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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