ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle) - When Chan Gailey met with the media late Thursday night following the Bills' 19-14 victory over Miami, he knew what was coming, and I have to give him credit for being aware.
Gailey began his post-game news conference by saying, "Before you start with the negatives, there were some positives." Yes, there were, and it's a good thing because Gailey nearly blew the game with his ill-advised play-calling and misuse of C.J. Spiller.
Here are my thoughts:
- There were times when I -- and I'm sure many of you -- wanted to run down to the sideline and snatch the headset from Gailey, and then grab Tashard Choice and sit him on the bench. It was maddening how Spiller would break off big runs, and then trot to the sideline and watch Choice take over at running back. Gailey said that was the plan, plus, Spiller gets winded and needs breaks. If you can't hear me, I'm screaming.
- The Wildcat package must be eviscerated from this earth. It has become laughable, and almost every time the Bills try it, the play fails miserably. That third-down call with Choice as the Wildcat QB in the first quarter was beyond-description dumb.
- Kudos to the Bills defense. It's one of the worst in the league, but it really snuffed out Miami's pop-gun offense. The 184-yard yield was its best in more than a year, and after three games with no turnovers, it forced three. Most impressive was the run defense which shut down overrated Reggie Bush.
- There are other guys on the Buffalo defense who get more recognition, but Jairus Byrd might be the unit's best player. He has been a ball hawk all season, and against the Dolphins he was fantastic.
- Speaking of guys who get a lot of recognition, Mario Williams played very well. He had a strong bull-rush sack, another tackle for loss, and four tackles overall. So, to recap, he comes through when he plays against his former team, and when he's on the national stage. It's a start.
- Oh, and how about Shawne Merriman? He is on the team after all. But wasn't it pretty funny that after making a nice play to stop Bush for a loss of one, he jumped offside on the very next play. I also had to laugh about him doing his lights out dance after his second sack as a Bill because it wasn't like he did anything on the play. Kyle Moore - who has become a useful pass rusher -- pressured Tannehill who ran right into Merriman's arms.
- One of the plays of the game was Shawn Powell's 52-yard punt that went out of bounds at the 1 with 4:52 to go.
- And obviously, the biggest play of the game might have been Leodis McKelvin's 79-yard punt return to start the game. It was the Bills' lone TD, and it set the tone right out of the gate.