No assistant is under more fire than Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt, whose unit has been awful this season. The move to an aggressive 4-3 defense under Wannstedt was supposed to help lift the Bills to a potential playoff spot for the first time in more than a decade, but through seven games, the unit hasn’t improved, giving Chan Gailey a lot to think about in the bye.
Gailey did not waver from his confidence in Wannstedt, though. “His wealth of experience coaching defenses, being around great defenses and I have known him for a long time,” Gailey told reporters last Monday. “I’ve worked with him. I know his knowledge of defense and what people are supposed to do. I have a great deal of confidence that he can do the job.”
The way we hear it, there are a few reasons that will keep Gailey from doing what Andy Reid did in firing his coordinator midseason, and that Wannstedt is likely to remain in his post throughout the season. Gailey is not bashful about his loyalty to Wannstedt and we're told that's not just lip service. With an absentee owner, big in-season moves like a firing could be difficult. And some still point to personnel issues as a bigger reason for the problems. It’s hard to find many positives outside DT Kyle Williams and FS Jairus Byrd on that side of the football. The way the Bills look after the bye week, though, will tell us more about Wannstedt and if he can get the unit playing better.