(WKBW.com) Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey announced on Monday that cornerback Terrence McGee will miss atleast the next couple of weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in Sundays win over the Chiefs.
For transcripts from Mondays media availability see below.
Head Coach Chan Gailey
On how to proceed from the game, playing so good on offense and defense:
I felt like we walked into the game with confidence. I thought that our guys played well and I think we won all three phases of that game. That means nothing starting now, it’s 24 hours. Starting now it means nothing. We got a lot of work to do. You watch the film, we left a lot of plays on the field on punt return, in the passing game and run defense. We could have done better and I think our guys realize that. They want to be better. We know it’s going to take better to be successful on the road. It was a good win. It was enjoyable. Those are always fun. When you win all three phases you normally win lopsidedly and that’s what we were able to do. It was just one of those games. I’d love to say it will happen every week but you don’t expect that in this league.
On it being a better feeling after this win than where they were a year ago starting 0-8:
Oh yea, sure you do. I felt all along we were a better football team. You hope you get a win to show that but you don’t know that until you go play. But I felt like we were better.
On when the team needs a big play, it seems like the team is getting it:
I think our guys understand the scheme a lot better. I think we’ve got some guys playing the same positions that they played last year and they understand where they’re supposed to be and how to stay at home so we don’t give up the bigger plays. I thought that was probably the best tackling game we’ve had. After watching the film, that’s the best tackling game we’ve had since I’ve been here.
On the aggressiveness and tackle production from the safeties:
What that tells you is that everybody else was in their spot because the safety is the extra guy in run support. Everybody else was filling their gap. They had nowhere to go but to go back to the safety when they were trying to run the football. If you can continue to create that, they’re going to make a few tackles but they’re going to be cutting back, back, back and it’s not going to be when they’re in the open field trying to make tackles, they’re in more confined space. And if you can keep that going then it gives you a chance. That’s what they’re supposed to do and that’s their job. That’s why they’re here to make those plays. I think we missed one open field tackle, what I call “real”, where we had a real shot at the guy and missed him. I think we missed one in the ball game.
On CB Terrence McGee injury update:
Not good. He’s going to be a few weeks. You’re asking me something I don’t know, they just tell me how long.
On keeping an eye out for the defensive back position:
We always do. We always do keep an eye out.
On complaints from Kansas City that WR Stevie Johnson went after SS Eric Berry’s leg:
It was a clean block. We tell our guys; “you go block those guys.” Because let me tell you, if you’re up in the air they’re not going to hesitate to get you and take a shot at you because they’re trying to separate you from the ball. That’s an opportunity for our receivers to go down the field and hit those guys. It’s legal. It happened in front of me on the sideline in front of an official. To me it’s not that. It wasn’t the only person we went down and cut down field. It wasn’t the only time we did it. I don’t see any basis for that.
On TE Scott Chandler’s performance:
Pleased. I’m pleased. He can get better and we can get better. It was one of those games where they decided to leave him one-on-one in some spots or open up the zones for him in spots or not cover him in one spot at all and Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) found him every time. That may happen again, it may not. We may go three games and it might not be, but one or two and then all of the sudden he has another game like that. The one thing that’s good about where we are right now is we have confidence in a lot of people. Fitz recognizes the mismatches and the weaknesses and doesn’t mind throwing there. We’re not trying to throw it to a certain guy. We’re taking what the defense gives us.
On if the absence of SS Eric Berry opened up the lane for TE Scott Chandler:
It may have and I think some of the balls David (Nelson) caught that’s where Berry would have been and we ended up on either Jon (McGraw) or we ended up on Piscitelli (Sabby). And that was the matchup that Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) went to which was smart.
On the play of TE Scott Chandler opening up lanes for other players:
I hope they’re worried sick about it (jokingly). That’s what you hope. I hope they’re sitting up at nights worrying about that because the more weapons we have, the more ways we can spread the ball around and the harder it makes it on defense.
On any injuries from the game:
Just bumps and bruises. Probably the worst of the bunch was Robert Eddins. He got hurt on a kick play I think. He’s probably the worst of the group and we’re supposed to find out more about him tomorrow.
On the play of the offensive line and if they played with anger and aggravation:
No. I didn’t sense that. You’d have to ask them if that’s how they felt. I sense they played with an edge and a little bit of a chip on their shoulder. I expect that every week. If I need to tell them that again this week, I’ll tell them that, if that’s what gets them going. They have a lot of heat on them.
On S Bryan Scott:
He’ll play inside as a linebacker, he can go deep if we need him to go deep and he can play backside of the backfield or tight ends and he’ll even cover the wide receiver when they cut underneath and came in his zone. He’s a versatile player. He played very, very well yesterday. He was sideline to sideline and that was good. Last year he was playing in a similar spot but he hadn’t done it a lot. He’s a lot more comfortable doing what he’s doing this year.
On CB Aaron Williams:
He did ok. The problem with that, with his situation in the game, was he didn’t get many reps during the week. He made a mistake on all the first three plays he was in there. Then he settled down and played a lot better as the game went on. He’ll be just fine. I think in the long run he’ll be just fine. He’s going to be a good player for us.
