Ryan Fitzpatrick: 'Uncertainty in the air' affecting Bills
- By Marc Sessler
- Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 at 10:43 a.m.
The Buffalo Bills (5-10) prepare for Sunday's game against the New York Jets below a cloud of uncertainty.
The future of coach Chan Gailey is hazy at best following his third straight losing season. The organization has given no clear indication of his fate, but players admit their focus has been challenged.
"Yeah, it is (tough to block it out)," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told WGR-AM. "You try to. You try to make sure that your main focus, certainly on game day, but throughout the week is on preparing and getting ready. But it's hard, just with all the uncertainty in the air right now with what's to come. I think it's very hard at this point to block out and for it not to be on the forefront of your mind. You've just gotta make sure it doesn't affect -- and I've got to make sure that it doesn't affect the way that I play."
Said veteran safety George Wilson: "I don't think that anybody in this building should be completely comfortable with where we are and where our team has been."
The Bills have been an uneven production. The offense -- Gailey's specialty -- has shown measured progress. Fitzpatrick leads an attack that rips through defenses for yardage and points on a good day. On a bad day, Gailey often finds himself under fire for his beguiling, almost stubborn, approach to a committee backfield.
The defense has improved slightly over the course of the season, but Buffalo's 22nd-ranked unit never lived up to the offseason hype. It's unclear if this staff will get another chance.
"The last three (seasons) have been frustrating," Gailey remarked. "I've been fortunate enough to be around situations in the past where we've been able to turn it around in a fairly short period of time and we haven't been able to do it yet. So yeah it's been disappointing to me personally. It has."