PHOENIX (AP) - The mood of Buffalo's players and the Bills' performance the last two weeks have a lot in common, defensive tackle Kyle Williams says.
"We stink," Williams said. "We have stunk the last two weeks." Williams said. "It seems we have a long, long way to go. We have to figure out a way to get better." I am still optimistic about where we could go. "There's a difference between being disappointed and discouraged. We've got a lot of football left to play, but that being said, we have to get a lot better fast."
Coupled with a 52-28 loss to New England the previous week, the Bills high-priced defense has proven porous, having surrendered a combined 1,201 yards a franchise mark and the most by an NFL team in consecutive weeks since 1950, when the New York Yanks allowed 1,227
The Bills (2-3) find themselves in crisis upon arriving at their resort in Phoenix, where they'll spend the week preparing for Sunday's game against Arizona. Buffalo elected to stay out west rather than fly home after playing at San Francisco in a bid to save on travel time.
And this trip is proving to be no vacation for an underperforming team that's already facing questions about whether its defense is as good as advertised this offseason.
Following a franchise worst 5,938 yards surrendered last season, the Bills raised expectations by signing defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year, $100 million contract and tackle Mark Anderson to a four-year $27 million deal.
The Bills have been outscored 90-17 over the past six quarters. Against New England, Buffalo became only the second NFL team to allow two receivers and two rushers to break 100 yards and against the 49ers the Bills became the first team to allow 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing.
"You can use a number of words including some I can't say right now," linebacker Kelvin Sheppard said. "Embarrassing, disgusting in those numbers. I wouldn't use the word shocked just disappointed and disgusted."
After suffering two of the worst loses in franchise history, keeping the team's morale and confidence up will be difficult.
"You have your head in the sand if you do not worry about confidence, moral and all of those terms that we all use," Gailey said." I addressed it with the team. What I reminded them is they have done it before, to not lose confidence in themselves. I have seen them; we have all seen them do it before so I know it can be done."
Following the two routs, questions have been raised about how this team was built and whether Gailey and GM Buddy Nix might be held accountable.
"I am always worried about the job I do. I do not worry about employment. I worry about doing the job I have been hired to do," Gailey said. "We have not done an acceptable job the last couple of weeks and I understand that. We are in a production business. That is where we are. If we do not get it straightened out it is going to be a long hard season. We have to get it straightened out."