Inside The Bills

Gailey’s faith in Wannstedt rewarded

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2012 – 12:36 pm

About seven weeks ago Bills fans were understandably in an uproar over the shortcomings of a Buffalo defense that was having trouble stopping the run and the pass and keeping opponents out of their end zone. After becoming the first NFL defense to allow 300 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in one game in the loss at San Francisco, Chan Gailey stood by his defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. Now two months later Gailey’s faith is being rewarded.

Buffalo’s run defense has allowed fewer than 90 yards rushing to each of their last three opponents, the first time a Bills defense has done that in nine seasons. Their yards per carry average allowed since Week 9 is tops in the league. They’ve given up an average of 17.3 points per game in their last three outings, a touchdown better than their season average (23.1). But for Gailey to see Wannstedt’s defense rebound in the fashion it has does not serve as validation for the Bills head coach.

“I’ve been through this for many years and when you believe in somebody and you know what they can do and you know what they’re capable of, when it gets questioned you don’t feel validated when they do well and you don’t feel rattled when they don’t do well because you know what they are and who they are,” said Gailey in his weekly conversation with “And you know that it’ll eventually get worked out. I never had a question. I don’t feel validated, but I trust Dave (Wannstedt) and know Dave is a great defensive coach and we’ve got a lot of good defensive coaches. We’re fortunate in that respect.”

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