On the attitude of having things to improve on even after a win like yesterday:
We’re not one of those teams yet that needs to worry about complacency or being overconfident or anything like that. That’s not where we are in life. Our memory is not that short. We remember what it was like in those locker rooms last year and that was no fun. I think our guys have the mindset, we’ve got somewhere we want to be and we know how to get there, now we got to go do it.
On WR Marcus Easley:
It’s gotten a little more prolonged than we thought. We’re going to have to get more evaluation on him and see exactly where it’s going to go. He won’t be ready this week for sure. I know what it is but I don’t think I’ll say. He ought to say if anybody does.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On the offense being ahead of where they were last year:
In the locker room, in the room with the quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs and tight ends we knew what we had. I think we were confident in what we had. There was a lot of doubt but it was good to go out there and prove and show there is some substance to what we’re doing. We do have talent that maybe people didn’t think we had. Like I said, it’s one game. We did some good things out there. There’s some stuff we can improve on. Now we’re ready to move on.
On the improvement of the offensive line:
I think part of it maybe was the shortened offseason, just getting back into the flow. I think everybody took a little bit longer in the preseason to get going. Those guys have now worked together for a while and it was really good to see. They played great. It was one of those things where a lot of times you don’t notice things happening, quarterbacks getting hit or anything. You look at all the good throws, all the good catches and the good runs, but really it’s those guys up front that set the tone. They did a great job. With all of the hard words and criticism they were getting, I think they deserve some praise for what they did out there.
On how much of a positive it was for the offense to click early:
It was good. We’ve touched on how young we are at the receiver position and just in general how young we are out there. Confidence is a big thing. So to be able to go out there and establish ourselves and get some confidence early on and get things rolling was good for us.
On if he envisioned the game going the way it did:
Yes. We definitely could have. Even watching last year’s film, I think we scored 10 on them. There were a lot of missed opportunities and a lot of things that we could have done better. Just looking at how far we’ve come from last year and the work we put in in training camp. We’ve got some talent and it’s not just Stevie Johnson or Freddie J (Fred Jackson) or C.J. (Spiller). There’s a lot of talent on the offense and it’s good to be able to spread the ball around and get everybody involved.
On if he has allowed himself to enjoy this win:
Chan always talks about the 24-hour rule. For as hard as the losses are and sometimes how down and depressed you get about those losses and you let that linger with you a little bit you’ve got to be able to celebrate these a little bit and try to remember what it feels like. And remember everything that was said and the feeling we had in the locker room after that game and try to build on it. Obviously we love that feeling and want to keep it going.
On getting TE Scott Chandler the ball:
That helps us a lot, especially in the red zone. Scott’s a big target. He’s a guy that even when you have him matched up one-on-one and have good coverage on him it’s hard to get to ball out from him. He helps us. He did a good job for us yesterday. Even getting matched up with linebackers and safeties, it’s a good matchup for us. He did a great job for us yesterday and it was good to see him get in the end zone a couple of times for us.
RB Fred Jackson
On being tougher running the ball when he gets more carries:
You get a grove and feel how defenses are playing you. I think every running back in the league would agree with that the more carries you get the better you feel about the game and the better you’re able to produce.
On critics not thinking the Bills are as good as they are:
You’ve got to be confident in yourself and know what you’re capable of as a team. By no means have we won the Super Bowl yet. We’ve got to keep coming in and work and prepare every week like we did last week, and continue to stockpile wins.
On what it feels like having the proof of their beliefs on display yesterday:
For us it’s what we thought we were capable of doing. We’ve to just keep coming in and working and continue to do so. I think more than anything that’s what this team is about, is continuing to come in and work and then go out and put ourselves on film on Sunday.
On sending a message to people by the way he ran yesterday:
That’s just how it is. You’ve got to go out every week and prove yourself. I don’t mind doing that. That’s the fun thing about this game is being able to show what you can do against the best athletes in the world on the football field. Keep that chip on your shoulder, it’s always motivating to have it. I look forward to going out competing and show what I can do every week.
On being elected captain this season:
It’s huge. It’s a huge honor to be voted captain amongst fellow athletes. I tweeted about it earlier in the week, I’m going to do everything I can to lead this team by example and hopefully get this thing turned around.
NT Kyle Williams
On the team having a chip on their shoulder this season:
I think there’s a different demeanor, a different edge probably. But I think that’s more about winning games than projections or power rankings. Nobody knows, that’s all speculation. Like I said, good start, long way to go. A lot of people were here when we went 5-1, and then had some guys hurt and it goes down the toilet at the end of the year. Maybe the old cliché is true, you’ve got to go one at a time and hopefully we can stack some wins.
On as a veteran leader, how he reminds the young guys to remain an even keel:
I don’t think it’s necessary to say; “hey, we started 5-1 and then ended up at this record.” I think it’s mostly about letting them know we have to take it one game at a time and that there’s no looking forward. Your playoff game or Super Bowl, or however you want to call it is this week. You only have one game to worry about. You get done with that one and you worry about one more. I think this week the big challenge for us is another team that was high up on the rushing charts, has a good running back, solid offense line and runs the same type of zone scheme. We’ve got to get ready for it and pay attention to the details and our fits and things like that so we can practice it.