Quarterback Jim Kelly, who played all of nine games for Bullough, said, "Morale was at an alltime low. Hank had taken all the fun out of the game."
The players hated Bullough's collegiate-type approach to coaching—long meetings and practices. "We were all so tired out that come game time, we made mental mistakes out of sheer exhaustion," says Kelly.
"I'm sorry," Bullough said. "But I believe in giving a day's work for a day's pay. That didn't sit good with some players. But that's what I believe in."
Defensive players were upset by Bullough's interference with the signal-calling of defensive coordinator Herb Paterra and by the confusion it caused.
Kelly admits there is another reason he is relieved Bullough is gone. "I was asked to go to [owner] Ralph Wilson to tell him to get rid of Hank," Kelly says. "I'm not going to say whether coaches or players asked me. But I kept telling guys, 'Hey, I don't want to get in the position of being known as the kind of player who can get a head coach fired.' "
Quips and quotes from the world of pro football:
?Diana Ditka, wife of Bear coach Mike Ditka, on quarterback Jim McMahon: "I like Jim. My son looks just like him. He has the same hair, the same sunglasses and he talks to Mike the same way."
? L.A. Raider cornerback Lester Hayes, on what he thought about the big contract ($900,000 per year) given to quarterback Marc Wilson in 1983: "I'm not going to answer that. I don't want to play in Buffalo or Outer Mongolia next year."
?Anne Butler of CBS-TV was at Giants Stadium last week to do some feature work on the team. She asked general manager George Young to come to the press room for an interview. Young and Butler had never met, so neither knew what the other looked like. When the G.M. showed up, Butler was on the telephone. Asked Young, "Do you need me?"
"No," replied Butler. Twenty minutes later the CBS crew phoned Young's office, wanting to know why he hadn't shown up yet for the interview. "I was downstairs and couldn't find her," Young said.