Inside The Bills

Practice elements to keep in perspective

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2013 – 9:56 am

The one-on-one wide receiver vs. defensive backs drill was a popular one with fans and understandably so. At the same time head coach Doug Marrone wants it understood how difficult that drill is for defensive players who essentially have to defend the entire field.

“I think it’s very difficult in the one-on-one periods,” he said. “There’s a lot of space to cover and the quarterbacks are back there and they’re not under pressure. So I was not disappointed in the way that our defensive backs covered today. They actually had three interceptions today or I believe two during the team periods.”

Another consideration is in the team periods with plays scripted for practice, it’s harder for Nathaniel Hackett and the offense to shift on the fly and change the approach against Mike Pettine’s defense. So there might be days where the defensive pressure is just working, but the offense still has to run what’s scripted.

That will change come the preseason games.

“It’s a catch-22,” said Marrone. “Our defense is showing us a lot of different things and we’re seeing a lot of different things. When you get to game plan it becomes a little bit easier. For us to see those things now we’ll just get better and better at picking it up. Do I expect people to come free as an offensive coach? Absolutely not, but I think it’s good film to work on and get better at.”


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