Gailey says Bills looking to improve


Gailey says Bills looking to improve

By Mary Paoletti Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
FOXBORO -- Though their 2-0 records are identical, coach Chan Gailey says his Bills and the Patriots are very different teams. No kidding. It wasn't expressed as a statement -- there's no need, with New England holding a 15-0 series advantage since 2003. It was in the way he described each, independently of one another.

"They do a great job," Gailey said of the Patriots Wednesday. "And it looks like it doesn't matter who they plug in where, they do a great job. Everybody's on the same page. That's almost the highest compliment you can give to an offense is when everybody's on the same page.

"Obviously, that has a lot to do with Tom Brady and the way he runs the offense. He's a great quarterback when you look at physical talent. But he's even better when you see the way he manages the game and controls the tempo and does all the little things to help his team be successful."

Gailey's 2010 arrival in Buffalo was nothing like the dramatic entrance of, say, Rex Ryan in New York. There were no booming promises of Super Bowl trips, no delusions of -- or even allusions to -- grandeur. With just one season over .500 since 2004, the Bills' coaching search was long and it was painful; the team swung and missed on interviews more than once before landing Gailey.

You can see how, where the Patriots strive for dominance, Buffalo hopes for . . . improvement.

"I know one thing: If you lose you don't stay in this business very long," Gailey said. "If you win, sometimes people think you're better than you really are. The key is to try to do your best each week and help your team improve. We've gotten better personnel, our guys understand our systems better and we've been fortunate to win two games."

Here he sounds a bit modest.

The Bills actually look like a better team this season. They didn't just squeak through the first two weeks, they put up the numbers to lead the NFL in average rushing yards (190.0 per game), points per game (39.5), and touchdowns (10).

It makes more sense that Gailey is being cautious. Vanquished Week 1 opponent, Kansas City, isn't exactly the same kind of competitor as New England.

"I think everybody's excited and looking forward to it, but we're in a society of 'What have you done for me lately?' And it's been good the first two weeks and you've got to keept p it going or things turn in a hurry. We have to concentrate each and every week to win ourselves a ballgame. We're not a dominant team yet and we hope to be there one day. But we're blue collar, going to work everyday and we're just trying to get better," he said.

"I think our guys understand about hard work, they understand about going out and getting better each day and they also have learned the systems better. Like I said earlier, too, we've picked up some good players that have helped us on both sides of the ball. When everybody gets closer to the same page you give yourself a chance to be more successful."

A win on Sunday would be a huge step in the right direction. But Gailey isn't looking for the Bills to define themselves by Week 3, no matter what the outcome.

There's a long way yet to go.

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ESPN’s Mortensen: Deflategate coverage led to death threats


ESPN’s Mortensen: Deflategate coverage led to death threats

In an expansive profile on The, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says he and his wife were subjected to death threats because of Mortensen’s Deflategate coverage.

After the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game victory in January 2015, Mortensen tweeted information he said he received from a source that has long since been proven incorrect. The info - that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs in the game were underinflated by 2 pounds - remained uncorrected on Twitter and in an story for more than six months.  

The controversy over Mortensen’s reporting drew the ire of Patriots fans, many of whom blamed the tweet and his story for fanning the flames of what eventually led to a four-game suspension for Tom Brady and a $1 million fine and loss of draft picks for the Patriots. 

Mortensen, who has subsequently undergone treatment for cancer, told The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis that the threats led him to tell his wife Micki that he didn’t want her traveling with him from their home in Arkansas to Bristol, Connecticut when he did studio work for ESPN. 

“What bothered me is we’re in an era where if your wife goes onto social media, she basically reads that they want you to die,” Mortensen said. “Even after I got cancer, I got some death wishes.”

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“My job is to protect her,” he said. When Mort himself came to Bristol, he behaved like someone who was living under a public threat. He went straight from the ESPN studio to his home, avoiding restaurants and rarely appearing in public.

Mortensen said after his initial tweet, a second source, with whom he had a better relationship, told him to used a broader description of the footballs, i.e. call them “significantly underinflated.”  Mortensen now acknowledges that information should have given him pause.

“That should have raised the journalist in me to a higher level,” he told the Ringer. “I’ve got to ask some more questions here. What are we talking about, 2 pounds under? But, no, I got to get on TV.”

Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: Edelman still limited


Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: Edelman still limited

FOXBORO -- Even though Dion Lewis returned to practice on Thursday, there were no changes to the Patriots injury report.

Because Lewis remains on the physically unable to perform list, he does not count against the active roster, and the team is not required to list his participation level following practices. The Patriots have three weeks to activate Lewis, and whenever they do, he'll be eligible to show up on the participation report.

There were no changes to New England's injury report, meaning that tight end Martellus Bennett, receiver Julian Edelman and linebacker Jamie Collins all continue to be limited. Edelman has been limited with a foot injury since before his team's Week 6 matchup with the Browns. Despite just nine catches for 65 yards in Tom Brady's first two games back from suspension, Edelman bounced back against the Steelers and reeled in nine passes for 60 yards.

The Bills continue to be hampered by a variety of ailments. Linebacker Zach Brown, who almost single-handedly ruined Patriots plans back in Week 4, missed Thursday's workout with an illness, as did guard Richie Incognito. Running back LeSean McCoy missed practice for the second straight day with a hamstring injury, and receiver Marquis Goodwin was out with a concussion. 

Here's Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots and Bills:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)

T Seantreal Henderson (back)

LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)