Orchard Park (WKBW.com) Bills head coach Chan Gailey didn't even wait to hear the first question following the game before putting it bluntly, "We were a bad football team today". The Bills were dominated on both sides of the ball in a 38-14 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
The Bills defense had few answers for Mark Sanchez and company, the Jets produced 444 total yards of offense. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 133 yard and two touchdowns, Shonn Greene added 117 yards on the ground. Sanchez finished the day completiing 14-of-24 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Tight End Dustin Keller had 4 catches for 28 yards, and two scores.
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills offense struggled to get much going against the blitz happy Jets. Fitzpatrick finished the day 12 of 27 passing for 128 yards and two touchdowns, he was also the Bills leading rusher with 74 yards.
The loss drops the Bills to 0-4 on the season for the first time since 2004. Below are comments from the post-game lockerroom, starting with head coach Chan Gailey.
BUFFALO BILLS HEAD COACH CHAN GAILEY
Maybe I can answer some of your questions before you ask them. We were a bad football team today. When we protected we couldn’t catch it. We couldn’t protect. We had people going to the wrong spots getting to the wrong people. We couldn’t get off the field on third down. We couldn’t convert a third down. We were not good on special team. We turned the ball over twice. We didn’t get any turnovers. We got sacked three times. We didn’t get any sacks. If you play that way, you’re not going to win. You’re not even going to look decent in this league. Now, do you have any questions?
On if the Bills are the worst team in the league:
Today, we were awful. I don’t know how anybody else is. Today, we were a bad football team.
On if the team started losing concentration when the Jets got to 38 points:
I don’t know if it’s lack of concentration or what it is. You can’t do that, I know that, and be successful in this league.
On if he has ever found himself in this situation in his coaching career:
You have to evaluate everything. I don’t have a magic wand, I don’t. I made this statement before, there’s no substitute for hard work. We’ve got to go back and evaluate everything and look at everything and see what we can be successful at. That’s something you have to continue to do on a weekly basis, but we’ve got to get better. I don’t know if I’ve ever been here before, but I think I understand how to get out of it.
On if his players are angry:
I hope. If they’re not mad and hurt and upset, something’s wrong.
On if they blew an opportunity coming out of halftime with a chance to come back:
Sure. That’s exactly right. I felt like if we could have gone in and put points on the board in some way, shape or form the game takes a different angle or a different road, and we didn’t. That’s two weeks in a row we’ve done that. That can’t happen.
On if it was injury related when G Eric Wood came out of the game:
No, it wasn’t.
On if G Eric Wood is hurt again:
We just try to rest him from time to time.
On the status of LB Arthur Moats:
[Arthur] Moats is probably out for two or three weeks with an elbow.
On if there were any other injuries:
[Ashton] Youboty couldn’t finish. I don’t know what they told me it was. It was a hamstring, I think.
On not being able to stop the run:
We evaluate everybody, every day. I don’t know.
On the Jets bringing the blitz all day long:
We did protect sometimes, and they’re going to win sometimes. They guess right sometimes. We guess wrong sometimes. They’re going to win sometimes, but you’ve got to be able to overcome that. They make you throw it quick and throw it underneath, but when you get your chances for shots, you’ve got to make them and when we had our opportunity for shots down the field, we didn’t make them. That’s something else we’ve got to be able to do. We’ve got to be able to take advantage of one-on-ones. We’ve got to make the throws and make the catches.
On the decision to not put QB Brian Brohm in the game:
We were thinking about it. I went and told Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] that if we didn’t get anything from the next to last drive, then I was going to try to play Brian [Brohm] and get him some reps. But we took it down and scored and thought I’d give Fitz one more shot at it.
BUFFALO BILLS, QUARTERBACK, RYAN FITZPATRICK
On the frustration of today’s loss:
Real frustrating. I thought we had a good week of practice and offensively we were really confident coming into the game. They didn’t give us anything different than what we thought they were going to give us maybe a little bit more zone at times, but they still played plenty of man for us to go out there and make plays and we just didn’t make the plays today.
On the lack of concentration after the Jets scored 38 points:
That was something we were talking about in the huddle was just keep fighting. Unfortunately the game didn’t go the way we wanted it to but it was a chance for us to continue to work and continue to fight. Unfortunately we had some lapses there but all I can say is we have to play better and that is obvious. But I know that we will and I like the guys on the field that I play with and we have to get on the same page.
