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Bills look ahead to opener, support Dareus in time of need

The Bills returned to practice on Wednesday looking ahead to Sunday's home opener against Kansas City.  DT Marcel Dareus has left the team to be with his family following the murder of his tyounger brother on Sunday.  Below are comments beginning with Bills head coach Chan Gailey:
On how DT Marcell Dareus is doing:
I spoke to Marcell (Dareus) and all of our condolences do go out to him and his family. He has a lot on his plate, to say the least. I talked with him this morning and I think he will be back for Sunday's game. Whether it is tonight, tomorrow or the next day I do not know but I think he will be here for this week. He wants to be back.
On if Dareus feels like he should be back because this is his second family:
I think he understands responsibility everywhere and you cannot be everywhere all the time. We did not try to pressure him into anything, but I think he understands responsibility--which is good.
On when Dareus left:
I do not know exactly when he left.
On feeling a burden this week to win:
Sure it is. I felt responsibility since I walked in this place. I think everybody understands exactly where we are and what we need to get accomplished before this season is done. I still believe our football team is going to be a good football team. It did not start out the way anybody wanted, but 16 teams are in the same situation we are in right now. We have to go solve our problems. I cannot worry about those other 15.
On how to not be frustrated by injuries:
Every time you lose somebody, somebody else gets an opportunity. That is the way you have to approach it. You can sit around, gripe, moan and complain about what you do not have or you can get excited about what you do have. We choose that every day we get up. I choose to get excited about the guys who are going to get another opportunity right now.
On how important it was for RB C.J. Spiller to show his abilities at the end of last season:
What he did, that is the other thing about it because somebody said 'how is it going to be with him carrying the load?' Well he carried the load the last part of last season so that is nothing new for him. I think he will be able to handle that. His confidence level is high and our confidence in him is extremely high. I wish that was our biggest problem.
On replacing WR David Nelson:
You have to make sure you get people in spots that can do similar things. Nothing will be exactly the same. You try to do some similar things with people. It may be different people doing it but you try to get people in spots to do those things.
On what WR Donald Jones can offer:
He can go inside and play inside. I do not have any problems with that. I think he proved to us in the offseason and preseason that he can go do that if need be.
On if it was a tougher challenge than normal to get the team past the loss to the Jets:
I think it was. Expectations are higher. Our expectations are higher. So yeah, it was. It was not like 'hey, we will re-group and play this week.' It hurt me. And that is the honest truth--it hurt more. We have work to do to get on the field and go win a game.
On if he senses the community is panicked:
I do not have to sense it, I know it. The fans live and die with us. I understand that. I understand it but I think that the little I saw last year, the excitement I saw last year, I would like to see that again. That is our goal, is to get that back. I know they are disappointed. I am disappointed. Everyone is.
On if he gets more excited for a home opener:
Home openers are good, big and exciting, but I have been in it so long now I know it is the second of 16.
On if the Chiefs' defense does anything different than the Jets:
They are a different football team. They do what they do. They are different than the Jets in a lot of respects. It is really two different for us to go into discussion about.
On his assessment of Chiefs QB Matt Cassel:
Good quarterback. When he is healthy he plays very well. He has had a hard time staying healthy over the last few years, but when he has stayed healthy, and they have stayed healthy around him, he has been a very productive quarterback.
On why people think of Cassel as a young quarterback despite him being 30:
I do not know that. I was with him for about four months and that is all I was with him for. I have a hard time making those kinds of evaluations about where a guy is.
On if he heard what Rodney Harrison said about DE Mario Williams:
No.
On Harrison saying why would Williams come to Buffalo:
Well, he is entitled to his opinion.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On hitting the ground running without WR David Nelson:
I feel good about it. The one thing we like about Donald (Jones) is he is so versatile, in terms of being able to play inside and outside. We worked him a lot this offseason inside, primarily an outside guy in the preseason with what we have done so far. He is going to do a lot of the same on the outside, but now we have the flexibility to put him where we want him, which is nice.
On WR Donald Jones' blocking ability:
Even when David Nelson was in there, we ask those guys to lay their body on the line a little bit. Probably a little more than other teams do, in terms of blocking ends, safeties, linebackers and bigger guys. Donald is a stout guy. He is thick. We think he can do that. That gives us a little bit of an advantage in terms of him going up against the safety type guys, and us thinking he is going to be able to win that more often than not. He gives us some flexibility.
