The Bills are 4-7, the third time in coach Chan Gailey’s three seasons with the team that they’ve reached this point of the season with a losing record.
Years one and two ended with losing records as well, which has created some heat under Gailey’s seat as the team prepares for the final five games of the season. On Wednesday, several members of the Bills said that they don’t think Gailey should be going anywhere.
Running back Fred Jackson said he thinks Gailey’s doing a “tremendous job” and defensive tackle Kyle Williams said he felt the team has made progress this season despite their record not showing much difference from past years. And defensive tackle Spencer Johnson threw his voice into the mix as well.
“I love Chan,” Johnson said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “I love Chan. If we go 9-7, everybody’s talking something totally different. We’re still going to keep the faith and keep playing hard and see how it goes.”
You don’t need to get into a long discussion about how much the Bills’ record can be blamed on Gailey, General Manager Buddy Nix or the players to know that the record is going to decide how much longer Gailey will be the coach. If they were 9-7, there wouldn’t be any discussion about his job. They aren’t and they aren’t likely to win out, so Gailey’s status is going to be tenuous no matter how much his players like him.