The Bills' record in 2012 actually ties their performance from 2011. You would expect to see a bigger improvement in the third year of a coach taking over a team, but repeating another 6-10 season doesn't cut it. That doesn't really serve as an endorsement for Chan Gailey's chances of returning for a fourth year in Buffalo, no matter how often Buddy Nix swears that he likes the job Gailey is doing.
Nix, Buffalo's GM, who has been solidly in Gailey's corner, might also be part of a package of wholesale changes made by the team. Another potential casualty in this season of inconsistent and overly conservative play-calling is starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
There is a possibility that the entire trio of Gailey, Nix and Fitzpatrick will all be gone in 2013. If that is the case, whoever the Bills hire to take over will at least have a better core of players to build with than was the case when Nix took over prior to the start of the 2010 season.
But the NFL is all about winning, and that is something that has been in short supply under Gailey. His total after three years is 16-32, which is a win percentage of .333. In the games that mattered the most, against AFC East rivals, Gailey's teams went 4-14 in the AFC East. They have been outscored 561-346 in those 18 AFC East games, which includes today's outcome.
If that strikes you as being overly bad, then you shouldn't be too surprised if the organization opts to make a change sometime soon. Black Monday would qualify as sometime soon.
We will talk about today's game and share some thoughts about the 2012 season as well as looking ahead to 2013 in this presentation.