ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix addressed the media Thursday at practice, saying he is frustrated with the teams 0-4 start.
The team made a few high-profile roster moves over the last few weeks, cutting QB Trent Edwards, who started the season as the Bills number one quarterback, and trading running back Marshawn Lynch to the Seattle Seahawks for two draft picks.
Nix commented on the roster moves along with the resigning of LB Chris Kelsay.
Watch the video and view below for the transcript of Nix's comments.
On how frustrated he is with the teams’ 0-4 start:
Well, obviously I’m frustrated just like you and the fans and everybody else. We didn’t expect to be here, but we are where we are and we’ve got to deal with it. We’ve got to dig our way out and that’s what we try to do every day.
On his plan not working out the way he said it was going to:
I’ll have to agree with that. I don’t know that there’s a question in that, but if there is I’ll tell you that we didn’t get in this situation overnight and we’re not going to get out overnight. We knew it wouldn’t be easy. If there was not the problems that we’ve got, I wouldn’t be here, Chan [Gailey] wouldn’t be here – you wouldn’t need anybody. So, it’s our job to change that.
On if this team is in a rebuilding mode:
Well, I would figure you’ve probably got a good opinion on that. You don’t like to use the word rebuild, but you’ve also got to evaluate every day and try to do things to improve your team. Anybody that’s 0-4 or anybody that’s 1-3 are doing the same thing we’re doing. You look every day to try to improve and you see who’s producing and who’s not. You know, we get a lot of questions about timing that kind of thing and I’m sure you guys have got some. So, I won’t answer that until you ask them. (Laughter)
On if he could have gotten a third-round pick for RB Marshawn Lynch before the 2010 draft:
I’m not going to get into what we could have gotten or couldn’t. At the time, we weren’t sure where we were. When I said he’s not for trade at the time, he wasn’t. It never went past that.
On what changed to make him consider trading Lynch:
Well, to be honest with you, as we started looking at, three, as Chan [Gailey] said, three backs… Obviously when we kept him we got two guys hurt in the first six plays of the preseason. It felt really good to have three backs. Once we got them all healthy and they’re not getting the number of touches, then we decided it was time. There’s no need for me trying to say we would have been better off to have done it then or now or whatever. I don’t understand what good it does to go through the summer or preseason with a draft pick in your pocket that you can’t use until April. Why not do it when we did it? It’s the same draft pick. It’s in our pocket and we can’t use it until April.
On the timing of releasing QB Trent Edwards:
I tell you, I said this to start with, we wanted to see for ourselves what Trent could do. We knew he had the ability. He’s willing. He’s intelligent. He did all the things we asked. We went through OTA’s. We went through preseason, [training] camp – the whole deal. He did everything we asked him to do and there was promise there. Buffalo has got people all over the league that have been here, that are playing good for other people. I didn’t want to cut guys that could help us win. Then, we got into the regular season and it didn’t work out. We didn’t have the production that we wanted. We decided that that wasn’t the answer for us or for him. So, we made the change.
On if more changes going forward of the significant type can be expected:
All of them are significant. We evaluate everybody, every day. Chan [Gailey] and I, again I keep saying this, we talk two or three times a day. We evaluate every player, every day. To answer your question, if it gets to the point where we need to make other changes it won’t matter who it is. If it will help us, we’ll do it.
On the decision to give LB Chris Kelsay a contract extension:
You know, the thing that you don’t want to do is take your core guys and your leaders out of your system. We decided, obviously, that we’ve got four, five, six guys like that, [that] may not be great players, but are good players that set the tone for what you want everybody else to be. Chris Kelsay is a good player. He exemplifies what we want players to do and how we want them to be. So, that’s the reason he’s here.
On if releasing Edwards was a financial consideration:
Absolutely not. I wish I could tell you that I checked all that and it was a big part of it, but it wasn’t. We’re trying to win games and, money, you obviously have to look at, but that was not a consideration.
On if he underestimated how big of a rebuilding job this might be:
Look guys, I think everybody knew just because you hired a different guy, everything was going to change. Things have changed. I think we’ve got a plan. I know we get questioned about that at times, but I promise you this, we’re going to stay the course. So, what we set out to do and the way we set out to do it is not the speedy way. It’s painful, but you’re just going to have to have patience because as long as I’m here we’re going to stay the course and do it the way we planned because I know it works.
On his message to the fans:
Well, the only thing I would say is that I know they’re frustrated. I know they’re not any more frustrated than we are. They’re putting their money in tickets and we’re putting seven days a week into trying to get it turned around. It will be fun when it happens and trust me, it will happen.
On if he’s talking about building from the draft:
Here’s what I said when we started and I’m going to say it again, this is the way we’ll do it. We’re going to build through the draft. We’re going to get as many draft picks as we can. We’re going to be very careful about giving up draft picks because that’s our future. The other part of the plan is that if a guy is not producing we’re going to keep doing the same thing, and that being losing, with the same people doing the same thing. We’re not going to do that. It doesn’t change. After a point, it doesn’t change. To be honest with you, nobody’s safe. You’ve got to produce and we’ll evaluate them every day.
On if he feels Head Coach Chan Gailey has a secondary task to change the culture of accepting losing around the organization:
You know I think that’s a great question. I’m not sure it’s a secondary task. I’m not sure it’s the first and hardest task. I don’t care whether you want to admit it or not, but losing gets to be a habit. It gets to be something you accept and we’re not going to do that. We’re going to demand that we get the proper attention and that kind of thing to getting it done. Really, to be honest with you, it’s the hardest thing you have to do.