Monday, September 26, 2011
Bills keeping things in perspective
By James Walker
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills showed up for meetings Monday following the aftermath of a 34-31 upset win against the New England Patriots.
Here are a few notes from the Bills' locker room:
- The general theme Monday was not to get a big head. Several players said the key this week will be putting things in perspective and moving on to the Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo won its biggest game in recent memory by snapping a 15-game losing streak to New England. The Bills now are in first place in the AFC East at 3-0. "It's just three weeks," Buffalo running back Fred Jackson said. "Even with that big win yesterday, we're 3-0. We had more wins [4-12] last year. That's kind of how we're approaching it."
- On the injury front, Bills rookie defensive back Aaron Williams will be out "a while" with a collarbone injury, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said. Williams hurt himself defending a pass to Patriots receiver Wes Welker. Gailey said he's unsure of the degree of Williams' injury. Linebacker Chris White will be out a few weeks with a pulled hamstring. Linebacker Kirk Morrison (hamstring) and starting guard Kraig Urbik (knee) have a chance to return this week.
- The Bills are getting praise for their back-to-back comebacks. But Buffalo is looking to start games faster to avoid a tough spot. "The objective is to do whatever we need to do to win the game, but we'd like to not have to set records for coming back," Gailey said. "You'd like to be a little closer or be ahead if you can. Week 1 was easier than Week 2 and 3."
- Finally here's a personal observation: I like the chemistry of this team. There is no star system in Buffalo, and it's working. It's a loose, relaxed group and no one wants all the credit for the team's success. Part of that comes from Buffalo's roster being filled with overlooked players. But Gailey and general manager Buddy Nix also deserve credit for creating a blue-collar culture.