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How to handle a hot team on the road

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2015 – 1:06 pm

The Bills are headed into an environment they know will be electric on Sunday. The Chiefs haven’t played a home game in almost a month and Arrowhead Stadium is one of the noisier venues in the NFL. Add in the fact that Kansas City has won four straight and you quickly realize what the Bills are up against. So how do they intend to keep a hot Chiefs team from building some early momentum and the crowd from becoming a major factor in the game?

Here are some of the responses we got in the Bills locker room this week.

Chris Hogan
“Don’t make mistakes and make plays when they come. Especially in an away game, dealing with crowd noise and everything. Those big plays and not making any mistakes really silences the crowd and it limits their interaction and their ability to have an impact on how we play as an offense. Hopefully we’ll be able to make some big plays, limit the crowd noise and get a good tempo going on offense.”

Sammy Watkins
“Put up points. Make them play and adjust to you. We shouldn’t have to go out there and adjust our plays or change our calls to those guys. We’ve got to make those guys play us and do what we want to do and run the ball or pass the ball.”

Boobie Dixon
“We’ve just got to hit them in the mouth. Go down there and be physical. Just hit them in the mouth and make them blink and make them do something they haven’t been doing during this hot streak. Make them flinch and we’ll be alright.”


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Whaley: Karlos Williams sustained concussion

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2015 – 8:37 am

It wasn’t fully recognized by even Karlos Williams himself, but late Sunday night the Bills running back wasn’t feeling well. After an examination on Sunday evening and then again Monday it was discovered that Williams sustained a concussion in the Bills loss to the Giants Sunday. GM Doug Whaley announced the news Tuesday morning in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

“We found out late yesterday afternoon that Karlos Williams suffered a concussion,” said Whaley. “He’ll go through that concussion protocol this week. He told our trainers several hours after the game he wasn’t feeling well and our medical staff took a look at him. They put him through further evaluations Monday afternoon and determined that he had a concussion. We’re going to see how he proceeds throughout the week. With the concussion you just don’t know how they’re going to respond.”

Whaley said that Williams is going through the league’s concussion protocol. Williams status for playing on Sunday is certainly up in the air and with starting RB LeSean McCoy also a major question mark for the Titans game, the Bills have just Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood as healthy running backs.

“We have confidence in the guys that we have in Boobie Dixon and Cierre Wood, who have been here,” said Whaley.

Whaley admitted they will take a look to see what is out there to find replenish the depth at the position. Former Bills RB Bryce Brown is an available free agent and Whaley admitted that he would be a possibility.

Buffalo’s GM did not rule Williams out for Sunday’s game.

“Karlos with that concussion protocol we’ll monitor him day to day and hopefully he’ll be in there at the end of the week,” Whaley said.


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RB breakdown

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2015 – 11:03 am

We all know how many carries each of Buffalo’s running backs got in Sunday’s win over Indy. Here also is the playing time percentages for the Bills’ three backs.

Obviously these numbers will change week to week based on game plan and the opponent’s strengths defensively, but take them for what they’re worth.

LeSean McCoy – 42 plays (71%), 17 carries
Karlos Williams – 13 plays (22%), 6 carries
Boobie Dixon – 4 plays (7%), 3 carries


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Bills nicked players rehabbing back in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 6:43 pm

The Bills do not intend to play their starters at all Thursday night against the Lions in Detroit. With some of their injured players they took it a step further not having them make the trip at all.

The plan is to allow them to spend more time rehabbing their respective injuries at One Bills Drive rather than traveling back and forth to Detroit.

Among the players who will be working at One Bills Drive are Charles Clay, Marcell Dareus, Boobie Dixon, Marquise Goodwin, Deonte Thompson, Karlos Williams, Mario Williams and Robert Woods.

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Where Dixon feels he’s at in return from calf

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2015 – 12:57 pm

Bills RB Boobie Dixon is working his way back into the offense from a calf injury that’s kept him out for three weeks. Dixon isn’t 100 percent yet, but feels he’s closer.

“I think it picked up a little bit. I kind of opened it up some on some of my runs,” said Dixon. “I think it’s 75 (percent) going towards 80. Now I’ve just got to keep on preparing like I’m still hurt. Keep on getting my treatments and keep on working out hard and keep my cardio sessions up and I’ll be good.”

Dixon is hoping he gets to play in the preseason finale Thursday night.

