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Gailey recruited Tebow

Bills coach Chan Gailey tried to recruit Denver quarterback Tim Tebow to come to Georgia Tech when Gailey coached at the Atlanta school. Both of Tebow's parents attended the University of Florida. So did Gailey, and the coach knew Tebow's father, Robert, in college.

“He’s a great person. He’s a strong Christian, and he doesn’t mind letting everybody know that," Gailey said of the quarterback. I think there’s a lot of people that admire him for who he is and what he does on the field.”

The Bills had Tebow in town for a pre-draft visit in 2010. Said Gailey: “I had known him before. We recruited him out of high school, so I had known him for a long time. His dad and I were at Florida together so I’ve known him for a long time and known about him for a long time. It wasn’t anything different than I already knew. What a great guy.”

---Mark Gaughan

 

Fitz says he's not hurt

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick pooh-poohed any suggestion injury has been a reason for his poor production in recent weeks. Fitzpatrick took a hard shot to the ribs in the game against Washington on Oct. 30. He was on the injury report the next game, against the Jets, for a "chest" injury. He has not been on the injury report any week since or missed any practice time.

Asked how long the hit by Washington's London Flether affected him, Fitzpatrick said: "However long I showed up on the injury report. I'm good to go now, though."

Asked if he broke a rib at any point, Fitzpatrick said no.

Fitzpatrick has not been wearing any extra padding in the locker room or at practice since after the Jets game, and he has not appeared to be wearing any extra protection in games, either. Furthermore, his passes haven't shown any particular lack of zip; lack of good decision-making, at times, but not lack of zip.

---Mark Gaughan

Gailey not touching Edwards issue

With the Bills defense slumping to 26th in the NFL in yards allowed, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey was asked today if he was satisfied with the performance of defensive coordinator George Edwards.

Said Gailey: "This not the time to discuss all of that. We’re all doing the very best that we can, trying to put guys in position to be successful, everybody, in all three phases. That’s all we’re trying to do is be the best we can and try to win this game and the next one. That’s the goal, that’s the only thought right now."

Asked about the fact Edwards gets a lot of criticism, Gailey said: "Hey, everybody’s getting criticism. You lose this many games in a row, we all get criticism. There’s nobody that escapes criticism when you’re doing what we’re doing right now."

---Mark Gaughan

 

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Close To Tears

It's hard to believe it has come to this: After seven games, the Bills were 5-2 and tied for first place in the AFC East. On Sunday, they dropped their seventh straight, falling at home to rival Miami, 30-23, and falling into a last-place tie with the Dolphins in the division.

Bills fans are reeling. So are the players. Veteran Chris Kelsay, still waiting for his first playoff game in his ninth NFL season, was asked after the loss how frustrating it was to know that the Bills had gone from first to worst in a space of seven games.

"Very frustrated," Kelsay said. "I mean, you work too hard ... "

Kelsay paused, searching for words. His eyes were red and welling up with tears. You could see him choking up and fighting to hold back his emotions. He hesitated for a full 15 seconds before continuing.

"It's frustrating," he said. "You put in a lot of time. It means a lot to guys. When we started out the way we did, everybody was excited and we had a lot of confidence. Coach Gailey always preached to expect to win when you step on the field. Those first six or seven games, I think we expected to win every time we stepped on the field. I don't think we expect to win now. That's just the feeling I get. I could be wrong, but we need to get back to that."

--- Jerry Sullivan

 

 

Audio: Dolphins 30, Bills 23

Selected audio from the Buffalo locker room following today's loss:

Drayton Florence

Stevie Johnson

Ryan Fitzpatrick

George Wilson

Coach Chan Gailey

Game ball: Dolphins 30, Bills 23

Bradford out, Hasselbeck in for playoff week

If you took any advice from my Friday fantasy column, ignore it.

After missing practice earlier in the week, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has gotten healthy and is slated to start today against the Colts. Obviously, that means you should take rookie Jake Locker out of your lineup if you had picked him up.

Hasselbeck, meanwhile, becomes a solid play against an Indy defense that's giving up almost 30 points a game.

In other quarterback news, Sam Bradford is out today for the Rams, with speculation he'll be shut down for the rest of the season to rest a high ankle sprain. Kellen Clemens starts for the Rams, but he shouldn't for you.

Rookie John Skelton will start in place of Kevin Kolb for the Cardinals, who face the Browns at home.

If you're looking for a sleeper candidate, Kyle Orton of the Chiefs should be putting the ball in the air a ton against the Packers, since Kansas City is likely to be trailing.

Here in Buffalo, Matt Moore will start for the Dolphins against the Bills.

At running back, there is good news for Adrian Peterson owners. The Vikings' star back will return to the lineup today after missing three games with an ankle injury. Peterson might not get as much work as he usually does, but he's still a good play.

For New England, wide receiver Wes Welker is expected to start despite a knee injury.

Best of luck. Go get that championship!

---Jay Skurski

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Bills sign DE, cut Coleman

The Bills have signed defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert, who spent most of the past two seasons on the New York Jets' practice squad. Gilbert, 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, was a third-round draft pick of Chicago in 2009. He was viewed as a 3-4 defensive end prospect coming out of San Jose State. He was co-defensive player of the year as a senior in the Western Athletic Conference after getting 9.5 sacks from the defensive tackle position. To make room for Gilbert on the roster, the Bills released outside linebacker Antonio Coleman.

---Mark Gaughan

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