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Aaron: When it’s New England it’s personal

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 11:45 am

It’s New England week for the Bills and while the opponent alone is enough to put Bills fans in a froth leading up to Sunday, there are players in the locker room who harbor just as many personal feelings as those who root for the team. 

“I don’t like New England, so yeah it’s definitely personal for me,” said Williams. “That’s just the way I feel. They’re a great football team. Don’t get that twisted at all. That’s why they’re the four-time NFL champs.”

When asked what he doesn’t like about New England, Williams talked about the Patriots’ attitude 

“Just the way they carry themselves on the field and stuff,” said Williams. “All the stuff that has happened to me in the past with some of the players has definitely gone through the roof for me. That’s a reason it’s personal for me and they’re our rival. It’s the history. So it’s not just personal. It’s the Buffalo Bills history.”

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Looks like Bills will see Brady in Week 2

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2015 – 10:32 am

After more than seven months of legal wrangling New England QB Tom Brady has won in the arbitration case with the NFL regarding his four-game suspension for Brady’s perceived role in the Patriots’ Deflategate scandal stemming from the AFC Championship game. That means the Bills will see the perennial All-Pro quarterback in Week 2 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Judge Berman in New York nullified the league’s four-game suspension of Brady allowing the quarterback to play immediately in Week 1 next week against the Steelers. Here is the key wording of the ruling.

Based upon the foregoing and the applicable legal authorities, the Court hereby denies the Management Council’s motion to confirm the award and grants the Player Association’s motion to vacate the Award, thereby vacating the four-game suspension of Tom Brady, effective immediately.   

The league is expected to appeal the case in New York’s second circuit, and fighting for a stay on the ruling is another option for the NFL, but at this point it seems unlikely that Brady will be kept off the field for the start of the 2015 regular season.

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Bills aware of Pats blocked kick tally

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2014 – 10:39 am

It’s all over their special teams game film so it’s not difficult to see how the Patriots special teams units have been pretty effective when it comes to blocking kicks. Last week was the latest example.

New England’s Vince Wilfork, blocked a potential go-ahead 52-yard field goal attempt by the Jets’ Nick Folk. The block maintained the Patriots’ one-point lead (17-16), which wound up being the final score. They also had a block against the Dolphins. All told New England has four blocked field goals and one blocked punt on the season.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said it’s not hard to see what makes them effective.

“They’ve always done an outstanding job of having those core players,” Marrone said. “Matthew Slater is an example. He’s been to four Pro Bowls and he’s going again this year. All you have to do is turn on the film. High level players that play extremely well and play extremely hard and are very, very sound. I think they’ve always done a good job with those core players and they’ve always been at the top of their game from a special teams standpoint.”

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Marrone on matching Patriots consistency

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2014 – 9:32 am

The Patriots are known as one of the most efficient and consistent clubs in the league. They don’t make many mistakes and rarely beat themselves, especially at home where they have won 16 straight. Bills head coach Doug Marrone in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s laid out his approach with the players on how to match the efficiency of the Pats without getting too tight or worried about making a mistake.

Add in the additional issue of putting their dashed playoff goals behind them to play this game and Marrone knows it will be no easy task.

“I think it is a challenge,” he said. “We all have to understand that and how we feel, the level of disappointment and we have to brush that off and get ourselves ready to go and win a football game, which I think is extremely important. It’s a game and we’re competitors by nature and go out there and beat a team that we haven’t beaten that much and two has been a dominant team in the AFC, and get ourselves to go win up there which we haven’t done in a long time.”

As for getting his players mentally prepared to play sound football from start to finish, without being worried about messing up, Marrone said it was addressed.

“We talked to them about that. They’re well aware of that,” he said. “We focus on ourselves and what we have to do to get it done from the standpoint of what’s necessary to win. They’ve done a good job with that for most of the year and we’ll go up there and go play.

“What we need to do is play at our best in all three phases. So if we can go back and challenge ourselves of how we played throughout the year and take our best game that we played as an individual and play with that type of efficiency we’ll give ourselves a chance to win.”

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Brady, Gronk, Revis to be pulled early?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2014 – 10:18 pm

Speculation in New England is rampant that some of the Patriots’ more important parts will be headed to the sideline long before Sunday’s season finale between the Patriots and Bills is over. Even the team website predicts an early exit for some of the Pats’ regulars.

