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Bills look ahead to Toronto game vs. Seahawks

The Bills face Seattle Sunday int heir annual game played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.  Below are comments from Wednesday's media session, beginning with head coach Chan Gailey:

Q: Will DE Mark Anderson make it out for practice today?
A: Yes. He will be on the field today. I do not know how long he can go because conditioning is part of it. We have to let him get some reps and let him get his feet back under him. He will be on the field, which is great.
Q: Does he have to practice for a couple of weeks or is there a chance he will play this Sunday?
A: Yeah, there is a slight chance he will play this week. There is. There is a chance he will play this week. It depends on how he feels and how he goes through practice. Does he get really sore? You know how that goes. We just have to wait and see toward the end of the week how he feels after going through a few days of practice.
Q: Where is C Eric Wood now?
A: Getting closer. They have not ruled him out for the last two games, but they have not told me that it is a definite that he will. It is somewhere between those two. That is one of those definite maybes, one of those situations.
Q: So he is still out for this week?
A: Yes.
Q: How does them keeping a linebacker in while playing nickel impact your thoughts on the running game?
A: Well first of all, they are a good run defense. It does not matter who is playing. They play good run defense out of nickel. They are 10th in the league in rush defense and third overall in defense. They are a great defense in every respect. You just have to make a plan for it, be able to try to get on a hat, make blocks and give C.J. (Spiller) some room to run.
Q: Do you see opportunities against this run defense?
A: It is what we hope, yeah. We hope there are opportunities and we hope we take advantage of the opportunities we get to make some runs.
Q: There is a perception out there that QB Tarvaris Jackson is not smart enough for this offense...
A: No. That is the furthest thing from the truth. You go in and ask him about our offense, he knows what is going on. He just has not had any reps. The speed of doing things in 20 seconds, he can answer it. He knows it. It is not like he does not know it. It is just a matter of him getting the reps at it and there is just no opportunity during the course of a season to get a guy reps doing things with the speed of the game. You can go out there, let him throw individual routes and things like that but just the speed of the game and a new offense is very, very difficult.
Q: Have you utilized him yet in terms of the Seahawks being his former team?
A: Yes. We have talked to him a lot about personnel more than anything. Not scheme, but more personnel and what he feels about their guys' strengths and weaknesses. We have talked to him a lot.
Q: How much of a factor can that really make?
A: Probably less than people think. It has some impact on some things you think about and ways you may set up some run or pass situations. You really have to go by what is on film because there are some new people there as well. It has some impact, but maybe not to the extent that people think.
Q: Do you ever have to alter things when you are playing against a former player?
A: I do not, but if I get a feel for it during the game that is a factor then we adjust in the game. You have got something in the back of your mind that you can go to if you think it is a problem. You do not go into making adjustments assuming. You go in with your normal stuff and then if you see that maybe they are over there calling out plays or calling out signals then you might have to make an adjustment.
Q: Are you going to push hard to resign Jackson?
A: Buddy (Nix) and I have not talked about that at all, but I would think that would certainly be in the plans. Yes.
Q: In the pre-draft process, did you get a chance to spend time with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson? And if so, what did you think of him?
A: Yes. Extremely impressed. He is a great leader, he is extremely smart and he is extremely productive. If you took away the size, he was right up there with the top quarterbacks. That is what everybody had a problem with. He had done it in college, but you always have that thing in the back of your mind. He has proved everybody wrong and proved himself right. He is an impressive player and an impressive person.
Q: What were your impressions of Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and what are they now at this point?
A: I thought he was a very good running back when he was here and I think he is a very good running back still today. He has been extremely productive there and he is running hard. He seems to feel a lot more comfortable there. I do not know that, you would have to ask him that. It seems like he has really fit in well and things are going well for him right now.
Q: Might have there been a lack of comfort here and that is why he ended up being the odd man out?
A: I do not know. That happened so fast when I was here. We were just still trying to evaluate everybody when we made the decision to go the direction we did.
Q: But he was the odd man out?
A: Yeah. He was.
Q: Any insight onto why it was him?
A: I guess we liked those other two guys better at that point. That is why you normally make a decision.
Q: How much of a distraction for you has been the speculation over your job?
A: I get up every morning and do my job the best I can. I cannot worry about all that stuff.
Q: How much did Lynch's off the field stuff factor in?
