Mike Mularkey, the former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator who took charge as head coach of the Bills last season, led the team to a 9-2 stretch that ended in Week 16 and put Buffalo in playoff contention.
Unfortunately, the Bills' 0-4 start was too much to overcome.
"I wouldn't recommend going the route we went last year," Mularkey said. "To me, the critical point was every game we played after that. I don't know, I can probably answer that question better this year, now that we are off to a little bit better start. We are really focusing on a fast start."
DID YOU KNOW? Mularkey was a candidate for the Atlanta job after Dan Reeves was fired in December 2003. ... Sam Wyche, the former Tampa Bay head coach who led the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl loss against San Francisco to conclude the 1988 season, is Buffalo's quarterbacks coach.
Mularkey listed three starters, linebacker London Fletcher (hamstring), strong safety Lawyer Milloy (thumb) and right tackle Mike Williams (ankle) as questionable. Buffalo will play without rookie receiver Roscoe Parrish, a second-round draft choice who has an injured wrist. Second-string tight end Tim Euhus (shoulder) is doubtful.