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Eric Wood concerned with staff changes, not so much draft order

By Tim Graham

Eric Wood realizes the Buffalo Bills hurt their draft position today. He doesn't care.

"As a player, you want to go win whenever you're out on the field," Wood said. "We don't play for draft position."

Many Bills fans rooted for the New York Jets to win this afternoon in Ralph Wilson Stadium, but their team refused to comply. C.J. Spiller had another touchdown, Brad Smith scored on a Wildcat play and Bryan Scott returned an interception all the way in a 28-9 victory.

The Bills were in the sixth draft slot heading into today's schedule. They could've improved to fourth in the order with a loss and victories by the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. The Eagles and Lions lost anyway.

The Bills will draft seventh, eighth or ninth, depending on what the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers do in their late afternoon games.

"Whoever may be rooting for whatever pick in the draft," Wood said, "a little bit more momentum going into the offseason, a little bit better feeling probably helps us a little more than a couple extra spots in the draft.

"I could be totally wrong. Maybe we miss out on the next Andrew Luck or Adrian Peterson because of it, but as a player you go out to win games and can't worry about draft stats."

Wood, however, admitted he is concerned about the future of the organization and who will guide the team in 2013. Bills coach Chan Gailey likely will be dismissed. Others in the front office could be replaced.

"You can't avoid the question anymore," Wood said. "I can't say I'm looking forward to [the game] next week only. The reality's here.

"I hope we can stick with the guys we have and build upon what was a bad season from a record standpoint, but I felt we got better, turning on the film. But I just have to roll with it however it falls. I'm just here to do my job."

Wood was asked how difficult it is to justify progress when the Bills went 4-12, 6-10 and 6-10 in Gailey's three seasons despite improved rosters.

"It's really hard to sit here and tell you guys we got better and that we need to keep the same guys because we can make a playoff push with this team," Wood said. "It's tough to say that from a record standpoint. We won two more games than 2010, but if you turn on the film it should look a lot different."

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Tim Graham

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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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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 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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