ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW/Buffalo Bills) - Chan Gailey met the media Monday to talk about his team and its injury situation. Below is the transcript from the press conference:
Head Coach Chan Gailey
Monday, December 26, 2011
(Kraig) Urbik is out, (Demetrius) Bell is out and (Mike) Caussin is out.
On if all three will require surgery:
Possibly, all three. And I’m pretty sure on all three.
On if either of three suffered ACL injuries:
I don’t know. Demetrius was as much an ankle as it was a knee. But they all will miss this one and they’ll all be back.
On if their injuries fall into the serious category:
Yea, it would be. All three of them would.
On if the team will place all three players on Injured Reserve:
We’ll do what we think we need to do. Buddy (Nix) and I have talked about it once and I’m sure we’ll talk about it again exactly what we need to do. We don’t want to just bring somebody up just to bring them up. If we don’t think they have a chance to play, we don’t want to do that. That’s where we are right now.
On if he has any concerns about three of the five offensive linemen having to come back from serious leg injuries next season:
I’m much more concerned about this game than I am next year. I want to make sure that we get the five guys that are on the field knowing what to do and execute. It’s a great opportunity for the guys that are going to play now to get some experience and show what they can do. That’s what this last game’s about. I’m not concerned about next year. I’m much more concerned about this ball game.
On if OL Colin Brown will remain at center:
We’ll keep Colin (Brown) at center.
On how encouraging and necessary it was to end the seven-game losing streak:
It obviously feels a lot better. And we played good enough to win a couple of those, not all of them. But we played good enough to win a couple of those and we didn’t. So it was good to go out and put a complete game together. It took all three phases playing well and winning each phase of it to win a ball game. We’re not that good of a football team yet that we can go win with just winning one or two phases of a game. We’ve got to win all three.
On the defense’s performance on Saturday:
They played extremely well. Except for the two drives in the ball game they played extremely well, so that was encouraging.
On if they used more of a four-man defensive front on Saturday:
We did at times, but really it was just based on their personnel and who they had in the ball game. It was much more of that than it was alignments and trying to do one thing over another.
On WR Kamar Aiken:
It looks like he’ll be fine and able to play this week.
On what he can say to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to strike a balance to let him be player he is and slide instead of take hits:
You know that’s a good question. You don’t want to ever to take away from a guy’s aggressiveness. But at the same time you want him to be smart. When you’re trying to win a game when you hadn’t won in a while you gotta go let guys do what they do. And he wanted to make those first downs in those situations and he know what was at stake. He made the plays, so I’m proud of him and glad he didn’t get hurt.
On the chance to sweep the regular season series against New England and what a win would mean on Sunday:
You’d be able to win two in a row going into next year which is always good. You are able to beat a good football team which is another good thing if you can get that done. I don’t worry about streaks. I don’t worry about history. I worry more about the present and future than I do that.
On if his confidence in the team wavered at all during the seven-game losing streak:
My confidence? No. My confidence never wavers. Do I get down after a loss? Yea, I do. You’re always searching for how to get better and how to help the players be a better player. That’s what you’re trying to do. That’s my job is to help put guys in position to try to be successful.
On what Saturday’s performance by the team says about them:
I challenged them to be pros. It’s easy to walk out there and go through the motions at the end of the year like this. That’s easy. But they didn’t and to me that’s a credit to them.
On his thoughts on RB C.J. Spiller’s game:
C.J.’s (Spiller) playing extremely well right now. He’s seeing things a lot better, is a lot more patience and he’s a threat out of the backfield as a receiver. It’s a great opportunity for him to show what he can do and he’s taking advantage of that opportunity.
On rookie DL Marcell Dareus not hitting the first-year wall:
No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t seem like he’s hit the wall and he’s battling some being beat up a little. He’s battling a couple of things so that’s been impressive.
On rookie DB/KR Justin Rogers’ return game and play in the secondary:
He’s continued to get better. He finally got an opportunity and when he got his opportunity he’s taken advantage of it. And that’s what you say in this league, good players take advantage of their opportunities and he has certainly done that. He has been a force in kickoff return and I guess that says something about me not having him out there earlier. Maybe I should’ve.