe that this team is better than it is or is this just an inexperienced group that has the talent I’ve been told is there. Also I have this overwhelming feeling that regardless of this poor season and a half for Fitz and this Bills team, Fitz is going to be the starter throughout the next season barring injury. It seems as long as Chan is here so to will Fitz.  This makes me think we will not address our QB situation till the later rounds so I was wondering where do you think we go with our first few picks? Do we go after another corner or safety(good chance we lose Byrd) or linebacker in that case who’s out Shep or Bradham? Or do we go wideout or interior line. Where do your gut feelings lie? I guess is my main question. Again thank you for keeping the Bills nation updated on all things bills. GO BILLS
Thanks Will
CB:Personally I think the Bills will try to land a quarterback somewhere in the first three rounds. I don’t see them waiting until the later rounds.

As for other areas they’re likely to address early I’d say linebacker and wide receiver. I wouldn’t worry about returning players getting bounced out of their current roles. That gets settled in training camp.

Thanks for the kinds words.

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Levitre, Chandler not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2012 – 2:22 pm

Bills guard Andy Levitre  and tight end Scott Chandler are among those not practicing here on Wednesday.

Levitre was questionable for last week’s game with a knee ailment, but played. Chandler was listed as probable last week with a groin injury and also started against the Seahawks and finished the game, though Ryan Fitzpatrick stated after the game that Chandler was “fighting through some things.”

Here’s the list of Buffalo’s other non-participants today.

DT Kyle Williams
CB Leodis McKelvin
LB Chris White
WR Marcus Easley
TE Scott Chandler

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Fitz & Stevie on deep passing misfires

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2012 – 5:09 pm

Buffalo had a few opportunities deep downfield in the passing game. Stevie Johnson had a step on his defender, C.J. Spiller did as well and so did T.J. Graham, but none of their deep shots were completed. They could’ve changed the complexion of the game. Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick tried to make heads or tails as to why they’re having trouble connecting.

“We had a couple that were close in the last game, and for whatever reason, they don’t seem to be happening,” said Fitzpatrick. “We’ve just got to continue to take the shots down the field and make some plays, whether it’s the catch that Stevie made on the seam route that he ran was unbelievable. But whether it’s a guy making an unbelievable play, or me just putting it right on the money, there’s some stuff that we’ve got to do better. The one we hit to TJ down the middle of the field we’ve been very successful recently in practice with all that stuff, and we just need to carry it over into the game.”

Johnson had only one answer to get it right and hit on some of those big pass play opportunities.

“Just keep working. I can’t even answer. I don’t even know why,” he said. “We’re doing the same thing that other teams are doing in the league. We’re getting behind corners and the ball is out there. We can’t blame our speed now. We’re there. We’ve just got to keep working at it.”  

Entering Sunday’s game Buffalo ranked 30th in the league in passer rating on passes that traveled more than 20 yards through the air with a rating of 40.3.

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Deep passes were dialed up

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2012 – 11:21 am

Very often this season Bills fans have clamored for more deep passes downfield. Buffalo had about a half dozen deep passes called, but could not connect on any of them in Sunday’s loss to Seattle.

Ryan Fitzpatrick just missed Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham and C.J. Spiller on deep throws that could’ve dramatically changed the complexion of the game.

Head coach Chan Gailey in his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning offered comment on the game plan and taking deep shots down the field in the passing game.

“(Fitzpatrick) overthrew them just a little bit and we had two or three others called and they ran back deep with them so we dumped it off underneath,” said Gailey. “We’ve done some good things as far as percentages of passes. Our percentages are up. We’re not getting some run after catch that people get, but sometimes our guys are not in that position and we’ve just got to work on getting better at the deep ball and hit a few of those. If you hit a few of those they make a difference in the ball game. The thing about it is we throw it great in practice, but in the game it doesn’t happen.”


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Carroll on fake punt call

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2012 – 10:10 am

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was asked after the game about the fake punt his team ran up the middle with Michael Robinson going 29 yards to the Bills 14-yard line up 47-17. Here was his comment.

“I feel bad about this. That was part of our game plan. It was something I could have called off and I didn’t,” said Carroll. “It was an automatic for us, and I didn’t do it. It happened. We’re trying to make first downs so I let it go. It’s unfortunate that it comes across that we’re doing something wrong there. That’s my fault totally for not stopping it from happening.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t comment specifically on the play, but had this reaction to the timing of the fake punt.

“You guys can write your opinions on that,” Fitzpatrick said to the media postsgame. “I don’t know that if that’s really my style. It’s just personally not my style.”

When Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked about it he said, “No comment.”

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Gailey resolute in belief team is better

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2012 – 10:44 am

The won-loss record isn’t doing much to reinforce it, but head coach Chan Gailey and his team believes they are an improved team from last season.

“We haven’t gotten over the hump. That’s where we are. We haven’t gotten over the hump,” said Gailey. “We’re close. I told the players that we’re three, four or five plays from having this record flipped to 8-5. To me we’re a better football team than we were three years ago when we got here. Now we don’t have as many wins to show for it at this point, but I believe we can get there and I believe we will get there. And I have a great deal of confidence in the direction we’re headed.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick was also adamant that the team has improved.

“The one thing that really matters at the end of the way is wins and losses. I think we all know that,” said Fitzpatrick. “Me, especially, as a quarterback, the only thing I’m measured in are wins and losses. Not being where we want to be right now, a lot of that falls on me. I’m 100 percent fine with that. I haven’t  played as well as I wanted to play this year. Unfortunately, our win-loss record is where it is and a lot of that falls on me.  

“I think if you look at who we have, the nucleus of guys that we continue to put together and build on, I think that says a lot for where we’re headed. And like I mentioned earlier, the continuity deal in the NFL is such a huge thing, and something that I think is necessary in order to be a productive team.”

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