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Eric Wood says its high time for players to get called out, grow up

By Tim Graham

Walls should need new coats of paint in One Bills Drive.

The old stuff should get peeled off the wall today while Buffalo Bills coaches and players review the film from Sunday's 27-6 abomination against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bills center Eric Wood declared the time has arrived for guys to be called out.

"I'm sure that'll happen today," Wood, one of three team captains, said this morning. "I think that'll probably be within the position groups, but that needs to happen."

The Bills were crushed in nearly every measurable way. They were the only team that didn't score a touchdown out of the 28 teams that played Sunday and set an NFL record with 90 TDs on a given date.

The Bills had five giveaways, allowed seven sacks, committed 13 penalties and converted one of their 11 third downs.

Against a middling opponent that gave up nine sacks its previous two games, the Bills' league-leading pass-rushers registered one quarterback hit. Four of the Bills' five starting offensive linemen had at least one penalty.

"Just a couple of weeks ago we were saying we're not far off from where we want to be as a team," Wood said. "Then you go and lay an egg like yesterday and you feel like you're starting over at Square One.

"We're not. We have good players on this team. We've just got to do some growing up."


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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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