Bills "Laughing stock of the NFL" after loss to Jacksonville

October 10, 2010 Updated Oct 10, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

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Bills "Laughing stock of the NFL" after loss to Jacksonville

October 10, 2010 Updated Oct 10, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

Orchard Park ( The Buffalo Bills fell to 0-and-5 for the first time in 25 years with a 36-26 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Bills Safety Donte Whitner called the team "The laughing stock of the National Football League" following the loss. The Buffalo defense surrendered 30 or more points for a fourth straight game. The Bills now head to the Bye Week.

The Bills took advantage of two early Jacksonville turnovers to take a 10-0 first quarter league. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Lee Evans for a 40 yard touchdown to open the scoring, it was Evans first touchdown of the year. Jacksonville would rally to tie the game at 13 before half-time, David Garrard hit Marcedes Lewis for a 1-yard TD with :25 left to play in the second quarter.

The Jaguars would take their first lead of the game, on their first drive of the second half. Garrard hit Lewis for the second time of the day on a 27 yard pass to give Jacksonville at 20-13 lead in the third quarter.

The Bills would respond later in the third, Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Steve Johnson with a 5-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 20. The Jaguars would re-take the lead on their next drive when Garrard hit Mike Sims-Walker for a 7 yard touchdown in the first of 16 straight points by Jacksonville. Kicker Josh Scobee had 5 field goals on the day.

The Bills would get within 10 points late in the fourth quarter when Fitzpatrick hit Johnson for his second touchdown of the day. Fitzpatrick finished 20-30 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns on the day. RB Fred Jackson rushed for 73 yards on 12 carries.

The Buffalo defense again had few answers on Sunday. The Jaguars finished the day with 216 yards rushing. Garrard finished 16-20 passing for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Bills now have a week off, before traveling to Baltimore on October 24th to play the Ravens.

Here at post game comments from Head Coach Chan Gailey and the team.

Buffalo Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey

Opening Statement:
The two biggest things, I thought, in the ballgame [were] one, not scoring touchdowns in the first half when we could have – getting penalties – just dumb penalties. We can not do that. We’ve got to score touchdowns. We can’t afford to come away with just three points in those situations. The second thing is I thought we got whipped physically on both sides of the line of scrimmage in the second half. We’ve got to learn to play stronger in the second half. This is one of several games we’ve been in at halftime and we have not played strong in the third and fourth quarter and we’ve got to learn to do that.

On what’s keeping the team from taking that next step:
I don’t know. If I knew, I would have already handled it. I don’t know what it is. It’s something different each week it seems like. We’ve got to be able to handle what they throw at us that might be a little bit different in the second half and we’ve got to learn to be more physical in the second half.

On his thoughts about the losing streak heading into a bye week:
You don’t like to live with anything for two weeks. So, you have to live with this. You have to live with all of it for two weeks and you don’t get a chance to do anything about it. That’s the way it is. You don’t play good you don’t deserve to win.

On the defense’s performance today:
We were trying to adjust and get more people up around the line of scrimmage and we have not been able to slow the run down yet. We’ve got to continue to adjust and find different ways to try and get the extra guy where he’s supposed to be because right now we haven’t done it.

On his philosophy on going with a heavy defense and loading the box:
We’re trying to be as physical as we can be with the bigger people in there, especially in our 3-4 package. We just took one of the outside linebackers in and put a bigger man in there and reduced it down some trying to get bigger, stronger people against the run inside.

On why that philosophy wasn’t working:
We have to go evaluate that. That was the first week we’ve done it. We thought it had a chance and it didn’t do it, so we’ve got to go evaluate it.

On if he is looking to improve the things the team has done well or fix the things the team has been struggling with:
That’s a very good question and I think it’s a little bit of both. I think you have to take the things you’ve don’t positively and try to build on those. But then you’ve got to really evaluate and look at how you’re going to change those things that aren’t going well right now. There’s a lot more of those than there are the positive things to build on.

On if that includes from a personnel standpoint:
That includes everything.

