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BDC 9/29: Fitz named Player of the Month and more

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on September 29, 2011 – 8:36 am


— Today the NFL will announce that Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. Fitzpatrick led Bills to a 3-0 start and the distinction of being the only undefeated team in the AFC.  He led the team to consecutive come-from-behind victories in each of the last two weeks.  Buffalo is the first team in NFL history to win consecutive games in which it trailed by at least 18 points in each contest. Fitzpatrick ranks second in the AFC in TD passes with nine and a passer rating of 103.5.  He has completed 72 of 111 passes for 841 yards with three interceptions.  He has led an offense which is tied for the conference lead with 11 red zone TDs.  Buffalo’s 78.6 red zone TD % ranks second in the AFC. 

“I think it is a tremendous honor,” Fitzpatrick said.  “It really shows how well our offense has played.  Whenever you receive an award like that it’s not just because of one guy, it reflects on the whole team.  I think we’ve done a good job and I am looking forward to keeping it going.”

Fitzpatrick becomes the first Bill to receive AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors since Drew Bledsoe in September 2002. He is the third Bills quarterback to receive the honor and this is the fourth occasion – all of which have occurred in the month of September.
Jim Kelly: September 1989, September 1992
Drew Bledsoe: September 2002
Ryan Fitzpatrick: September 2011

— The Buffalo Bills in conjunction with St. John Fisher College will hold a press conference today at 11:30 am in the Hughes Rotunda inside of the Wilson Education Building on the campus of St. John Fisher College.

Thursday, September 29
Practice: 2:00 PM / Open to Media at Approximately 2:00 PM (Stretch & Individual only)


Brian Moorman – Team 990 in Montreal @ 4:05 pm
Donald Jones – Travis Rodgers NOW; Yahoo! Sports Radio @ 4:10 pm
Bryan Scott – The John DiTullio Show; 1280 WHTK Rochester @ 4:15 pm
Eric Wood – ESPN 1520 in Cincinnati @ 4:30 pm

DAILY LINKS – Bills’ ‘Goon squad’ keeping things loose – Lindell earns AFC Special Teams POW – Bills players, fans and Verizon Wireless support KED

Buffalo News – Fitz-Gailey combo is well seasoned

Buffalo News – Bills’ Pears thrives under the radar

Buffalo News – Appeal keeps Bengals’ Benson active to face Bills

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills are a veritable points machine

Associated Press – Gailey instilling confidence to resurgent Bills

Associated Press – Bills-Bengals Preview

Concordia Sentinel – Daye hits right notes with Bills

Yahoo Sports – There’s no place like Buffalo in NFL

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
Resurrection of the Bills
Wilson: ‘Let’s keep fighting, guys!’  
Evans’ top five teams
No Huddle: Bills upset
Sound FX: Patriots vs. Bills
Chris Brown checks in with NFL Network crew
Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference
Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference
Bills Roundup: Attention Building in Buffalo (Audio) – Peter King podcast w/ Ryan Fitzpatrick (interview starts about halfway through)

103.3 The Edge – Stevie Johnson’s player of the week interview

Kiss 98.5 – George Wilson with Janet and Nick (Video) – John Clayton asks if the Lions and Bills are legit

‘Trap Game’ Talk Non-Factor For Bills
WR Johnson, Four Other Bills Not Practicing Wednesday
David Nelson Joins the Howard Simon Show

Jackson runs, and waits for contract
With wins Bills gain national attention

WKBW – SportsBlast 7.0 – Bills appear on SI, try to stay grounded

WGRZ – Gailey’s Approach Leading to Results
Bills Roundtable – Week 4

WHAM – Bills Stay At Fisher For Training Camp

97 Rock – Bills Safety George Wilson on Norton in the Morning

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Bills radio appearances, Bengals injury report, Johnny White limited, Chan still not talking streaks, Flo’s SI cover, Chan on Fitz’s I.Q., Fitz’s “famous” brother, Bills on prelim HOF list, Stevie not practicing, Report: Benson to play Sunday

BillBoard Blog (Buffalo News)
Fitz Fandamonium
Wheatley adds to DB depth
Cover boys
Stevie resting

