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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 12/18

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chan Gailey, and the Buffalo Bills' Toronto series are clearly on the hot seat after another disaster on the field Sunday.

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Is Gailey's time with the Bills running out? - Buffalo News
"In the last 25 years, only 11 NFL head coaches have survived after starting their tenures with three losing seasons."

A look back reveals a pile of bad picks - Buffalo News
Whoopee! A story complaining about the draft in December.

Are Chan Gailey's days numbered? - Democrat and Chronicle
"He's my favorite Bills coach since Wade Phillips, but the record speaks for itself. Nice guys generally get pink slips in the rough and tumble world of the NFL."

Spiller blazes to first 1,000-yard season -
"The third-year back reached 1,000 yards with the fourth-fewest carries for a running back in NFL history with just 154 rushes."

Moats out for the season -
"His left ankle was placed in an immobilizer cast on the team’s return trip to Buffalo from Toronto."

Chan Gailey: "We have to get better" -
After updating injuries, the reporters jump right in on blown assignments, bad defense and next year.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: "It is not because of a lack of effort" -
Fitzpatrick gets peppered about the future and whether this group should stay together.

From the Booth: Seahawks at Bills -
"If you’re looking for ranting and raving, there are plenty of other outlets that provide that. Here’s our review of the Bills-Seahawks matchup 'From the Booth'."

PSY headlines halftime - VIDEO -
"International recording sensation PSY headlines the halftime show at the Bills/Seahawks game in Toronto December 16th."

Bills Focus: Defense Struggles With Read Option - VIDEO -
"John Murphy takes a closer look at the trouble the Bills defense had with stopping Russell Wilson of the Seahawks."

Inside The Bills | Fitz & Stevie on deep passing misfires
If these quotes are an indictment of Fitzpatrick...

Inside The Bills | Stevie: players should be playing for jobs
"I think everybody in this locker room should be feeling like their job is at risk. I think that’s the right way to think at this point. Hopefully it’ll light a fire under us and we can win these next two games."

Inside The Bills | Wood has chance to play Sunday
"He has a shot," said Gailey of Wood’s chances of playing Sunday. "He won’t practice Wednesday, but he may do some things Thursday and we’ll see from there."

Inside The Bills | AFC East foes add incentive in last 2
Chan Gailey: "I think that they’re division games and you want to beat division opponents. We don’t like people in our division in general and you want to beat them because of who they are."

Inside The Bills | Deep passes were dialed up
"(Fitzpatrick) overthrew them just a little bit and we had two or three others called and they ran back deep with them so we dumped it off underneath," said Gailey.

Inside The Bills | Easley and Moats both suffered injuries
"(Easley) got a hamstring yesterday and I don’t know how bad it is," said Gailey. "(Moats) had an ankle and I don’t know how bad it is either."

Inside The Bills | Lopsided result wholly unexpected
"It hurts me because I didn’t see anything like that happening to us ever again. Ever," said Gailey. "I thought we had turned a corner on that."

Inside The Bills | Carroll on fake punt call
When Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked about it he said, "No comment."

Inside The Bills | T.J. trying to move past drops
Graham: "All the older guys rallied around me, letting me know it wasn’t all on me and that there are days like that. You’ve just got to catch the next one."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Gailey "I Thought We'd Turned The Corner"
Gailey: "I don’t question our effort at all. I think the effort was there. I never question our guys character or effort. I question our execution but I don’t question our effort. When you play bad, it looks like you aren’t playing hard."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Draft Order Update Thru 14 Games
The Bills are picking No. 7 currently, per Joe Buscaglia.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Claim They're Preparing Correctly
Duh, Chan Gailey: "We did practice against it. I said it after the game and I still believe this, the speed of what you see in practice and the speed of what you get in the game, are two different things."

Bills, Urbik agree to $15 million extension - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"It turns out that both sides worked into the night and finalized an agreement. A source tells's AFC East blog that Urbik and the Bills agreed to a four-year, $15 million extension."

QBR: Ryan Tannehill beats Tom Brady - ESPN
"Fitzpatrick had three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) in a 50-17 blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks."

Seven-step drop: Can Patriots trust Ridley? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills have lost some ugly games, but this is the first time I've questioned their effort" but "Buffalo's draft position improved."

Chan Gailey: 'The effort was there' - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"[Russell] made us look slow," Gailey said. "I felt like we looked a little slow on the field, but he made us look slow. You don't play a guy like that all the time."

Inside the mind of AFC East coaches - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker as Gailey: "I will never admit this publicly, but I'm running out of answers. I was perplexed yesterday, and you could see it in my face on the sidelines. "

Stevie Johnson racks up fantasy points in blowout to Seahawks -
"Johnson was targeted a team-high 12 times, seeing nearly a third of Ryan Fitzpatrick's throws come his way."

ReFo: Seahawks @ Bills, Week 15 |
"Any reservations the Bills have about changing direction at quarterback continue to look foolish."

What's the point for the Bills? | Football | Toronto Sun
"That is what Toronto has become for the Bills and maybe for the National Football League. It isn’t home. It isn’t road. It’s just anywhere, a nearly filled stadium lacking in atmosphere, purpose or emotion or noise."

Dowbiggin: You can’t rent sports loyalty - The Globe and Mail
"Does this mean that the Bills Most Excellent Canadian Vacation is a failure? If you’re judging by any increase in loyalty to the Bills, yes. Financially it’s also been a nose bleed for the Rogers folks to explain to shareholders."

Bills replace playoff objective with progress - Associated Press
"With questions being raised about his future as well as that of coach Chan Gailey's, Fitzpatrick can't predict what changes might be coming this offseason. What he and the team can control is salvaging what's left by using the final two games to show they're making progress."

Bills still only NFL option for Toronto | CBC Sports
"NFL expansion to Toronto? Beyond cameos by the Buffalo Bills, not a chance. At least, not without a commitment from the city to build and pay for a massive new playpen to cavort in. "

Bills Sink Fans Into Further Agony -
"Gailey and General Manager Buddy Nix will almost certainly be fired, if not at the conclusion of this season then certainly after next season, which, barring a world-beating 2013 draft or some unexpected free-agent signings — both about as likely as seeing Halley’s comet this year — will probably be similar to this one."

It's clear the Bills weren't ready for Seahawks - Olean Times Herald
"Would the Bills’ fans who blindly make excuses for coach Chan Gailey and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick please end their crusades?"

Bills in Toronto: Fans celebrate the NFL, more than Bills, at pre-game party -
"Indeed, the crowd around the Rogers Centre was a veritable smorgasbord of NFL supporters." For you non-Canadian speakers, a "toque" is a winter hat. :-)

Bills in Toronto: Bumbling Bills made for Toronto -
"At various points, the crowd chanted for the Seahawks, the Jays, and the Argos. They cheered every dropped ball and pick-6. They took sadistic glee in watching the 'home' side crumble."