A day after a listless, lifeless and just downright horrible showing by the Bills during their 27-6 loss in Tampa Bay, accountability was the main topic during the player-interview segment during the hour the locker room was open to the media.
Offense and defense both played a role in the humiliating loss that all but officially killed the Bills' playoff hopes. The 4-9 team is still mathematically alive for the postseason but the odds of that happening are quite long, especially given Sunday's showing and a Week 15 contest on the road against the suddenly surging Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags (4-9) have won three in a row and four of their last five.
As a result the Bills find themselves in an all too familiar spot of thinking about next year and answering questions based on finding out who wants to be part of the solution to the riddle of the soon-to-be 14-year playoff drought.
“We want to get this thing turned around more than anybody because we’re the ones out there competing busting our butts," running back Fred Jackson said. "We don’t want to be sitting out here with four wins on the season with a 4-9 record. That’s not where we want to be. That’s not what we signed up to play this for. That’s not in our job description, come in and have a 4-9 season and be OK with it. That’s not what this locker room is about. We’ll continue working. We’re going to do everything we can to get these last three games under our belt and try to finish this thing with three wins.”
While Jackson said every Bill is in this together with a collective goal of winning, Kyle Williams' response regarding accountability seems to indicate the process is still on-going.
"If you don’t have everyone on the same page, you’re not going to be effective," Williams said. "If you have 40 guys who are accountable and doing the right things and you’re missing 10 it’s not good enough. … That’s something we really need to get everybody going.”
Should red flags go up with accountability being a source of discussion through 14 weeks of the season?
“I think you look at where we stand right now and everything is a red flag, everything is discouraging now. But we have to get guys, all of us, to respond and respond better,” Williams said.
-- Fred Jackson on coach Doug Marrone's comments on scaling back the playbook for rookie QB EJ Manuel: "It’s just what you have to do to help a young quarterback. … We’ve got to do what we can to help him. When you’re going to see a lot of defenses thrown at you in the NFL, it’s going to be tough to adjust to. One of the things we can do is scale back the playbook and help him in that fashion.”
-- C.J. Spiller on Sunday's stinker being a sign of regression by the Bills: “You can’t say it’s the same thing. Everybody’s still getting familiar with each other. Everybody’s still trying to figure things out, what we can do well and we just have to play well. We came in with high expectations. Our expectations was to make the playoffs. Obviously those chances are very slim now but that doesn’t mean this organization isn’t going in the right direction. We’ve got a great coach, we’ve got great leadership in Russ (Brandon) and Doug Whaley. They’re putting pieces together to make this organization a championship type of team. When you don’t see results right away everybody’s going to backlash and say it’s regression. To me, inside the building I feel this organization is headed in the right direction.”