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Richardson to make 1st start at LG

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 11:40 am

Replacing the injured Chris Williams in the lineup will be rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson, who will be making his first NFL start today. That means that Buffalo will have two rookies starting on their offensive line Sunday as Richardson joins right tackle Seantrel Henderson in the lineup up front. Though head coach Doug Marrone did admit that Richardson will have some challenging matchups in the game, he harbors no qualms about making use of the two young players.

“I’ve always been a firm believer that you draft them to play,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “You don’t draft them to sit down and watch and wait a couple of years, and I’m talking about offensive linemen specifically. You would hate to try to develop someone for two or three years and then you find out that they can’t play. Shame on us if we do that.

“People will ask how we feel about starting two rookies on our O-line, but I’m not nervous about that. I have the opposite approach. I’m excited. It’s an opportunity for us to see where our young football players are at.”


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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 11:32 am

Here are the inactives for the Bills for today’s game against the Texans.

WR Marquise Goodwin
LB Randell Johnson
WR Marcus Easley
OL Chris Williams
RB Bryce Brown
OL Cyrus Kouandjio
CB Ross Cockrell


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For Bills’ offense 2nd down is key

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 11:15 am

Through the first three games this season the Texans’ defense has been outstanding on third down. Their unit ranks first in the league in third down conversion percentage allowed with opponents moving the sticks just over 27 percent of the time (27.3). Buffalo’s offense has ranked just 24th in third down conversion percentage (36.6%), which is why against Houston the Bills should do their best to convert a down earlier.

Converting a first down on second down is obviously a bit tougher if you haven’t set up a medium or short distance situation, but against the Texans that may not be a problem.

On first down Houston’s defense gives up four yards or more an astounding 61.7 percent of the time, more often than any defense in the league. Opponents are gaining an AVERAGE of 5.9 yards on first down against the Texans.

That leads to a lot of favorable down and distance situations on second down. That’s also a big reason why the Texans’ defense is last in the league when it comes to allowing conversions on second down. Houston is letting opposing offenses move the sticks on SECOND down 42 percent of the time (41.9%).

The Texans’ surrendering of conversions on second down is 15 percent higher than on third down, so Buffalo’s offense wants to stay close to Houston’s average given up on first down (5.9) to set up a good chance for second down conversions instead of even getting to third down.

And running the ball on second down would be perfectly fine if the Bills are in anything that’s 2nd-and-6 or less because Houston is giving up a difficult to believe 6.84 yards on second down, which ranks 30th in the NFL.


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Will size matter?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 10:55 am

The first two games of the season the Bills offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and it helped lead to a pair of victories. Last week the men up front could not reset the line of scrimmage downfield against San Diego and it played a part in their 12-point loss in Week 3. Today against the Texans the Bills have a decided advantage in size up front when it comes to size, but will it make a difference?

The Texans defensive line (and Jack LB) average 290.75 pounds per man. That’s almost 30 pounds a man they’re giving up to the Bills offensive line, which averages 329 pounds. That should help Buffalo’s desires to establish the ground game with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson and perhaps Boobie Dixon as well.

Houston is ranked 25th against the run, and they’ve been working on their run fits all week in an effort to correct some of their problems. They also signed veteran NT Ryan Pickett who goes a hefty 340 pounds himself.


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Bills want Fitz to hit magic number of 25

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 10:30 am

Bills fans have seen enough of Ryan Fitzpatrick to know that if too much of the burden to win is put on his shoulders it generally doesn’t lead to positive results. That same trend has continued with his new team in Houston.

Last week with the Texans down 14-0 at the half had to throw more to climb back into the game, and though Fitzpatrick had a pretty solid second half, he crossed a dreaded pass attempt threshold that has not been kind to him.

In his 10-year NFL career when Fitzpatrick throws more than 25 pass attempts he is 18-45-1 as a starter. When he throws 25 or less he’s 12-6.

When he attempts 30 or more passes his winning percentage drops even further (9-37 record – win pct. 19.5%).

According to SportsOnEarth.com in conjunction with Advanced Football Analytics, the Texans are averaging one interception for every 25 drop backs.

