Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fitzpatrick: Bills have made progress under Gailey


At the back end of another season gone south despite very high preseason hopes, questions about Chan Gailey's suitability as head coach of the Buffalo Bills -- or anywhere -- are becoming more and more prevalent.

The Bills are 15-30 in a little less than three full seasons under Gailey. They were 20-28 the three seasons prior to him taking over. (photo: Doug Kerr, Flickr)

But quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has drawn plenty of criticism himself, thinks Buffalo has made progress under Gailey.

"... unfortunately our record is not where we want it to be but I think we have made progress since he has been here. I really do," Fitzpatrick said, via BuffaloBills.com. "We have to find a way to win these close games.

"... I think we have made progress. I think there is a belief in this locker room. He is a guy that, I know I am and a lot of guys in this locker room are going to be tremendously loyal to him for giving us a chance."

No one is discounting the notion that Gailey may be a very good person, but the fact is he hasn't injected much life into an offense that has boasted a fair amount of explosiveness at the skill positions the past few years.

His most notable mismanagement of the offense has been his neglecting to use C.J. Spiller in an expanded role despite Spiller having the potential to be one of the best offensive players in the game.

And the fact that he gave certain players "a chance" means nothing to fans. They want results.

We'll see where the Bills' higher-ups go from here. The "loyalty" route is a sure card to be played, but whether that's loyalty to their employees or loyalty to their fans remains to be seen.

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