We’ll see if the Bills run defense can slow down the Panthers this week. Gotta put the game in Jake Delhomme’s hands for Carolina and hope he’s still throwing a lot of his passes to the opposition (10 INTs). Let’s get to your questions (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).
1. Hi Chris,
I was wondering if the Bills have any three-step-drop passes in their offense. It seems that the protection is not going to hold up for five and seven step drops. Is this something that the offense has looked at, or has it not been an issue until the protection has broken down?
Mike in Lancaster
CB: You bring up a good point. In Jim Kelly’s column this week on Buffalobills.com he mentions how more three step drops would help take pressure off the offensive line in protection and allow Evans and Owens to run routes where they can get yards after the catch.
I have to believe the offensive staff has looked at that a lot. And hopefully the touchdown play to Evans against the Jets will encourage them to make more use of it.
2. Hey Chris,
What’s the feeling on Ashton Youboty? I thought he was doing really well starting last year before he went down to injury. He’s not mentioned much anymore for the defensive backfield? Are the other guys that much better? Any word how Ko Simpson is doing in Detroit? Thanks.
Joe (Norwich, NY)
CB: Youboty had a good training camp. It’s just that Reggie Corner and Drayton Florence had better ones. Youboty proved last year he can be a reliable player, but Corner has made more plays on the ball and Florence is probably the most physical corner on the roster.
Youboty has played sparingly as a result. He’s simply running behind those guys on the depth chart. Nothing more to it than that.
As for Ko Simpson he’s lining up at strong safety for the Lions, but he’s a backup. He’s appeared in four games seeing time on special teams. He’s made one start on defense. Simpson has four tackles, two pass breakups and an interception.
3. Chris, If the Bills continue to slump this year do you see them taking a run at USC S Taylor Mays? The guy is a freak, who can help a run and help a pass. With Donte being able to play SS and FS do you think Mays would be in the mind of the coaching staff come Draft Day?
CB: I think it’s kind of early to talk draft, because to know what this team needs is very much up in the air at a lot of positions. How does Kawika Mitchell come back from his season ending injury? What happens with free agents like Terrell Owens and Josh Reed? We can’t really peg position needs this early in the game.
That being said Taylor Mays should be a top 10 pick. I just think further fortifying the lines on both sides of the ball might prove to be the priority.
4. Hey Chris
If Kyle Williams and Chris Kelsay do not play who will start in their place?
CB: I think Chris Kelsay will play. If he can’t go Ryan Denney would start in his place on Sunday. Kyle Williams is going to be a game time decision. If he can’t go Spencer Johnson would start in his place.
5. Since Buffalo’s defense has given up more than 1,000 yards on the ground in 6 games, can you believe the players explanation of poor gap responsibility, or is it that we’re simply getting outplayed physically at the point of attack and the second level. Other than Stroud we don’t have really another big body on the the line, just high motor fineness players. What do you think? With the injuries to the line backing core early in the season, could we see the average rush per game numbers go down eventually with defensive signal caller in Poz back in the line up?
CB: Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has said he feels the defensive line is doing a good job with their assignments, but referenced the secondary and their inconsistency as part of the problem. He also said the frequent rotation of new players through the lineup at linebacker and safety has not helped.
Personally I think they’ve been really struck by the loss of Bryan Scott. In my opinion he’s the best run defending safety. With him out the last 3 games the Bills have given up an average of 246.3 rushing yards per game.
Keith Ellison told me that poor gap responsibility is just a lack of focus. Nothing else. I think the players have also been guilty of overpursuit at times where they flow too far to the ball to go make a play and leave their assigned gap leaving the team vulnerable to a cutback run.
It’s got to get fixed in a hurry especially with the run game they’re facing this week.
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