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Monday, December 17, 2012
Chan Gailey: 'The effort was there'

By James Walker

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey has a lot of questions to answer. Perhaps the most pressing is whether his team played hard in a 50-17 blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Gailey told WGR's "Howard Simon Show" in Buffalo Monday that he has a lot of issues to fix but quitting isn't one of them. Buffalo fell behind 31-7 in the second quarter and never recovered.

"I think the effort was there," Gailey said. "I never question our guys' character or effort. I question our execution, but I don’t question our effort. When you play bad it looks like you're not playing hard. But I don't think [effort] is ever the question."

Gailey said the team wasn't underprepared for Seattle and particularly its read-option offense. Seahawks first-year quarterback Russell Wilson rushed for three touchdowns. The Bills had no answer for Wilson on the run and failed to make adjustments.

"[Russell] made us look slow," Gailey said. "I felt like we looked a little slow on the field, but he made us look slow. You don't play a guy like that all the time."

Gailey had no comment about Seattle's fake punt in the fourth quarter. That's probably a sign that he wasn't happy about it.

In terms of the quarterback position, Gailey said he is not adverse to playing a rookie next year. Bills general manager Buddy Nix talked about upgrading the quarterback position next year over Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Gailey appears on board with that.

"If he's the best player I am," Gailey said. "I played a true freshman at quarterback [at] Georgia Tech with a fifth-year senior coming back because we felt he was the best football player. No question, that's every position we have."

Gailey and the Bills will try to pick up the pieces with a pair of division games against the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.