Sunday, October 3, 2010
Bills admittedly disgraceful in loss to Jets
By Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Four games into their season, the Buffalo Bills are a team in crisis.
The New York Jets strutted into Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday afternoon and obliterated the Bills 38-14.
It could have been much, much worse for the Bills.
Four games into the season, the Buffalo Bills are already 0-3 in their division.
Jets kicker Nick Folk shanked an easy field goal in the first quarter. The Jets pulled their starters at the beginning of the fourth quarter and by the end of the game were handing off to their third-string running back, who hadn't been good enough to dress the first three weeks.
The Bills were shamed, disgusted and raw.
"I'm mad. I'm pissed the f--- off. Flat out," said Bills safety Donte Whitner, his hands dropped at his waist and balled into fists. His body was shaking. "Everybody should be pissed the f--- off.
"It's not even about money. It's not about anything else. It's about going out and playing hard and coming out with a win. That's what it's about. We haven't done it, and we're not doing it. If we continue to play like we're playing, we're not going to get there, and that's the truth."
Bills coach Chan Gailey was revolted by what transpired.
"Maybe I can answer some of your questions before you ask them," Gailey said as soon as he stepped behind the lectern for this postgame news conference. "We were a bad football team today.
"When we protected, we couldn't catch it. We couldn't protect.
"We had people going into the wrong spots, getting to the wrong people.
"We couldn't get off the field on third down. We couldn't convert a third down.
"We were not good on special teams.
"We turned the ball over twice. We didn't get any turnovers.
"We got sacked three times. We didn't get any sacks.
"If you play that way, you're not going to win. You're not even going to look decent in this league.
"Now, do you have any questions?"
The first question: Are the Bills the worst team in the NFL?
Gailey couldn't say they weren't.
Roster changes could be coming. The Bills already have dumped their starting quarterback. They're 0-3 in the division and likely aren't going to mount any serious threat to a .500 record.
"The thing is, this is the team that we have," Bills inside linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "So I don't ... Bring in guys off the street? I don't know what you can do personnel-wise.
"It's on the players. We have to look at ourselves and say 'I'm not playing as well as I can, and I know that, and I got to get that fixed.' Each one of us. The team that we have in this locker room, that's our personnel. We've got to win with those guys."
"I have no answers," said outside linebacker Chris Kelsay, one of the few players with some security after signing a four-year contract extension this week. "I wouldn't be surprised."
The Bills conceded they knew exactly what the Jets were going to do yet still were powerless to stop them. LaDainian Tomlinson ran 19 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns before he was pulled at the end of the third quarter. Shonn Greene rushed 22 times for 117 yards before he was removed from the game.
Jets tight end Dustin Keller hasn't been a secret. He caught a pair of passes in the back of the end zone.
"This isn't even about X's and O's," Whitner said. "This is about looking at the film and understanding who wants to be here, who wants to play.
"We knew everything they were going to do. They didn't do anything we didn't expect them to do. So if you know everything they're going to do, it can't be about X's and O's. It's about who wants to play football here and who don't want to play football here. It's about who wants to come out and play with some heart."
Buffalo was just as miserable on offense. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led the team in rushing with 74 yards, nearly four times the output of their top running back. Fred Jackson and Lynch combined for seven carries and 29 yards.
Evans made his first catch with 20 seconds left in the game.