Bills coach confronts fans at training camp
Posted at: 08/24/2010 3:12 PM | Updated at: 08/24/2010 4:52 PM
By: Robin De Wind | WHEC.com
The Buffalo Bills wrapped up Training Camp at St. John Fisher Tuesday morning, and it ended with Coach Chan Gailey putting his foot down with a group of hecklers. Gailey went over to the group of teenagers standing near the railing after practice ended, and told them "If you dog one of us, you dog all of us," and said the players would not be coming over to that section to sign autographs.
Gailey then walked away without another word; those fans then left. The remaining crowd waited for players to sign autographs. Most Bills players signed autographs including quarterback Trent Edwards who was taking the blunt of the heckling.
"They said some things during practice that were derogatory to a couple of our players, and if you say something derogatory to one of us, you're saying it to all of us. So I told them, don't go sign it for that crew," said Gailey.
"I'm a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they're not playing very good baseball right now and I could probably go off on a couple of their players. I probably wouldn't say anything to their face, but if I did I would expect Joe Torre to come after me and say something to me. It's nice that I have a head coach that will do that, but they're more than willing to say whatever they want," said Edwards, Bills Quarterback.
Despite the incident, camp ended on a high note, players seemed relieved to be heading back to Buffalo with progress made over the past four weeks.
Coach Gailey says all four quarterbacks showed improvement, adding tough decisions still have to be made especially at wide receiver.
Players say there is more work to be done, but overall it was a good camp. "It feels good. It's always good to break camp. The longer you've been in it, the more training camps you've gone through, the less exciting it is I guess. It's just part of the job, it's what we do. I'm excited to get back and see my wife and my girls and spend a little bit more time with them. This is our job, this is what it's about and it's definitely needed," said Chris Kelsay, Bills OLB.