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Bills won’t always take touchback

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2011 – 8:27 am

As we featured on the home page of Buffalobills.com the new kickoff rule has robbed Brad Smith on return opportunities because opponents are just booting the ball through the back of the end zone or nine yards deep forcing Smith to take a knee. But Bills special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven says they won’t necessarily take the touchback every time.

“Situations will change from game to game and kick to kick,” he said. “If we’re two touchdowns down then we might want to get something going on a return and bring it out. If you’re in a tie game and we don’t want to take a chance of starting from the 10-yard line.”

Smith is hopeful that the colder weather brings more opportunities as the wind and cold affects the flight and distance the ball travels, but isn’t banking on it.

“I’m just trying to prepare to return it at any point,” Smith told Buffalobills.com. “A kicker might have a bad kick or they might have a guy that can’t get it back there. We’re just ready. We’re ready and we’re just going to make the best decisions for the football team.”


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