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Chan Gailey says he's 'fine' with Dave Wannstedt's game plan

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey endorsed defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt's schemes for Sunday's 52-28 loss to the New England Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Bills allowed 33 first downs, 19 of them on the ground and surrendered 580 total yards. The Patriots trailed by two touchdowns in the third quarter before scoring 45 more points.

I asked Gailey today what his satisfaction level was with Wannstedt's game plans.

"Fine. I'm fine with it," Gailey said. "I've got complete confidence in Dave and what they're trying to do and where we've got our people situated, and that's the majority of it:  Where do you have your people situated?

"We've got our people in the right spots. We're sound. We've just got to continue to get better. We've got to be able to stop the run, which we did for two games and we didn't for two games. I think we're capable of doing that."

The Bills have allowed 100 points in their two division losses, by far the most in the NFL.

"Again, you can throw statistics out and numbers out all you want to," Gailey said. "If you get punts returned and you get interceptions returned, all the sudden points start piling up, short field because of turnovers. Points pile up.

"I'm more concerned about how we play and the intensity and the quality of our play than I am the numbers that are thrown out there right now, and our quality of play isn't where it needs to be."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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