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— Look, I know how ugly this football game was, pretty much start to finish. Still it’s very, very important that you make amends with some of the factors outside the Bills control. In no way am I forgiving this performance, but the Niners are an elite team coming off a 34-0 beating of the Jets in New York. The Bills were without a number of starting offensive linemen and their second-choice right guard played injured. On top of all that, the game was being played on the West Coast, which is a notable obstacle The odds were stacked against them just to keep it close. They went with the odds.
— If there was a quarterback on this team worth a roster spot, Fitz would’ve been replaced after that wounded duck interception in the third quarter.
— It’s not often that Fitzpatrick’s quotes bother me, but this one killed me today. He was asked whether this loss was catastrophic. Instead of even a mild sneer, he didn’t even reject the notion.
“It’s tough. It’s tough on team morale now being 2-3. You can’t let these losses linger. I didn’t feel like we came into this game still with some wounds from New England, but we got beat bad by a better team today.”
Say, “No,” Ryan. AT LEAST give us the “one game at a time” baloney. Holy moly.
— See that’s the thing: I hate overdramatizing failure or success, especially early in the season. I had some Twitter arguments with Bills fans during the first half about how quickly they kicked out their own gallows’ stools, but this was horribly, historically bad. I wasn’t even aware it was possible to allow 621 yards of offense. San Francisco gained 417 more yards than the Bills. Yes, it was that bad.
— There isn’t a less-appreciated starting quarterback in America than Alex Smith, at least by Bills fans. The sheer volume of Tweets and other media that couldn’t understand why he’s been successful is stunning. I know he’s on the Left Coast, but he’s also a former No.1 pick whose head coach is one of the top QB gurus active. He has 24 touchdowns and six picks since the start of 2011 and that’s not counting his 5 TD and 0 INT in two playoff games.
— The post to make — and I plan to — is about Buddy Nix rather than Fitz or Gailey. Fitz has certainly been inadequate, but how about these questions for Nix: no suitable backup QB, 5th & 6th rd picks in THIS year’s draft cut, no linebackers. I’m not sure we can make any judgments about Gailey. He hasn’t had too many big decisions to make.
— The Bills had 10 first downs. TEN. The quarterback isn’t doing anything for them right now and the line is doing less. Someone needs to grab soccer’s magic spray and put it all over Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik. The Urbik injury is especially troubling given how quickly San Francisco knifed through the line.
— Nothing in this game could be called a “killer,” but Chandler’s fumble was close. Any look at momentum was kicked directly in the groin when the ball hit the carpet. Glad they reviewed that one so I had time to give the old college try to swallowing my tongue.
— The defense wasn’t world class bad… they were historically bad. If the Bills were Russia, Alexander Mogilny would’ve showed up to Buffalo in 1989 speaking French. There’s apparently a hole in coordinator Dave Wannestedt’s defensive philosophy. That hole is the space between the defensive line and the end zone. It may include the end zone. Buffalo appears horrible at tackling and covering receivers. The linebackers are perhaps the worst performing unit in the country. Almost all of the corners look lost.
— I want to say, “No one’s getting fired,” but I’m just not sure.
— You want to say the star players on offensive aren’t stepping up, but how can you (not counting Fitz as a star, obviously)? Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller didn’t get a ton of chances, Stevie Johnson needs the ball to come near him in order to catch it.
Stat line I liked…
Shawn Powell, four punts, 45 yd average
— WALL OF FAMER
Stat line I didn’t like…
The rest of them?
For real? Okay, fine. Dareus wasn’t miserable. Lindell kicked a field goal. Yahoo.
— Aaaaaaaaaaaæaaaaaäaaaaaaåaaaaaaah, Pt. II.
— On the road again in Arizona (Fitz’s home state). Fortunately, the Cardinals are a poor 3-1 football team. If the offensive line is still this “shambly” (word?), look for Arizona to put up a 31-20 win. Hey, if the Bills ‘D’ is going to mail it in, get me some stamps, too. Make ’em shambly ones.