From the moment that Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey became the two chief decision-makers of the Buffalo Bills' football operation, the duo has insisted that the NFL is a "production business." Their belief: if someone isn't producing, then it's time for someone else to do the job.
Buffalo has now completed three seasons of play under the guidance of Nix and Gailey. They have, to put it mildly, not produced in that time frame. Without factoring in anything other than won/loss records, here are five reasons that both Gailey and Nix find themselves in danger of being fired this week.
- 16-32. That is the Bills' overall record under Nix and Gailey. For every game they've won, they've lost two more.
- 4-14. That is the Bills' record against the AFC East under Nix and Gailey. By going 2-4 in the division this season, the Bills doubled their win total from the previous two seasons combined.
- 2-18. That is the Bills' record against teams that, in a given season, wound up in the playoffs. Both wins (against New England and Denver) came in 2011.
- 4-24. That is the Bills' record against teams that finished .500 or better in a given season. (That means they're 12-8 against teams with losing records, which is also pretty unimpressive.)
- 5-19. That is the Bills' record in road contests under Nix and Gailey. Compare those five victories to 11 road losses by two or more scores. Yuck.
Everything else that fans like to discuss - Nix's personnel moves (or lack thereof in some key spots) and Gailey's game (mis)management are the favorites - is just window dressing. As Nix and Gailey so eloquently put it, production is all that matters - and it's the above production that has the duo on the chopping block as we enter the NFL's Black Monday.
We'll know sometime this week if either of these men will be back with the team in 2013. Buckle up.