By Tim Graham
INDIANAPOLIS -- Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson wants Chan Gailey to relinquish the play-calling duties.
Johnson told reporters after Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts the struggling Bills' offense would be better off if quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called the plays instead.
"How I see it, I think we need to let our quarterback call these plays," Johnson said. "He's out there on the field. He sees the adjustments that need to be done. I think we just need to let him make adjustments on the go. I think that's the way we can move the ball better.
"He did it a little bit in the game, and we moved the ball. ... He was hitting C.J. [Spiller], getting his run plays, doing the pass plays, and I just think we should do it more often.
"[Fitzpatrick] knows what to check into and check out of. It's different when you are looking from the booth and say, 'OK, they might be in this' than being out there. That's just my take on it. I just think that he has the ability to control the offense 100 percent. I think we should take advantage of that."
Fitzpatrick and Gailey already had conducted their postgame news conferences and weren't available to respond to Johnson's remarks.
Spiller treated Johnson's comments like plutonium.
"I'm not going to comment on that," Spiller said. "I have no comment. Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. I'm not going to even get into 'Coach Gailey is calling the wrong plays.'
"Coach Gailey has done this for a long time. He's been in the business for a long time. He knows what he's doing. It's up to us to go out and execute. I'm going to leave it at that."
The Bills ended a seven-quarter touchdown drought in the fourth quarter. They have scored zero or one offensive touchdown in four of their past seven games.
The Bills were much more aggressive downfield than they had been this season. Fitzpatrick made a long strike to Johnson up the right sideline for a 63-yard gain, the longest of Johnson's career.
Johnson said Fitzpatrick made those calls.
"It was all Fitz," Johnson said. "Fitz made the adjustments, the audibles, and I think that led to our success, going down the field, making those throws. So I just think we should do a little bit more of that."