A: If you let that become too much of a factor, sometimes it can sway decisions that are not good for a football team. You have to make decisions that are good for the football team based on the talent that you have and the talent that you have accumulated. We were loaded up there and we had an opportunity to get value so we took advantage of the opportunity.
Q: What is it that is making him play so well now?
A: I do not know. You would have to ask him that, but he is playing well.
Q: What do you see on film from him?
A: Well I see the same thing I saw when I got here and watched film. He is a big, strong man that has better quickness than people give him credit for. Extremely good balance. He is a really good running back.
Q: Do you anticipate keeping the offensive line the same as last week?
A: Yes. We will keep that the same. Try to create some continuity.
Q: What are your thoughts about going up to Toronto?
A: That has been an enjoyable trip for me. We are 1-1 up there. Last year it really felt like a home game. The first year it was a little bit more of a neutral site, but last year it felt like a home game. That is what you hope to create and continue to develop where that becomes like a game right here. If we can get that, that would be great.
Q: Is it frustrating to only have seven true home games?
A: Frustrating is not winning. Frustrating is not where you play. Frustrating is not winning, so you have to win wherever you are. You would rather be at home. Everybody would rather be at home. You cannot play 16 at home so you play the way it is scheduled.
Q: Do you think there should be a deal for you to play in Toronto?
A: I am not into deal making.
Q: Do you look at Seattle as a model of a rebuilding team?
A: No. They have done a good job. They have built their defense and got it extremely strong to this point. Their offense is starting to come on and they have done a good job overall of where they are. Everybody tries to say 'Is this a model? Is that a model?' Every place is different. Every situation is different and it takes a different amount of time. It takes different people coming together. The right people coming together at the right time to get that done. I do not know if it is a model, but they are doing it the way I believe. You get the defense set and then you work to get the offense done.
Q: Is getting where they are what you hope to accomplish here?
A: What are they? 8-5? I hope we are better at some point--a lot better than that.
Q: Did you consider Wilson at all?
A: Sure. Everybody had a high opinion of him. It is just where you would have taken him. Everybody had a high opinion of him.
Q: What is your policy in terms of talking to guys who have questions or concerns?
A: They can come in my office any time. They know my office is open. I have had guys come in this year and talk about it. Anybody can come in my office anytime they want to and ask me.
Q: RB C.J. Spiller said he had a great conversation with you. Is that kind of what you are talking about there?
A: Yeah. He and I talked the other day. He is a great guy. He is a true pro. It is great to have him on our football team on top of being a great player.
Q: Is there anything that Spiller needs to prove Sunday and over the final couple games?
A: Did you ask him?
Q: I did.
A: What did he say?
Q: He said 'It is not up to me to satisfy Joe-blow down the street. It is however many carries I get.'
A: That is a good answer.
Q: Where did you have Wilson graded?
A: You know I am not answering that. I know, but I am not answering it.
Q: Is this team better now than when you first got the job?
A: I believe it is, but we are in a production business. Right now we have not produced to that fact, but I believe we are.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Q: What is your incentive for these last three games?
A: It is one of those things there has been a lot of disappointment this year. But you kind of think these last three games could go either way which I know are not going to be the case. But if you quit then you start feeling sorry for yourself. You finish losing all three games and all of a sudden you are sitting at 5-11. That is not a good feeling. We have to make sure that we are professionals and are coming into work. I know that everybody talks about the playoff picture, but for us we are sitting at 5-8. There are a lot more things we have to worry about and do. That is not really in our minds right now. We are trying to finish at 8-8 and getting to the offseason on a much higher note than we are right now. I think that is what you look at right now, just going out there and winning these last three games. We have a tough opponent this week. It will be a tough game for us. We have to make sure everybody is preparing like we are going to the playoffs and preparing to win the game. I think we will be OK.
Q: Can you talk about the Seahawks commitment to slow down the run game and get you in long passing situations?
A: They do a good job of that and even just bringing an extra player in the box. You can see they are a big, physical team just in terms of the size of their safeties and corners. I know one of them is out, but big, physical team. We are going to have to have some runs that are maybe one, two yard runs. Try to eliminate the negative plays and then just stay with it. Try to get some of those big runs out of C.J. (Spiller).
Q: Given how things have gone, some might say it might be a benefit to get out of town for a home game.
A: I guess I am not too worried about that. We are just worried about going out there and having a great week of practice. The one thing we know going into this game are the elements. We are not going to be playing in the weather. I think if there is a bonus, maybe it is that. Other than that, we just have to go out there and play.