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Boobie participates, but a ways to go

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2015 – 5:08 pm

Boobie Dixon didn’t get through the whole practice, but just being back out on the practice field had the running back in high spirits.

“It felt great man, especially coming off last year,” said Dixon of participating in practice Thursday. “I had the best season of my career last year. I went into camp thinking to myself I was going to build on that and it was going to be another great year. Then bam I get the injury so it was kind of depressing.

“Watching is always the toughest. You’re watching guys out there make plays at your position. You know you can do the same thing, but you’re just not able. It was tough, but I’m kind of back now, still breaking it in easy, but today was a positive.”

Dixon, who is not expected to play Saturday against Pittsburgh, laid out just where he feels his injured calf is at this point.

“I still have got some ways to go,” said Dixon. “I was fighting hard to get back early. I’ve been working non-stop every day since I got hurt, almost three weeks in a row every day. Even on the off days doubling up on the conditioning work. It’s been tough, but I’ve been fighting through it. It’s almost there. I’d say I’m at about 70 percent right now. It was just fun to get back out there man and run around with my teammates and be wild and crazy and have fun. That was great.”

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Fred: Would love to get back soon

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2015 – 8:48 am

Bills RB Fred Jackson has been on the shelf for almost two weeks with a hamstring injury, but he was moving well in work on the side with the strength and conditioning staff Tuesday night. At this point however, he’s got to follow doctor’s orders.

“We’ve got to follow the protocol, but we want to get back out there,” said Jackson in reference to himself and Boobie Dixon. “Obviously we’re hurting, but the more numbers that we have that’s going to take a lot (of reps) off everybody’s plate. So we’ll try to get back out there as soon as we can.”

Jackson and Dixon also have the task of mastering the new offense, which usually comes with reps in practice and preseason games. Jackson knows the importance of that even with his experience.

“It’s one of those things we’re learning just like everybody else and we need the reps to get this offense down just like the young guys do,” said Jackson. “I mean it’s something on us as veterans we have to just get in the playbook and know what to expect when the play is called and know what kind of looks we’ll get and just be prepared mentally if we can’t do it physically.”

Rex Ryan said he hopes to have Jackson back in time to play in the Pittsburgh preseason game a week from Saturday.

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Dixon: Karlos will be alright

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2015 – 11:56 pm

While Boobie Dixon didn’t speak directly to fellow running back Karlos Williams, who was admitted to the hospital for a surgical procedure Monday, he did say that the rookie will be fine in the long run.

“We had some of the guys talk to him and he said he was alright and he was doing good and we just praying for him,” said Dixon. “Just trying to be positive and keep our hopes up, keep our spirit up. It’s getting tough out here as you can see. You know we all just got to stay positive, we’re praying for him and he’ll be alright. He’ll be back soon.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Williams would be out at least two weeks coming off the successful procedure.

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A few things to know about new RB Bronson Hill

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2015 – 7:53 pm

With Boobie Dixon on the shelf for a few weeks with a calf injury the Bills signed RB Bronson Hill on Thursday. Here are a few things to know about the Eastern Michigan product.

He was originally invited to the New York Jets as a tryout player this past May.

He’s 5-10, 215 pounds.

He averaged 5.6 yards per carry for his career in the MAC conference.

His most productive season was his junior year when he rushed for just over 1,100 yards on 196 carries. He averaged 100 yards rushing per game that season.

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How Rex wins players over

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2015 – 3:29 pm

Boobie Dixon might be one of the easiest sells for head coach Rex Ryan when it comes to winning a player over. Dixon’s approach to the game is much the same as Ryan’s. Do everything you can to win, but have fun doing it. Both also like to joke, which is perhaps why Ryan felt comfortable poking fun at the big back in one of the team meetings.

First, Ryan praised Dixon’s game both on offense and special teams. Remember it was Dixon that blocked a punt against Ryan’s Jets last season that Manny Lawson recovered for a touchdown in a 38-3 blowout win. Then he cracked on Dixon.

“He was just saying that he liked me and that I’ve got a nice style,” said Dixon. “He was telling all the guys that I might not be the prettiest guy in the room, but I get the job done. I’m not a super model so I was cool with that. We were just having some fun man and that’s what it’s about, having fun, winning games and building chemistry with your team. I have no problem with that.”