Bills Beat Blog-Bengals’ Benson Says He’s Playing vs. Bills

Pro Football Talk – McFadden, Lewis, Lindell named AFC players of the week

Pro Football Weekly – Scout’s Notebook: Bills TE Scott Chandler

AFC East Blog ( – Fitzpatrick gives Bills’ O-line some love

Metro Community Newspaper – Bills and Sabres are part of our history

Wall Street Journal – Takes a statistical look at teams that start 3-0 – Ashley Fox notes David Nelson’s performance in last week’s win

Football Outsiders – Site ranks Fred Jackson as its top running back from week 3; calls him an MVP candidate

FOX Sports – Alex Marvez calls the Bills a free agent winner

Washington Examiner – Luke Russert celebrating the Bills win over New england outside the White House

WNY Media – Alan Pergament looks at the team’s TV Ratings and national coverage of late

Nick Mendola – Football Night in Buffalo – a benefit for Allen Wilson – is set for Monday, October 24th

Head Coach Chan Gailey
On how he explains the sudden jump in offensive scoring ability and points:
There are so many things that go into it.  You can’t say it’s this or that and then it’s done.  If it had just been two things we would have tried to have done a better job at solving it last year.  But it’s a combination of Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) and our offensive staff being closer in tune with what we’re trying to get done, knowing what we can do on offense and knowing what our capabilities are from our players.  Our offensive line is protecting so much better.  It allows Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) to stand back there and see what he needs to see.  He’s (Ryan Fitzpatrick) got a better feel for the game than he did last year.  I just think we’re better overall.  I don’t know if we’ll set records this year going on into it, but it’d be nice if we did.  We’ve faced some defenses that have given us some things to take advantage of. 

On the Bengals defense and their young front:
They’re not number three in the league for nothing.  They’re good.  I mean they get after it.  They’re front four are playing extrememly well.  Linebackers are active.  They give you a lot of different looks.  They create problems for you.  They’ve earned being the third best defense in the league.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On Sunday being a potential trap game:
We started out 0-8 last year, we only won four games and we know how hard wins are to come by. I think with that I don’t think you’ll ever see us take a game for granted.  For us we’ve got a huge challenge this week in this being the third ranked defense in the NFL.  The pressure they create on the quarterback, the talent they have on the back end.  This is probably our biggest challenge yet in terms of our offense going against a defense.  We’re looking forward to it.

RB Fred Jackson
On protecting against Cincinnati’s pass rush:
Their front four is one of the best front fours we’ll see rushing the quarterback.  It’ll be a good test for our line and they’re excited about it, the challenge.  I’ll be back there helping when I can though, so hopefully we can keep Fitz upright and he’ll make some plays for us.  We know it’s a big challenge though.

On the win against Cincinnati last year:
It let us know that we we’re capable of doing.  That’s obviously not the way we want to start a football game. The plan is not to go out and get down like that.  We’ll prepare for them. They’re a good team and we know that we’re going into their house where it’ll be hostile. They’ll be amped for the game, so we have to come out and match it.

NT Kyle Williams
On generating a pass rush:
I think you’re always concerned. We want to hit the guy and we want to disrupt the guy more.  I think some of it is you have to look at what we are doing defensively and you have to look at what they’re doing offensively.  I’m not making excuses or anything like that, but the guy we just played (Tom Brady) he gets rid of the ball.  If you look at the game he’s hitting a lot of crossing routes and different things like that.  So, it’s a little bit above but it’s something we want to get more out of as we have opportunities to do it.  When guys get one-on-one you have to win. You have to get pressure, hit the quarterback and disrupt his lanes.

On playing a lot of nickel defense last week:
Yeah, we rushed three and four a lot.  The big emphasis is those guys, the center, they like to turn the protection. They like to knock a defensive tackle too far over on the outside and let Brady set up and have a clean lane to throw in.  That’s something we tried to do was to clog up the lanes up the middle so he couldn’t get those free throws and step up and throw the ball down the field.

As of September 27, more than 30,000 people have downloaded the Bills App for their mobile devices.  Since the mobile app launched on September 15, it has been downloaded at a rate of more the 2,500 per day. 

The Bills treated the largest crowd in Rich Stadium history (80,366) by defeating the Bears, 35-20, in a battle of unbeaten teams.


The Buffalo Bills are featured on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated! CB Drayton Florence is shown crossing the goal line after intercepting a Tom Brady pass.

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