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Chan Gailey losing patience with draft bust Aaron Maybin

Aaron Maybin

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2010, file photo, Buffalo Bills’ Aaron Maybin looks on during an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Two seasons into his NFL career, Bills linebacker Aaron Maybin won’t dispute he hasn’t played to anyone’s expectations, including his own. (AP Photo/ David Duprey, File)


The Buffalo Bills took Aaron Maybin with the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft with the thought that he’d become an elite edge pass rusher. Instead, he has zero sacks in two NFL seasons.

Bills coach Chan Gailey, who inherited Maybin when he got the job last year, is getting sick of an allegedly talented player failing to produce on the field.

“Right now all it is is potential because he hasn’t shown it in practice or in games,” Gailey told ESPN’s Tim Graham. “He’s got to understand about pass-rush. He’s got to understand about leverage and changing direction and not running past the quarterback and all those little things that go into a great pass-rusher’s feel for beating an offensive tackle and getting to the passer. He’s got to be a better special-teams player. He’s got to be better versus the run.”

Although Gailey made clear that he’s not questioning Maybin’s work ethic, he does question why a player the previous staff thought so highly of coming out of college has done so little in the NFL.

“I don’t think I’ve lit very many fires,” Gailey said. “We might provide a spark, but he’s got to get his own fire going. . . . We tell him all the time how to get there. He’s got to do it. Talking’s over. You’ve got to go get it done.”

Given the way his coach feels about him, Maybin may have to get it done somewhere other than Buffalo.