Three days of reflection on the Buffalo Bills' bitter loss to Miami had obviously gotten under the skin of Jim Kelly Wednesday.
The Buffalo Bills' quarterback gave an ornery monologue during his meeting with the media at Rich Stadium.
"I can't be happy," Kelly said. "There's only two other teams that have scored less points than us, and we're trying to figure out how that ever happened.
"I've been playing in the NFL -- maybe some of you guys don't realize it -- for over 10 years now. I've prided myself on making sure I'm a leader on the field. . . . We've probably spoiled ourselves, and I'm sure we've spoiled everyone around this area. Because when you don't do it, it's 'What have you done for me lately.' I guess I haven't done very much.
"You think I go out on Sundays and say, 'Let's see how bad I can stink this place up?' " Kelly said. "I want to make the fans proud. I'm trying to do something for the city. But sometimes you have to look at some of the things that are printed and said and say, 'That person doesn't care if we win or lose.' . . . I know we have a ton of fans out there who love us and care about us."
Kelly's teammates noticed his mood, as well.
"He's an irritable, ticked-off (guy) right now," Hull said. "I don't even like being around him. It makes us all feel good. He's so competitive, and you're seeing the competitive edge come out right now. He's cranked up."
Quinn Early, Kelly and Mark Maddox are the Bills' nominees for the True Value Hardware NFL Man of the Year Award.
The award honors players who demonstrate outstanding balance in their lives between civic and professional responsibilities. One of the three will be chosen as a league-wide finalist for the award and receive $1,000 toward his favorite charity.
Early helps the Cornerstone Manor School for underprivileged children and the City Mission facility for homeless men.
Kelly's "Kelly for Kids Foundation" has made grants of more than $700,000 to youth charities over the past 10 years. He also has helped Cradle Beach Camp, Children's Hospital, Camp Good Days and Special Times, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Easter Seals and the Spinal Cord Research Program. He has been a finalist for the award twice before.
Maddox is one of the most active players in community service in Bills' history. Among the organizations he has been involved with are the Blind Association, Special Olympics, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, DARE and Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Levy confirmed the Bills would not be making any change on the offensive line in the wake of Miami's seven-sack outing against the Bills. Guard Jerry Ostroski, who was benched for the final three series against Miami, will start against the Jets.
"I guess you could say I'm not a virgin anymore because I had my first bad game," Ostroski said. "It's a humbling experience, very humbling. . . . Confidence-wise I'm not hurt because I know I can get it done. Pride-wise it hurts."
Kelly had a good one-liner at a press conference held by Toronto Raptors general manager Isiah Thomas at the stadium.
"I've been a football fan for a lot of years," Thomas told the media. "I can give you all the stats."
Kelly leaned into the microphone and said, "Don't give them mine."
Thomas was in town to promote Friday's NBA exhibition game between the Raptors and the Miami Heat at Marine Midland Arena.
Levy said the Detroit Lions were planning to sign tight end Jay Riemersma off the Bills' practice squad and onto their active roster, which is why the Bills activated him on Tuesday.
"He's a good prospect we didn't want to lose to another team," Levy said of the seventh-round draft choice from Michigan.
Levy said since the team is using two-tight-end-formations a fair amount, it won't hurt to have four tight ends on the roster.
Linebacker Sam Rogers (sprained ankle) did not practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Sunday. He said he probably will practice today. Receiver Steve Tasker (foot) is out. Linebacker Marlo Perry (shoulder), safety Kurt Schulz (groin) and defensive end Bruce Smith (ankle) are probable. Only Smith did not practice Wednesday. The Bills worked out on their new grass field next to the field house for the first time.
The New York Jets list four starters as out for Sunday and another two starters as doubtful. Out are defensive end Hugh Douglas (ankle), linebacker Marvin Jones (knee), quarterback Neil O'Donnell (shoulder) and receiver Jeff Graham (knee). Doubtful are linebacker Kyle Clifton (hamstring), reserve receiver Webster Slaughter (hamstring) and defensive tackle Marc Spindler (calf).
No. 1 draft choice Keyshawn Johnson (knee) is questionable but practiced Wednesday and said he will start.