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Schwartz: Defense will have different identity

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2014 – 10:49 am

Jim Schwartz has worked hard to maintain a measure of continuity wherever possible when it comes to the scheme he’s bringing with him to Buffalo’s defensive side of the ball. He admits there’s a degree of carry over that should help the players, but where he does want and expects change is with the unit’s identity this season.

As profiled in Bills Focus presented by Atwall Eyecare Buffalo’s defensive coordinator has a lot of faith in the group he inherits after spending just a couple of months on the field with them in the spring. Forging their own identity however, under Schwartz is what the veteran coach sees as a key factor in their success this fall.

“This team will have a completely different identity and it will be developed through the blood, sweat and tears of the men that are in that locker room,” Schwartz told Buffalobills.com. “It’s going to be a different one this year. Whether you have a coaching change or not every year is a little bit different. We’re going to have to be good in all those third down situations. It’s extremely important, red zone, third down, turnovers, things that stop drives. To get off the field defensively we put a lot of emphasis in those areas and if we can succeed in those areas it’ll go a long way into helping our team win.”


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Sammy’s draft night experience

Posted by Chris Brown on May 15, 2014 – 9:18 am

Once again Buffalobills.com brings you exclusive access to the NFL draft experience, this time with top draft choice Sammy Watkins. Buffalobills.com followed Watkins journey from the time he was made the fourth overall pick of the Bills to his arrival in Buffalo at One Bills Drive.

Watch here as he comes out on stage at Radio City Music Hall to his overnight trip up to Buffalo to meet the coaching staff and his exclusive phone call with fellow Clemson alum C.J. Spiller. One of the coolest parts is when he comments on playing with EJ Manuel.

 


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Texting in the draft room

Posted by Chris Brown on May 14, 2014 – 11:17 am

With our exclusive access to the Bills draft room on draft weekend we brought you a lot of behind the scenes coverage with our Bills Focus piece on the first two days of the draft for Buffalo as well as our On The Clock – presented by Michelin piece on Whaley’s Decisive Decision Making. There were some other interesting notes about the goings on in the draft room.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, President & CEO Russ Brandon and Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos were all texting a fair amount during the draft. It was most noticeable on day 1 and less so on days 2 and 3. Whaley confirmed for Buffalobills.com that they were staying in touch with other NFL clubs.

“You’re texting because it’s a faster and more efficient way just to make contact with people, especially in the draft room where things can get a little hectic, there might be a phone ringing,” said Whaley. “So it’s just as easy.”

At the start of the draft there was a lot of texting with other teams ahead of them at ninth overall.

“We were making contact with teams ahead of Cleveland just to see what they were thinking,” said Whaley.

Monos, Brandon and Whaley were each assigned different clubs to stay in touch with during round one.

“With that many teams you want to delegate different guys to talk to different teams so you’re not mixing up your information,” Whaley said. “That’s where mistakes can happen.”


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What factored into Kiko sitting out

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2013 – 11:22 pm

As coach Marrone explained to a few media members, Kiko Alonso is cleared to practice and play Friday night, but his “player load” which is a combination measurement of his distance traveled in practice, amount of high intensity running, top speed, change of direction and a host of other variables, was at a level putting him at risk for injury.

Marrone said Alonso did have a minor shoulder injury, but that the doctors cleared him.

The Bills are measuring player load in practice with GPS tracking devices, which sit inside the undershirts of players and measure all that data. We did a detailed video report on the analytic technology, courtesy of their analytic partner Catapult, in Bills Focus right before training camp began.


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Trade with Rams was set Tues. before draft

Posted by Chris Brown on May 6, 2013 – 9:30 am

When the Bills were on the clock with the eighth overall pick they executed their trade with the Rams in short order. Here’s where you can watch how quickly it happened.

Buffalo GM Buddy Nix tells Buffalobills.com in a the Bills Inside the Draft Room feature that the trade had been set in place two days prior to round one.

