Gailey focused on Bills' finale, not job status


Gailey focused on Bills' finale, not job status

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills coach Chan Gailey is not discussing job security, either his or that of starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for another week.

He's focused on preparing Buffalo for its season finale against the New York Jets this weekend rather than the uncertain offseason that lies ahead.

``I'm not into that right now,'' Gailey said Monday. ``I'm into let's beat the Jets and finish this thing the way it needs to be finished.''

At 5-10, Buffalo's season is essentially finished except for a game against the Jets (6-9) on Sunday.

Coming off a 24-10 loss at Miami, the Bills have dropped seven of nine, are guaranteed their fourth consecutive year with 10 or more losses, and will miss the playoffs for a 13th straight season. Gailey's record in Buffalo has dropped to 15-32 over a three-year stretch in which he's yet to win more than six games.

Gailey deflected questions regarding his job security, and declined to say whether he's received any assurances from the front office or Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson.

``I wouldn't tell you if they'd given me an indication or not,'' said Gailey, who has at least one year left on his contract.

And yet he's sticking with Fitzpatrick as his starter for at least one more week because, as Gailey put it: ``He gives us the best chance to win.''

Gailey, however, hedged as to whether Fitzpatrick's job is safe going into next season.

``We evaluate all that at the end of the season,'' he said. ``I don't see anything that would change my mind there right now. Something may change my mind as time goes on. But right now, I don't see anything that changes my mind in that.''

That's a bit of a switch from what Gailey had said late last month when discussing Fitzpatrick's status.

``As we continue to get better, I think he is going to be the guy,'' Gailey had said then.

The trouble is neither Fitzpatrick nor the Bills have shown many signs of progress.

After scoring 20 offensive touchdowns in their first seven games, the Bills have managed just 13 (five rushing and eight passing) in their past eight. Over that same stretch, Fitzpatrick has more turnovers (four lost fumbles and seven interceptions) than touchdowns passing (eight).

Injuries have also contributed to the drop in production.

Slot receiver David Nelson has been out since hurting his knee in the season opener. No. 2 receiver Donald Jones missed two of three games before being placed on injured reserve last week. And starting tight end Scott Chandler is out after tearing a ligament in his left knee against Miami.

Gailey said Chandler will require surgery, and the injury could have him miss the start of next season.

Questions about Fitzpatrick have been raised since general manager Buddy Nix said on several occasions this season that he's interested in drafting a quarterback next year.

Fitzpatrick's contract could also be an issue. In March, he's due to make a $3 million bonus, which could be a steep price to pay for a team that could be in the market for a new starter.

Though Bills players were given the day off, Fitzpatrick acknowledged this has been a difficult season for him.

``I'd be lying if I said it didn't wear on me a little bit,'' Fitzpatrick said on his weekly show on Buffalo's WGR-Radio. ``We haven't met (the expectations). And I haven't met them. And so it's been disappointing. But that stuff doesn't affect the way that I play on Sunday.''

Another issue has been the Bills defense, which hasn't played to its high-priced potential.

They're the NFL's eighth team to have allowed 45 or more points four times in one season. They've allowed 150 or more yards rushing seven times after giving up 182 to Miami. And the 426 points allowed is already the third-most given up in team history, and 28 short of matching the record set in 1984.

Gailey accepted the blame for the team's overall struggles this season, while insisting he sees signs of progress.

``The job is production and winning, and we haven't gotten there,'' Gailey said. ``We're getting closer, but we're not over the hump.''

NOTES: Gailey said FB Dorin Dickerson (right ankle), who was hurt on Sunday, is expected to play after tests came back negative. ... S Da'Norris Searcy has been ruled out after he hurt his groin against Miami.


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3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

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The Washington Capitals had not beaten the Dallas Stars at home since 2006, Alex Ovechkin's second season in the NHL. That streak ended on Tuesday in a 4-3 Caps win.

Here's how the Caps were finally able to down Dallas in Washington.

Oshie still hot

After going 19 straight games without a goal, T.J. Oshie has been red-hot of late with four goals in his last four games. He scored Washington’s first goal in what would become a three-goal period for the Caps as they battled back from a 1-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie through 40 minutes. Oshie also added an assist as he won a power play faceoff that John Carlson fed to Alex Ovechkin for the goal.


Ovechkin victimizing his favorite target

You knew Ovechkin would score given he was playing against one of his favorite targets. With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has 22 goals against Kari Lehtonen in his career, tied with Henrik Lundqvist for the most goals he has scored on any netminder. Lehtonen has not been in the Eastern Conference since the 2008-09 season. When he goes to sleep at night, Ovechkin is who he sees in his nightmares.

The Carlson-Klingberg duel

Carlson and John Klingberg entered Tuesday’s game each with 59 points, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. Carlson downplayed the matchup both before and after the game, but it was clear that both players were playing at another level all game long. While both players tallied two points on the night, you have to give the win to Carlson as he had the most significant point, a game-winning goal in the third period.


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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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