It’s how Ryan wins the locker room. Even when he’s cracking on a player he’s giving them credit in the same breath.

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Bills valuing their respect, not caliber of foe

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2014 – 10:11 am

A lot of outside observers look at Sunday’s game between the Bills and Raiders, and after facing an AFC power in Denver and an NFC power in Green Bay in back-to-back weeks, wonder how Buffalo will get up for a 2-12 team. What a lot of the younger players on the Bills’ roster have come to learn this season from the vets that were added to the locker room, is that the opponent doesn’t matter nearly as much as the respect a team needs to earn around the league.

RB Boobie Dixon has helped to explain that to a lot of the players on the offensive side of the ball, who may not have realized that if the focus is on what they do in terms of preparation and execution then the caliber of the opponent can be almost immaterial as they saw in the win over Green Bay.

“It’s about the respect. We want our respect,” said Dixon. “We want the world to respect the Buffalo Bills, and respect the blue. That’s what we like to call ourselves, the bad boys in blue. We want the world to respect us. Sometimes when we turn on the TV, we don’t feel like we get that respect. That’s what it’s about, and that’s what it’s going to continue to be about until we get our point across.”

The players also know that the respect may not be fully achieved until they’re a playoff club.

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Bills have leadership for December games

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2014 – 4:31 pm

They’ve played in meaningful December games before. Heck they’ve played in meaningful January games before. That’s the main reason why players like Corey Graham, Brandon Spikes and Boobie Dixon were signed by Buffalo in the offseason. With players that haven’t experienced being in true playoff contention on this roster, the Bills added veteran players capable of showing the way. Now they hope in the biggest December game for Buffalo in 10 years that the experience pays dividends.

“That was one of the things we talked about before I signed here,” said Corey Graham on the John Murphy Show this week. “They wanted guys with character and leadership who have played at the highest level. So everything was factored in when I was brought here. So I try to lead by example and help guys. I show the young guys how to study, prepare and hopefully win.”

Head coach Doug Marrone has noticed a change for the better in leadership this season in comparison to year one on his watch.

“We’ve brought in some players who have helped quite a bit. There’s been much better leadership from within the team,” Marrone told “So there are a lot of things that are going on from a positive standpoint that we need to continue to build on to make sure none of this adversity, whatever it may be, affects (our success).”

“It’s going to be a great challenge,” said Dixon. “These are the type of games you live for. You got the big dogs, the AFC Champions, going into their house, the crowd is going to be against you. There’s just so much motivation that goes into it. It’s one of those moments where you just sit back and say, ‘Ok, it’s here.  And then when its time on Sunday you go out there and let it go, lay out for your teammates, play hard until the end and see what happens.”

“It’s different. There is a little more on the line,” said Graham. “Games are a little bit more important especially for a team that prides itself on defense. It gets colder and teams can’t throw as much and so it favors the defensive teams and you look forward to those games. I’ve played in a lot of those games and it gets bigger and bigger as time goes on.”

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Fan Friday 11-28

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2014 – 10:24 am

Big AFC conference tilt Sunday with Cleveland that will have a large impact on whether or not the Bills can stay in the playoff race. On to your questions now from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Dear Chris,

First of all, let me thank you and the rest of the extraordinary staff at for providing me with so much information about my Bills. As a Bills Backer from Austria, Europe it feels like I’m right there in Buffalo, getting all the valuable insights I need. This service is simply second to none!

My question is what will the Bills do with Boobie in the offseason? Since C.J.’s status is up in the air, it would make even more sense to keep him here for another year.

Thanks again for all the great work you do and I am already looking forward to the next piece of information on the web!


CB: We appreciate the compliments, thanks. Well the good news is when the Bills signed Dixon this past offseason it was a three-year contract agreement, so he’s signed through the 2016 season. So I don’t think you’ve got anything to worry about regarding Dixon’s immediate future with Buffalo.


2 – Hello, Chris.

As always, your coverage has been fantastic.  Thanks for all your effort and insight.

My questions relate to the rules regarding the game-day roster of 45 players.  I admit that I know nothing of the origins of that rule, and acknowledge that it is not specific to the NFL (the NHL has healthy scratches to the line-up as well, for example).  However, as a fan, I am frustrated that the rule even exists.  Is seems like a completely arbitrary and contrived barrier to putting the best players on the field.  I understand that roster limits of some sort are necessary to maintain competitive balance and contain cost, but once the 53-man roster exists, what sense does it make to restrict it further?  The fans certainly do not benefit when a coach has to choose between a 4th WR or a special teamer – when having both would optimize the team’s performance in both those phases of the game.

