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BDC 12/19: Game notes and quotes

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on December 19, 2011 – 10:16 am

—  STILL PROTECTING THE QUARTERBACK – The Bills allowed three sacks yesterday, raising their season total to 20; the figure is now tied for the fewest by any NFL team (Tennessee has also allowed 20, incl. 1 yesterday at Ind.)

DAILY LINKS – Turnovers, penalties sink Bills vs. Dolphins – Spiller’s big day rings hollow in loss

Buffalo News – Bills’ offense continues going in wrong direction

Buffalo News – Spiller produces his best game yet

Buffalo News – Day of the Dolphin rivalry fading

Buffalo News – Fitzpatrick playing like overpaid backup, not franchise QB

Buffalo News – If not Bills, someone will pay Johnson

Buffalo News – Swagger swamped in seven-game losing streak

Buffalo News – Miami at Buffalo / Quarter by Quarter

Buffalo News – Bills-Dolphins Report Card

Rochester D&C – Miami Dolphins mangle Buffalo Bills

Rochester D&C – Ryan Fitzpatrick and Buffalo Bills receivers lose magic

Rochester D&C – Another dismal day for Buffalo Bills

Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points answered

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills: Report Card

Rochester D&C – Bills mount late comeback, but lose again

Associated Press – Bush has 203 yards in Dolphins’ 30-23 win

Associated Press – Bills continue spiral in 30-23 loss to Dolphins

National Post – Loss to rival Dolphins leaves Bills in last place in AFC East

Niagara Gazette – Spiller’s career day spoiled by Bills’ loss

Dunkirk Observer – Offense seems to take step back with each passing week

Wellsville Daily – Dolphins hand Bills 7th straight loss

Audio/Video/Photo Clips – Dolphins vs. Bills highlights
Stevie Johnson Postgame Interview
Bills Roundup: Interceptions, Penalties Cost Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Photo Gallery

Reaction: Dolphins 30 – Bills 23
SIMON: Bills Leave Me Numb, Again
Dolphins take care of Bills 30-23
HAMILTON: Spiller is nothing but a toy

Fitz falters in Bills loss
Bills tailgating brings colder weather

Week 15: Bills Report Card
Bills Just Part of NFL Chaos

Fitzpatrick fires blanks vs. Dolphins
Pitoniak: Fitz woes contnue

Yahoo Sports – Photo Gallery

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Comparing slides, Expecting to win? , Flo warns jobs are on the line, Stevie insists he’s fine, Dareus update – Immediate Reactions: Miami Dolphins 30, Buffalo Bills 23

AFC East Blog ( – Wrap-up: Dolphins 30, Bills 23

BillBoard Blog (Buffalo News) – Close To Tears

Pro Football Weekly – Dolphins top Bills behind Bush’s career day

Head Coach Chan Gailey
On if it seems like a completely different team on the field than in the beginning of the season:
Sure it is. It’s a lot of different players but they’re still NFL players. As a coach you look at it as a failure when you don’t get guys ready to play. I don’t care who it is. As a coach you expect and believe that you can get anybody ready to play. It is different people but we still, this was more about us not doing it rather than different guys being out there and not being able to do it.

On if he was disappointed with the way the team responded after losing the first game at Miami:
No. I thought we fought and played hard. We just didn’t execute. That’s the bottom line. You’ve got to execute from snap to whistle. You’ve got to eliminate all that stuff post whistle. We didn’t execute snap to whistle. That’s what cost us. It wasn’t the effort.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On where he is confidence-wise:
It’s hard to go out there and our defense played well today and they held us in the game so it’s hard for me to go out there and turn the ball over three times and struggle like I did today.  And have people angry and upset and you hear the boos, you hear all that so that’s the hard thing about playing quarterback when things aren’t going well. I’m a guy that’s never going to stop playing, never going to stop fighting and that’s who I am and unfortunately, following last week’s loss (in San Diego), I came out and didn’t play well today and I just have to figure it out and get better.

On in the third quarter when he threw to WR Stevie Johnson and Dolphins RCB Vontae Davis intercepted, if he wanted to get his throw to Johnson more onside:
It was on the sideline. It was just a one-on-one play and the one that I think he made a good play on and that’s the one-on-one matchup that I’m willing to take. He just made a good play.

RB C.J. Spiller
On how his good performance today was bittersweet due to the loss:
I’d trade those stats in for a win.  I was just trying to make plays.  I knew what I had to do coming into the game, I knew what I wanted to try and correct from last game.  Obviously I wasn’t making enough people miss last game and that’s something I wanted to correct and I knew those guys have a great rush defense so I really took that to heart to go out and show that we can run the ball against anybody.

On the progress he’s making over the past four games:
It’s too early, after we play the Patriots I’ll see what I did, but I’m just trying to learn on the go.  When you think you’ve done well, that’s when you get complacent.  I’m just learning as we go and I’m getting more and more comfortable with the offensive line.  After the season I think I’ll have a better idea over these six games how I think I did. 

LB Nick Barnett
On seven straight loses
It doesn’t sit well, I know it doesn’t sit well with me.  I don’t like to lose seven games, but what do I do, do I stick my head in the trash can and cry about it, no we got to get better.  We got to continue to grind, we got two games left and we’ll take them game by game but we got to go out there and play with pride and try to win out.  That’s all we can do, fix the things we made and try to make the corrections and do what we do that’s it.

OL Andy Levitre
On how discouraging losing seven straight is:
It’s just very frustrating.  You come in and work hard all week, you work your butt off in the game and still don’t get a victory.  It just sucks.  You’ve got to keep plugging away and you need to work on those little things, you’ve got to get better at those little things, and I think it will all take care of itself.

