"I'd rather just sit with this game for a few hours," Ralph Wilson said when asked about Phillips following the Bills' 42-23 victory over Seattle on Saturday night.
Wilson fired general manager John Butler this week, and the 82-year-old owner was at practice all week.
"I'm going to start this week," Wilson said when asked about his new GM. "I'm going to get things squared away."
Doug Flutie showed he still has a lot to offer to the Bills if they want him back.
He completed 20 of 25 passes for a career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns as the Bills snapped a four-game losing streak their longest slide since 1985 to finish 8-8.
Flutie got a glowing endorsement from Peerless Price, who caught eight passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.
"Flutie's great," Price said. "He's an offensive wizard. He knows all, he sees all. He's just a great competitor."
Seattle finished 6-10, the first losing season in Mike Holmgren's career as an NFL head coach.
In the rain-drenched finale, Flutie played superbly in place of Rob Johnson, who suffered a concussion last week.
After the game, Flutie was happy, but sad, too.
"Let's go play a couple more," he said. "But it's disheartening to go home before Christmas."
Matched against the NFL's worst defense, the Bills punted only once and rolled up 579 yards. The Seahawks committed four turnovers, losing three fumbles and throwing an interception.
Butler's successor as general manager of th Bills will make the decision whether to bring Flutie back. If Flutie is released, it would count $4.5 million against the salary cap.
Wilson fired Butler on Tuesday because he didn't think Butler wanted to commit to the Bills. Butler, whose contract ran out Feb. 28, could wind up as general manager of San Diego.
Flutie, 38, guided Buffalo to a 28-14 halftime lead, going 14-for-17 for 249 yards and three touchdowns.
"Nothing seemed to go right," Brown said. "This was exactly how the defense was all year. It seems like someone was always setting some personal record against us."
They made it 14-0 on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Flutie to Price before Seattle's Charlie Rogers ran back the ensuing kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown.
Buffalo quickly scored again after Flutie completed a 48-yard pass to Eric Moulds to the Seattle 15. With Bryson out with a back and hip injury that he suffered when he scored his touchdown, Antowain Smith made it 21-7 on a 9-yard run, his first of three TD runs.
Kitna spiked the ball after scoring on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter, but it was a short-lived celebration.
After recovering Darrell Jackson's fumble at the 50, the Bills got their final touchdown of the opening half on a 6-yard pass from Flutie to tight end Jay Riemersa with 1:09 left.
In the second half, Smith scored on runs of 2 and 4 yards, while Ricky Watters had a 6-yard touchdown run for the Seahawks.
Both the Bills and the Seahawks have a lot of decisions to make during the offseason.
Phillips, who is in his third season in Buffalo, said he was proud of the way his team battled adversity this week, referring to Butler's firing.
"A lot of things happened and it was a long trip," he said.
Holmgrenalso Seattle's general manager, did a major retooling of his roster after last season and he could be in the same mood again. Among the casualties could be eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy and former Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Sinclair.
"Clearly, we did not have a good defensive year," Holmgren said. "We have to find out why."
On offense for Seattle, Watters could be released because Holmgren has top draft choice Shaun Alexander available to replace him. The Seahawks also might not bring Kitna and guard Pete Kendall back. Both will become unrestricted free agents.
Kitna was 18-for-29 for 295 yards and no touchdowns with one interception in what might have been his final Seahawks start.
Holmgren refused to criticize his team's lack of intensity.
"I'm not even going to talk about effort," he said. "It's just that we didn't really play very well."
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