Tag:Chan Gailey
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:41 am
Edited on: August 21, 2011 11:23 pm

Broncos S Rahim Moore should expect fine for hit

Posted by Ryan Wilson

One of the subplots heading into the Bills-Broncos Week 2 preseason game was the battle for Denver's backup quarterback gig. By the time it was over, Brady Quinn appeared like the clear-cut No. 2 behind Kyle Orton. But a bigger story emerged from Saturday night: the rash of serious injuries, one of which will almost certainly earn Denver rookie safety Rahim Moore a hefty fine for his hit on Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones.

Broncos coach John Fox said after the game that "[Moore's] a rookie, so I'm not going to fault him," before adding: "I think it was helmet-to-helmet, I'll have to go back and view it, but either way, they viewed it as a penalty."

Moore sounded contrite but also realistic given his line of work. "I want the guy to at least make it out of bed the next morning," he said, according to the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla. "I mean no harm. But you know what? It's football. … If you don't be physical, somebody else will."

Moore continued: "I'm a jokester, I laugh a lot. But once I strap up, I turn into a different person. ..I don't want to hurt anybody to where it jeopardizes his season or his career. If it was the wrong thing to do, I apologize." Kiszla writes that, once Moore returned to the sidelines, he was advised to play smart but coaches also told him to "keep it up."

The hit led to shoving by players from both teams. When asked at halftime about tempers flaring, Bills head coach Chan Gailey, with pursed lips and a steely gaze, only said "Be smart -- but don't back down from anybody," before heading to the locker room.

Jones' teammates weren't happy about Moore's hit, either. "For someone to come after ... our guy, that didn't sit well with us," QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said, adding that he saw Jones at halftime and the wideout appeared OK. "We're not going to be pushed around by anybody."

The Bills' receiver wasn't the only player who had to leave the game with what appeared to be a head or neck injury. Running back Johnny White was carted off the field on a stretcher after being slammed to the ground by Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan.

"I know the injuries were a concern to everyone, and the good news right now is there were no serious injuries out of the night," Gailey after the game, according to the Buffalo News. "Guys will miss awhile but they're going to eventually be fine." White was healthy enough to fly back to Buffalo with the team.

Haggan later left the game with a shoulder injury, and Denver running back David Bruton also ended up in the hospital with a head injury after attempting to make a tackle during the fourth quarter.

Josina Anderson of Denver's Fox31 tweeted early Sunday morning that sources said Bruton initially couldn't answer standard memory questions like how he got to the game, details of the game, or repeating numbers backwards.

The NFL has implemented recent rules changes specifically designed to reduce injuries. There's always a lag between when rules are made and how long it takes players to adjust to them, but ultimately, it should make the game safer. Unless, of course, the owners truly are interested in pursuing the 18-game-schedule idea that didn't come close to making into the latest collective bargaining agreement.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 1:45 pm

Offseason Checkup: Buffalo Bills

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

S. Johnson had some good moments last year for Buffalo (US Presswire).

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Although the Bills went 4-12 last season and were never in contention for any kind of postseason berth, there was reason for optimism at the end of last year. Against all previous indications, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t half-bad, young faces like RB C.J. Spiller and WR Steve Johnson showed potential, and the team took the Steelers, Chiefs and Ravens into overtime before eventually losing.

The head coaching abilities of Chan Gailey – in college or in the NFL – have never been that impressive to me, but I’d be an idiot if I didn’t say that he is making progress in Buffalo. Progress enough to compete with the rest of the AFC East? Not yet. But any kind of progress is good.

Very little elite talent

This obviously is a problem, because, aside from NT Kyle Williams – who’s a top-five interior defensive lineman – the Bills don’t feature any elite players (maybe S Jairus Byrd can get there at some point). With the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, that should change (you’d like to think so at least, if you’re a Bills fan). But remember, Buffalo went with Aaron Maybin with the No. 11 pick in 2009 and Leodis McKelvin with the No. 11 pick in 2008. Apparently, this franchise doesn’t always know how to pick the elite guys.

While Fitzpatrick did a decent enough job at the starting spot last year, after Trent Edwards thoroughly failed at it and Brian Brohm didn’t do enough to win it, Fitzpatrick doesn’t scream, “FUTURE FRANCHISE QB.” Since the Bills have the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, it makes sense for them to take somebody who could make that claim. Considering GM Buddy Nix said that now is the perfect time to draft a QB, Buffalo might just do it.

Buffalo needs to shore up its 3-4 defense in a big way and procure players who can figure out how to get to the opposing quarterback. The Bills – who were tied for 27th in sacks last year – already have Shawne Merriman and Aaron Maybin at OLB, but it’s unclear if the former can stay healthy and the latter has been a big draft bust thus far in his career. Von Miller’s elite speed certainly would help in the linebacker corps.

The Bills were the worst team in football at stopping the run, so this spot obviously is in need of an upgrade. The line itself seems to be OK with Kyle Williams and Dwan Edwards, but a Da’Quan Bowers pick wouldn’t be shocking (though many experts are predicting Miller).

