Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix is puzzled and unhappy by his high-priced defense's meltdowns, and criticized the entire unit for playing with a lack of urgency.
''What I see is not enough intensity and urgency,'' Nix said Tuesday during a telephone conference call with reporters. ''When you miss tackles, usually it's one of two things: It's talent or lack of effort. And we've seen these guys do it before so I think they can. But we've got to get that urgency back somehow.''
Nix spoke from Phoenix, where the Bills (2-3) are spending the week preparing to play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The team suddenly finds itself in a state of crisis in coming off consecutive blowouts, a 45-3 loss at San Francisco last weekend, which came on the heels of a 52-28 loss to New England.
In being outscored by a combined 97-31, the Bills have allowed 1,201 yards offense, the most by an NFL team over two games since the New York Yanks surrendered 1,227 in 1950. Buffalo has particularly...