By Tim Graham
The needle on the blame-o-meter continues to wag back and forth.
Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie receiver T.J. Graham have tried to out-regret each other over the interception that snuffed what would've been a magnificent comeback victory Sunday in Gillette Stadium.
This morning, Bills receiver Stevie Johnson divulged some information that would seem to point the needle at Gailey.
Johnson said Graham never had practiced that fateful play.
"We know T.J. can make that play," Johnson said. "We know he can. I don't think that it was the wrong play, but just the whole thing leading up to it, which is he didn't run that play in practice at all. It was not his fault at all.
"I've ran that play, or Scott [Chandler] ran it or Donald [Jones] runs it. But in that situation, I guess things was hurried up, and we had people in positions where maybe you shouldn't have been. Who knows what would've happened if it was Donald or me or Scott there?
"So there's no blame on T.J. at all because he's never ran that route in practice or a game."
To be sure Johnson wasn't mistaken, I followed up with Graham, who told me he hadn't practiced that play since training camp.
But the third-round pick still accepted blame for not running the proper post route.
"I'm more experienced with that route," Johnson said. "Donald is and Scott is more experienced with that route. In that situation, we should've had more experience there."