Mularkey has pushed right buttons

Updated: December 17, 2004, 11:14 PM ET
By Sean Salisbury | ESPN Insider
The Buffalo Bills are playing inspiring football right now. They started this season 0-4, but didn't panic. They kept playing hard and put themselves in position to make the playoffs, which is remarkable.

You can't say enough about the job coach Mike Mularkey has done with this team, or why he's one of the few in the world chosen to lead an NFL team. He showed exceptional patience in staying with quarterback Drew Bledsoe when everyone was screaming for the veteran QB to be benched.

He also picked the perfect tempo to bring along RB Willis McGahee. Most of all, he didn't let this team quit. He kept pushing his players and kept them inspired -- and that's why they have a chance to make the playoffs.