ORCHARD PARK, NY - (Bills Release) Below are quotes from the Buffalo Bills following Tuesday afternoon's practice:
Head Coach Chan Gailey
PM Practice – August 23, 2011
On Corey McIntyre:
He is excused. He had to go home to take care of a personal manner and he will be back tomorrow.
On Shawne Merriman:
He is coming along fine. I think he is going to be fine eventually.
On if Merriman’s injury will hold him out this week:
Yeah it could. I think we will have to see more towards the end of the week and see how it goes.
On Demetrius Bell and Andy Levitre still splitting snaps at left tackle:
I think that is exactly where we are at, they are splitting reps. Let’s see who is playing the best come Saturday night. We have a lot of work to do, it’s almost not fair to Andy because of throwing him in there so late in the game and ask him to get in there this week. He has done it before and we think we need to give him a shot to do that.
On Andy Levitre competing for two jobs:
No he is the starting left guard. If Demetrius Bell becomes the guy at left tackle, Andy Levitre will go back to starting left guard.
On if he might bring a wide receiver in to take some reps with all the injuries at wide receiver:
Yes we might. We sure might.
On if he will approach Fred Jackson about his comments yesterday:
Well I don’t know what he said. I tried to make sure that I focus on all the good things about every one of these guys. Everybody says something from time to time that they wish they had back or that they wish they had phrased differently. I understand that. Fred is a great player and is going to be a great player and we look forward to what he is going to do for us this year. He is going to have a big part in our offense this year.
On if there was some level of communication about what Fred Jackson said yesterday:
Curtis Modkins talked to him. Then Curtis and I talked, we talk all the time and we tried to keep Fred informed on how things are.
RB Fred Jackson
PM Practice – August 23, 2011
On if he had any conversation to clear anything up after yesterday:
No, I sat down with Coach Modkins and we had a productive talk.
On if he is okay with where he stands:
There is still some stuff that needs to be ironed out. He told me that I would be starting and we can go from there. But we will see how things pan out. We will see what we do when it comes to Saturday.
On what needs to be ironed out:
I guess we will see how practice goes from here on out. It is just one of those things, feeling like a number one back, I’m trying not to get too upset about it but just how some of the things were kind of undercover. I didn’t know what was going on and I like to be communicated with a little more and be told where I stand and not kind of have to guess about it.
On how much his contract has to do with it, if anything at all:
I mean obviously. Being the number one back and having the contract I’m under is definitely something. Hopefully we can do something when it’s time to.
On if he would like the Bills to come to him about his contract:
Definitely but it is one of those things that we will see what happens. It is one of those things, being the number one back, it is pretty funny.
On if the contract was what he was referring to yesterday when he said the word underappreciated:
That is definitely a huge part of it. As far as what my workload was like over the past couple of weeks, that was part of it too. I feel like I can do more for the team. Not being able to get that opportunity because you are sitting on the sidelines you are not able to get the team where you want them to be.
On if the whole thing is about actions speaking louder than words:
Definitely. It is easy to say something but we will see what happens on Saturday, what my role is and what I do in the game. I think this will be the one true game normally for starters and what your role is will be determined this weekend.
On if this is individual frustration or frustration with the way the organization is headed with the recent trade of WR Lee Evans:
You can definitely say that everyone out here is frustrated with the way things have been going for the past couple of years. The comments that I made were strictly me being frustrated with the way things are going on. I don’t want to speak for my teammates but hopefully things get ironed out.
On his relationship with RB C.J. Spiller:
Me and C.J. have a great relationship. I don’t have any personal animosity towards him and he knows that because he is like a little brother to me. We have a great relationship and we work well together and we will do whatever we can to make this team win.
On if he saw this coming when they drafted RB C.J. Spiller in the top 10:
You don’t take a guy in the top 10 if you don’t plan on playing him obviously. But I feel like I’ve done a lot to speak for myself on the field as well.
