The longest-tenured member of the Buffalo Bills called out his teammates (and himself) yesterday, questioning the team's effort in their 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
A few weeks ago, it was Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix who questioned the team's "urgency" after being demolished by the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. Yesterday, it was defensive end Chris Kelsay who questioned the team's effort in a press conference with the media.
"Some way, somehow we have to understand what accountability means across the board, playing hard every play," Kelsay told the assembled press. "You watch the film and not everybody was playing hard every snap. That is unacceptable."
Kelsay declined to name names, but speaking his mind directly after watching the game film from the 35-34 loss to the Titans, the longest-tenured member of the team was more candid than most players and coaches as he discussed the defeat.
"There is no excuse for (not giving your all)," Kelsay said. "We put in way too much time and effort during the week. I thought we practiced really well throughout the week, but if you do not play on Sunday and you cannot translate it to the game field, then it is all for naught. Coaches put in a ton of time and a lot of effort. We are all away from our families. We make this what it is, and it is our livelihood. It is a blessing to be in this league. To go out there and lay an egg, there is no excuse for it."
Voted a team captain in 2007, 2008, and 2010, Kelsay was relegated to a backup role at the beginning of the season before gaining playing time when Mark Anderson went down to injury. He has two sacks on the year - one in each of the last two contests.
Head coach Chan Gailey was asked about Kelsay's comments. Gailey stopped short of going as far as the defensive end, saying that the team needs to play "better" and with more "consistency", but not necessarily "harder".
"You walk out onto our practice field, guys are working hard," said Gailey. "To me, I watch the film and everybody is playing hard. Can we play harder every snap? Yeah, we can. Everybody falls in that category a little bit. You have to do more. When you are losing, you have to do more."
While his first comments were certainly overt enough, Kelsay pounded his point home with his final thoughts that were just as damning.
"Play with all out energy," continued Kelsay. "At the end of the day, that is basically how I grade somebody. Is he going to play as hard as he can?"
"Are there plays that guys do not do 100-percent every snap?" asked Gailey. "Yeah, there are plays that happens. You have to correct that."
The Bills have one practice this Wednesday before getting the rest of the week off for the bye. They will then return to the practice field on Monday.