On if he has a good read on the Chiefs since they run similar packages:
The Falcon stuff is a lot different than us in terms of the routes and the different things they do. We are going to do what we like to do best. It was good to see some of the things they do and some of the success they have had. Every week you try to copy that a little bit.
On how much of a chance he has had to work with rookie WR T.J. Graham:
This offseason I got to work with T.J. (Graham) a bunch and even throughout training camp. Kind of as preseason and the season has gotten going, I have not worked with him as much. He is a guy that we think highly of. A lot of it is getting him out there and putting him in those game-like situations. As a young guy you tend to go crazy sometimes just thinking about everything and getting caught up in the moment. Getting him out there, getting him comfortable and getting his feet wet a little bit I think he is going to do a good job. You saw the playmaking ability he has throughout the preseason with some nice catch and runs that he had. We will look for him to step in and I am not going to treat him any different than any other guy. We have receivers out there who are expected to be in the right spots at the right time. You do not shy away from throwing to them.
On how disruptive it is to see guys go down to injury:
It is obviously not an ideal situation to have either of those guys out and out for multiple weeks now. I mentioned this the other day, one of the great things about Chan (Gailey) and what he is able to do is he takes the pieces that we do have and allows us to play to our strengths. I am sure it is going to be a little bit different because David (Nelson) is not in there. It is going to be a little bit different because (Fred Jackson) is not going to be the one carrying the ball all of the time. That is one of Chan's big time strengths, is putting us in a very successful position to go out there and win. He'll move around some of the guys we have and do that, I am sure.
On the overreaction to the loss this week:
Definitely not players. We are disappointed. We have talked to great extents about that but we are not discouraged in there at all. I think that is just the game of football. Monday there is always a big time overreaction whether it is good or bad. Big time wins sometimes people get caught up in that as well. We have put that game behind us and hopefully learned some things from that game. We have already moved onto the Chiefs and ready to go. We are pretty excited for the home opener.
On what RB C.J. Spiller continues to do:
It is big time for us. He is a dynamic playmaker. He is a guy if he gets into open space he is pretty hard to bring down and pretty hard to catch up to. With C.J. (Spiller) the biggest thing is confidence. Last year he found that confidence at the end of the year after Fred (Jackson) went down and he became the man. So you could see in that game versus the Jets, the C.J. that was there at the end of last year with the swagger and all of that. He is here to stay. He has gained that confidence. It is maybe something he did not have his first few years because of limited reps, getting his feet under him, mentally grasping the game or whatever it was. He has got it now and you have seen it the last six, seven games he has played.
On the Chiefs missing players last week who will play this week:
I think the biggest thing with looking at last week's game and the difference with this week is 91 (LB Tamba Hali) will be back and he is a game changer. That is a guy we have seen in the past who is such a dynamic pass rusher. He can change a game in terms of getting sacks, creating fumbles, creating quarterbacks to force throws or whatever it is, he is a big time player. That is definitely something that changes their defense when he is in the game.
On what Rodney Harrison said about DE Mario Williams:
Mario (Williams) did not hear it? Oh, I did not either. (Laughs) A couple of people have brought that up to me. I do not know. It just went in one ear and out the other.
On the situation with DT Marcell Dareus:
It is tough because we go through so much and get caught up so much with the football stuff. Sometimes just overreacting to a loss, whatever it is, this kind of puts that into perspective. It is a tough thing to have as teammates, when really we view each other as family since we are together so much. It is a tough thing to have him going through that right now. That is what we can do, we offer our support to him and his family. Obviously it is a situation that nobody wants to get.
DE Mario Williams
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On what Rodney Harrison had to say about him:
I don't watch TV. Never had, never will. I think I have said that about a million times in my last seven years. Everybody is going to have something to say regardless, good or bad. I can't control someone else's opinion, but I will do what I'm supposed to do here, perform and not worry about that after this first game.
On if he is disappointed in his performance:
Yea, we definitely (are) as a whole and starting off with myself. We definitely didn't do what we needed to do to win. The biggest thing was that we didn't get sacks. We got back there but if we don't get him down on the ground before he throws the ball, even if you hit him, it doesn't matter. You have to get him with the ball. Starting with myself we definitely have to put the quarterback on his back with any means necessary.