Can you please shed some light on this rule for me?  Who benefits from it?  Do the players insist on it via collective bargaining for some reason (I would think they would oppose it to give as many players a shot to play)?  Do the owners/management teams save money on contracts for the players that sit?

I can think of many reasons why it would be better to have all 53 players suit up for a game, and not one for why it is better that 8 players sit out.  I am hoping you can share some rationale that makes the rule seem like it makes the game better, and not worse.

CB: The game day limit is actually 46 players now after they did away with the emergency third QB. The whole purpose forcing teams to have seven inactive players from their 53-man roster is to create better competitive balance.

Yes, all NFL clubs deal with injuries due to the physical nature of the sport, but some teams experience more than others at different times in the season. So when a team may have five injured players who are not fit to play in the same week, giving them just 48 healthy players, the NFL believes it is too much of a competitive imbalance to let their opponent dress all 53 of their players if they’re a fully healthy club.

Does that kind of imbalance exist very often? Probably not, but there have been instances where the injury lists have been rather lopsided leading up to a game and could create such an imbalance if the game day 46 rule did not exist.

I think coaches would love to have all healthy players available to them on Sunday, but the NFL Competition Committee hasn’t seen fit to change the rule.


3 – Chris,

Down 10 with 8 or 9 minutes, 4th and 6 on Mia 47 Doug Marrone chose to punt because “the percentages of converting a 4th and 6 are not great”. If you are using this analytic thinking, don’t you have to ask yourself “what are the percentages of winning when you give your opponent the ball back with 8 minutes down 10 points. Rewind to the KC game and they go for it on 4th and 10 when you have the opportunity to make it a 1 point game with all 3 timeouts and the 2 minute warning. I just don’t see the consistency in his analytical thinking, sometimes a little common sense trumps percentages.

My question is, does Marrone have access to percentages and analytics to make a real time game decision?

CB: I think the reason you don’t see the consistency in his analytical thinking is because he doesn’t go strictly by the numbers. Coach Marrone does make use of analytical data, but for him it’s just part of the puzzle, not gospel.

Personally I think it’s a wise approach. The number crunchers who demand that a team should go for it on 4th-and-4 at their own 45 because the numbers say they’ll convert more than 50 percent, or whatever figure it might be, are not taking into account the variables involved in those numbers.

There are instances like a team being down by 21 points in the fourth quarter with five minutes left. If that offense has that 4th-and-4 situation they’ll go for it based on time and score. Even more notable, the opposing defense will play soft as they would be in a position where they’re willing to give up yardage in exchange for time on the clock being up three scores.

That successful conversion by that offense is a part of that overall success rate of teams on 4th-and-4 at their own 45. And that’s just one situation that’s part of that number which would give any coach pause, especially if a situation they face in their game is in stark contrast to that (e.g. 4th-and-4 at their own 45, down three points in the third quarter).

Treating analytic figures like that in a vacuum is foolish for NFL head coaches and they know it because they don’t tell the whole truth. That’s why coach Marrone has stated that while he does take statistics into account much of the time he goes by feel, which takes into account how his offense is executing, how the opposing defense is performing, how his own defense and special teams have been able to control field position. Time and score, etc.

Analytics like that are largely based on a number of different circumstances in a 4th-and-4 situation. To take them all to make a singular decision that is also a 4th-and-4 situation at the same yard line is flawed.



4 – Hi Chris,

Are the Bills planning to move CJ Spiller off the roster? My reasoning: He has had maybe 2 1/2 good years in total. Yes, he has talent, but he does not show up consistently. With work, I think Bryce Brown could replace Spiller. He is not as flamboyant as Spiller, but he is bigger, and has equal speed. Also, would the Bills draft a Fred Jackson like running back next April? Jackson is 33, and nearing the end. Jackson has maximized his potential, something I don’t Spiller has done.

In summary, keeping Brown, using Dixon as a change of pace back, and drafting a Fred Jackson clone would create a formidable running attack.

