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Carroll on fake punt call

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2012 – 10:10 am

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was asked after the game about the fake punt his team ran up the middle with Michael Robinson going 29 yards to the Bills 14-yard line up 47-17. Here was his comment.

“I feel bad about this. That was part of our game plan. It was something I could have called off and I didn’t,” said Carroll. “It was an automatic for us, and I didn’t do it. It happened. We’re trying to make first downs so I let it go. It’s unfortunate that it comes across that we’re doing something wrong there. That’s my fault totally for not stopping it from happening.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t comment specifically on the play, but had this reaction to the timing of the fake punt.

“You guys can write your opinions on that,” Fitzpatrick said to the media postsgame. “I don’t know that if that’s really my style. It’s just personally not my style.”

When Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked about it he said, “No comment.”


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With Hawks CBs out, Bills may tweak game plan

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2012 – 1:59 pm

With Seattle CBs Walter Thurmond and Marcus Trufant out for today’s game with hamstring injuries along with suspended starter Brandon Browner, the Seahawks are without three of their top four corners for their matchup with the Bills. They go into the game with just five healthy corners, two of whom are rookies with two of the others second-year players.

When Thurmond was unable to practice Thursday and Friday second-year CB Byron Maxwell and rookie Jeremy Lane split the reps at his right cornerback position. The two players have 25 NFL appearances between them, but most of that playing time has come on special teams. Neither player has an NFL start on their resume. 

Their backups, second-year CB Ron Parker (8 career games) and rookie DeShawn Shead have no NFL starts either.

Head coach Chan Gailey admitted when an opponent has injury losses at one particular position during the week it can prompt the coaching staff to consider tweaks to the game plan.

“You obviously adjust,” Chan Gailey said in his weekly conversation with Buffalobills.com. “The thing that happens in the course of a week is you have a guy that doesn’t practice a couple of days, but he plays. So you can’t say it looks like he hasn’t practiced let’s do this and he shows up and he’s out there. You have to get to game time before you see and say, ‘Okay this is what we can do. This is why we need to adjust and what we’re thinking.’ But you think about it during the week and having it in your mind in case it happens.”

So essentially those changes don’t go into effect until the opponent’s inactive list comes out an hour and a half before the game.

“And don’t talk to your players about it until you do go ahead with the changes in your plan,” he said. “You don’t want to fill their head with 400 things. You adjust as you need be once you get to the game and communicate it at that time.”


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Bills liked QB Wilson in last year’s draft

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2012 – 12:44 pm

The Bills spent an awful lot of time pre-draft with Seattle QB Russell Wilson. They thought of a lot of him as an NFL prospect and were not scared off by his lack of height.

In his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550, Nix said their draft philosophy doesn’t exclude players that lack ideal measurables, while also explaining why T.J. Graham was their third-round pick six picks before Seattle took Wilson.

“I firmly believe that winners come in all sizes,” said Nix. “I think Russell Wilson was one and we knew that. We spent a lot of time with Russell and he was on our radar, but we had one, we felt like we had to have a speed receiver. They took him in the third and that was a little high for us as far as our needs.

“You’ve got Doug Flutie. I was around Doug for eight or nine years and you’ve got Russell Wilson. Those guys are exceptional and you’ve got exceptions, but they’re winners. They know how to perform when the pressure is on and I’m not a bit surprised by what he’s done.”


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What accelerated QB Wilson’s learning curve

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2012 – 10:26 am

Most that knew Russell Wilson or played with the Seattle QB before he got to the NFL considered him a winner already. However, there’s no denying what helped Wilson acclimate himself to the NFL game and perform so effectively, so quickly.

Having played in a pair of different college offenses at N.C. State and Wisconsin exposed him to a lot of different terminology. Terminology he had to master rather quickly in one short summer prior to his final collegiate season at Wisconsin.

“He’s a smart guy,” said former N.C. State teammate and Bills WR T.J. Graham. “He’d have figured it out no matter what offense he was in. The Wisconsin offense he went in and took control of it. I heard he was there all the time, longer than coaches and worked on it and figured it out. He wasn’t going to let that opportunity slip.”

With three games left in his rookie season Wilson believes immersing himself in two different college offenses that came from pro-style origins was been extremely helpful.

“I definitely believe that,” he said via conference call this week. “Obviously, I played in the West Coast offense at N.C. State. I played in vertical play-action at Wisconsin, both pro-style games. That’s what’s really helped me in terms of the learning curve, if that’s what your asking. And just competing at the highest level.

“Coach Carroll always talks about competing and bringing it every single day and that’s what I try to do. I try to improve on three little things every single day to help me and once those things are knocked down, just keep going with it. That’s my focus.”


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Seattle: highest 1st down run percentage

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2012 – 9:59 am

As we pointed out in this week’s Scouting Report the Seattle Seahawks have the highest run tendency on 1st-and-10 in the league at a very high 64.6%. Head coach Chan Gailey explained why it’s so high in our one-on-one conversation with the Bills head coach this week.

“It is a high percentage,” Gailey admitted. “The thing about it is it’s not just that they run the ball, it’s how they run the ball. A lot of that figure is Wilson running the football with the quarterback read, the quarterback option stuff. They make you defend a lot of different areas and that opens up some lanes for Marshawn.

“They make you monitor threats. If you have to keep one or two people backside to monitor the quarterback keep option threat then all of a sudden that’s two less people that can flow to the ball and squeeze things down on the front side. It creates problems for your defense.”

The Seahawks also rank second in the league in rush percentage in the second half of games at better than 56%.


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CBs Thurmond & Trufant out for Hawks

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2012 – 9:44 pm

The Seahawks will be shorthanded Sunday at cornerback when they face the Bills.

