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November 14, 2012

Bills WR questions play call in Pats loss

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“We talk a lot about turning the corner,” Johnson said. “You look at it on paper, and all that’s great. But we’re still getting losses.”

Coach Chan Gailey, on Monday, took the blame for what happened against New England by saying he should’ve called a different play.

Gailey added McCourty positioned himself in such a way that forced Graham to make a decision whether to go in front or behind him. And, Gailey added that Graham wasn’t the first option on the play.

Graham took the blame for what happened immediately following the game and again yesterday, when informed of Johnson’s comments.

“That’s fine. I appreciate that,” Graham said. “But it was my fault. Somebody’s got to take the blame for it.”

Graham added that he had indeed practiced the play, but not since training camp.

Johnson raised his concerns after being asked why the Bills have had difficulty making plays in the clutch.

After saying he didn’t know, Johnson then said: “You’ve got to go to the players that give you the best chance at winning the game. And if we don’t make it, then we don’t make it.”

The Bills have lost in many fashions this season. They squandered a 21-7 second half lead in a 52-28 loss to New England on Sept. 30. They followed that up with being blown out in a 45-3 loss at San Francisco a week later. Then there was their 35-34 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 21, when Fitzpatrick’s interception in the final two minutes led to the Titans scoring their decisive touchdown.

Add it up, and the Bills have lost five of six and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the 13th straight season.

And this marked the second straight week Gailey’s been second-guessed, but the first time by his own player. Last week, several reporters questioned why Gailey ran the ball just five times in the second half of a 21-9 loss at Houston despite Buffalo having one of the NFL’s top running attacks.

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