On if there are any injuries:
I don’t think so. There were a couple of little nicks, but nothing major I don’t believe.

On where the teams’ frustration level is:
Where’s the frustration level? I don’t know if I like that word, frustration level. I think searching is a better word. We’re searching greatly for what the right answer is. You look at it and you try to evaluate what your guys are doing and put them in a position to be successful and take them out of positions where they can’t be successful. But you can’t take them out of every position. At some point they’ve got to step up and fight through and whip the guy in front of them. That’s where we’re trying to evaluate how we can best put them in position where they can win their one-on-one battles each and every snap because right now we’re not doing that. I think we’re searching. If you get frustrated then it’s too easy to get down. I don’t want to get down. I want to keep searching. You’re always looking for a way to get better and always looking for a way to get out of this. I’m never going to stop doing that. You can’t get down. You’ve just got to move forward and find ways to get better.


On being prepared for the game:
We practiced everything they were going to do. They didn’t do anything out there today that we didn’t see on film. We saw everything they did. They didn’t have one different wrinkle out there. It’s disheartening when they don’t have a single different wrinkle and they still beat you in the fashion that they did. When it’s like that it either boils down to guys not studying throughout the week or just shocked from being in the game and things are moving too fast. It’s one of the two. It can’t be anything else because I can sit here and tell you guys that we saw everything that they did to us out there.

On it being frustrating:
That’s the most frustrating part because the coaches are preparing us well. They’re putting us in the right coverage and the right things to stop what they are doing and we’re not stopping them. That’s disheartening. I can honestly look at you and tell you the coaching staff is doing a really great job of preparing us throughout the week. Now, us as players, we have to do an even better job of going out there and executing the game plan, understanding what they are going to do to us each play and not give up things that we have practiced against. Things that are so simple in the football world.

On the problems being physical or mental or both:
Some things are physical and some things are mental, so it’s a combination of both. There are good plays here and bad plays there. I can honestly look at you and tell you that we were prepared to go out there and stop this football team and it didn’t happen.

On the slow start:
It’s terrible. It’s 0-5. The laughing stock of the National Football League. I think we are losing fans by the minute. But we can’t control that. All we can control is how we go out there and perform on the football field. I can tell you this: no team in the National Football League is unbeatable. I feel like we have the talent and now we have to step up as far as the mental aspect and executing the game plan and not forget the small things we have to do in order to be victorious in the end. That’s what we are doing right now. We are not executing the game plan as well as it needs to be executed to win a football game because we weren’t prepared.


On the penalties in the red zone:
Anytime you get a penalty in the red zone and you start going backwards everything is so crunched down there where the space is tight you can’t have negative yardage plays. And the penalties really hurt us today down there. They made us settle for a couple of field goals, especially when you have the ball on your own one yard line. Going in from the one you have to be able to punch that in. We had that holding call that brought us back but inexcusable and I can’t say anything other than we have to get better at it and eliminate them. I don’t think we had much of an issue up to this game and this game it was a big issue and it’s something we need to get corrected

On being outscored in the last three quarters of the game:
I think penalties hurt us. And once you get a penalty or negative yardage play it is hard to keep feeding Fred (Jackson) the ball when you face those longer second first down, second down or third down. We had some good momentum early with the turnovers that were created. Fred, like I said all week, he inspires us. He is the guy we loved seeing run with the ball. At the end there you fall behind and you have to kind of back away from the run game. We are going to have to build off of what we did earlier. We did some good things but the loss obviously is what is on everybody’s mind right now and we are tired of losing.

On going into the bye week without a win:
It is tough. It’s tough to be 0-5 right now and I don’t think anybody in that locker room expected us to be 0-5. Everybody has to do a lot of soul searching over the bye week. Everybody has to look in the mirror and figure out what I personally can do better, what Fred can do better or whoever it is. If you give it your all and you are preparing like you need to prepare and if you play on Sunday’s like you need to play, hopefully we will come out of this bye week with a sense of urgency because we need to pick up a win.

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