Patriots Football Weekly columnist Andy Hart believes some of the more important cogs in the Patriots machine will be sitting on the bench come the second half Sunday. Others may not even dress for the game like Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount, who both missed last week’s game against the Jets due to injury. Here’s the scuttlebutt on playing time for Patriots starters.

Using history as a guideline it would seem likely that anyone dealing with any sort of injury could very well be inactive. That could include guys like Julian Edelman, Kyle Arrington, Dan Connolly and LeGarrette Blount, all of whom missed last Sunday’s game in New York. Alfonzo Dennard and Jonas Gray have already been ruled out. But, barring a change from the past, healthy players, even superstars like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Darrelle Revis, could see early action against the Bills. In the past, when New England has clinched a bye and had an essentially meaningless game, Belichick has played his starters enough to try ensure they don’t get too rusty before the time off leading up to the second round of playoff action. Could that change? Sure. But for now it would seem likely that Brady and Co. could see a few series of action, maybe two quarters of playing time, before taking to the sideline for some well-earned rest. 



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Marrone: Can’t focus on record at Gillette

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2014 – 1:01 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone hasn’t been a part of all of Buffalo’s losses at Gillette where the Bills have been winless since the stadium opened in 2001. But he’s well aware of the team’s lack of success up there, going 0-12 in 12 meetings with the Patriots. While Marrone admits it’s reality, he said history can’t affect how they play this time around on Sunday.

“I don’t know if it’s on the top of the minds of the players,” said Marrone. “I hate bringing it up, but it’s the truth. There’s a time that we have to go out there and we have to challenge and be able to play. We haven’t really played well against them. I know the first time we played them it was tough, but it was the opening game of the season. After the last game, we had three turnovers. You can’t do that and beat this team. He was extremely efficient on all sides of the ball. I’m sure they’ll be ready for us. It’s a division game and that’s what we’re expecting.”

Sunday will be the third time in four seasons that the Bills close out their regular season in New England.

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RB Gray, CB Dennard out for Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2014 – 11:17 am






Patriots RB Jonas Gray and CB Alfonzo Dennard will not be available for Sunday’s game against the Bills. Gray has been nursing an ankle injury all week and was ruled out after being unable to practice Friday. Meanwhile RB LeGarrette Blount, who missed last week’s game with a shoulder injury is questionable after being limited in practice all week.

Dennard was a late add to the injury report Friday along with starting OT Sebastian Vollmer, who sustained a back injury. He’s questionable. New England is hoping to get veteran G Dan Connolly back in the lineup Sunday after he missed last week’s game with a knee injury. He’s listed as questionable. WR Julian Edelman is also questionable. He also missed New England’s game against the Jets last week.

Player Pos Injury Game Status
Alfonzo Dennard CB Hamstring OUT
Jonas Gray RB Ankle OUT
Danny Aiken LS Finger QUESTIONABLE
Kyle Arrington CB Hamstring QUESTIONABLE
LeGarrette Bluont RB Shoulder QUESTIONABLE
Brandon Browner CB Groin QUESTIONABLE
Julian Edelman WR Thigh/concussion QUESTIONABLE
Cameron Fleming OL Ankle QUESTIONABLE
Dont’a Hightower LB Shoulder QUESTIONABLE
Chandler Jones DE Hip QUESTIONABLE
Brandon LaFell WR Shoulder QUESTIONABLE
Rob Ninkovich DE Heel QUESTIONABLE
Shane Vereen RB Ankle QUESTIONABLE
Sebastian Vollmer T Back QUESTIONABLE
Tom Brady QB Ankle PROBABLE

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Belichick on importance of Hughes

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2014 – 10:56 am

Bills DE Jerry Hughes doesn’t get the notoriety that his Pro Bowl linemates get, but his play is not lost on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. However, Belichick doesn’t necessarily see Hughes as the primary difference maker on Buffalo’s front.

“I’d say he’s kind of more of a complement,” Belichick said of Hughes. “I mean he’s a complement to big [guys] in there, to [Marcel] Dareus and Kyle [Williams] inside because he’s a great speed rusher and he has a good inside move too – spin and up-and-under moves and all that. I’m not saying he’s just an edge guy but he’s a very good edge guy. Which, what those guys need is pressure in the middle of the pocket.