On if he was placing blame on the replacement referees for his play:
No, I mean I was just saying in general like I said I put that in a whole different category than what (I said) in my interview I guess you want to call it. I was just directing that to one instance. I wasn't saying that about holding anything back. I was just letting it known that if it is going to be like that then we will find different ways to do things. It wasn't about me and my play. I was just talking directly to the officials. That's all I was doing. It had nothing to do with my playing. I was just trying to get my point across... Like I said I have to do better than that. I have to make a hit. If I get back there once, and hit him, it has to be a sack. If I get back there twice it has to be a sack. If I get close it has to be a sack. It doesn't matter.
On what he feels he has to do better to get pressure on the quarterback:
It's nothing new. Like I said I have to go out there and put everything to the side; bumps and bruises and just play ball.
On if his wrist has affected his play:
I had a little freak deal a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, it was right before the regular season. But it is something like I said by any means I have to take care of it and put everything aside and get to the quarterback.
On if he is eager to make a statement in the home opener:
We are going to take it to it. No matter what we have to do to go out there and get a victory, to get sacks to get that quarterback moving, to stop the run, especially with the running game we have coming in this week we are going to do it
On his support for teammate DT Marcell Dareus:
My heart goes out to Marcell (Dareus). I texted him, I wasn't going to call him. He has a lot going on. I wish him the very best, take his time and take care of that. It is detrimental not to just him, but for us with our hearts being with him and thinking about his situation.
WR Stevie Johnson
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On getting over the groin injury:
It really does not matter to me. Right now, the way I feel I really do not care if it lingers or if it goes away today or tomorrow. I am going to be ready to play.
On what the team needs to do:
We need to have more fun together. We are playing kind of uptight. Not uptight, but we are playing tight. I feel like we can be looser than that. We have the players to do that.
On how deflating the loss to the Jets was:
It was tough. It was tough first and foremost to lose those guys (Fred Jackson and David Nelson) because those are our brothers. To lose the game it was also tough. To lose anything, nobody likes to lose. We just have to shake back and play better.
On how confident he is the team can rebound from the loss:
I am always confident in our guys. If we were to lose two, three or four straight, I would still feel confident in this group and these guys I have been working with. And I think we will shake back.
On facing Chiefs S Eric Berry:
It is going to be fun. It is going to be interesting. We will see what happens. However he feels is however he feels. I already said it before that I have never been a dirty player and I never try to take somebody out. I know the work put in to get where he is and where I am. I have said it before but it is enough already. We will meet up on Sunday.
On getting into incidents with other plays not being typical of him:
Not at all. Not at all. I came from the bottom so I know the grind and the struggle to get to where I am now. Everything that has been said and everything that happened, it happened. I am not even tripping. We will see what happens on Sunday if we get that W or not.
On if he feels a burden to really step up after losing WR David Nelson:
Yeah, it is tough because you have a guy in David who has played well. He goes down. Then you have your stud back in (Fred Jackson) and he goes down. So it is like 'come on Stevie, let's do something. Let's put some points up and turn things around. Let's get back to the old you.'
On how he feels about his groin:
I am not even thinking about my groin anymore. It is what it is. Whether it is hurting or not, I do not even care anymore. I am just going to go play football.
RB C.J. Spiller
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On the passing game counting on the running game to open things up:
Whatever they need. I am going to be ready. We have a lot of playmakers so I am not going to worry about our passing game. We have a great quarterback that can get the job done. One game is not going to say our passing game is not effective. We have to have everybody in this thing to get where we want to go. We have the guys on this team that can do it.
On how much better equipped he is to handle this load than two years ago:
Two years ago I was a rookie. (Laughs) I have learned a lot over the past couple of years being a part of this offense and being patient. Trying to figure out how defenses are going to play me. Then taking that mindset that anything between three to eight yards is a good run. I think that was probably my biggest adjustment, just because of the success that I had on the college level. I tried to translate it over. Once I realized that, I think that kind of helped in my advantage.