So it would behoove the Bills to really stuff Houston’s run game and put more of the game on Fitz’s shoulders knowing if he reaches the 25-pass attempt threshold the odds are in Buffalo’s favor to not only get an interception along the way, but a victory as well.


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Houston has up tempo card to play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2014 – 8:47 am

After last week’s inability to mount a comeback in their loss to the Chargers, Bills fans are wondering about Buffalo’s formula for winning games. The Texans have much the same approach to winning as the Bills, but last week they too could not come back from a 14-point halftime deficit losing 30-17 to the Giants. However, they did unveil a pretty effective part of their offense that they’re likely to make use of again.

The Texans rolled up a team record 328 yards in the second half against the Giants, but they only outscored New York over the final two quarters by a point (17-16) in what became a 13-point loss.

What led to all that yardage was Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien choosing to go to a no-huddle offense. As soon as he did Ryan Fitzpatrick staged a pair of scoring drives on back-to-back possessions. The problem was he didn’t turn to it until the fourth quarter.

In the second half, Fitzpatrick played well, going 16-of-21 passing for 250 yards and a touchdown as well as running for a touchdown.

If Buffalo does get ahead of Houston in this one the Texans may pull that card out of their hand a bit sooner Sunday.


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Should Bills blitz Fitz?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2014 – 5:40 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a quarterback who has always gotten the ball out quick, which is why he is a very difficult quarterback to sack even when under heavy pressure or facing a blitz. Buffalo has already faced two such quarterbacks in Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers, who deliver the ball quickly negating any aggressive attempt to take the QB down. So the question is do the Bills blitz Fitzpatrick?

Fitzpatrick has only been sacked twice in three games so far this season, which is a typical low number for the former Bills QB. However, blitzing Fitzpatrick has been effective in negatively affecting his passing game.

Fitzpatrick and the Texans rank 25th in the league in blitz passing situations. When facing the blitz Fitzpatrick’s passer rating drops from 91.8 to 68.9.

So while sacks may not be the end result when it comes to blitzing Fitzpatrick, there is evidence that blitzing to force hurried throws can be an effective approach against Fitz too. The key as Kyle Williams sees it is putting the Texans in longer down and distance on third down.

“He knows for the most part what the defense is trying to do and he can get rid of the ball,” said Williams of Fitzpatrick. “We’ve already seen that in two of our games this year with Chicago and San Diego. Veteran quarterbacks that know where they’re going with the ball and they get rid of it quickly. We have to win on first and second down and keep them behind the chains and make him hold the ball a little longer.”


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Do similar offensive approaches mean much?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2014 – 10:23 am

With a pair of head coaches for Sunday’s game between the Bills and Texans, whose offensive philosophies mirror each other in many ways, one might wonder if Doug Marrone and Bill O’Brien are filling in their defensive coordinators on how to prepare for the Houston and Buffalo offense.

Buffalobills.com asked coach Marrone that very question in our weekly ‘Coffee with the Coach’ segment presented by Tim Horton’s. As Marrone sees it the similarities won’t have either defense any more prepared than usual.

“No, I think obviously you see it on film,” said Marrone. “I think our philosophies are similar, but around the league a lot of those philosophies exist. We’re trying to establish the run first, picking the matchups and deciding what we want to do. You do that week to week. We’re excited about it and it’ll be a great challenge. We know that they have a very good staff and they have good players and we feel the same way about our team. It’ll be a good game for us.”


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Fred Jackson’s BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 27, 2014 – 10:00 am

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This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on gameday.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For week #3, it’s Bills RB Fred Jackson.  Check out the songs Fred will be listening to on Sunday to get him amped up before he takes on the Texans.


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Mark Kelso Game Preview – JMS Podcast 9/26

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 26, 2014 – 7:21 pm

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A jam packed podcast edition of The John Murphy Show for Friday. We started things off by sharing the news of the day from One Bills Drive including an injury update. Plenty of reaction from the locker room as you’ll hear from EJ Manuel, C.J. Spiller, Eric Wood, and head coach Doug Marrone on rookie Cyril Richardson possibly filling in at guard. Marrone also sat down with Bills Insider Chris Brown for this week’s Coffee with the Coach segment.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Mark Kelso, a true student of the game, joined us once again to give us his in-depth preview of Sunday’s game in Houston. Kelso discussed the Bills run game going up against defenses that load the box and where they might have success doing so this weekend. He also weighed in on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and how he can catch defenses off guard to complete big plays down the field but says there are chances for the Bills defense to make plays against him.