On knowing that they will get better as a team:
We have the right guys in that locker room to play better. I have to find a way to connect with Lee (Evans). I had a couple of shots with him that we were just not on the same page for some of them. I like the guys that I’m playing with and they continue to work, we are going to work hard in practice and that is all you can really ask for and we are going to start seeing results hopefully.
On his running game due to the Jets defense:
Some of it makes it tough they have a lot of the over load blitzes and things. Schematically you have to leave in your running backs to block at times. Sometimes I was running because of the pressure but a lot of time I was running because if they had guys covered up or they over loaded the one side, I was basically the check down because of the way you have to block these over load blitzes. That is why I thought the guys up front did a good job. At times guys were coming free but that will happen with the Jets because you can’t block everybody.
On the lack of short passes the Bills offense runs:
Well Lee (Evans) plays outside and they want to play a one high press. He is the guy that, that is his deal. He is great at going deep and that is what we want to do. We have to be able to try to hit him on some shorter stuff but at times to the safety cheated over top we had to get some other guys involved because of what they were doing to him.
On this game being one of the worst losses he has ever been part of:
Well especially going into halftime we had a little bit of momentum scoring and getting the ball back. In the second half all of a sudden you look up the game kind of got away from us. It was definitely a frustrating game.
On the Jets being a possible Super Bowl team this year:
They are definitely a talented team. I know that they kicked our butts today. They are talented and obviously when (Darrelle) Revis comes back into the equation they will be more talented on defense.
On his feelings of the stadium being half empty after the third quarter:
It’s a bad feeling and we have no one to blame or point the finger at but ourselves. The only way I know how to fix that is hard work and we have to get back to the drawing board and play hard and work hard.
BUFFALO SS DONTE WHITNER
On what went wrong in the game:
If you knew everything they were going to do, it’s not about Xs and Os. It’s about who wants to play football here and who doesn’t want to play football around here. It’s about who wants to come out and play with some heart. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about Xs and Os right now. We understood what they were going to do. We understood what LT (Jets RB LaDanian Tomlinson) was going to do, we understood what (Jets RB) Shonn Greene was going to do. We understood all of that, we talked about that all week with film studying and scouting. It’s not about that right now. Xs and Os cannot fix what’s going on right now. It’s going to have to come from each individual and want to win football games and beat a guy one-on-one.
On if he’s calling out his teammates:
I’m calling out myself. I’m calling out my teammates and I’m calling out myself. It’s not about Xs and Os. It’s not about the coaching staff. This is the third coaching staff since I’ve been here. It can’t be about Xs and Os. It’s about each individual wanting to get better and wanting to win.
On if lack of talent is the problem:
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And that’s a true statement. Today, last week, the week before that, it’s about not getting the job done. It’s not about Xs and Os.
BUFFALO BILLS WIDE RECEIVER LEE EVANS
On the performance of the offense
It’s just the way it is sometimes, it’s frustrating but what’s even more frustrating is that offensively we haven’t been moving the ball very consistently. We’ve done some good things at times, but we haven’t moved it very consistently, I’ll be the first one to say it, we didn’t play very well today. Everybody has to look in the mirror and ask themselves the same questions.
On the frustration of not following up last week’s performance
We know what we can do; it’s a matter of doing it over and over. That’s what it is, there’s no magic wand, and it’s the way you just have to play the game.
On potential lapses in concentration when the Jets were ahead
That’s not when the game got out of hand, it was throughout the game. It may or may not stick out more when the game was out of hand, but we didn’t get ourselves in that hole by not having lapses to get to that point, that’s just what it is.
On crediting the Jets Defense
They obviously made a lot more plays, but we killed ourselves as well. (We had) turnovers, it’s never an opportune time for a turnover but they capitalized on turnovers. Defensively they came out and put on a lot of pressure like we knew that they would.
On Chan Gailey’s reaction to the game
That’s (the coaching staff’s) job to get people in position, and it’s our job to make the plays. Something has to change because right now we’re just not playing very well.
On the mood in the locker room
It’s embarrassing to go out there to play like that and to get beat like that at any point if you’re a competitor, so yeah it’s embarrassing.
On missed opportunities
We had two shots dialed up and that was on us. (Fitzpatrick and I) weren’t on the same page. The (NY defense) gave us some different looks, and that first and foremost we need to correct. Like I said before it’s going to come down to everybody looking at themselves in the mirror. It’s about going out and playing the game and you see what happens.