Where do they go from here?
Playoffs were already out of the equation, but the Buffalo Bills claimed they had plenty to play for this week against the Miami Dolphins. Above all else was pride, not to mention numerous players publicly stating they wanted to play inspired football for their embattled head coach.
Well if this was inspired play, I’d hate to see what happens when they don’t care. Actually, we’ve seen plenty of that this season, including this afternoon. The Bills looked as sloppy, undisciplined and disinterested as ever Sunday and paid for it with a 24-10 loss at Miami in a game not as close as the score indicated.
Buffalo turned the ball over four times, dropped a touchdown pass and committed 11 penalties to just three for Miami.
Does that sound like a team doing anything but playing out the string?
With the loss Chan Gailey fell to 15-32 during his three-year run as Bills head coach and incredibly, now sports a 3-14 mark in divisional games. If there was ever an ounce of doubt that there needs to be head coaching change immediately after this season, that’s gone now.
Hell, getting Dick Jauron back would feel like scoring Bill Cowher compared to this disaster of a current coach.
Up until the past two weeks I felt like even though there should, it’s highly unlikely Ralph Wilson would pull the trigger on firing Gailey following next weeks’ finale. Again, that was two weeks ago. Buffalo has played some of their worst football seen in about 25 years over their past two games. I can’t see any scenario where Gailey stays being accepted by the ticket buying fan base.
While Gailey’s future will be discussed ad nauseum over the next week or so, you can bet the mortgage defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt has called his second-to-last game in Buffalo. Miami gashed the Bills for 182 yards on the ground and often looked effortless in doing so. Defensively Buffalo always seem to be in the wrong call or blow assignments all over the field when they’re in the right scheme. Wannstedt will be gone, but hopefully isn’t the only one. Otherwise, he’ll merely be a scapegoat.
Regardless of who’s coaching the Bills in 2013, there’s no way Ryan Fitzpatrick can be back as the starter. He was again awful and threw an unbelievable interception to end any Buffalo comeback hopes for what felt like the ninth million time.
Stevie Johnson has had a good year, all things considered but was a big part of the problem today. He lost a fumble when the Bills were driving early and later didn’t haul in a would-be touchdown pass. Johnson finished with just four catches for 44 yards. Johnson needs 65 yards against the Jets next week to finish with 1,000 receiving yards– and prove that 1,000 yards it’s a pretty meaningless statistic.
At least C.J. Spiller is an excellent guy to build a new offense around. Spiller ran for 138 yards on 22 carries and scored Buffalo’s lone touchdown. He also had a career-high 61 yard run in the second quarter. Spiller is up to 1,185 yards this season on just 183 carries. Can you imagine the kind of numbers he’d have if Gailey wasn’t scared to feature him predominantly all season?
We’ll have more on this travesty of a football team throughout the week. For now, do everything imaginable to put this game out of your memory and enjoy Christmas.