Buffalo Bills instill tough mentality for game against San Francisco 49ers
Chan Gailey wants his team to bring a tough mentality to the game against the San Francisco 49ers, so as not to witness a repeat of last Sunday’s events.
“If we are mentally tough like we need to be, that game does not end up the way it ended up,” said Chan Gailey. “That is my responsibility, to work on the mental toughness and the mindset of this football team.”
That leaves the Buffalo Bills with something to prove against the San Francisco 49ers at the old Candlestick Park.
“I think you either have it or you don’t have it,” said Chan Gailey. “Can it get better? Yeah. Can it get worse? Yeah, during the course of a season.”
The San Francisco 49ers (3-1) are coming-off a riotous 34-0 victory against the New York Jets. The Buffalo Bills hadn’t fared better against the New York Jets in their regular-season, resulting in a 48-28 loss for the Bills.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick too reiterated Chan Gailey’s remarks with the belief that the face-off with the San Francisco 49ers will serve as prime opportunity for his team to prove their tough mentality.
“It will be a great week for us to show that,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “For us, this will be a big game in terms of where we are mentally.”
Particularly after a solid whipping from quarterback Tom Brady leading the offense with 45 second-half points during last week’s game, the Buffalo Bills will be looking for some redemption, which will be hard to come-by against the San Francisco 49ers.
“It’s not going to be easy; no one said it’s going to be easy,” stated Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson. “It’s going to be tough, but you know at the same time we look at it as an opportunity to elevate our status.”
The San Francisco 49ers linebackers Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, as well as tight end Justin Smith carry the bulk of the team’s impenetrable defense, which prospers by pressurizing opponents and forcing turnovers.
“They have been very dominant,” acknowledged Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Not just solid in areas, they are very dominant in terms of being able to be physical up front and really setting the tone for a football game.”
The formidable San Francisco 49ers’ offensive line features a great running game chemistry between quarterback Alex Smith, and receivers corps Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss as well as Mario Manning, and tight end Varno Davis.
“They do a great job of not putting too much on Alex’s back,” Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson. “They run play actions and boots off of the run game and they do a great job of getting the ball to their playmakers.”
But the Buffalo Bills have already considered a counteract plan for the San Francisco 49ers offense.
We have to do a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” said George Wilson, “and not giving up the run plays like we did last week and force them to win the game on Alex’s arm.”