The Buffalo Bills defense was supposed to be the back bone of this year’s team. So far through seven weeks of the NFL season it’s been their Achilles heel.
Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay ripped his defense today.
“Some way somehow we’ve got to understand what accountability means across the board, playing hard every play,” said Kelsay Monday after reviewing Sunday’s game tape. “You watch the film and not everybody was playing hard every snap and that’s unacceptable.”
Kelsay believes they need to hold each other accountable.
“At the end of the day that’s who is on the field,” he said. “Coaches coach and players play. We might have to grab guys by the shirt collar and tell them to get to moving. It’s nothing personal, but we’re relying on you. Myself included. If I’m not doing my job I expect Kyle (Williams) to grab me by the neck and tell me to get going. That’s what it’s going to take. We’ve got a lot of young guys. We’re going to get everybody on the same page.”
“Coaches call you out. We grade loafs,” he said. “We grade hard when guys aren’t playing hard and coaches are pointing it out, but maybe it’ll mean more when it’s coming from players. Maybe as leaders some of us have let some things slide and we can’t do that. We’re not going to allow it.”
“You’re only as good as the effort you put forth. I don’t care who it is,” said Kelsay. “I’d take
Mario Williams at full health and full speed probably over anybody else in the league. At the same time I’d take Sean Ferguson, who we cut, over a guy that’s playing 50 percent, and I think our coaches would too. The playmakers have to make plays and the way you do that is giving all out effort every play.”
Kelsay says their preparation during the week is not tranlating to how they play on Sundays.
“It’s inexcusable. It comes back to your preparation and getting ready for a game,” Kelsay said. “I think we did that throughout the week. We practiced well and set ourselves up to perform well. but if you don’t play on Sunday and you can’t translate it to the game field then it’s all for naught.
“Our coaches put in a ton of time and a lot of effort. They didn’t do anything that we weren’t ready for. We get paid for Sunday and to win ball games and if you don’t do it on Sunday it doesn’t matter what you do during the week. It’s important. It’s our livelihood. It’s a blessing to be in this league and to go out there and lay an egg there are no excuses for it.”
The Bills were predicted to have one of the best defenses in the NFL and they’ve had one of the worst. This is why you can’t crown a champion during the offseason.