Inside The Bills

Fitz: We weren’t ready for success

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2012 – 3:38 pm

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick appeared on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday and was asked why the team faltered in the middle of the season with a seven-game losing streak that took them from first place in the AFC East to out of the playoff race in the span of two months.

I guess we weren’t ready for it yet,” Fitzpatrick said. “We weren’t ready to be able to accept the fact that we were playing well and playing as the team that was on the top (of the AFC East).”

During their 5-2 start Bills head coach Chan Gailey did caution his team more than once that sometimes handling success is every bit as hard as dealing with adversity. In Fitzpatrick’s opinion the team struggled with their new found success and unfortunately slid back into their inconsistent doldrums. Then they were unable to dig their way out of the hole they created leading to a 6-10 finish.

Fitz is hopeful that the team learns from their mis-step with success come 2012.

“I think we take it as a learning experience and we try to move forward,” Fitzpatrick said. “This is a team that I think is going to get better and better. We have some stability, just in terms of the coaches are there, with the systems in place for another year, and we’ve got a lot of the same players, so we’re hoping that that stability really helps us.”

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