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Dareus' speech fails to produce desired result

The Sports Xchange

--Rookie defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was considered a leader at Alabama. He said before the 2009 national championship game that he was going to be the MVP, and he was. Before the Bills' game against the Jets, he showed his pro teammates that he's not too young to remain silent. According to teammates, he gave an impassioned pregame speech, hoping to snap the Bills out of their three-game losing streak. Unfortunately, it didn't work, plus Dareus had to miss some of the game because he was sick. "I just really feel like the team needs a leader, and I know I'm young and a rookie and whatnot, but I feel like we're at a point now where that really doesn't matter where it's coming from, but it needs to come from somewhere," Dareus said. "My whole point was, we have to get after it."

--Leodis McKelvin began his NFL career making contributions to the Bills' special teams in 2008, and that's what he's doing now because he has been benched on defense. McKelvin made a good, hard tackle while covering a punt, and he also recovered a muffed punt that led to a Buffalo touchdown. He was also deep on both punt and kickoff returns before suffering a rib injury while recovering the fumble. "I'm not playing on defense, so I have to show my talents someplace else," McKelvin said. "I'm trying to go out there and make plays and be a team player no matter what it is. Whenever they call my name, I'm going to give my all."

--The offensive line has been a pleasant surprise all season, until the Jets game, as it endured its worst collective day. Right tackle Erik Pears was brutal, as he was charged with a holding penalty and a personal foul, and he had trouble containing ex-Bills draft bust Aaron Maybin on some rushes. Right guard Chad Rinehart was flagged for holding and a false start. Left tackle Chris Hairston had a false start, and center Kraig Urbik had a personal foul that offset a personal foul by Maybin. In addition to all the penalties, the line failed to open many holes in the running game for C.J. Spiller, and Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked a season-high three times.

--Without Fred Jackson, it's apparent the Bills are going to have a tough time establishing a running game. Spiller gained only 55 yards on 19 carries against a middle-of-the-road Jets run defense, and the Bills finished with only 49 yards on 22 designed running plays by their running backs.

"We need to get better at that," coach Chan Gailey said. "For the first three quarters, I don't think we had anything."

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