Your thoughts,
Tony, Ormond Beach, Fl

CB: It’s my belief that in a perfect world the Bills would like to return Spiller to the fold for next season and beyond. I think your opinion on Bryce Brown is valid. He is more of a north-south runner than Spiller.

As for whether the Bills would draft a running back will hinge largely on Spiller’s future, so until that scenario unfolds it’s difficult to ascertain the direction the Bills will go in late April.

Jackson signed a one-year extension this past summer and I’m expecting the Bills to honor that so long as Jackson’s abilities don’t fall off a cliff. And there’d no indication of that.



5 – @ChrisBrownBills

What’s going on with Goodwin?


CB: I think Marquise Goodwin’s availability has been a tough thing for the coaching staff to deal with this season. He’s been nicked this season, and there are a few games where he was active and played, but was unable to finish due to injuries suffered in game.

There’s no question that Goodwin’s abilities can make him an asset on offense or special teams, but if there’s a concern about him finishing games that will give coaches pause in giving him a large role or perhaps dressing him at all on a Sunday.

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Dixon tips hat to teammates for POW honor

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2014 – 5:20 pm

Bills RB Boobie Dixon became the third player on the roster to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors Tuesday, thanks mainly to his blocked punt against the Jets that Manny Lawson recovered for a touchdown in the 38-3 victory. Dixon gave credit to his teammates for making the award possible.

“It was great. It was a great honor,” said Dixon. “First thing I’ll say, shout out to my teammates for pushing me and supporting me. We go into war together.  They’re the ones that motivate me to do what I do.  It just felt good.”

The Bills are the only team with three players earning Special Teams POW honors this season. Dan Carpenter and C.J. Spiller were the others.

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Bills tip hat to fans that trekked to Detroit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:06 am

The players weren’t sure what kind of atmosphere they’d be walking into at Ford Field Monday night with their game against the Jets moved in the wake of the record snowfall back in Buffalo. But as always Bills fans delivered giving the players an added dose of motivation thanks to their unyielding support.

“I wasn’t (surprised),” said Boobie Dixon of the fan support. “They’ve been great all year. People were telling us on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook that they were going to be there and I believed. Everybody was saying the game might be sold out and we were like, ‘Whoa, they really love us so we’ve got to put on for these people.’ We’ve got to represent and that’s what we went out there to do.”

Head coach Doug Marrone was naturally concerned that the team would lose home field advantage with the game moved 500 miles west to Detroit.

“I’ll tell you what our fans were phenomenal,” said Marrone. “When I first came out there I didn’t know what to expect. I know there was a (Detroit) radio station trying to garner up some support for the Jets with a ‘green out’ or something like that. We had heard about that. You get concerned about whether it’ll be home field and whether we need to use a silent count (on offense). As soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all those blue jerseys I was like, ‘Holy cow, here we go. We’ve got the crowd.’ That was a little bit of a relief at the beginning of the game.”

“That was big. It was definitely something that we weren’t sure about what was going to happen,” said Mario Williams. “I don’t even know how  the weather is there, whether it’s cleared up or what.  For people to come out of their way with everything going on back home, that means a lot to us and we definitely took it to the field.”

“Crowd-wise it seemed like we had the majority of the fans here,” said Robert Woods. “They were pretty loud cheering for us. We were making plays. Really I just think we kept the crowd in it and I think that helped us as well. It felt like a home game for us. We had to play football regardless of whether it was home or away or neutral site we had to play and win this game.”

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Dixon was getting cabin fever in OP

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2014 – 8:13 pm

Back in Orchard Park, Bills RB Boobie Dixon was getting restless as Wednesday moved into Thursday with no practice at One Bills Drive due to the record-breaking snowfall from a lake effect snowstorm this week in Western New York. Dixon appreciated the time to rest his body, but that quickly turned to cabin fever.

“That was very tough. I’m a person that likes to get out and get around,” Dixon said. “It was tough, just sitting in the house. Watching TV and seeing all the drama shows that I hate to watch. It was cool, but it was just relaxing more than anything. I definitely wanted to be active.”

Dixon and his teammates are getting that opportunity now at the Lions’ practice facility this evening.

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Red zone play proving costly

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2014 – 11:22 am

Now 0-for-6 in the red zone the last two games, it’s no surprise that Buffalo was unable to win their games against Kansas City and Miami. The struggles inside the opponent’s 20-yard line is something the Bills are trying to get a handle on. They know if they don’t fix it fast they make it that much harder to win games.

