Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Chan Gailey had a couple interesting decisions today
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey was faced with two interesting calls today that were undoubtedly tough choices.
The Bills took the lead 33-28 at the end of the third quarter when Steve Johnson caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick. At that point, the Bills could go for a two-point conversion to try to pad their lead to seven points. If they converted it, and the Titans managed another touchdown drive, the Bills would at least still be tied.
Gailey, however, opted to go for the extra point instead. The Bills went up by six points, but never scored again in the game. The single-point difference proved to be the margin of the loss.
The other decision was a battle of wills with Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. The situation was the Titans were faced with a four down and nine yards with 1:30 left. The Titans were confident enough in their offense that they decided to let the clock run all the way down to 1:03 before they called a timeout. On the very next play, the Titans hit a 15-yard touchdown pass, and they never relinquished the game.
While the Titans were letting the clock run down, Gailey must have thought about calling his own time out to preserve some clock for his offense. If the Titans failed to convert the fourth-down play, the Bills could still run out the clock and ice the game. If the Titans scored, the Bills would have had 1:30 left to work with, instead of just 1:03.
Both decisions came back to hurt Gailey and the Bills. It is easy to point out decisions like this in hindsight, but they still need to be addressed because they were key factors in the outcome.