Tag:Chan Gailey
Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:59 pm

Gailey rips fans, gets respect from Bills

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Credit Buffalo coach Chan Gailey with one thing: he’ll stick up for his players. Even if it means alienating some of the Bills fans.

After practice today, following a brief address to the team, Gailey walked over to the stands and ripped some of the spectators sitting there who were heckling a few of Buffalo’s players, most notably QB Trent Edwards.

The Buffalo News wrote that Gailey refused to sign autographs, refused to have his team sign autographs and declared, “You dog one of us, you dog all of us.”

Afterward, Gailey explained to reporters why he did what he did.

“They said some things during practice that were derogatory to a couple of our players, and if you say something derogatory to one of us, you’re saying it to all of us,” Gailey said. “So I told them don’t go sign it for that crew.”

His players, not surprisingly, appreciated that approach.

“That’s the kind of guy that Coach Gailey is,” LB Aaron Maybin said. “He’s a team-first guy. He’s really big on the team supporting itself and sticking together. When you have a coach like that, as a team you kind of have that support behind you, it really makes you want to go out and give your all for a guy like that. And in spite of the fact that we’re out here working, it causes us to push ourselves a little more knowing that we have a coach like that behind us.”

Said QB Trent Edwards: “It’s nice. Obviously, I’m going to get some criticism. Hopefully there’s more people praising me, but that’s nice that you have a coach that will fight for you. We have fans that want to win. I want to win and they’re more than willing to say what they need to say. I’m a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they’re not playing very good baseball right now and I could probably go off on a couple of their players. I probably wouldn’t say [anything] to their face, but If I did I would expect Joe Torre to come after me and say something to me. It’s nice that I have a head coach that will do that, but they’re more than willing to say whatever they want.”

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 1:08 pm

Shawn Nelson busted

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bills TE Shawn Nelson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the substance abuse policy, the league announced today.

Considering RB Fred Jackson and RB Marshawn Lynch are out for the time being with injuries, this probably isn’t what coach Chan Gailey wants to hear.

At this point, Nelson was looking like the No. 2 TE on the depth chart, behind Jonathan Stupar – partially because Gailey likes Stupar’s versatility and because Nelson hadn't had a great training camp. But the organization also seems pretty high on what Nelson, in his second season, can bring to the team eventually.

TE Derek Schouman, meanwhile, injured his knee in the Bills preseason win against the Colts on Thursday, so now, depth is an issue at the position.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:35 am

Hot Routes 8.20.10: Positivity everywhere

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Bills QB Brian Brohm, vying for that backup spot behind Trent Edwards, thinks his performance against the Colts on Thursday night went “pretty well.” Coach Chan Gailey counters that by saying Brohm was just OK.

-Despite the 13-point loss toe Bills, Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz finds some reasons to be positive . Their names are QB Curtis Painter and KR Devin Moore.

-I didn’t watch much of the Patriots-Falcons game beyond looking for how Patriots WR Wes Welker would perform – he did quite well – but I did notice Falcons DE Kroy Biermann. So did coach Mike Smith .

-Something seems a little off about this picture . I actually have some friends who are field turf management guys (albeit for baseball). This would never happen under their watch.

-The Eagles say it’s a different training camp feel with Kevin Kolb as the starting QB instead of Donovan McNabb.

-Dolphins QB Pat White is quickly becoming an afterthought . And man, he was so good at West Virginia.

-Cowboys C Kyle Kosier, who suffered a sprained MCL, is hoping to get back by season opener.

-Joe Haden is pushing Eric Wright for a starting spot in the Cleveland secondary . Wright says he’s fine with the competition. It probably helps that he’s coming off the best season of his career.

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 9:58 am

Cassel looking for a brighter tomorrow

M. Cassel is looking to build upon last year's tough season with Kansas City (Getty). It certainly wasn’t New England, and it certainly wasn’t what the Chiefs wanted. When Kansas City signed QB Matt Cassel – who was coming off a 10-5 year while replacing the injured Tom Brady – the Chiefs could have expected more than what they received from him. Namely, a 69.9 passer rating to go with 16 interceptions (along with 16 touchdowns and less than 3,000 yards passing) as the club went 4-12.

Not that it was all Cassel’s fault. Not that the talent Kansas City surrounded him with was very good.

The Kansas City Star profiles Cassel today and how he’s trying to build upon last year’s disaster of a season.

From the story:

But they worked in the offseason to surround him with better talent. Cassel has no such excuse for another mediocre season, something he seems to be aware of. Coach Todd Haley told the story of having to kick Cassel out of the practice facility in Kansas City on many nights in the offseason, Cassel often staying late at the office to study video.

“I worked and pushed myself hard physically and mentally this offseason,” Cassel said, “and I know I came into this camp as prepared as I’ve ever been to play well.”

The Chiefs didn’t do Cassel any favors when they fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey in the preseason last year, and his receivers weren’t very good either, dropping pass after pass after pass.

