Chan Gailey of the Buffalo Bills sounds more like a psychologist lately than an NFL head coach.
Last week around this time, Gailey questioned his team's toughness. On Monday, he told Buffalo radio station WGR that he is worried about the Bills' psyche after back-to-back blowouts to the New England Patriots (52-28) and San Francisco 49ers (45-3).
"If you're not worried about the psyche of your football team after two losses then I think you’re sticking your head in the sand," Gailey said. "Yes, I'm concerned about the psyche of our football team. You got beat twice bad, you’re going to worry about it."
Earlier Monday, I pointed out that last season Buffalo was unable to stop its losing streak from going too far downhill. The Bills started fast but lost eight of their last nine. This is a young team that doesn’t know how to win consistently. It takes mental and physical toughness and the ability to handle adversity.
The Bills have talent but I'm not sure they have the kind of toughness needed to win consistently. Gailey sounds unsure of that, as well. The Buffalo head coach basically called his team mentally weak before the 49ers game, and instead of responding the Bills went out and laid another egg in a 45-3 defeat.
Buffalo (2-3) is in a fragile state and will be tested again Sunday on the road against the Arizona Cardinals (4-1).
Will the Bills bounce back? Even the head coach isn't sure.