Buffalo Bills: Fan Frustration Forces a Hard Look at Chan Gailey
At what point does a Buffalo Bills fan just call it a day?
How many more hard fought, but ultimately fruitless losses can a region take before they just throw their hands up and declare themselves uninterested in a team that seems all pain, no pleasure the last decade?
For God’s sake, we Bills’ loyal wore Zubaz for you once. Zubaz!
You see, this latest loss at New England, a place Buffalo hasn’t won at in the Tom Brady era, was one of those games the sports pundits try and make fans feel good about. In the last 24 hours, the 37-31 loss has been called one of those games fans should “feel good about”, a “moral victory” if you will, a sign the Bills are getting “more competitive” against their divisional big brother. I mean, Buffalo’s surely not out of it yet, for as the wise and bearded guru of the Bills, Coach Chan Gailey, stated in his post-game press conference “an 8-8 team won it all last year”.
It’s a loss, the same result Buffalo has posted 20 of the last 22 contests against the Patriots and the sixth in 2012. It drops the Bills to a lowly 3-6, gives them an 0-3 record in the AFC East, and though they are heading into the “easy part” of their schedule now, shows no sign of the life that seemed to radiate out of training camp.
Where’s the passion? Where’s the dominance? Where’s the talent?
Where are the damned wins we were promised?
There comes a time when you have to start wondering if football can really be called escapism if it’s filled with the same disappointments and lack of glory found in everyday life. What’s worse, the Bills don’t seem to know what’s wrong themselves, as they may actually be more talented on offense this year than even the most diehard fan was willing to believe.
Some stats from Sunday’s game to consider:
Ryan Fitzpatrick had his best game of the season, capably commanding the field on a day he went 27-40 with 337 yards and two TDs. It was his highest completion percentage on the year (67.5%), his second highest fantasy total of the year (the highest was the first Patriots game earlier this season), and even saw him go deep on several plays (not deep deep, but in the 20-25 yard range, something sorely missing from his game this season). However, Fitz was once more a pass short, throwing his only interception of the day on his last attempt of the day… in the endzone… on the game winning drive… with :23 seconds left on the clock…
Fred Jackson ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and caught four balls for 35 yards, but fumbled on the one yard line early in the fourth quarter and got a concussion that prevented him from contributing to that last drive. Meanwhile, CJ Spiller took nine carries for 70 yards, maintaining that NFL best yards per attempt, and caught four for 61 yards, making for his highest combined total yards ever against New England, but he just couldn’t get into the endzone and those encouragingly explosive, exciting runs (7.8/carry) weren’t seen nearly as much as fans would have liked.