ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Chan Gailey was asked the question Monday. Have the Bills told him if his job is safe?
"I would not tell you if they had given me an indication or not," Gailey said. "You have to ask the question, but I have to say my focus is on the Jets. That is my focus. That is my only focus."
Sunday's loss in Miami guaranteed a third consecutive season of double-digit losses since Gailey took over as Bills head coach.
It's especially disappointing this year with all the hope and all the hype surrounding the team. The big offseason moves to bring in Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, and a returning group of core players were expected to lead the team to success, but the results just haven't been there as the Bills continue the NFL's longest current playoff drought at 13 years.
"The job is production and winning and we have not gotten there. We knew that we were going to have some work to do to get it done and have not gotten it done yet.
"You keep trying to find out the winning edge for this group of men. That is what you keep looking for. What is the winning edge for this group of men? We have not been able to get to it yet. We are getting closer, but we are not over the hump."
Three straight seasons with 10 or more losses for the Bills have the futures of both the head coach and the quarterback in question. Ryan Fitzpatrick has said he's been disappointed with the way things gave gone for both him and the team this year.
Gailey was asked Monday he'd give any consideration to starting backups Tyler Thigpen or Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback in Sunday's finale against the Jets.
Gailey answered with a definitive no, saying Fitzpatrick gave the team the best chance to win.
The coach says as of right now, he doesn't see anything that would change his mind from Fitzpatrick continuing to be the starting QB heading into next season, but does say teams are always looking toward the future.
"I thought he did some great things yesterday and he competed his rear end off, so I have a lot of confidence in Fitz," said Gailey. "But future, four, five, six or 10 years down the road - you’re always looking for that future guy that you can develop and I think that’s what Buddy’s always said and I think I’ve always said that. You’re always looking for that young talented guy that you can develop."