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Monday, January 3, 2011
Gailey likes his D staff, not a Maybin fan

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills fielded perhaps the NFL's worst defense.

They'll certainly undergo notable changes, but head coach Chan Gailey suggested the coaching staff won't be among them.

Gailey expressed support of defensive coordinator George Edwards and his assistants at Monday's season-ending news conference.

"I feel good about our coaching staff," Gailey said. "We're always evaluating. We'll evaluate the rest of this week about what we need to do at every position. They had a tough go of it this year, but I feel good about the people that are on that side of the ball."

The Bills transitioned from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme and then settled into multiple fronts. They ranked 24th in total defense, 32nd in run defense and (mainly because opponents didn't need to throw) third in pass defense. Quarterbacks still had a 92.6 rating against the Bills. Only four other teams allowed higher ratings.

Gailey was skeptical about the futures of safety Donte Whitner and outside linebacker Aaron Maybin, the 11th overall draft choice in 2009.

Whitner, an unrestricted free agent, has publicly bemoaned his unsuccessful contract negotiations. When reporters showed up Monday, his locker already had been cleared out.

"I didn’t realize that until I was told that a few minutes ago that that had happened," Gailey said of Whitner's empty stall. "He's a really good player. You'd love to have him on your football team, but we're in a business where that doesn't happen every time. So we'll wait and see what happens."

Gailey didn't sound bullish on Maybin's future. Maybin had trouble getting on the field in his second pro season. He played 10 games, started just one and still hasn't recorded an NFL sack.

"Right now, he's on the outside looking in," Gailey said. "That's where he is. If he improves, he'll improve his status. But if he doesn't improve his status, he won't find playing time on this football team."