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BDC 12/5: Postgame notes and quotes

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on December 5, 2011 – 9:24 am

—  STILL PROTECTING THE QUARTERBACK – The Bills allowed one sack Sunday, raising their season total to 16; the figure remains the fewest by any NFL team.

DAILY LINKS – C.J. real close to breakout day – Titans outlast Bills – Bills family feels loss of respected reporter

Buffalo News – Another narrow loss leaves Bills frustrated

Buffalo News – Bills defense bemoans lack of consistency

Buffalo News – Fans get Spiller sighting before Gailey shelves him

Buffalo News – Johnson scores, stays clear of controversy

Buffalo News – Quarterly report: Bills-Titans

Buffalo News – Bills-Titans Report Card

Buffalo News – Bills honor the late Allen Wilson

Rochester D&C – Chris Johnson, Titans run over Bills

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills lose to Tennessee Titans

Rochester D&C – Musings: Buffalo Bills, losing and December go hand-in-hand

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills’ C.J. Spiller deserved better

Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points: The Answers

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills: Report Card

Associated Press – Johnson leads Titans to 23-17 win over Bills

National Post – Bills’ cruel slide continues with loss to Titans

Toronto Sun – Bills’ playoff hopes all but done

Toronto Sun – Loss all but ends Bills’ playoff hopes

Niagara Gazette – McIntyre questions ‘phantom’ holding penalty

The Observer – Playoff aspirations fading fast for free-falling Buffalo Bills

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
Bills Roundup: Johnson Runs Wild Over Bills
C.J. Spiller Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Week 13: Player Guest Brad Smith
Photos: Titans 23, Bills 17 – Titans vs. Bills highlights

Remembering Buffalo News Sports Writer Allen Wilson
Titans beat the Bills 23-17
Reaction: Titans 23 – Bills 17
HAMILTON: Allen Wilson would have liked this game

WIVB – Bills lose 5th in a row

WKBW – Bills Lose To Titans 23-17

Bills Report Card: Week 13
Spiller Shines, Johnson Stars
Bills Must Focus on Defensive Front 7
Photo Gallery

WROC – Pitoniak: Bills continue downward slide

WHAM – That’s What We Said – Titans 23 Bills 17

Yahoo Sports – NFL: Buffalo Photos

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Stevie TD all about decorum, Barnett in new territory, Fitz ties team record, Williams update, Chandler update, Monday QB club meeting – Immediate Reactions: Titans 23, Bills 17

AFC East Blog (
Wrap-up: Titans 23, Bills 17
Seven things we learned about AFC East

Billboard Blog (Buffalo News)
Not Chan’s Finest Moment
Additional remembrances of Allen Wilson

Head Coach Chan Gailey
I think the reason we lost was fundamentals. You’ve got to block, you’ve got to tackle, and you’ve got to take care of the football. Those are the things that happened to us in this game today that we didn’t get the job done to win and you have to do those things, fundamentally in order to be able to win. You just can’t play like that fundamentally. That’s where I think it was.

On this not being the first time that he’s mentioned fundamentals as the issue:
Sure it is. That’s a reflection on me that they’re not getting better. That they’re not doing those things the way it needs to be done. I understand that. You’ve got to play that way if you expect to win. We obviously didn’t.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On the final drive of the game
Yeah you got no timeouts, you got eighty five yards to go, you got eight, sometimes nine people in coverage and you’re trying to get the ball downfield which makes it difficult.  We were able to hit Naaman on the seam to get going a little bit, but it’s a tough position to be in and you know there was some stuff but we were just trying to get it downfield.  We’re not trying to get anything short. It’s hard because they got the sidelines covered because that’s what they want to do in that is make sure you can’t get a catch out of bounds. So, tough situation but we need to come up and make some more plays there.

RB C.J. Spiller
On if playing in the NFL has become instinctual to him:
In my first start last year, I was doing a lot of thinking in the game and I really wouldn’t let my ability take over. I was concerned about, “should I go inside? Should I go outside?” But now, I’m just going out there and playing football, just playing the way I always played.

LB Nick Barnett
On how the defense stepped it up in the second half containing Chris Johnson:
Yeah we definitely were two different defenses I’ll say that.  First half we made some mental mistakes all around the board. We couldn’t stop him, let him make some big plays and he made them.  We came out in the second half, made the adjustments and I was proud the way our defense played in the second half.  We just have to come out and put 60 minutes together, we’re not here to play 30 minutes of football, its 60 minutes out there. 

S Jairus Byrd
On the defense not tackling well:
It’s huge.  You can’t win games if you can’t get the fundamentals down, you can’t do anything.  Until we get that down consistently, we can’t compete or try to go out there and expect to be a playoff team if we can’t do the fundamentals.  That’s what playoff teams do, the fundamentals.  Tackle, make plays when you need to, and we didn’t do that. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Completed passes to 10 different receivers Sunday, tying the club record for most receivers with a catch in a game … this is the fourth time it has occurred and the first since Vince Ferragamo used 10 receivers vs. S.D., 9/8/85 (Greg Bell-13, Jerry Butler-4, Andre Reed-3, Eason Ramson-3, Pete Metzleaars-3, Van Williams-1, Eric Richardson-1, Booker Moore-1, Chris Burkett-1, and Mitchell Brookins-1) … the only other occasions were 9/23/84 vs. N.Y.J. (QB: Joe Ferguson) and 11/20/60 vs. L.A. Chargers (QBs: Johnny Green and Tom O’Connell) … Threw two-yd. TD pass to Steve Johnson in 4th qtr. … Has thrown TD pass in 10 of 12 games this season and has TD in 29 of 35 games played as Bill

WR Brad Smith
Established new career single-game high with seven rec. (old high: 5 with N.Y.J. at Ten., 12/23/07) … Along with three rec. at Mia. 11/20 and 4 at N.Y.J. last week, continues first rec. streak since three-game stretch in 2010 with N.Y.J. (games 9-11)

WR Stevie Johnson
Scored on 2-yd. TD rec. in 4th qtr. … 6th TD of season, 18th of career … along with TD last week at N.Y.J., has 4th TD streak of career and 2nd of season (also in games 1-3) … Johnson has caught 16 TDs from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick … the Fitzpatrick-Johnson combo is one of 12 in Bills history with 16+ TDs

C.J. Spiller
Led team with career-high 83 rushing yds. (old high: 63 vs. Oak., 9/18/11) … 3rd time in career with team-leading rushing total (11/7/10 vs. Chi. – 20 yds.; last week at N.Y.J. – 55 yds.) … Has rush att. in 24 of 26 games of NFL career … Scored TD by recovering own fumble in end zone, capping career-long 35-yd. rush (previous long: 26 vs. Oak., 9/18/11)

LB Nick Barnett
Credited with 11 total tackles … 5th time in 2011 with 10+ tackles (had team-high 14 vs. Oak. 9/18, added 11 vs. N.E. 9/25, had 10 at Cin. 10/2, and team-high 10 vs. Was. 10/30) … five games with 10+ tackles ties as 3rd most in career (6 in 2004 & 2005, 5 in 2007) … Recorded Bills only sack in 3rd qtr. … Raised career total to 18.5 … Has 3.0 sacks in 2011, 2nd on team, behind Marcell Dareus’ 3.5 … Barnett’s teams are 13-3 when he participates in a sack (4-1 with two)

Tackle Joe Schaffer of Tennessee was the first player to sign with the new Buffalo Bills franchise.


Buffalo News sports reporter and Bills beat writer Allen Wilson was remembered in the Bills press box prior to Sunday’s game with his empty press box seat and a  moment of silence.

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