“If the quarterback can just move up in the pocket, then the edge guys really get taken out of play. But if the quarterback can’t move up because of the inside pressure, then that brings that rush into a lot bigger problem for the offense. Of course a lot of those rushes not only end up in sacks, but they can end up in strip-sacks. So when you have a good inside rush like they have with Dareus and Williams, then having a good edge guy really complements that.

“Now, if you have two good edge guys that makes it harder for the offense to help on just one guy, kind of like back to the [Dwight] Freeney, [Robert] Mathis discussions with the Colts. You can bump one guy, but then you still have to deal with the other guy. Or, bump both of them and then you’re running out of receivers in the passing game. I’d say that’s kind of an issue there. The inside rush versus the outside rush is where I think he’s really helped them the most. Those guys, they’ve had a lot of production too. And a lot of that comes from the quarterback stepping up away from Hughes and he’s stepping right into Dareus and Kyle.”

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Blount, Edelman working back from injuries

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2014 – 7:54 am






There are a host of players on New England’s injury report who are practicing only on a limited basis, including RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Julian Edelman and G Dan Connolly, who all missed last week’s game against the Jets. Here’s the full rundown.

LS Danny Aiken (finger)
CB Kyle Arrington (hamstring)
RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder)
CB Brandon Browner (groin)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
G Dan Connolly (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion)
T Cameron Fleming (ankle)
RB Jonas Gray (ankle)
LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder)
DE Chandler Jones (hip)
WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder)
DE Rob Ninkovich (heel)
RB Shane Vereen (ankle)
LB Chris White (ankle)

QB Tom Brady (ankle)

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Brady: Bills ‘D’ makes you earn it

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2014 – 1:26 pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady is 23-2 in his career against the Bills, but he still holds Buffalo’s defense in high regard. Here was his take on this year’s edition of the Bills defensive unit under coordinator Jim Schwartz.

“This team is ranked as high as probably any of the defenses that we’ve played all year, so they’re doing a lot of things right,” Brady said. “You try to play to the strengths of your players, and this team does a really good job of that. They’ve got really good rushers all up and down the front, really good guys at coverage linebacker, they’re playing the run well, some hard-hitting safeties and some good cover guys. They’ve got a good group. They force you to make a lot of plays. They just don’t give you any easy plays out there. They make you earn it.”

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Patriots expected to play starters

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2014 – 11:42 am

There is nothing on the line for the Patriots this Sunday as they’re locked into the number one playoff seed in the AFC with home field advantage throughout regardless of whether they win or lose Sunday in the regular season finale against the Bills. That fact will apparently matter little to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who sounds as if he plans to play his regular starters for most if not all of Sunday’s game.

“We’re going to do the same thing we always do and that’s what’s best for the New England Patriots,” Belichick said. “That’s what we do every week. That’s what I’ve always done. I can’t imagine doing anything different.”

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Bills game Sunday could see a time change

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:47 pm

The Bills season finale at New England has a chance to be flexed to later in the day Sunday, and it hinges on the outcome of tonight’s (Monday) game between Denver and Cincinnati.

If Cincinnati beats Denver the Bills game against the Patriots Sunday will remain a 1 pm kickoff. If Denver ends up winning tonight then Sunday’s game at Foxboro will be moved to a 4:25 pm kickoff. The move is part of the league’s flex scheduling system.

The hook here is home field advantage in the AFC playoffs between the Broncos and Patriots.

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Bills still determined to finish above .500

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 9:58 am

The Bills playoff hopes have been squashed with their loss at the hands of the Raiders Sunday. With one game to play in a stadium where they have never won, the players are determined to finish with a winning record at 9-7.

“Win,” said Nigel Bradham when asked where the team goes in the wake up an upset loss. “We’ve just got to win it and finish the season strong, 9-7. I mean you don’t want to be 8-8 so at least we can go out with a win on our shoulders and go into the offseason and have a lot of momentum coming in next year.”

“We get paid to do this so we better show up and act like it. That’s what I expect of us,” said Fred Jackson. “We don’t take weeks off because we have nothing to play for so to speak. We have everything to play for. We’re a bunch of prideful guys and we have an opportunity to go win a football game. That’s what guys are going to show up and do and they’ll show up and work just like we have every other week.”

“I know my teammates are going to play hard no matter what. I don’t want to have any guys think that just because we’re out of it that we’re not going to play hard,” said Aaron Williams. “I don’t like New England. I’m sure they don’t like New England. They don’t like us. I want to win. It’s still a positive season. I mean I’m pretty sure the predictions for this year were 4-12? Whatever it was it wasn’t a winning record so I want to go out with a bang with a winning record and get ready for next year.”

