The Bills have done it again. They have embarrassed their fans with their third loss of the season and their 14th straight loss to the New England Patriots. The change in quarterback did not make a difference. Trent Edwards was replaced this week by Ryan Fitzpatrick, giving the team some hope that they could turn around their offensive game. At least Ryan Fitzpatrick avoided the sacks that plagued the quarterback in the first two games of the season.
It leads me to wonder whether the fault lies not in the team themselves but in the coaching staff. Head Coach Chan Gailey with 35 years of experience in all phases of the game, but particularly in offensive coaching, was touted as possibly being the answer to the Bills’ woes. He has not come through.
Not since the days of Coach Marv Levy in the 90’s have Buffalonians had a football team they can be proud of. Levy had great players also. Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, James Lofton, Andre Reed and Steve Tasker were recognizable household names. They led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls, a feat that has never before or since been duplicated.
Since Marv Levy left in 1997, the Bills have had six undistinguished coaches – Wade Phillips, Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron, Perry Fewell (interim), and Chan Gailey. That should tell us something about the root of the problem. It is possible that Owner Ralph Wilson does not choose to pay a high price to obtain a winning coach. Early this summer, Bill Cowher, ex-coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers was mentioned as a possible head coach for the Buffalo Bills, but it was mentioned later that Bill Cowher had no intention of coming out of retirement. We do not seem to be able to lure winning coaches with a low pay scale.
One source indicated that Bills fans are so fed up that they are encouraging others not to buy tickets to the game so that the quota will not be met and the game will not be televised. They feel it is too painful to watch the team anymore.
Next week on Sunday, October 3, 2010 the Bills will face the New York Jets at home at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. They have been successful in the past against the Jets. We can only hope they pull away from the bottom of the pile.