Inside The Bills

Gailey downplays pressure

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2010 – 3:25 pm

With Buffalo’s 1st team offense now closing in on two years without scoring a touchdown in the preseason, head coach Chan Gailey is making an effort to keep it from turning into a situation where the players on offense make it a bigger issue than it needs to be.

Outside observers have been asking Trent Edwards and company about the fact that the first unit on offense hasn’t been in the end zone since the last time the Bills played the Colts in the preseason (Aug. 24, 2008) and that unit was led by J.P. Losman, who was filling in for an injured Trent Edwards. Gailey is trying to impress upon his players as well as anyone else that will listen that the past is the past and the new offensive system makes what happened in the past irrelevant.

“You obviously want to score every time you touch the football. That’s the objective of offensive football,” Gailey said. “I don’t see the pressure in that. I want us to be successful. I want us to execute. I want us to do the little things that allow you to be able to do that. But I don’t see pressure in that.

“I guess if you go back and look at history maybe that would bring some pressure. To me all the other sins are kind of (washed) away. This is a new beginning for everybody and that’s the way we have to look at.”

Edwards has done his best to take that approach, but since he is a part of that recent history on offense, it’s likely that it will continue to follow him and Buffalo’s offense as fans and the media remind him and his teammates of it.


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