RB C.J. Spiller
PM Practice – August 23, 2011
On RB Fred Jackson’s comments from yesterday:
It doesn’t bother me at all. Who wouldn’t want to be a No. 1 back? The big thing is that everyone is making a big deal about it. The thing about me and Fred is that we’re pushing each other to get better. We both want to be on the field to help our team win. Nothing really bothers me. Whoever they go with, the other person has to be right there helping make sure he gets his job done. At any moment you have to be ready to go. Like last year in the preseason when both Fred and Marshawn (Lynch) went down, I had to be ready to go. I don’t really get involved with number ones and number twos. I’m just here ready to work and when my name is called I need to get it done, that’s all I’m trying to do. I’m pretty sure he’s doing the same thing.
On his relationship with Jackson:
From the outside, everyone’s going to try and make me and him go against each other, but that’s not going to happen. I think we have a great friendship and I value that more than anything. People outside are going to say what they want to say. I can’t control that. The main thing is to come here every day ready to work and try to help my team win and I’m pretty sure he’s trying to do the same thing. There’s going to be a lot of people out there trying to get me and him to go against each other, get us to say something bad about each other but I know I’m not going to say anything negative about him because there’s nothing negative to say. He’s a great player. He comes in ready to work and he’s been proving that year in and year out. Like I said, we’re both playmakers trying to get on the field trying to help our team win. I’m pretty sure Coach Gailey and our offensive staff will do a great job to try and put as many playmakers on the field to our advantage to help us win.
On if he can agree with Jackson’s comments about being underappreciated:
I don’t really understand and know what happened before I got here, besides last year. I can’t really speak for the past. I just know the guy has been a hard-worker, ever since he’s been up proving himself since he’s been in the league. I have to go by that. I know he’s a great player. I’m grateful to have him as a teammate. We both push ourselves to try to be great and to try to help our team win. Of course there will be some frustration that can get overshadowed, but there’s nothing wrong with a guy forcing his opinion. There’s no jealousy amongst me and Fred. I really didn’t get involved with it. I come in, get my job done and then I go home and relax. I let that Internet stuff take care of itself. I talk to my daughter on the phone and see how my family is doing. I don’t look at that other stuff. That’s just a waste of time for me.
On if he has earned the right to start at running back:
That’s up to the coaches. I’m coming out here every day trying to get better. This is my second year and I feel like I’m making improvements. Fred (Jackson) doesn’t have to prove himself. Fred has nothing else he needs to prove. I’m just a guy trying to learn off what he has done. Whoever it is, that’s what we’ll go with. The other guy just has to be ready. This is a business and everybody handles it professionally. Fred has been in the league and he’s a professional. I don’t have any doubts that he’s going to come in here as a professional.
On his improvements so far this season:
My biggest improvement is getting north to south. That’s the biggest part, is getting north to south. I’m still working on the pass protection. The thing’s that Coach Gailey and I have talked about; hanging on to the ball, getting north to south and pass protection. I try to improve on everything: route running, making the correct reads when I’m running the ball and getting what the defense is doing. There is a learning process for me but I definitely see the improvement from last year.
On if the hardest part is finding the hole and the crease in the run game:
Not really, not for me. If you can make the right reads you can find the holes. Everything is not going to be blocked perfectly and you have to understand that. You’d love for it to be but as a runner you have to understand that everything is not going to be blocked perfectly. You are probably always going to have to make a guy miss. That’s why they strive for us to do that. I just have to take what they give me and live for another down.
T Demetrius Bell
PM Practice – August 23, 2011
On if he was surprised that Andy Levitre replaced him on some occasions:
No, Coach Gailey told me he was going to put him in and get him some snaps at left.
On how he reacted to the change:
It came as a shock but that’s the nature of the business. You have to understand that. I just have to come out here and keep getting better.
On if the reason he got replaced was because he needs more consistency:
No. He’s the coach and he knows what is good for the team. I respect his decision.
On if he is frustrated:
It is what it is. It’s football, the most cutthroat business there is so you have to live with it and take it in stride.
On if he took more of the reps today at left:
No, it was kind of the same. It was still half and half. I think we are going to continue to do that for the rest of the practices.
On if he feels he is in a battle for his job:
Yeah of course. You just need to go out there everyday and everything will take care of itself.