INDIANAPOLIS -- Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey was quick to say there will be a place for defensive tackle Kyle Williams in their new 3-4 defense, but wasn't as definitive when asked about running back Marshawn Lynch's future with the club.
Gailey spoke to reporters Thursday morning at the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium. While he previously refrained from commenting on individual players because the revamped football ops department was evaluating the roster, he touched on a number of subjects.
Gailey laughed when he conceded he would "sidestep" questions about the Bills' quarterback situation. But on the subject of Williams, a fifth-year pro who doesn't seem like a natural 3-4 defender, Gailey lit up.
"He's a very good football player," Gailey said. "Kyle can be productive in whatever defense you put him in. I don't see that changing at all. He'll be a very productive player."
So there's a spot for Williams on the Bills' roster?
"Oh, yeah," Gailey replied with conviction.
The next question was about Lynch and whether the Bills will consider trading the running back who constantly seems to be getting into trouble. Lynch, a Pro Bowler in 2008, was suspended for three games last season for repeated misbehavior and eventually lost his job to Fred Jackson.
Gailey didn't shoot down the trade talk.
"Marshawn is an excellent football player," Gailey said. "The guy's extremely talented, can catch the ball, can run it. He can run with power. He can get around the edge. He's a very good football player. I hope we're able to take him and use him."
Gailey didn't elaborate on how the Bills would use Lynch, as a player or an asset to move.
"We have a couple guys that are good football players at that position, and we need to build off that," Gailey said. "I'm not so sure that today it doesn't take two quality guys to get you through a season. We're finding that more and more and more in our league. The players are getting so much bigger and stronger and faster that the collisions are bigger every year. It takes you a couple guys to be able to get you through a year."
The Bills are trying to establish a winning culture after a decade without a postseason appearance.
I asked Gailey how Lynch's character factors into that evolution.
"I don't know," Gailey said. "I've not had a chance to meet him. He hasn't been back in town. So I haven't had a chance to talk with him, and I hope I have a chance to do that here shortly. I don't know that answer."