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1st down told the story

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2014 – 8:13 pm

Going into Sunday’s game between the Bills and Patriots, in our Scouting Report, the Number One Must listed for the Bills to have a chance against the Pats was 1st down efficiency on offense. While the turnovers and penalties certainly played a significant part in the loss to New England, Buffalo’s offensive efficiency on first down had a lot to say about the outcome as well.

Coming into the game Buffalo was averaging a healthy 5.66 yards on first down, good for 10th best in the league. Even better New England’s defense ranked 28th in yards allowed on first down (6.14). Unfortunately a combination of inconsistent execution by the Bills and some stout play by the Patriots defense added up to an unproductive day on first down for Buffalo’s attack. Here are the numbers.

Bills first down summary
27 plays, 66 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 fumbles lost, seven incompletions, four plays negative yardage
Avg. gain per first down play – 2.44 yards

Buffalo averaged less than half the yardage they had been gaining on first down through the first five games this season (5.66). Even worse all three of their turnovers came on first down plays as well. That led to long down and distance in many cases on second and third down. To Buffalo’s credit their third down conversion percentage was good considering the lack of positive yardage on first down (8-15, 53%). But first down has to be better, especially with a run first attack like Buffalo’s.

On the other side, New England’s offense didn’t have much more success than Buffalo’s in the first half. The Patriots first down summary through the first two quarters looked like this – 15 plays, 56 yards and a touchdown.

Come the second half however, things changed for New England’s offense – 16 plays, 128 yards, TD. All told here’s how New England’s offense performed for the entire game.

Patriots first down summary
31 plays, 184 yards, 2 TDs, four incompletions, four plays negative yardage
Avg. gain per first down play – 5.93 yards

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Bills aiming to keep Gronk under wraps

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2014 – 9:32 am

Their exact plan has been kept under wraps this week, but the Bills know they’ve got to limit Rob Gronkowski in New England’s passing game. Not only because he’s a favorite target of Tom Brady, but because he’s been a Bills killer over the years.

In his six games played against the Bills, he has 30 catches for 449 yards and nine touchdowns. Six of those touchdowns have come in his last four games played against Buffalo. He did not face the Bills last year due to injury.

His quarterback Tom Brady knows coming back to Buffalo to play his hometown team is a game that Gronk looks forward to.

“He’s done a great job for us since he’s got here,” said Brady. “Being from Buffalo, I know how much he always loved going up there to play, so hopefully he has a great game this weekend. He’s a big part of our offense. He’s fought through a lot of things over the last few years, but he’s excited, he loves being back out there with us, and it’s great to have him back.”

The Bills may use any of a number of players to cover Gronkowski between some of their more athletic linebackers and safeties.

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Marrone: Fans will be louder than Week 2

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2014 – 8:27 am

Back in Week 2 just after it had been announced that the Pegulas had the winning bid for the Bills franchise, Buffalo was hosting Miami in their home opener. The energy in the stadium was electric and the fans had an impact on the game as they forced the Dolphins into some penalties due to the crowd noise. This Sunday with the Pegulas now officially the owners of the team and a big division game against New England, head coach Doug Marrone expects the atmosphere to be even more amped up in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

“My expectation is it’s going to be an even greater atmosphere,” said Marrone in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment on and presented by Tim Horton’s. “I think that our fans can play a big difference in this game. We’re focused on going out there and beating a divisional opponent, beating New England. And I think our fans will be able to play a big role in this game and help us.”

Patriots QB Tom Brady has played enough games in Ralph Wilson Stadium to know the din that Bills fans can manufacture on game day.

“It’s always a tough place to play. Communication is always an issue,” said Brady. “I’m sure it’s going to be rowdy. The fans are going to be into it. It’s a one o’clock game, everybody is going to get up and get rolling. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. If you love football, then one o’clock Sunday in Orchard Park is where you want to be.”

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Dareus has Belichick’s respect

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2014 – 10:59 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus, who justed earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following his three-sack performance that included other tackles for no gain or loss, has impressed Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with is spike in production this season. Here was Belichick’s assessment of Dareus’ game this season.

