Last week I put up a fanpost inviting regime defenders to defend yet another putrid performance. It's a new week....and nothing has changed.
- Buffalo is in the process of dropping its 7th game in the last nine. While Buffalo isn't getting thrashed in Miami nearly as badly as last week in Toronto it's clear which team has the better coach. Miami is a team heading in the right direction, a team still theoretically in playoff contention in spite of having a rookie QB. Miami is winning in part because the Dolphins aren't beating themselves. Miami hasn't wasted a time out after a big play, which the Bills have done today for the umpteenth time in a row. I said it in the comments in the first half: I believe Gailey is incapable of even considering that he's making time management mistakes each and every week-and realizing there's a problem is the first step in correcting the problem. Meanwhile, Gailey has some kind of aversion to throwing a challenge flag on what could have been a huge play for Buffalo-Johnson's touchdown catch that was somehow ruled as incomplete. I guess he wants to ensure he can waste time outs in completely pointless fashion instead of using them for some sort of competitive advantage. And what was with climbing into his warm and comfy play calling shell with Buffalo DOWN by 4 points??? A 4 yard pass with 33 seconds to go-why not just kneel on it if the intent is very clearly to take a deficit into the locker room anyway?
- Wannstedt can't seem to catch a break, which in this sense would mean that the Bills got to face off against a high school squad. The defensive line has gotten blown off the ball with appalling regularity, generated no pressure on Tannehill, and still looks completely baffled by the option. "What? They can do that, too? Wanny said they didn't use the option."
- Nix's impact this week has been limited to re-signing Kirk Morrison, a projected starter who wasn't active during his first stint on the roster. I've given thought to Jason's idea that Nix will take a QB to reset his (Nix's) clock. Maybe that reset won't apply to Gailey. Maybe Nix will bring in a new QB and new coach, perhaps someone who is capable of winning.
- The first half featured, by and large, Good Fitz. He didn't get any help from Johnson or the refs. He also didn't do the team any favors by consistently throwing to guys short of the line to gain on 3rd downs.
The Miami game is going pretty much as expected. It's beyond pathetic that every one of us knows that wasted time outs, poor clock management and general play calling cowardice will be featured each week Gailey is permitted to remain the head coach.