“I talked to them about two days before the draft, probably Tuesday and said this is what we’d do and we’ll see what the situation is. You can’t make those before pick time,” said Nix. “Is their guy going to be there? Is the one we want still be there when we move down? We talked about it and laid the groundwork for it and said we’ll talk again at pick 6 or 7.”

Nix also said he knew that Tavon Austin was the impetus for the deal even though the Rams never told him that was their guy.


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Byrd talks with Polamalu, Reed

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2012 – 10:54 am

As the saying goes knowledge is king. Jairus Byrd was given a wealth of football knowledge having a father that played cornerback in the NFL and went to a pair of Pro Bowls as well as an adopted “uncle” in eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aeneas Williams. But Byrd is always seeking more knowledge about the game, which is why he routinely texts some of the best safeties in the game.

Byrd has struck up a dialogue with the likes of Pittsburgh All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu and Baltimore perennial Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed.

“I text them and ask them questions,” Byrd told Buffalobills.com. “Sometimes it’s about a common opponent that we’re both facing. It could be about a certain look, a quarterback tendency, anything.”

Byrd, who is the subject of our Bills Focus feature this week, appreciates the feedback from the two veteran safeties.

“They’re both good guys that want to give back to the game and I benefit from that,” said Byrd. “Troy is just so humble that he doesn’t provide a whole lot in the way of details and what he sees. Ed is great. He texts me right back, or he’ll call and break it all down for me. It’s great to have that kind of dialogue with them.”

The Bills free safety, who is currently second in Pro Bowl fan voting behind Reed in the AFC, doesn’t want to miss anything and believes by talking to two safeties that have seen it all he’s less likely to do so.

“I think you want to know what other guys see,” he said. “Maybe you might be missing something. Maybe they see something else. You’re studying for an opponent and maybe they saw something that you might not have seen. So I definitely talk to different guys.”


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How Byrd is approaching free agency

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2012 – 10:40 am

Bills FS Jairus Byrd is entering a free agent year after the season concludes. He’s expressed an interest in re-signing with the Bills, and in a one-on-one conversation with Buffalobills.com this week, he explained what he considers important in deciding his NFL future. It’s part of our Bills Focus feature on the talented free safety.

Obviously money is a primary factor for all free agents, but it’s clear that winning is important to Byrd as well.

“You’ve just got to look at where the team is headed, what’s going on with the situation,” Byrd told Buffalobills.com. “You’ve got to take in a lot of things. That’s something that when the time comes I have to do.”

Byrd also talks about the possibility of his second Pro Bowl nod as well as getting a feel for opposing quarterbacks and where they’re most likely headed with the football in this week’s edition of Bills Focus.


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Sneak peek at New Era Bills hats

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2012 – 8:46 am

The New Era cap company, now the new officially licensed partner of the NFL for all headgear, will be launching their NFL draft line of caps at midnight April 1st in downtown Buffalo at their flagship store at 160 Delaware Ave. with a tailgate party. But you can get a sneak peek of the caps.

New Era gave Buffalobills.com a preview of their draft line of caps as well as the caps that will be worn during training camp by the coaches and players. Check it out.


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S Moore takes first poll

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2011 – 10:15 pm

With Bills fans playing the role of GM, they’ve shown which safety in this year’s draft pool they believe to be the best fit for Buffalo by texting in votes to 64621 the past 24 hours.

UCLA safety Rahim Moore was the safety with the most votes taking home better than third of the vote (33.33%). Oklahoma’s Quinton Carter was second with just under a quarter of the votes (24.2%).

Bills fans took in the beginning of the draft position previews at the media center of Buffalobills.com with the top 5 safeties profiled in Bills Focus. Every position will have a top 5 preview airing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At the end fans have a chance to text in their vote for who they deem the best fit for the Bills.

A new poll begins Wednesday with the top five offensive tackles to be profiled next, viewed by many as a need position for the Bills. Be sure to watch through the end of the position preview for text voting instructions to have your vote heard.

Results of the offensive tackle voting will be posted right here on the Inside the Bills blog on Thursday evening. Remember standard text messaging rates apply.


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