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Chan makes things plain

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2010 – 4:19 pm

 Bills head coach Chan Gailey in addressing his team about their upcoming division game against the Patriots made things plain to his players.

“All I understand is neither one of them likes each other,” said Gailey of the two teams. “We don’t like them and they don’t like us and I talked about that in the team meeting to help some of them understand that there’s that feeling between the two teams and we’re going into a hostile environment and you’ve got to get ready to play.”

Gailey however, did not mention the 13-game winning streak that the Patriots have over the Bills. He said he understands why it carries weight with fans, but said it has no impact.

“It has nothing to do with this year and this team,” he said.

And Bill Belichick agreed.

“Doesn’t mean anything,” said Belichick. “Those games are all in the past. Different players…new coach coaching, different players playing. I don’t think they care anything about those games and I don’t think we care about them either. That’s all behind us. We’re just focused on this week and Sunday afternoon’s game. That’s what it’s all about.”

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Pats squarely focused on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2009 – 1:36 pm

Despite the media’s efforts to stir up turmoil in the Patriots camp with Randy Moss giving up on routes, or four players including Moss being sent home last week after showing up late for a meeting, Bill Belichick is not about to let his team lose focus on their next opponent.

I asked him if all of the questions about stuff away from the field is easy to ignore. Here was his response.

“There’s something every week that doesn’t really have anything to do with the current game, and we try to block that out,” Belichick said. “We’ve won big games, we’ve lost tough ones and we’ve been in between. Right now, it doesn’t matter what happened last week. Right now, we’re on to Buffalo, and that’s where our focus is.”

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Belichick on Bills screen game

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2009 – 1:33 pm

The screen passing game by the Bills in their Week 1 matchup against the Patriots worked very, very well for Buffalo, but since then the Bills haven’t used it all that much. Knowing Bill Belichick has watched every play of Bills football since then on tape, I asked him if that surprised him that it’s been used sparingly since Week 1.

“Well, I think they’ve had their share of plays on it, but it’s like anything else, if you’ve successful with it, other teams in the league see that and set their defenses and keys to try to to take some of those plays away. But I think Buffalo’s been successful doing a lot of different things this year. and that’s what makes them hard to defend.”

Belichick as is his M.O. was building the Buffalo offense up a bit, but the screen game was its most effective in Week 1. The Patriots will undeoubtedly be better prepared for it this time. It’s probably safe to assume the Bills will use it sparingly this week knowing the Pats will be looking for it.

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Belichick on Edwards

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2009 – 3:42 pm

Bill Belichick just spoke with the WNY media via conference call. And he was asked to assess the strengths of Trent Edwards’ game. Here was his response.

“He’s very accurate, a good decision maker,” said Belichick. “He gets the ball to his skill players, backs, tight ends, receivers, multiple receivers. He does a good job with the check game at the line of scrimmage, seeing a defense and changing the play or getting the play adjusted so they can handle the look. I think he does a good job of managing the team, doesn’t turn the ball over, makes good decisions and gets the ball to the playmakers and Buffalo has a lot of playmakers at the skill positions.”

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What I like most about MNF opener

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2009 – 8:31 pm

There is a lot to like about the Monday Night Football opener and some things that aren’t very appealing (location of game). First I’ll tell you what I like best about this game on this week.

Perhaps most important is that Bill Belichick and his staff will not have any tape on Buffalo’s offense with Owens a part of it. The Bills are tweaking a good portion of their offensive approach with Owens in the lineup and with the Monday Night game being the debut of the Buffalo offense, Belichick will be forced to adjust on the fly.

I like that he won’t have any tape to go on. That’s a big plus for the Bills.

What I don’t like is that first, it’s another prime time game in Foxboro, and being the opening Monday Night game and the return of Tom Brady is going to have the Patriots’ fans in a full froth leading up to kickoff.

Secondly, the Bills may also be without Marshawn Lynch for the opener if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell elects to hand down a suspension for any length of time with respect to games.

That would be a tough blow to Buffalo’s ground game in an important early AFC East contest. Let me know what you think about this matchup.

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Pats need new offensive coordinator

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2009 – 3:56 pm

With Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to reportedly be hired as Denver’s next head coach, it doesn’t look like he’ll be raiding the Patriots staff for too many assistants.

Only Dom Capers, who was a special assistant to the secondary for the Patriots this year, might be taken off the New England staff to serve as defensive coordinator for the Broncos unless Mike Nolan is hired instead. Either way it would mean the Broncos are likely switching to a 3-4 system.

Still it will be interesting to see who is named to New England’s offensive coordinator post in the wake of McDaniels departure. I think if they promote from within, which Bill Belichick has done before that receivers coach Bill O’Brien is the most qualified.

He’s been an offensive coordinator for three seasons, albeit at the collegiate level (Georgia Tech, Duke). However, he has never been a quarterbacks coach and McDaniels served as both OC and QBs coach for the Pats.

So Belichick may still need to hire an additional assistant.

McDaniels will reportedly keep some of Shanahan’s offensive assistants from the old coaching staff.

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