The Bills are still nowhere near making a bid for the playoffs, but there’s no reason they can’t improve on last year’s record. I think 8-8 would be a stretch – especially if Fitzpatrick is back at the QB spot – but 6-10 or 7-9 wouldn’t be out of the question. And it would be a sign of more progress.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:03 pm

Hot Routes 4.12.11: Brady weeps ... over 'Idol'

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Tom Brady, as you will see about 5,000* times over the next few hours, is going to cry on television soon. A certain four-letter sports network got him to weep on camera about his sixth-round selection back in 2000 and, well, it's a heart-wrenching story about how tough his life's been. Or maybe he just likes to cry a lot? After all, the gents over at Tauntr.com did happen to catch a montage of him sobbing over the recent booting of Pia from "American Idol."
  • According to Tim Leiweke, the CEO of AEG and therefore a primary investor in the downtown L.A. stadium effort, the NFL will "double" its rights fees in the next television contract negotiations. Yowza.
Posted on: March 24, 2011 9:11 am

Chan Gailey puts the heat on Aaron Maybin

Posted by Andy Benoit

If it’s authentic, honest analysis you want, don’t listen to an NFL head coach’s press conference. When talking about their own players, coaches tend to be as transparent as a stained glass window.

Unless the coach is Chan Gailey. While understandably not utterly forthright, the Bills second-year head coach is better than most. Case in point: Gailey’s sentiments about disappointing defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Maybin.

The former first-round pick has recorded exA. Maybin (US Presswire)actly zero sacks in his first two seasons as a pro. Last year, Maybin was a healthy game day scratch from the active roster on more than one occasion. Speaking to reporters at the NFL owners’ meetings earlier this week, Gailey said this is a make or break year for Maybin, that he knows what’s expected of him but just “hasn’t shown it in practice or in games.”

Gailey made it clear that Maybin’s desire is not the issue. But he also made it clear that an issue is there.

"I don't think I've lit very many fires," Gailey said. "We might provide a spark, but he's got to get his own fire going.

"He's got to understand where he is. I always talk to guys about 'This is where we are. This is where we want to be, and this is how we get there.' Individually, guys have got to do that. 'This is where I am. This is where I want to be. Now, how do I get there?'

"We tell him all the time how to get there. He's got to do it. Talking's over. You've got to go get it done."

It’s easy to say this now, but the Bills could be getting what they deserve here. Maybin redshirted at Penn State in 2006, recorded four sacks off the bench in ’07 and didn’t start until the third game in ‘-08. He had a breakout season but entered the draft as a one-hit wonder.

Stunting Maybin’s development was a prolonged rookie holdout in ’09 and a position change in ’10 (from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker). He also doesn’t turn 23 until April.

But there were plenty of people inside the NFL who said Maybin lacked the strength to compete at the NFL level. The Bills, obviously, did not agree with those people.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 1:31 pm

Hot Routes 2.25.11: Happy birthday, forward pass

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • So, the forward pass turned 78 years old today. Two things: 1) It's really held up well in it's old age, and 2) Can you imagine how many billions of dollars the NFL would be fighting over if it hadn't been invented? Because I bet it would be like five. Except without the billion part.
  • Leonard Hankerson wants to carry on the "tradition" of "The U." He must not have watched the movie about what happened there. Just kidding, as you can see, he seems like a nice kid.

Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 1:53 pm

2011 NFL Combine Scene: Thursday morning

Posted by Andy Benoit

INDIANAPOLIS -- It’s Day 1 for media at the combine. The scene in Indy is similar to the one in Dallas, only less glitz and glamor and more nuts and bolts. Only the true football media covers the event, which makes for purer networking opportunities. That seems to be the name of the game for the combine: networking. The press is not allowed to view the workouts in the flesh. Everyone is stationed in the media center, which is located near the East entrance of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Coaches and GM’s are scheduled to cycle through the media center and talk to the press throughout the entire day On the slate today is Chan Gailey at 10:00, Steve Spagnuolo at 10:15, Ron Rivera at 10:30, Jeff Ireland at 10:45, John Fox at 11:00 ... you get the idea.

The experienced writers here will tell you that the best time to get to people is after hours. All of the hotels in Indy are within a few blocks of the stadium and convention center. Some coaches and front office execs like to go out and mingle in the late (LATE) hours.

Last night I chatted with a few sportswriters in the lobby of the Westin. During that hour there, Andy Reid and Mike Tomlin walked in, Rich McKay showed up, John Harbaugh mingled for a few minutes, Mike Holmgren (who is much taller than you’d ever guess) strolled by, Rams GM Billy Devaney stopped to say hello and new Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden (who looks like a carbon copy of Lane Kiffin) checked in. Around 9:00, walking out of St. Elmo’s Steakhouse (a legendary local hotspot), I bumped into Norv Turner.

The combine schedule is not super structured like the Super Bowl schedule (the coach and GM press conference times are written on a whiteboard at the beginning of the day). Ask any writer their gameplan for this week and the answer is always something along the lines of, “Dunno for sure yet, have a few story ideas lined up but I’ll mostly just be running around with my tape recorder all day.”
Same here.

P.S. Lucas Oil Field, at least from the outside, is a magnificent building – far more attractive than Cowboys Stadium. And the Indianapolis downtown consists of three things: hotels, sports bars and steakhouses. It’s unbelievable.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:49 pm

Hot Routes 2.11.11: Killing the Favre/DWTS rumors

Posted by Will Brinson

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:40 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 7:38 pm

Report: Bills hire Wannstedt

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE 7:40 p.m. EST: The Bills have officially announced Wannstedt as their new assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach.


Looks like Dave Wannstedt won’t stay out of coaching very very long.

Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com reports that the Bills have hired Wannstedt to be Buffalo’s assistant head coach and the linebackers coach.

Wannstedt, most recently, had to step down from the Pitt head coaching job after his team, much like his NFL head coaching career, just wasn’t good enough to get over the hump.

Considering Bills coach Chan Gailey was Wannstedt’s offensive coordinator when he coached the Dolphins, this move isn’t exactly a surprise. According to Marvez, Wannstedt had interviewed in Cleveland and had drawn interest from Carolina.

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