On how unprepared he was as a rookie:
Just like a newborn baby. I was a rookie coming into the NFL and you of course, you have a top 10 pick there are high expectations. I have high expectations every year I play the game. I was still trying to learn and figure things out. Trying to get a feel for how teams are going to play me. Once I got used to it I thought I got better. And I am still learning. You can never get complacent or say you just arrived and know everything. Every day I am trying to learn something new and figure out how I can better myself as a player and as a person. That is the beauty of playing the game.
On what it means to be living up to the expectations:
I think everybody in this building and hopefully my teammates knew what type of player I was. It was just the opportunity. Like I said, it was having a guy playing last year at an unbelievable level and we went with the hot hand. I do not think anybody was discouraged with the way I can play. Those guys they are on the practice field with me and see what I can do out there. From the outside, yeah they are probably going to have to say so but I never let those outside people affect me. Never did and never will. I just come to work every day and try to get better.
RB Fred Jackson
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On how he is feeling:
I feel good, obviously not where I want to be. But I feel good from looking at the film and getting evaluated. Hopefully things happen sooner and better than later.
On the hit looking worse than it really was:
Yea definitely, I know just from talking to some of my teammates initially it looked a lot worse than what it really is and even from talking to everyone who saw it on TV. I was blessed that I came out of it with what I did come out of it with.
On if he thought it was a bad hit:
I don't know, I don't have any problem with it. It's just how you get hit sometimes. You get hit low, I got hit low. He did what he felt he had to do to bring me down. I'm not going to tell him how he is supposed to tackle.
On his leg injury from the Jets game:
I was able to get my left leg out from under me so that saved my left leg and my right leg took the brunt of it. I was blessed to be able to come away from it with a minor injury that I did get.
On if he will be back in four weeks:
Without a doubt, hopefully sooner. I will definitely be back within four weeks.
WR Donald Jones
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On the interceptions in the Jets game:
In this offense you can't really go the wrong way because the quarterback is throwing on anticipation. You and him have to be on the same page. You have to see the same things that he sees and if you don't something like that can happen. It really is just how this offense is and we work on that every day in practice.
On if getting reps in the slot position in the preseason will help him now:
Yea definitely, getting those reps on the inside in the spring and summer, they definitely have helped out on what I am going to have to do now. Nothing has changed. I am used to it I have been doing it. Even though I played outside last year and I played in the slot my first year, I have done it in the spring, so nothing has changed and we will get the job change.
On if he feels in sync with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick:
I feel like we are good. Having that preseason definitely helped out. Last year, we didn't have that preseason so being able to have those OTAs and training camp definitely helped out with the chemistry. We are good.
On how versatile he feels he can make the slot position:
I can do everything that they ask of a slot receiver to do whether that is block or being down in the end blocking a linebacker. Anything they want from screens to any type of routes in the field I can do it all. Whatever they ask me to do I'll do it and I'll be good at it.
DT Kyle Williams
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On how to not overreact:
I think this game and the business of it is that you are only as good as your last performance. Good or bad, outside of locker room and as you view it from the outside in it is easy to say 'oh, OK they are bad. End of story.' Next week if we play well and we win, it is 'oh, maybe it is not as bad as we thought. Maybe it is one of those things.' I think in here we view it as one of those things. We laid an egg. There is nothing we can do about it. We turned the ball over and we did not get any turnovers--all kinds of things happened in the game that just piled up on us.
I think we did the same thing to Kansas City last year first game of the year. They turned the ball over and we scored off of their turnovers. They did not play well enough on defense and boom we blew them out. Then they come back and finish 8-8 last year. Obviously we want to do better than that, but one game does not end the world.
On what Chiefs RB Peyton Hillis can do:
I think he gives them a little bit of physical change up. He is a guy that can press the running game, make one cut and be a physical runner. Press the ball downhill. Whereas (Jamaal) Charles, he can hit it anywhere. Tons of speed. I think what (Hillis) does is he brings more of a physical aspect in the running game than Charles--he is a little different. More elusive and more speed.
On Chiefs QB Matt Cassel running with the ball:
Yeah, he will pull it down and run with it if you get some kind of man coverage. If your rushers get behind him he will tuck it and run. He can make some plays with his feet too.
SS George Wilson
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On moving forward after Sunday's game:
Move past it, move forward. We have to look at the film, we have to correct the mistakes and the focus is 100-percent on the Kansas City Chiefs.
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