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Players bugged by preseason loss

Posted by Chris Brown on August 24, 2013 – 11:06 pm

Perhaps in the past the players might not have been all that bothered by a preseason defeat knowing it doesn’t count in the standings. That wasn’t the case Saturday afternoon.

“It’s very tough and it doesn’t matter if its preseason or regular season,” said Bryan Scott. “The one thing I noticed after this game is that guys care. You see guys around this locker room to go out and lose that way, at the end of the day it matters to us.”

“We won two preseason games, that’s no reason to come out and try to sleepwalk through a third,” said Kyle Williams. “Hopefully we’ll learn from the mistakes we made this week.  And we’ll try to correct them and get better.”


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Fred, B. Scott honored

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2013 – 4:28 pm

With the offseason conditioning program coming to a close along with mandatory minicamp, there were awards handed out to the top weight lifters this spring.

One award was given to the top performer on offense and one on defense. The top performer on offense was Fred Jackson and Bryan Scott on defense. Jackson, who was given his award in the locker room ran out to hand Scott his award in the Bills Fieldhouse where he was just finishing up an interview.

“I think they gave it to the two oldest guys on the team, to make us feel good,” joked Scott.

Still, it was obvious that the award carried a measure of significance for Scott.

“It means a lot. It means a lot,” Scott told Buffalobills.com. “The lifter of the year means the guy who came in with the most energy.  Motivating not just himself but others around him. Made it better to come to work every day. It’s a huge honor when the coaches see that and they vote you in, it’s big.”

Jackson has said from the outset of the offseason conditioning program that he wanted to be the top finisher, which he obviously accomplished.


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Pettine’s defense puts premium on versatility

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 29, 2013 – 8:20 pm

The Bills pulled off a rare player-for-player trade Monday, sending third year LB Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts in exchange for fourth year LB Jerry Hughes.

And while both the Bills and Colts are willing to part with young defensive talent, the trade seems to be more a product of finding a right fit for the defense. At least that’s what Bills GM Buddy Nix said, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.

Nix was asked if Sheppard was not a good fit in the new defensive scheme being installed by Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine.

“I think that’s part of it,” he said. “Kelvin is a true middle linebacker–a guy that’s going to play from C-gap to C-gap and he can do that downhill.”

“But Mike Pettine made this statement during the draft,” Nix told host John Murphy. “The days of the Mike linebacker and the strong safety have just about fallen by the wayside. Everything has moved over. You’ve taken the Mike now, and he’s moved over. You’ve moved Will to Mike. And now you walk up Bryan Scott as a nickel linebacker, and he’s now the Will. Those guys got to be able to run and cover.”

Nix says the Bills have stressed versatility in the linebacker moves they’ve made in recent months.

“We got Moats there in the middle-he can play two spots. We got Kiko Alonso in there–he can play two spots. Nigel Bradham can play Will or Mike. That is what we’re coming to.”

The entire interview with Bills GM Buddy Nix is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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Bills Bracketology “Marches” into 2nd round

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on March 19, 2013 – 9:39 am

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With yesterday’s win over the 15th seeded Bryan Scott pick-and-roll to the endzone, C.J. Spiller’s dynamic 3rd seeded touchdown run against the New York Jets becomes the last team to move into the 2nd round of Bills Bracketology. Spiller won handily with 86% of the vote.

Today’s first quarterfinal battle between the No. 1 and No. 9 seeds reads like an easy win for Stevie Johnson, but it’s March, and there’s always potential for a sprinkle of madness!

“As the coach of the overall number one seed in the NCAA tournament I understand the pressure Stevie feels to perform, but we’re both ballers, so I’m confident we’ve got this,” Louisville Coach Rick Pitino might have said about this matchup. (Read which current Bills player is supporting Pitino and his Cardinals in their tournament run.)

While you’re filling out your brackets in the next few days, make sure you stay tuned to buffalobills.com for close battles between some of the best plays of the 2012 season. VOTE NOW for your first quarterfinal favorite!


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Bryan Scott-ready to resume LB role

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 6, 2013 – 8:15 pm

It’s a signing that had not yet been made official by the Buffalo Bills.  But LB Bryan Scott said he had signed a one-year contract with the team, taking to Twitter to announce the news Wednesday afternoon.