“I think one of the things that get away from Ryan Fitzpatrick sometimes is his accuracy. He’s not afraid to throw it in there and he’s not pinpoint accurate and when you have those two things going then it’s an opportunity for the defense to come up with turnovers.”

 

Kelso also analyzed defensive end J.J. Watt and how he can be a force against opposing offenses, moving around the line of scrimmage and causing havoc with his pass rush. He talked about the difficulty for offensive lineman to attempt to keep Watt from using his hands.

 

Finally, Bills Multimedia Reporter Alexandra Vitale sat down to preview Friday night’s Intense Milk High School Rivalry Game of the Week, Clarence at Lancaster. To hear that and the rest of The John Murphy Podcast, click below.

 


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Goodwin, C. Williams doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2014 – 1:23 pm

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The Bills Friday injury report officially declared WR Marcus Easley and LB Randell Johnson out of Sunday’s game at Houston. Doubtful is LG Chris Williams, so rookie Cyril Richardson is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday. WR Marquise Goodwin is also doubtful and it has been confirmed that he sustained a concussion.

Here’s the full injury report for Sunday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Friday Game Status
Marcus Easley WR Knee DNP OUT
Randell Johnson LB Knee DNP OUT
Chris Williams G Back DNP DOUBTFUL
Marquise Goodwin WR Concussion DNP DOUBTFUL
Ron Brooks CB Illness DNP PROBABLE
Keith Rivers LB Groin LP PROBABLE
Da’Norris Searcy S Ankle LP PROBABLE
Sammy Watkins WR Ribs FP PROBABLE
Robert Woods WR Ankle FP PROBABLE
EJ Manuel QB Abdomen FP PROBABLE
CJ Spiller RB Chest FP PROBABLE

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Fan Friday 9-26

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2014 – 12:12 pm

It’s the start of a big two week road trip in Houston. The Bills are looking to finish the first quarter of the season at 3-1. We’ll have full postgame coverage on Buffalobills.com. Let’s get to your questions this week on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hi Chris,

My question is about the Bills offense. During training camp I noticed that EJ is throwing the ball a lot farther downfield; however during the preseason games, and early in the season all the routes seem to be less than 10 yards. Is this due to the play calling or EJ? I’ve heard EJ’s been better during practice, but it’s frustrating to watch him check down most of the time. It reminds me of when we had Chan Gailey and Fitz.

Michael

CB: So far this season EJ Manuel is averaging seven yards an attempt. For those that are unfamiliar with that statistic, even in the pass happy NFL that we know today any yards per attempt average that’s eight or above is outstanding. Only five NFL QBs are averaging eight yards or more per attempt right now. So seven is very respectable.

The other way one can look at it is average yards at the catch. This is where Manuel’s figure is below the league average. Manuel averages 3.6 passing yards at the catch, which ranks 31st in the league. The league average is about six.

Now there are two ways one can interpret that. One Buffalo’s offense doesn’t take a lot of deep shots down the field, which is your contention, and based on the latter statistic it’s understandable why that might be inferred.

The other way to look at it is Buffalo’s offensive staff knows the collection of speed they have out of the backfield and at receiver and believe it’s more important to make the completion and allow the ball handlers to make yards after the catch. Right now the Bills ranks 8th in the league in yards after the catch with 415 yards in three games. That’s a strong number.

It’s my belief that as long as those yards after the catch figures remain in the top 10 in the league, that the passing game approach won’t change all that much. That’s not to say they won’t take four to six deep shots per game, but on the whole they’ll rely on short to intermediate passes believing their playmakers can gain yards after the reception is made.

 

2 – Chris,

Do some NFL coaches have a policy of benching players for a play after they are called for a penalty?  I’ve noticed this fairly frequently just in watching game telecasts. For example, after Scott Chandler was called for a penalty vs Chicago this past Sunday, the cameras showed him standing on the sidelines. Then he was back in on the next play.  Obviously, if a starting QB gets called for a delay of game penalty, he’s not removed, but I’ve noticed both offensive and defensive players coming off the field after a penalty.