Already without Brandon Browner who is out on suspension, the Seahawks declared his replacement in the starting lineup Walter Thurmond out with a hamstring injury.

Even worse veteran CB Marcus Trufant is also out with a hamstring injury leaving the Seahawks without three of their top four corners.

Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell have split reps in practice in place of Thurmond, a rookie and second-year player.


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Full Bills injury status report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2012 – 1:16 pm

Here’s the full Bills injury status report for player availability for Sunday’s game.

OUT
C Eric Wood – knee

QUESTIONABLE
LB Nick Barnett – knee
FS Jairus Byrd – shin
DT Marcell Dareus – shoulder
DT Spencer Johnson – ankle
CB Leodis McKelvin – groin
DE Mark Anderson – knee
G Andy Levitre – knee
CB Justin Rogers – foot
WR Donald Jones – calf

PROBABLE
CB Aaron Williams – knee
DE Mario Williams – wrist
RB C.J. Spiller – shoulder
S Da’Norris Searcy – hand
LB Chris White – thumb
G Kraig Urbik – knee
TE Lee Smith – knee
TE Scott Chandler – groin
CB Ron Brooks – hip
DT Kyle Williams – ankle


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6 Bills starters questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2012 – 1:05 pm

The list of Bills players that are 50-50 for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks is at nine including six starters.

Among the starters that are questionable are FS Jairus Byrd (shin), LB Nick Barnett (knee), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), DE Mark Anderson (knee), G Andy Levitre (knee), WR Donald Jones (calf).

Head coach Chan Gailey does believe that Barnett will be fine for Sunday’s game after he finally got back on the practice field Friday.

“He took a lot of reps and looked fine. I think he’ll be okay for the game,” said Gailey.

Other questionable players include CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), CB Justin Rogers (foot) and DL Spencer Johnson (ankle).

The players that look to be true game time decisions are Anderson, Jones and McKelvin.


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WR Jones has setback with calf

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2012 – 12:56 pm

Bills WR Donald Jones, who practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday was limited on Friday and is now questionable for Sunday’s game with the Seahawks.

Jones missed the Jacksonville game with a strained calf, and that injury resurfaced in practice Friday.

“It’s been bothering him off and on and he was limited. He didn’t get many reps today,” said head coach Chan Gailey after Friday’s practice. “We’ve got him as questionable.”

When asked if he’s optimistic for Jones’ chances of playing Sunday, Gailey didn’t want to commit.

“We’ll see. I don’t know,” said  It shows up and doesn’t show up. So we’ll see on Sunday.”

 


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Rice, Bryant still hobbled for Seahawks

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2012 – 9:38 am

The Seahawks are still hoping that starting DL Red Bryant  and top WR Sidney Rice can get on the practice field today after missing their second straight day of work on Thursday due to a lingering foot injury.

Rice was out of his walking boot on Thursday, but still wasn’t practicing according to Seahawks.com. Starting S Kam Chancellor also did not practice along with starting CB Walter Thurmond due to a hamstring injury suffered in Wednesday’s practice.

Thurmond, who is already starting in place of the suspended Brandon Browner, was replaced by rookie CB Jeremy Lane and second-year CB Byron Maxwell who split reps at the position.

Already without the aforementioned Browner, losing Thurmond for Sunday’s game would stretch the Seahawks cornerback contingent awfully thin, knowing veteran CB Marcus Trufant has also missed two days of practice with a hamstring injury.

At this point the only healthy cornerbacks for Seattle right now are starter Richard Sherman, two rookies Lane and DeShawn Shead, a pair of second-year CBs Maxwell and Ron Parker.

If Thurmond and Trufant can’t go on Sunday it would leave Seattle without three of their top four cornerbacks.

Red Bryant DE Did Not Participate In Practice Foot
Kam Chancellor S Did Not Participate In Practice Groin
Marshawn Lynch RB Limited Participation in Practice Back
Charly Martin WR Limited Participation in Practice Calf
Sidney Rice WR Did Not Participate In Practice Foot
Walter Thurmond CB Did Not Participate In Practice Hamstring
Marcus Trufant CB Did Not Participate In Practice Hamstring

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Seahawks WR Rice in walking boot

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2012 – 10:17 am

Seattle WR Sidney Rice did not practice Wednesday, and might not again today as he was on the sidelines in a walking boot for a persistent toe problem.

That according to the Tacoma News-Tribune. His injury is officially listed as a foot.

“He’s improved quite a bit since game day the last couple days, but he’s got a pretty sore foot,” Carroll told the News-Tribune. “He got X-rays and MRIs and all of that, and we didn’t find anything that would keep him from playing. He just has to get back.”

Rice leads the Seahawks in receptions, receiving yards and is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with seven.


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Seattle QB Wilson impressed by Bills D-line

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2012 – 10:09 am

Seattle QB Russell Wilson, who was a three-year college teammate of Bills WR T.J. Graham, couldn’t help but be impressed by Buffalo’s defensive line, which has been playing some of its best football of late.

“They’re tremendous,” said Wilson via conference call. “They’re pretty strong up front and they make a lot of action up there. I know Mario Williams. I’ve met him several times. He’s a great player. He has so much ability and the same with the rest of the guys up front as well in terms of Dareus and Williams and all the other guys too that they bring in. I think it’s gonna be a great game. It’s gonna be a battle for sure and we’re going to have to play our best.”

Buffalo’s defensive line has been instrumental in shutting down their opponents’ run game. They’ve held each of their last four opponents to under 90 yards rushing, the first time that’s been done since the 1999 season when the Bills finished first in the league in overall defense. The Bills defensive line also has 28 of the team’s 31 sacks on the season.


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