ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - When beleaguered Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey told reporters Sunday that "we were a bad football team today," he was wrong about one thing.
Let's be honest coach. Your bumbling Bills weren't just lousy on this particular day.
They've pretty much been putrid almost EVERY game day of this young season.
In fact, just a quarter of a way through the 2010 NFL schedule, it says here the Bills are the worst team in the league, bar none.
At one point in his post-game press conference, Gailey, still looking shellshocked from the 38-14 beating delivered by the New York Jets, was asked if he agreed with that assessment.
"Today, we were awful," he replied. "I don't know how anybody else is. Today, we were a bad football team."
"When we protected, we couldn't catch it. We couldn't protect. We had people going to the wrong spots getting to the wrong people. We couldn't get off the field on third down. We couldn't convert a third down. We were not good on special teams. We turned the ball over twice. We didn't get any turnovers. We got sacked three times. We didn't get any sacks.
"If you play that way, you're not going to win. You're not even going to look decent in this league.
"Now, do you have any questions?"
None here, coach. That about covers it.
You made your point. The 2010 Buffalo Bills quickly are becoming a joke.
It's not often that an opposing coach has a more candid post-game rant than the Jets' Rex Ryan. On this particular occasion, Gailey managed to pull it off.
Of course, he has good reason to be disgusted, much like the rain-soaked throng of 69,262 that began evacuating soggy Ralph Wilson Stadium at halftime.
Now winless in their first four outings, the Bills could plop to 0-5 for the first time since 1985 when the Jacksonville Jaguars come marching into The Ralph next Sunday. Yes, the same Jaguars whose backup quarterback is none other than Trent Edwards, the former Bills starter who was cut by Buffalo last Monday.
Of course, the blame for the disaster that is the 2010 edition of the Buffalo Bills extends far beyond Gailey and his numerous headscratching decisions.
Start with owner Ralph Wilson, who must be taken to task for many of his managerial hirings. Of those, perhaps the man who should be most accountable is Vice President of College Scouting Tom Modrak, who has somehow survived the revolving door of coaches and GMs in the organization despite a brutal draft record.
Just look how ineffective the Bills' cache of recent first round picks played against the Jets.
Running back C.J. Spiller, this year's dynamic first rounder, carried the ball just twice for 11 yards and chipped in with one reception. Why not use the kid more, especially when he scored a pair of touchdowns one week earlier against New England?
Defensive end/linebacker Aaron Maybin, Buffalo's top pick in 2009, did nothing against Gang Green. In fact, his name showed up as many times as mine did on the final game sheet - zero.
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin was Buffalo's first-round selection in 2008. His jock strap probably is still lying on the 30-yard line after he was deked out of it by Jets wideout Braylon Edwards en route to a 41-yard touchdown reception from Mark Sanchez in the second quarter.
And let's not leave out running back Marshawn Lynch, the team's No. 1 pick in 2007 who lugged the ball four times for eight yards.
Just call them the Not-So-Fantastic Four.
In the end, leave it to safety Donte Whitner, the team's first pick in '06, to put things into perspective.
"I'm (peeved) the (bleep) off. Everyone should be (peeved) the (bleep) off," ranted Whitner, adding that the team might not win a game if things don't change.
Chan Gailey could not have said it any better.