Gary Kozlowski

CB: Your observations are pretty astute. I also noticed last week that after Brandon Spikes was flagged for a personal foul last week against the Chargers that he was removed from the game too. Sometimes it’s just the personnel grouping that the coaches choose to put on the field for the next play, which may have been the case with Chandler. I will have to go back and look.

Sometimes it is in fact to get the player off the field and cool off. In an emotional game like football sometimes a player’s competitive emotions gets the best of them as seemed to be the case with Spikes last week. So coaches in an effort to bring a player’s emotions back in line take them out of the competitive environment on the field so they can collect themselves before playing another snap.

 

3 – Hey Chris,

What happened to Stephon Gilmore? He doesn’t even look like the same player we saw in his rookie season. He’s constantly getting beat in pass coverage, and he’s not making plays in run support. He’s becoming a real liability in our defense. I’m curious what the coaches are saying about his play.

CB: I think the coaches are trying to be patient with Gilmore. Coming off of offseason hip surgery and then a groin injury at the start of the season Gilmore is clearly not 100 percent healthy. He’s trying to fight through the nagging groin problem to be available for his team on Sundays. I don’t think there’s any question it has not allowed him to play at his very best.

The encouraging sign I saw this week was Gilmore was on the practice field for extra reps long after practice had concluded. This was a common practice of Gilmore’s, but taxing his body in that fashion was not an option for him while he was rehabilitating or as he worked his way back into the practice setting and lineup.

Seeing that is a major positive because Gilmore is a player whose game gets better when he can maximize his reps during the week. The most important thing to remember is it’s his collective health that’s holding his game back.

 

4 – Hi Chris,

Thanks for all you do to keep us fans on top of all news concerning the Bills!

My question is concerning the defensive pass rush ideology. This past week against the Chargers it seemed that there were very few blitzes dialed up. I understand that with veteran QBs you have to mix it up, but the defense pretty much rushed four and got no pass rush which lead to the Db’s getting lit up. I’m starting to see major differences between Petitine’s philosophy and Jim Schwartz’s philosophy. Do you feel that less blitzing is what we will see throughout the rest of the season from Schwartz? His philosophy seems to put a great deal of pressure on the secondary….

Thanks for your response.
Bruce

CB: I think most knew going in that Schwartz’s philosophy was not going to dial up nearly as many blitzes as Pettine did last year. Personally I was okay with that if it meant better third down defense and better run defense in exchange, knowing those were two consistent problem areas for Buffalo’s defense over the years.

To this point Buffalo’s defense is 6th against the run and 8th in third down defense. I’ll take less blitzing if this is the trade-off.

I think you also need to consider this. When facing veteran quarterbacks who get the ball out quick, like Cutler and Rivers, and this week with Fitz, Schwartz generally takes the approach that committing a seventh man to coverage is more valuable than committing a fifth man to the rush. If you’re not going to get to the QB with a blitz anyway, you’re better off rushing your front four and dropping a seventh man into coverage, hoping the coverage helps lead to the QB holding onto the ball long enough for pressure to affect his play.

To this point Schwartz’s third down defense more often than not has proven him correct. So until that changes I’m in favor of his approach.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

Great job as always keeping Bills fans updated.  My question really isn’t about on field football items.  Now that the Bills are headed on the road for a couple of weeks what is their travel routine getting ready for an away game?

Many thanks.
Bryon B.
Plattsburgh

CB: Typically the way things work in advance of a road game is they have meetings Saturday morning followed by a situational practice at One Bills Drive where they go over specific situations that might surface in the game. It usually runs less than an hour.

After that players go home to pack their personal items for the trip and head to the airport for their departure time on the team plane.

Once they arrive in the home team’s city they’re typically at the team hotel by 3:30 pm. They’re free to have dinner on their own and then there are meetings with coaches for a couple of hours in the evening before bed check at 11 pm.

Then players head to the stadium Sunday morning, with most of them in the locker room by 10 am or so for a 1 pm kickoff.

 

 


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Nike uniform of week 4

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 26, 2014 – 10:24 am

Each week Nike presents the Uniform of the Week where you’ll see a photo of the combination your Buffalo Bills will be wearing on the field.

