Inside The Bills

Expecting to win?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2011 – 12:16 am

One of the big successes of head coach Chan Gailey and his staff was eliminating the losing culture in the Bills locker room in 2010. He had his players develop an expectation of winning when they took the field, not hoping to win. Their current seven-game losing streak however, has robbed them of a lot of their confidence. Now one of their most respected veteran players is wondering if the collective expectation to win has taken a hit.

“It’s frustrating,” said Chris Kelsay. “You know you put in a lot of time and it means a lot to guys and we started off the way we did and everybody’s excited, we had a lot of confidence.  I haven’t really seen that confidence lately.  Coach Gailey always preaches expect to win when you step on the field and those first six, seven games I think we expected to win every time we stepped on the field.  I don’t think we expect to win now.  That’s just kind of the feeling I get, I could be wrong, but we need to get back to that.”

Bills WR Stevie Johnson echoed Kelsay’s sentiments.

“I don’t know if people are getting used to this or when you are on the sideline or we get down feel like we’re out of it,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but we need to get back to whatever it was that we had in the beginning of the season when we were down and felt like we could play and win this game. I don‘t know, maybe because we’re not in the playoffs, but it’s kind of like the ‘oomph’ is gone.” 



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