“He’s a hard guy to block. He’s strong, quick, he’s got good instincts,” said Belichick. “He reads blocks well, does a good job attacking the leverage, does a good job in the pass rush of beating, based on how the guard or how he gets set. He had a big play against Detroit where the center slid to him and he split the double team. You don’t see that a lot. He’s got the quickness and the strength to do that.

“He runs (stunt/twist) games well. They run a lot of games. He does a good job with that, as does Kyle Williams. They have that penetrating quickness that makes those games effective and also the athleticism to come around and contain a quarterback if the end goes first or if they run an inside tackle game. Yeah, I agree. I think he’s been good and he’s been even more productive this year. He’s playing [at] a high level in the running game, too. He’s strong, uses his hands well, he reacts well to blocking schemes.”

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Belichick on Orton’s 1st start for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2014 – 2:56 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick obviously poured over the Bills game tape from last week against Detroit. Knowing it was Kyle Orton’s first start with Buffalo he paid close attention to the plays that were called and the personnel groupings the Bills offensive staff chose to use. Here was his assessment of how the Bills offense changed with Orton at quarterback in comparison to EJ Manuel.

“Some differences, yeah, some differences,” said Belichick. “More drop back passing game, a little different running game although Doug [Marrone] has had that running game as part of his offense. They weren’t sitting up there drawing up new plays. They just ran them with more frequency. Orton [was] under center a little more on early downs. But certainly more drop back passing. I think Orton did a good job spreading the ball around. He got the ball to his backs, his tight ends, his receivers. Reading coverages and working different combination parts of the pattern, he did a good job of that; got the ball out quickly.

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Fan Friday 10-10

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2014 – 11:32 am

It’s been a historic week for the Buffalo Bills franchise. Sunday should be electric! For now let’s get to your questions this week on email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,
Brandon Spikes only signed a one year deal in the off season, do you think the Bills will try and wrap him up long term?

Paddy, Vancouver Canada

CB: Spikes was brought in for a reason, to improve the team’s run defense. I think the one-year contract is very indicative of the club’s approach. It appears to be a let’s see how it goes approach. So it’s my belief that the powers that be will see how Spikes’ season plays out, and come the offseason they’ll assess his value and potential contributions for the team’s future.

I can say that in talking to Spikes he likes his teammates, coaches and the atmosphere here in Buffalo. He brings additional value with his veteran leadership, but I think it’s only fair for both sides to allow his full body of work to be reviewed before making any future decisions.


2 – Chris,

The #1 weakness for Bills is the Offensive Line. Same story for the past 14 years. Right now, I have no faith in either Right Guard or Left Guard. Our O-line has been a disaster.  I hope Richardson can play better than Chris Williams (who the Bills front office paid way too much for a below average guard).  I think the Bills front office should have done a better job in free agency at the guard position.

Not sure the Erik Pears experiment is going to work out.  With Pears at guard he has not been effective pulling for screen plays, sweeps or trap plays.

Question: I love Wood at center, but if the Bills guard troubles continue, perhaps the Bills could play Urbik at center and play Woods at guard again.

Next year Bills need to Upgrade – O-Line, Tight End position and perhaps Quarterback if progress is not made this season.

South Florida,………….   Thank you Terry and Kim Pegula!!!!

CB: Concerning your question about Eric Wood, I think he is at his most valuable position at center. That’s not to say he couldn’t play guard, which he did early in his career with the Bills. It seems as though they’re interested in letting Cyril Richardson learn the ropes when Chris Williams’ back doesn’t allow him to play.

That being said your idea isn’t a bad one. Kraig Urbik is the team’s backup center, so it is an option if the offensive staff feels it’s necessary to make a different kind of change at guard. I just think Wood is so valuable making the calls and performing in the pivot that I’d be hesitant to move him.


3 – Hey Chris,

My question is regarding the switch from Manuel to Orton.  My understanding is that the Bills are under pressure to win now, EJ just isn’t where he needs to be and so Marrone needed to make the decision before the losses got out of hand.  My question is, do you think that the plan they had going into the season regarding EJ and the offense is not working?  I mean the O-line is really struggling which is making the run game struggle which forced EJ the past 2 games to throw over 40 times. I wonder if part of this move is not only about winning but it could also be about protecting EJ and his psyche. So now Orton will come in and fans seem to think that he can do a better job, but he also needs the same formula as EJ, a good O-line a strong run game and defense and I’m worried that the Bills have a bigger issue than just QB. I was just wondering your thoughts about that.