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The uniform combo for the Week 4 game between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans will be the team’s white jerseys on white pants.  Shop for your own Nike jersey by clicking here!

 

Here is the Bills uniform combination so far in 2014:

Week 1 at Chicago Bears: White / White

Week 2 vs. Miami Dolphins: Throwback White / White

Week 3 vs. San Diego Chargers: Blue / White

Week 4 at Houston Texans: White / White


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Texans’ ‘D’ wary of Bills team speed

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2014 – 9:37 am

Houston safety D.J. Swearinger said it earlier in the week and no one in the Texans’ locker room or on their coaching staff is denying Swearinger’s statement that the Bills have the fastest collection of skill players on offense in the league.

Texans’ defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel felt his safety’s statement about Buffalo’s skill position speed was pretty accurate.

“Well, speed is always dangerous,” Crennel said. “They’ve got a lot guys that run fast and play fast. When you are not able to match the speed, then you have to make sure you’re in position, use your leverage and use the proper techniques so that you can make a play. And then generally if you can keep it from being a one-on-one game with speed and then use more than one guy to help contain the speed, then you give yourself a chance.”

“They’re fast. They’re fast across the board,” said Houston head coach Bill O’Brien. “Obviously (Sammy) Watkins is fast. C.J. (Spiller) is fast. Fred Jackson is fast. (Robert) Woods is fast. I would agree with D.J. there. I haven’t seen all the teams yet. Maybe he has. He might know better than me. They’re one of the faster teams that’s for sure. I don’t think there is any slow teams in this league though.”

“You have to be pretty aware of it because they have players,” said Texans’ OLB Whitney Mercilus. “C.J. Spiller, also you’ve got Sammy Watkins, so the thing is you’ve got to be very attentive to some of those guys and all that.”

 

 

 


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Taking Advantage of an Opportunity-JMS 9/25

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 25, 2014 – 8:23 pm

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Our last live show before we hit the weekend and put Sunday’s game at Houston in eyesight. It was a one-hour show because of Thursday Night Football. We went Around the Locker Room as the team preps for the Texans. We also asked listeners, what’s the most important thing the Bills have to fix from last Sunday to beat Houston this week? We received various responses in our first segment.

Colton Schmidt

Bills punter Colton Schmidt joined us in studio to talk about his recent success here in Buffalo. Schmidt talked about his path to the NFL, which included a few short stops along the way in Cleveland and two stops in San Francisco. He eventually made the 49ers training camp roster where he worked with veteran punter Andy Lee. Schmidt said he knew he was going to get cut but took full advantage of his opportunities and was able to put enough solid game play on tape which eventually led him to signing with the Bills.

 

“I thought it was a great opportunity for myself to show I could be one of the guys to play in this league and perform well enough to hold a spot for a long time. I packed a suitcase and flew out here and it was a, I may stay for stay here for six months or I may be here for 24-hours kind of thing. The funny part is, I got the call at 7:30 in the morning and my brother and my dad were at school and at work and I caught my mom as she was leaving and said hey I need a ride to the airport. I still haven’t been able to say goodbye to my dad or my brother. I had to just pick up and leave.”

 

Schmidt also said he doesn’t look much at the stats but measures his play kick-by-kick and tries to find ways to better about each kick.

 

To hear the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click below.

 


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Marrone: Encouraged by Searcy’s progress

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2014 – 4:45 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone addressed his situation at safety this week with Da’Norris Searcy trying to return from an ankle injury suffered last week.

There’s a chance Corey Graham could see some time at safety along with Duke Williams, but Marrone is encouraged by the progress Searcy has made in practice through the course of the week.

“I feel good as long as there’s no setback between now and the game,” said Marrone in reference to Searcy. “I think he really looked good out there (Thursday) on a limited basis. As long as there’s no setback, it’s not a concern.”

 


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Texans RB Foster to be game time decision

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2014 – 4:42 pm

Texans RB Arian Foster has been practicing this week on a limited basis after missing last week’s game with a hamstring injury. Houston head coach Bill O’Brien said that his feature back will be a game time decision along with the team’s punter Shane Lechler.


