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In 1998, the Dallas Cowboys were 8-0 in the NFC East under head coach Chan Gailey. Jerry Jones says the biggest mistake he made as an owner was firing Gailey after two seasons. The man is a good football coach; a really, really smart football mind. He wasn’t a sexy hire for the Bills, but this guy knows what he’s doing. Believe me. He did a solid job as the Georgia Tech head coach and produced a ton of pros. He knows talent and how to use his players.
Gailey has one of the biggest coaching staffs in the league. He has 18 assistants, more than the Jets, who cut back on their staff after last season. He wanted to load up his staff with good teachers. The Bills are on the right track.
In a season they were supposed to be awful, from start to finish, they almost beat Miami and New England in the first three weeks.
Mark this down. Gailey will get that team in Western New York turned around . . .
It’s really surprising the Jets let the Bills know that Drew Coleman is going to platoon with Kyle Wilson at cornerback. Hey, as a reporter, I think the Jets candor is great, but why let people know in the middle of the week that Darrelle Revis isn’t playing and that Coleman is going to play more? This had to be a big help to the Bills rep.
And while Coleman is improved this year, that is in spot duty. When he has to play too much, he tends to be inconsistent – like against New England (in the Wes Welker 15 catch game) and the Jets-Colts playoff game.
This is a really dangerous game for the Jets, for a few different reasons, and one of them has to be the Wilson/Coleman platoon. The Jets are platooning two guys on one side of the field, who both aren’t starters right now. Wilson will be one day, but not now. Coleman is best suited to be a 4th cornerback. To me this platoon is a potential problem for the Jets and the Bills are going to target both of these guys.
For the Jets to bury Marquice Cole on the bench is crazy. If the Bills can get Lee Evans on one of these guys look out! . . .
The Jets are playing new practice squad offensive lineman Chad Rhinehart at left tackle . . .
Jason Taylor was pretty blunt today, making that point that the Jets aren’t going to win a lot of games this if they continue to have issue getting off the field on third down.
They feel the Trevor Pryce signing should help them. He has been a terrific third down pass rusher. Pryce claims the reason he has no sacks this year is the lack of a lot of pass rushing situations for the Ravens this year . . .
Chan Gailey was a little agitated at the Jets for their espionage stunt, attempting to claim Trent Edwards on waivers when they didn’t need a quarterback.
“That was an amazing coincidence that they needed another quarterback this week,” Gailey said. “But coincidences happen all the time though.”
It worked out better for Edwards, going to Jacksonville on waivers, not the Jets. He could be starting for Jaguars within a few weeks. With the Jets, he was likely just a one week spy . . .
Braylon Edwards had a rough couple of weeks (much of it his fault), but just as things were starting to calm down, you have Pryce saying today that the Jets would be 3-0 if it wasn’t for an Edwards penalty in the Jets loss to Baltimore . . .
The Jets have faced shaky cornerback tandems in their first three weeks, but not this week. Buffalo has the best cornerbacks they’ve faced this year and a pretty good safety combo in Donte Whitner and Jairus Byrd, who killed the Jets last year . . .
The Bills are pretty smart up the middle on offense – center Geoff Hangartner and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick have the two highest scores in the Wonderlic Test over the last 20 years . . .