Losman says offense needs to diversify play calling.
The Buffalo Bills couldn’t stay on the field or get off it Sunday in an ugly road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Offensively, the Bills went 5-for-13 on third downs and 0-for-3 on fourth downs. Conversely, Pittsburgh was able to convert 11-of-16 third downs, a conversion rate of 69 percent.
“Any time you allow an offense to sustain a drive, it’s disappointing for a defense,” Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay said. “When they’re able to do it as much as they did, it’s frustrating. It’s something we obviously have to work on and get better at.”
Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny, who led the team with 12 tackles, said his team’s performance on third down was inexcusable.
“When it’s third and long, we’ve got to get off the field,” Posluszny said. “We’ve got to make a play.”
The same could be said for the offense, which was stopped on a fourth-and-2, a third-and-1 and a third-and-2 on its opening three possessions.
“It was very disappointing,” Bills coach Dick Jauron said. “Early in the game we went for it on fourth down. I clearly believed it was the right thing to do at the time. I don’t know in retrospect.”
Losman wants to open it up
Though he stopped short of saying he felt handcuffed by his team’s play calling, Bills quarterback J.P. Losman made it clear after the game he would like to see some diversity in the passing game.
“I think every quarterback is going to want to open it up. And when you don’t and you’re not winning games … let’s give it a shot. Let’s do this,” he said. “I feel that I’m experienced enough. I feel like I have the tools to get it done. We’ve just got to get it called from that standpoint.”
Cornerback Terrence McGee was hurt with just three minutes to go in Sunday’s game. Jauron said McGee took a shot to the ribs. Already without Jason Webster, the Bills would be down to just three healthy cornerbacks should McGee miss any time. The kick return unit would also take a hit, as McGee returned six kicks for 170 yards Sunday, including a 63-yarder to open the second half that led to Buffalo’s only points of the game, a Rian Lindell 24-yard field goal. xt. 117.