Q: Does Toronto still feel like a neutral site atmosphere even though you won there last year?
A: I do not want to make any headlines or be controversial here. I think there was a radio show about me yesterday. The atmosphere is different. I think everybody knows that. It's much different than the Ralph in terms of the noise and the intensity. We have to be able to take advantage of we are going to have more fans there than they will. We have to be able to take advantage of that.
Q: Teams have had some success running on the Seahawks. Do you guys feel like you can do some things in the run game to the them?
A: Yeah, we think so. That is something we try to focus on every week. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it does not. With C.J. (Spiller) now the guy, the guy that is going to get the majority of the carries--he has a great opportunity and a great challenge. I know he is excited for it.
Q: What is your mindset about the passing game with teams who are going to try to load up on RB C.J. Spiller?
A: This team in particular, they do that a lot. There was some stuff with Calvin Johnson where they did not do it as much. This is what they do, no matter who it is. We have to find a way to get some positive runs out of it. We have to find a way to just continue to give him the ball. As we have seen this season with him, every game at some point he is going to break out and have a big run, a big catch or whatever it is and get down the field. We have to give him as many opportunities as we can to do that.
Q: Do you find that you guys run more effectively out of spread?
A: I think that is just who we are. Schematically that is what we do. I think the Jacksonville game was a little bit different in terms of getting down there and running the ball with bigger people I guess. A lot of what we do is the spread them out type of stuff and I think that is what we are most effective at.
Q: Are there going to be some things you do different so you do not get hit as much as you did last week?
A: That is part of it and I said it after the game that I probably could have done a better job on some of those of staying in a little bit better. I come out of last week with the two guys up front with more confidence than I had going into the game. I thought they played about expectations and did a good job. Quarterbacks are going to get hit. You watch the film, the Seattle film-they get after the quarterback. Whether it is with their different blitzes and what they do on third-down or first- and second-down stuff, they get after the passer pretty good. That is just part of the position. You have to be able to stand in there and deliver. As long as I am able to get the ball out, the hits are fine. You almost welcome those.
Q: Can guys go in behind closed doors and talk to HC Chan Gailey if they have a disagreement with play calling or something like that?
A: A lot of it we, Chan and I, have a lot of discussions whether it is before a game, leading up with a game plan and all of that. Maybe mixing things around because I am more comfortable with it. Afterwards we will always review the tape together and work over situations and talk about what I did well, what he thinks I could have done better and just things that he thinks he could have done better. For me and him there is an open line of communication. I think if anybody else has an issue with it, a lot of it goes through me.
Q: Is there something that RB C.J. Spiller has to prove here going up against a stout defense?
A: I do not know if there is anything he needs to prove. I think he has had a, going back to the end of last year, pretty nice run and yards per carry and all of that stuff. The Miami game he had a lot of touches and kind of showed that he can be a guy that can carry the ball, ground and pound type stuff. I do not know if he is going into this game thinking he has anything he needs to prove. He might have a little bit more edge to him in this game because he knows he is going to be the feature guy.
Q: Is getting into a controlled environment a welcomed thing for a quarterback?
A: Yeah, I think so just because you know what you are getting especially home games here in December. We view that as an advantage in terms of the weather and being able to do better in the elements than teams that are coming in. But yeah as a quarterback I think you enjoy knowing that you are not going to have any wind, rain or sleet. With the game plan, too-you can game plan accordingly and not have to have that backup plan in terms of what happens if the weather turns south.
Q: A lot of people who call radio shows are asking is QB Tarvaris Jackson too dumb to master the offense. What is your response to that?
A: No. He is a bright guy. He has played in the league. I think we talked about it a couple weeks ago, but he was put in a tough situation in terms of having to come in when he did and in terms of where we are as an offense. It is not an easy situation for a guy who has had no experience in it to not have a training camp or anything to be able to come in with no reps be able to master an offense.
Q: We did not see RB Fred Jackson and Spiller on the field together too much. What do you think about how much it happened and the difficulties of having two running backs on the field?
A: I think part of it had to do with injuries. Fred (Jackson) getting hurt right away and C.J. kind of getting a shoulder. Not knowing if both guys were going to be available for the whole game all the time. I think that went into it because as soon as you lose one of them you kind of lose that package. We have not seen it as much this year and it might have been because of the injury stuff and just the uncertainty of whether you were going to have them both throughout a complete game or not.