“We’ve got to finish drives and make the plays down there. If they’re bringing pressure we’ve got to handle it,” said Scott Chandler. “If they’re in coverage, they dropped into coverage a couple of times down there, they mixed it up pretty well. We’ve got to execute better and we got to be able to finish drives.”

“Oh, man, it was a struggle,” said Boobie Dixon. “I don’t know exactly what happened, I’ve got to watch the film to see what exactly went down.  We didn’t get the job done. It’s been a problem and we definitely have to fix it. We’ve got the players, we’ve got the coaches. It’s just not happening for us.  It’s just something that we’re not getting right now. We got to get it fixed if we want to have a shot at this thing. It’s frustrating, but at the same time you’ve got to stay positive and keep on grinding.”

“Our performance isn’t good enough right now,” Kyle Orton said. “We’ve got to go back to the drawing board a little bit and just the only thing I know is to go back and work harder and try to work harder and try to get better and it starts with the quarterback. My job is to put points on the board and whatever I need to do to get the offense better that’s what I need to do.”

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Why dressing Fred was too big a risk

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 7:57 pm

We’re all familiar with Bills RB Fred Jackson will to play no matter what nagging injury he might be dealing with. But after aggravating his groin injury in last Sunday’s game against Kansas City it was simply too big a risk for Doug Marrone to dress Jackson for tonight’s game against the Dolphins. Here’s why.

First and foremost Jackson is not 100 percent healthy and on a short week being a limited participant in practice sessions that are far from game speed, judging how long a limited player would last in a live game on short rest is just too big a risk to take for the team and the player.

“I think it all depends on what’s in front of them and what their ability is in the game plan and if they’re able to produce in how you want to attack the other team,” said Marrone in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s on “You want to be going out there with the healthiest team you can put out there. You’re limited to how many people you can dress, and if someone gets hurt in the first quarter because they had a nagging injury the week before you can get yourself in trouble really quick.”

As a result Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon will carry the load in the run game. The pair averaged 6.1 per carry last week against Kansas City.

The other benefit is Jackson will now be able to have a span of two weeks between games. It’s the last break of this length the rest of the season. Hopefully it’s enough time for Jackson to heal sufficiently and contribute without issue for the last six games.

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The guy who quietly put up 100 last week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2014 – 7:06 pm

With Fred Jackson inactive tonight the rushing load falls to Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown. Against the Chiefs last week the pair combined to average 6.1 per carry. And one of them rolled up the quietest 100 all-purpose yards.

Brown had 35 yards rushing on seven carries (5.0 avg.) and 65 yards on six receptions (10.8 per rec.) for 100 total yards against Kansas City. Swing passes to Brown worked effectively last week in neutralizing the Chiefs’ pass rush. We’ll see if it’s a component of Buffalo’s game plan tonight to slow down Miami’s formidable pass rush.

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Marrone: changes possible for red zone

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2014 – 2:14 pm

There’s little question that Buffalo’s fumble through the end zone for a touchback and fumbled punt return were costly in the loss to Kansas City Sunday, but a close second was going 0-for-4 in the red zone. Buffalo’s red zone touchdown percentage is now ranked 32nd in the NFL at 41.2 percent. Head coach Doug Marrone knows things have to improve in that area of the field and fast, but on a short week changing significantly is a tall order.

Marrone was asked if players acquired in the offseason like Boobie Dixon (goal line back) and Mike Williams (red zone scoring threat) could be used more moving forward to help boost the red zone touchdown efficiency. Marrone didn’t dismiss the possibility, but again pointed to the challenge of having the right depth for special teams needs and other positions that often make it difficult to dress everyone they’d like to have for specialty situations on offense.

“A lot of it is matchups and what we want to get accomplished, but I’m not going to sit here and deny that it’s not something we talk about quite a bit,” he said. “There are challenges within this roster where if we have injuries you have to back yourself up. Special teams-wise, we have those challenges which probably affect the offensive side of the ball more because of some of the lack of special teams play that we get at certain positions. That’s something that I’ve talked to Doug Whaley about trying to improve to make it better for us as far as numbers in what we’re doing.”

Marrone added later that there probably will be some changes, but in a short week they will not be dramatic. Whether that means a player like Mike Williams is active instead of inactive, as was the case for the second time this season, Sunday remains to be seen.

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