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Bills Players Make Call On Gailey - 12/24/12

We have been led to believe that Ralph Wilson and Buddy Nix are still making up their minds about the future of Chan Gailey in Buffalo. The Bills players apparently have already made up their minds. They showed what they really think on Sunday in Miami.  The team's pitiful play against a depleted Dolphins team spoke volumes about their motuvation to "save Chan Gailey's job". Either they actually want him out, they really don't care or this team is miles away from being competitive. Because what we saw on the field in Miami was a validation that this team has shown no true progress over the past three seasons and intact, has gone backwards and a change is warranted.

When a team loses 32 games (and counting) in three seasons under one head coach, it should be unacceptable in every NFL city including Buffalo. What is the point of the continuity that Nix preaches when the result is losing football year after year?  The only reason to continue on this same path would be if there was any sign of hope or progress that would be at risk with a change.  Show me that.  A young quarterback? No. Signs of a dominating defense? No. A team that plays with great passion for the head coach?  I think that was answered in the last couple of weeks. 

Stevie Johnson is a leader on this Bills team and a guy who speaks his mind. As a reporter we can't ask for anything more. An emotional Stevie talked on Wednesday about Gailey giving him a chance to play and how much he appreciates what Chan has done for him. Then Johnson went out and fumbled, dropped a pass, could not hold on to a TD throw and took a frustration penalty. I would not remotely suggest that Johnson wasn't trying to play well in Miami. I am just stating the fact that he had an awful game after he professed to be playing to save Chan Gailey's job.

Coming into this season finale against the Jets you will hear Bills players talk about trying to close the season on a positive note.There is no positive of winning the game on Sunday.  The only thing it will do is drop the Bills a few more spots in the 2013 draft. There is no carry over from a meaningless week 17 game against an awful Jets team.  The best news from all of 2012 for Bills fans came this past week when the new lease deal was signed, ending the immediate speculation of the franchise's future. Now Ralph Wilson (and his management team) have to take the next step and show the fans that this franchise has an immediate future on the field and make the major change that is needed.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Mike Catalana

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