Gailey gets Bills fans' blood boiling

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:26 PM ET

Just when Bills fans thought they had found somebody to exorcise the not so dearly departed ghosts of Dick Jauron, Gregg Williams, et al, Chan Gailey coached just like them.

Sure, Trent Edwards looking scared to go deep had a lot to do with Buffalo's dismal display Sunday in a 15-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins that was not actually that close, but Gailey has to take most of the blame.

Why tell Roscoe Parrish not to return a punt when the crowd was finally into the game and the Bills' offence finally appeared to be on track?

That ball, of course, sailed past Parrish, landing on the Bills' one-yard line and all-but snuffing out any hope of a comeback.

Why punt on fourth and long late when you probably weren't going to get the ball back with enough time to do anything. Take your chance then and there.

With three well above average running backs on the roster (if C.J. Spiller plays like he did at Clemson and in the pre-season at least) why not take greater advantage of that strength with a bolder, more inventive commitment to the run that opens up the passing game?

So many questions, so little time. Bills fans have seen this movie before.

As the Pats turn

Though Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. teams have the market cornered on coupling drama with a lot of losses, the New England Patriots are an example that even successful franchises can have their share of soap operas.

A day after letting loose once more about how underappreciated he is in New England, Randy Moss told the Boston Herald that he met with head coach Bill Belichick Monday to straighten a few things out.

While the cantankerous coach and the outspoken receiver don't agree about everything, the Herald reports they at least understand each other.

With the Moss issue dealt with for now -- though he still badly wants an extension -- the other off-field issue that won't seem to go away for the team is owner Robert Kraft vs. offensive-lineman Logan Mankins.

Mankins had said some things that Kraft didn't like about negotiations, but the two apparently had made up as progress was made on a new contract. Mankins called Kraft to apologize for the comments, but when the team asked him to do so publicly, Mankins allegedly shut down negotiations and demanded a trade.

Monday, Kraft told a Boston radio station that a deal was never completed with Mankins.

"I hate violating a private conversation but ... ownership of the New England Patriots does not get involved in the negotiation of contracts or make commitments to players. We bless the deals but we are not involved. We never make commitments," Kraft said.

Stafford OK

The Detroit Lions got some good news for once. Quarterback Matthew Stafford's injured shoulder will not require surgery.

Though it is unclear how long Stafford will be out, things could have been a lot worse after Chicago's Julius Peppers drilled Stafford Sunday.

Quick hits

Browns QB Jake Delhomme twisted his ankle in Tampa Bay's 17-14 win Sunday and will undergo tests to determine his status going forward ... The Bills "dodged a bullet," according to general manager Buddy Nix, when they found out that linebacker Paul Posluszny's MCL was only sprained against Miami. Posluszny will miss two weeks instead of much longer than that ... Starting Steelers left tackle Max Starks is expected to miss a minimum of three games with a high ankle sprain ... Green Bay running back Ryan Grant will not play against Buffalo this week and could be out a while with -- the injury of the week -- an ankle problem. Packers d-lineman Justin Harrell is done for the year after injuring his ACL ... Though the Raiders looked as shabby as usual Sunday, at least RB Darren McFadden looked dangerous, rushing for 95 yards while adding another 55 yards through receptions ... San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary thinks his club got caught up in believing the media hype that said the Niners were favourites to win their division. The team lost 31-6 to Seattle, its worst opening performance since 1999. "You're a young football team, you win four preseason games, and you start to feel pretty good about yourself," Singletary told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Maybe you begin to read your press clippings and think, 'Hey, we've got the division won.' Obviously, we don't."

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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