The Buffalo Bills were a trendy pick to reach the playoffs heading into the 2012 regular season. After five weeks into the season, you have to wonder if Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey will last after the regular season ends. Early on in this season, the Bills have to be considered one of the biggest disappointments in the league.
Buffalo Bills fans have long lamented that the team won’t make financial commitments to players. Last year, they signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a long term contract. This offseason, they signed WR Steve Johnson and RB Fred Jackson to big deals. The Bills also invested what amounts to $175 million dollars in what was supposed to be one of the premiere defensive lines in the league.
Instead, the Bills defense has quickly become one of the worst units in the NFL. Buffalo has surrendered a league worst 176 points in five games, 35 points a game. They are being gashed on the ground for 171 yards per game. They have given up 97 points in the last two weeks, with no quick fix in site.
How bad was Sunday’s loss? It’s the first time in NFL history a team allowed 300 yards rushing and passing in the same game. The combined 1,201 yards allowed in the last two games, is the most any team has allowed since 1950. The Bills were outgained by 417 yards, the most in team history and the margin of defeat was the third worst in Buffalo franchise history.
When the Bills front office invested millions in players, they did not envision this as the end result. Coaches generally get three years to turn franchises around, and Gailey is entering his third this year. There was promise last year when the Bills jumped out to a fast start but faded down the stretch. The addition of key players this year was going to be the missing piece of the puzzle to help the Bills return to the playoffs. The way this defense is playing, seven wins might be an achievement.Bills fans tailgated in the stadium parking lot after the signing of Mario Williams. After five games, some fans are scratching their head over the signing.
Gailey, 12-25 in his tenure in Buffalo doesn’t seem to have any answers.
“There’s obviously something I’m not doing correctly with this football team in the second half. Because we’ve been in two games in a row at halftime and have played extremely poorly and that’s as nice as you can put it. I have no answer. I have no answer. I have no excuse,” Gailey told reporters after the team’s loss to the Niners.
Another sub-.500 team might not be tolerated by the Bills ownership. Expectations were too high heading into this season. Mr. Gailey had better find some answers, or he’ll find himself shuffling out of Buffalo in January next year.