Q: Do you see Seattle as almost a model you want to follow in terms of rebuilding?
A: Not really. I am not too familiar with their team this year and the last few years just because we do not get to see them play a whole lot. I do not think so.
Q: How much has the talk of your coach's future been a distraction for this team?
A: Not at all. I think a lot of that stuff, as professionals, we are just coming in every week and just trying to dive into the game plan, trying to dive into figuring out how to win next week and the coming up game. That stuff, all of a sudden in the offseason you start paying attention to whether it is yourself, your teammates or your coach. Whoever it is, but during the season it is not much of an issue.
Q: Do you have your Gangnam Style dance ready?
A: I think you pronounced that wrong, actually.
Q: Is it a little unfair to play just seven true home games?
A:That might be a little bit above my head. I think Russ Brandon is probably a better guy to ask about that. It is just we know that it is something we have to do every year and we have to be able to go there and whether it is a home game or not we have to be able to go up there and show up.
Q: Is there anything Tarvaris can provide because Seattle is his old team?
A: Yeah and most of it is just based on not necessarily scheme, but different personnel. And he knows those guys inside-and-out just in terms of whether it is the defense tackles, ends or DBs--just being able to give a little information here or there that you cannot really pick up from watching the film. There are a lot of questions that I have asked and that I will ask this week in terms of certain personnel and certain guys on the field. I think that is where he can provide the most help.
RB C.J. Spiller
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Q: Do have any thought to the fact that Marshawn Lynch running the ball on the other side?
A: He is a hard runner. He is a physical runner. Hope he has the worst game ever, nah I mean he is a great guy though. I enjoyed my time while he was here. I really became close with him, really learned a lot from him, the way he prepared. He's a physical runner. He is one of the best ones in the league doing what he does.
Q: When you look at Seattle's defense overall from the games before there is some opportunities to break some runs isn't there?
A: Well you are just going to have to take what they give you. You can't go in there thinking that you can break them every time because those guys are fast, physical and fly around so it is going to be a crowded box is what I expect. I just have to take what they give me and if a big one breaks I got to hopefully take advantage of it. I can't go into the game pressing that is going to be the biggest thing. I can't go into the game pressing for it.
Q: How do you feel about going up and playing a game up in Toronto?
A: Well I just was up there a couple a days ago and the fans are really excited and I'm probably guessing that is due to the hockey lockout season. But they really got 90% of the tickets sold, but they are excited, I am excited. To me football is football it doesn't matter where you play it you still have to go out there and get your job done. It is definitely different especially this time of the year when you have the bad weather, the coldness, but for this game I don't think the outside will affect Seattle just because they are an outdoor team as well.
Q: With all the talk about your coach has that been distracting to you guys this week or yourself personally?
A: No, not at all. He is our coach here. He is going to continue to be our coach. It shouldn't be a distraction to any of us.
Q: Are you looking forward to playing against Marshawn Lynch?
A: I'm just looking forward to going against their defense. He is not going to be out there trying to chase me and make the tackles. So, I am just looking forward to seeing how we stack up against another elite defense.
Q: Did you get a chance to talk to coach about what he meant when he said that you were winded?
A: Yeah we did, we talked. It is very confidential. I understood what he said and he understood what I said.
Q: You feel good about the conversation?
A: Yeah the conversation went great. It wasn't just about that it was about other things too as well. I think you should be able to go and talk to your boss.
WR Stevie Johnson
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Q: What do you make of this guy (PSY). I mean you like to put out a few tunes out on YouTube and stuff like that what do you make of the 800 or 900 million hits?
A: Yeah it is amazing. He came up on a catchy song. It's amazing though the feedback that he has gotten. More power to PSY.
Q: Now what about this team that put up 58 points against Arizona. They have a good defense. What are the challenges for you guys to move forward?
A: I mean it is a great defense just looking at them. They strip the ball, they play physical, they move fast and they are athletes. I know it is going to be a tough one for us. I still think we can take advantage of their defense. They play a lot of man they play some three and what not, but I think we can take advantage of it.
Q: Are you okay with this game going up there, you are losing a home game because of it every year, are you okay playing up there or does it upset you losing a home game in your stadium?
A: It doesn't upset me. Our main objective is to get a win. That's pretty much the first focus, where we play at is secondary. We know that it isn't home game we know our fans want it to be played at the Ralph. It is what it is we play up in Toronto and that's it the rest is whatever.
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