Since then, though, Kansas City seems determined to help Cassel. Haley hired offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and the team added running back Thomas Jones and receivers Jerheme Urban and Dexter McCluster.

“You learn a lot from a season like that,” Cassel told the newspaper. “At the same time, we’ve turned the page as a team. We got back in April and started working for this year. This is a new season. This is a new team. We’ve got a lot of new coaches and we’re ready to move on.

“I’m more at ease with my surroundings, my teammates. I think they’re more comfortable with me. That’s a nice feeling to have that."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 3:51 pm

Fred Jackson upsets his son in TV dispute

F. Jackson and his son, Braeden, are on the outs because of a big-screen TV theft (Getty). Bills WR Fred Jackson spoke to the media today as he reported to training camp, and in his comments, he touched on the loss of former Buffalo WR Terrell Owens, the status of rookie RB C.J. Spiller (hint: he’s not there) and on the vibe brought by new coach Chan Gailey.

But that wasn’t what was newsworthy. Nope, what’s newsworthy – at least to Jackson’s 3-year-old son Braeden – was that Daddy took his TV away from him and put it in his temporary dorm room.

“I’ve got to have a big screen TV,” Jackson said. “That’s the first thing I carried in. It was my son’s TV and he just realized that I brought it here. The whole conversation while I was walking down the hallway was like, ‘Well, you’re taking my TV.’ I had to explain to him that Daddy’s going to borrow it for a about a month or so. Then he tells me I better bring it back."

So, how is Braeden dealing with his sudden loss?

“He just kind of understands that it’s a battle he’s not going to win,” Jackson said. “He’s just dealing with it now.”

To add insult to injury, Braeden had to help his father move in to training camp.

“He wasn’t too excited about that either,” Jackson said. “I had to promise him I’d take him to get something to eat at his favorite place, which is McDonalds. So, he’s doing that right now. Hopefully I can keep him moving and we can keep things flowing pretty easily, and he can get over me taking his TV from him.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:21 pm

Gailey comments on QBs, Lynch

In a session with the media that completed mini-camp, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey had a couple interesting comments – most notably on the three-way race for starting quarterback and on RB Marshawn Lynch’s status.

Gailey – who has said he will have a pecking order between Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm to see who will win the quarterback job – won’t tell his players who’s where in the pecking order until they return for training camp next month.

Though it stands to reason that Brohm likely will be No. 3 on that list (my guess is that Edwards will beat out Fitzpatrick for the right to steer that offense), Gailey has been impressed with Brohm’s performances lately.

“The last two weeks, he’s made a jump,” Gailey said. “I thought he practiced well. We’ll have to see how that progresses once we get pads on. But he made a good jump.”

Gailey also talked about Lynch, who missed much of the offseason workouts before returning in the middle of June. He, according to Gailey, still has plenty of work to do before he can compete for a spot on the team.

“I don’t think he’s caught up,” said Gailey, who went five months in his new job before he actually met Lynch. “You can’t miss that much and be caught up. But he seems to be a fairly quick study.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 11:30 pm

Bills QBs 'splitting reps evenly' for now

It seems that Buffalo QB Trent Edwards should have a pretty good indication that he’s the starter heading into training camp. Face it, he’s got more experience than Brian Brohm, and he’s put up better numbers than Ryan Fitzpatrick during their careers.

But Bills coach Chan Gailey isn’t interested in naming a starter quite yet. That’s fine by Edwards.

“We’re splitting reps evenly,” Edwards told reporters after Buffalo’s OTA session today. ”I think they have it down to every single rep we’re getting and everyone gets the same amount. You can’t say one guy got more than the other guy. When it comes down to it, you’ve got to make plays when you’re out there. And when you’re not, you’ve got to sit back there and learn what you need to learn.”

Edwards’ first order of business: connecting with the Bills’ young group of receivers.

“There are still things I need to iron out,” said Edwards. “There are still things I need to get on the same page with some receivers. I like a lot of the young receivers we have. I think it’s the best group of young receivers we’ve had since I’ve been here. I’ve been really encouraged with those guys. I’m happy with where my mechanics are, but once you get content, you’re not going to get any better. I need to continue to improve.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 2:41 pm

Lynch misses more practice

Marshawn Lynch must be a really good friend. But he sounds like a crappy teammate – and maybe a pretty decent job prospector.

According to the Twitter feed of ESPN’s Adam Schefter , Lynch missed today’s Buffalo OTA session to fly to Dallas to be a groomsman at the wedding of RB Justin Forsett, a teammate of Lynch’s from Cal.

Lynch missed most of Buffalo’s offseason workouts – and didn’t actually meet Bills coach Chan Gailey until this week – and when he reported to the team, he said he had been simply kicking back at home .

We’ll have to see how Gailey and his teammates respond to his absence; it should be noted that Seattle is rumored to have an interest in obtaining the services of Lynch – who is no better than third on the Bills depth chart at this point. And Forsett, of course, plays for the Seahawks.

--Josh Katzowitz

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