In the midst of a two-game losing streak, the Buffalo Bills have been outscored 90-17 by the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers in their last six quarters of football. GM Buddy Nix spoke with reporters about the horrendous display yesterday, and wound up singing a familiar tune.
"To be completely honest with you, what I see is not enough intensity and urgency," Nix said (via The Buffalo News). He'd later continue, "To play defense, you've got to play fast, and you've got to play reckless, and you've got to play aggressive. For some reason, especially in the second half of both games, we didn't do that. We were a step slow reacting. We missed tackles. We didn't get off blocks. When you miss tackles, usually it's one of two things: it's talent or lack of effort. We've seen these guys do it before so I think they can. We gotta get that urgency back somehow."
Nix was also asked whether or not he believed that head coach Chan Gailey had lost the team - which would be a fair assumption to make, given the state of affairs with the organization. Nix gave the only answer he could, referring back to eight- and seven-game losing streaks over the last two seasons.
"Chan never lost 'em," said Nix. "He's even-keeled. He's the same every day. He's not going to panic. He knows what he's doing. He won't lose this team, either. We will get 'em back. I've got great confidence in that."
Assuming that happens quickly enough for the team to play a competitive game with the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, Nix was asked to identify the focal point in trying to turn the proverbial ship around.
"I think the focus is that we compete, we get our intensity to the point where it needs to be, and then we compete for 60 minutes - not 30 and not 35, but we battle them for 60 minutes and we stay competitive throughout the year," Nix said. "And if we do that, then this will be an interesting season for us, as bad as things seem right now."