RB C.J. Spiller
Scored two TDs Sunday, on 24-yd. rush in 1st qtr. & 3-yd. rec. in 4th qtr. … 2nd career multi-TD game (other: 9/26/10 at N.E. – 5-yd. rec. & 95-yd. kickoff return) … 1st Bill with rushing & rec. TD in same game since Fred Jackson, 11/14/10 vs. Det.  … Rushing TD was 3rd of season/career … has TD rushes in 2 of last 3 games … Rec. TD was 2nd of career, 1st of 2011 (other TD rec.: 9/26/10 at N.E.) … First TD Sunday opened scoring … 3 of 6 career TDs have given Bills a lead … Led team with career-high 91 rushing yds. (old high: 83, vs. Ten., 12/4/11) … 5th time in career with team-leading rushing total, 3rd in row (others this season: 11/27 at N.Y.J. – 55 yds.; 12/4 vs. Ten. – 83 yds.; last week at S.D. – 46 yds.) … Has rush att. in 26 of 28 games of NFL career … Had team-high and career-high 9 rec. (old high: 5, at N.Y.G., 10/16/11) … 2nd-most rec. by Bill this season (David Nelson, 10 vs. Oak., 9/18) … 4th straight game with 3+ rec. (also had 3 at N.Y.J. 11/27, 3 vs. Ten. 12/4, and 3 at S.D. last week) … 1st time in career with 3+ rec. in 4 straight games (had 4, 4, and 3 catches in first 3 games of NFL career in 2010) … Has rec. in 22 of 28 games of NFL career … 76 rec. yds. are also new career-high (old: 54 vs. N.E., 12/26/10) … Career-high 167 scrimmage yds. … 2nd career game with 100+ (had 102 (83 + 19) vs. Ten. 12/4/11)

WR Derek Hagan
Scored TD on 2-yd rec. in 4th qtr. … TD reduced Miami lead to 30-20 … TD was 6th of career, 1st since 11/21/10 with N.Y.G. at Phi. (5 yds.) … Has caught 6 TDs from 5 different QBs (Eli Manning-2, John Beck-1, Ryan Fitzpatrick-1, Trent Green-1, Joey Harrington-1) … Rec. in both games as Bill (had 2 rec. last week at S.D.) … first rec. streak since 4-game stretch earlier this season with Oak. (games 2-5)

WR David Nelson
6 rec. most since 6 vs. N.E., 9/25/11 … 60 rec. yds. most since 62 at N.Y.G., 10/16/11 … Increased season rec. total to 56, 1st season with 50+ rec. in career … 29th different Bill to have 50-rec. campaign

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Tied career-high with 31 completions (also vs. Chi. 11/7/10) … Raised season total to 309, a new personal season high (255 in 2010) and just the 3rd time a QB has had 300+ in a season in Bills history, joining Drew Bledsoe (375 in 2002) and Jim Kelly (304 in 1991) … currently ranks 2nd on club’s single-season chart … 27th time in career with 20+ comp. … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 6-20-1 in such games, Bills are 5-12 … Has 20+ comp. in 11 of last 13 games (also 28, 9/18 vs. Oak.; 27, 9/25 vs. N.E.; 20, 10/2 at Cin.; 21, 10/9 vs. Phi.; 21, 10/16 at N.Y.G.; 22, 10/30 vs. Was.; 20, 11/13 at Dal.; 20, 11/20 at Mia., 26, 11/27 at N.Y.J.; old season-high 29, 12/4 vs. Ten.) … Remains 5th on Bills all-time completion list with 691 (see list, left) … 214 behind #4 Drew Bledsoe (905) … 316 passing yds. marked 5th career 300-yd. game (310 with St.L. at Hou. 11/27/05, in NFL debut; career-high 382 at Bal. 10/31/10; 316 at Cin. 11/21/10; 369 vs. N.E., 9/25/11) … 2nd straight season with two 300-yd. games … 4th 300-yd. game as Bil, becoming 5th QB in team history with 4+, joining Jim Kelly (26), Joe Ferguson (10), Drew Bledsoe (8), and Doug Flutie (4) … Increased season passing yardage total to 3,329, a new personal season high (3,000 in 2010) … 15th season of 3,000+ yds. by a Bills QB and 9th highest ever by Bill in one season (see list, left) … highest single-season yardage total by Bills QB since club-record 4,359 by Drew Bledsoe in 2002 … Now ranks 5th on Bills all-time passing yardage list with 7,751 … Sunday passed Doug Flutie (7,582) … 2,400 behind #3 Drew Blesdoe (10,151) … Threw TD passes to C.J. Spiller (3 yds.) and Derek Hagan (2 yds.) in 4th qtr. … Has thrown TD pass in 11 of 14 games this season and has TD in 30 of 37 games played as Bill

DL Marcell Dareus
Recorded Bills first sack in 1st qtr. … Raised season total to team-high 5.5, the most by a Bills rookie since Aaron Schobel had 6.5 in 2001 … Along with sack last week at S.D., is first Bills rookie with sacks in back-to-back games since Arthur Moats in 2010 (full sacks 12/12/10 vs. Cle. and 12/19/10 at Mia.)

LB Chris Kelsay
Played in 136th career game, tying Ruben Brown and Rian Lindell for 27th on Bills all-time participation list … Strip-sack in 2nd qtr. kept Dolphins lead at 13-7 … raised career sack total to 27.5, 10th on Bills all-time sack chart … Now has 6.0 sacks vs. Dolphins, most of any team  … 15.5 of 27.5 sacks have been vs. AFC East foes (6.0 vs. Mia., 5.0 vs. N.Y.J., 4.5 vs. N.E.)


Bills RB C.J. Spiller ran for 91 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, to go along with nine receptions for 76 yards and another touchdown.

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