Thanks for all your time, Jillian
CB: I think based on everything we’ve heard from coach Marrone on this subject that it was purely a performance decision. As coach Marrone said when he initially made the change at quarterback, he needs more production from that position. He was not getting enough positive plays from the quarterback position in the passing game and it was compromising their effectiveness on offense.

We’ll see where things go with Kyle Orton now in the lineup, but this is a performance-based business and I believe that was the crux of coach Marrone’s decision.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills How do you think the the Bills stop the short/quick passing game of the Pats this week


CB: Flooding the short passing lanes with defenders can help to disrupt some of the rhythm that Tom Brady relies upon in the Patriots’ passing game. How the Bills choose to do that remains to be seen. The general consensus by those outside the organization is to pressure Tom Brady, but that’s easier said than done even with a Buffalo defense that leads the league in sacks.

Kansas City had an awful lot of success rushing four and dropping seven into coverage. They dropped linebackers and their box safety into zones and defended the middle of the field pretty well, which is where Brady likes to work with his tight ends and Julian Edelman. Buffalo could take a similar approach if they so choose. They have comparable personnel to the Chiefs up front and at the second level.
5 – Hello, Chris,

In addition to your written work and videos on, I really enjoy your regular updates on the JMS.  You are very frank and insightful on those calls and I look forward to them each week.

My question relates to a subject I have not heard one person in the Buffalo print media nor family address since the announced QB switch – Kyle Orton’s motivation/determination.  I have always thought Orton has all the necessary QB skills.  Most importantly, he has the ability to read a defense and deliver the ball to the open receiver.  I felt EJ was sadly lacking in both case aspects.  However, I do not question EJ’s heart.  He took a beating the last two weeks and seemed to courageously get back on his feet and put the last hit behind him every time.  Do you think we can expect that with Orton?  My biggest concern regarding his signing apparently “out of retirement” was the possibility he was just looking for a paycheck to hold a clipboard and mentor EJ.  After nine years of bouncing around the league, does he have the personal motivation to lay it on the line for one more chance at football glory?

I have not heard nor seen anything, other than the circumstances around his signing, to create that doubt, but I have not seen nor heard anything to suppress it, either.  We will know soon enough, I suppose, once he gets under center.  However, it would be great to hear from inside the Bills family that Orton is the committed to going into combat with his teammates.  I truly believe the Bills have the skill players to make big plays on a consistent basis with a bunch of hungry young players surrounding a decent QB, and I hope the QB can mirror their intensity.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

CB: I appreciate the kind words. I think there is a measure of motivation for Kyle Orton with this current opportunity. In talking to him he admitted to me that this team is constructed in much the same way as the 2005 Chicago team he had to quarterback as a rookie after Rex Grossman was injured.

Their defense was outstanding, they had good special teams and a strong rushing attack with Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson. Orton didn’t have to go out and win games there, and he may not have to do much of that here.

The benefit for the Bills is he’s a much wiser quarterback and a much more seasoned leader now than he was then.

I do believe the motivation could be at its highest this week, knowing his former head coach in Denver Josh McDaniels, is on the other sideline. McDaniels buckled to the pressure in Denver to start Tim Tebow, despite the fact that Orton led the Broncos to a 6-0 start.

I don’t know this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that coaching/organizational decision sticks in Orton’s craw perhaps more than any other. I don’t know that it does, and I’d never expect him to ever say that, but looking at all the decisions that went against him in his playing career, if I put myself in his shoes that one would sting the most for me.

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Pats add pair to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2014 – 4:17 pm







The New England Patriots are nicked up on defense. On Thursday they added a pair of players to their injury report including their starting center.

The Pats added CB Brandon Browner to the injury report Thursday with an ankle injury. Starting center, rookie Bryan Stork was also a non-participant Thursday with a head injury. DL Dominique Easley also went from a limited participant Wednesday to a non-participant Thursday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Browner, Brandon CB Ankle Did Not Participate
Easley, Dominique DL Shoulder/Knee Did Not Participate
Ebner, Nate DB Finger Did Not Participate
Fleming, Cameron OL Finger Did Not Participate
Collins, Jamie LB Thigh Limited Participation
Hightower, Dont’a LB Knee Limited Participation
Jones, Chandler DE Shoulder Limited Participation
McCourty, Devin S Rib Limited Participation
Slater, Matthew WR Shoulder Limited Participation
Stork, Bryan C Head Limited Participation

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