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Goodwin, Spiller added to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2014 – 3:29 pm

The Bills had a pair of additions to their injury report Thursday. C.J. Spiller was added to the report with a chest injury, but was a full participant and is not expected to miss any practice time the rest of the week. Marquise Goodwin however, saw his injury designation changed from an illness to a head injury. Head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that Goodwin is currently going through the league-mandated concussion protocol.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Marcus Easley WR Knee DNP
Randell Johnson LB Knee DNP
Chris Williams G Back DNP
Marquise Goodwin WR Concussion DNP
Keith Rivers LB Groin LP
Da’Norris Searcy S Ankle LP
Sammy Watkins WR Ribs FP
Robert Woods WR Ankle FP
EJ Manuel QB Abdomen FP
CJ Spiller RB Chest FP

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Dareus gets sack in scoring change

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2014 – 11:35 am

Some may have been scratching their head at last Sunday’s game when Marcell Dareus appeared to take down Philip Rivers on the first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter for a sack, when it was ruled a rush for two yards. A few days later the league has corrected the play awarding a sack to Dareus on the play for a one-yard loss.

Dareus corralled Rivers at the Bills’ 47 not the Bills’ 44-yard line as it was initially recorded. Nigel Bradham and Jerry Hughes were most responsible for flushing Rivers from the pocket on the play. Rivers tried to step up, but Dareus saw the San Diego QB trying to escape took off in pursuit grabbing him from behind for the takedown.

With 13:36 remaining in fourth quarter the league also ruled that the full sack on EJ Manuel credited to Chargers DL Corey Liuget should be split with LB Reggie Walker.

 


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Fitzpatrick Still Fond of Buffalo – JMS 9/24

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 24, 2014 – 9:43 pm

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We returned to the airways for a live show on Wednesday. It was media day at One Bills drive as the team turned its attention to the Texans. Plenty of player reaction as we churned out another edition of Around the Locker Room and as we count down the days until Sunday’s game, we asked the listeners if this game is a must win, a should win, or just another game?

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Our first guest is a familiar name to Bills fans. Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called in at the bottom of the first hour. He was excited to be back on the show and talk about his love for Buffalo. He also weighed in on his situation in Houston with the changeover under new head coach Bill O’Brien and what went right for the offense after starting 2-0 and what might have went wrong last week against the Giants. As he turns his attention towards this weekend, Fitzpatrick weighed in on what it will be like to go up against his former teammates and his friends still on the Bills.

 

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. It just adds to the competitive side of it. Even just the friendly banter on the text messages back and forth whether it’s Freddy (Jackson) or Eric Wood or Scott Chandler or Lee Smith today. It’s a lot of different guys I’ve enjoyed playing with. I don’t think it’s going to be a pleasant thing to have to go up against the defense with Kyle Williams and Mario (Williams) and Marcell (Dareus) but they weren’t allowed to hit me in practice, so we’ll see how that goes during the game.”

Corey Graham

At the top of the hour, we were joined by Sports Illustrated’s NFL analyst for the MMQB Andy Benoit. Benoit has been breaking down game film from across the league and has dissected the past few Bills games. He talked about what he’s seen from the defense and how they are a good “tackling team with good enthusiasm.” He also pointed out the play of defensive back Corey Graham, who he noted has been “one of the best corners in the league.”

 

Benoit went on to breakdown the game of Ryan Fitzpatrick and why he should shave his infamous beard.

 

Finally, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus sat down with us in studio. Dareus gave his approach to being double-teamed and how that frees up the other 3 guys on the line to make plays. He also talked about the difference with this year’s defense under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, especially when it comes to stopping the run.

 

“We’re being more gap conscious, more gap sound to what we’re doing. Staying in your gap is real essential to the defense. If I’m in my gap, the linebacker got his gap, and everybody is lined up and they come down fast so we have to stay fundamentally sound, play inside defense, and make your plays inside the defense.”

Philip Rivers, Marcell Dareus

Dareus also talked about going up against his former teammate, Ryan Fitzpatrick. He admits he’s excited and says it’s “going to be a lot of fun” but wants to get a sack on the team’s former QB.

 

To hear more from all of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show guests, click below.

 


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