And in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, Scott says he expects to pick at linebacker, right where he left off last season.

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be along the lines of the last couple of years.,” Scott said on the radio show.  “Being a linebacker with coverage experience is really big now, because obviously it’s a passing league and the tight ends are such great athletes.  That still is my strength, and I think they’ll play to that.  I’m sure they will.”

Scott came into the NFL as a cornerback, drafted by the Falcons to play that position in 2003.  Since then, he’s converted to safety and now linebacker in passing downs.  And he says his ability to adapt is one reason why he’s getting ready for his eleventh season in the league.

“When I first got into the league, I used to think, yeah, I’m just an extra- large corner, which is fine,” he told host John Murphy.  “Corners have to cover , you have to tackle, receivers are getting bigger, so I can match up well with bigger receivers.”

” As my career went along and I moved to safety, I thought I’m just a large safety, not an extra-large safety , just large. Now I’m on the smaller side of the linebacker corps.   But you see the league actually trending that way.  You see your big, run stuffing  inside linebackers actually trying to lose weight because this game is now so spread out, you could end up on a speedy wide receiver.  I wouldn’t say it’s anything that I’ve done, but the way the game has evolved, it has worked to my strength.”

The entire interview with Bryan Scott is available at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow


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Scott eager to restore Bills glory days

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 6, 2013 – 7:45 pm

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He was so excited about re-signing with the Buffalo Bills, LB  Bryan Scott couldn’t wait for the official news release.  He tweeted out his news early Wednesday afternoon before the club made it official.

And Wednesday night, on The John Murphy Show, Scott said he’s most excited about being in Buffalo for what he sees are better days ahead.

“We haven’t been to the playoffs, but that’s added incentive, to be part of the team that brought back those glory days, because there have been many glory days in Buffalo,” Scott told host John Murphy.  “We’re trying to restore that.  What competitor wouldn’t want to be part of a team that turns things around?”

Scott went on to say that despite the Bills 6-10 record last year, he feels the team is very close to a dramatic turnaround.  He saw signs of it last year.

“If you go back and really break down the film and watch, there were a couple of plays in each of the games we lost that really could have gone either way,” he said.  “Some of the mis-steps here or there, that’s the difference between being 6-10 versus 10-6.  I know the talent is there with the team, it took a little while to get things going.  But I just feel it. “

“I’ve made it to the NFC Championship game twice.  And I know what talent looks like.   I know what it’s like to be on a good team.  And we definitely have it.  Just maybe one or two pieces are missing, and then we’re right there in the thick of things.”

The entire interview with Bryan Scott is available at buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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Dickerson tweets he’s re-signed with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2013 – 4:50 pm

Just hours after Bryan Scott tweeted that he’s re-signed with the Bills for 2013, H-back Dorin Dickerson has tweeted he’s done the same.

Dickerson was used sparingly last season by the previous coaching staff. It’ll be interesting to see what the new offensive staff may try and do with Dickerson in their offensive scheme.


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Bryan Scott tweets he’s re-signed

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2013 – 1:19 pm

Bills impending free agent linebacker Bryan Scott will apparently not make it to the free agent market as he announced on his Twitter account that he’s re-signed with Buffalo.

The Bills have not confirmed the signing nor have they sent anything into the league office to make it official. Scott signed a one-year deal last offseason to remain with the club.


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Players left with ‘What if?’

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2012 – 7:06 pm

The ‘what if” game is something that no NFL coach ever does, but Buffalo’s players were left with that question as they began to reflect on their 2012 season following their win over the Jets Sunday.

For Bryan Scott, who is an unrestricted free agent and has seen his share of disappointment in a Bills uniform, it was particularly difficult.

“It does, but from a player standpoint I’ve been here for six years and who knows what my future holds. I’m a free agent as well,” he said. “This city and this organization has meant so much to me and seeing the resiliency of these guys. We’ve been through a lot up and down. It does kind of hit home a little bit to t think, ‘Wow this might be it.’ And also that disappointing feeling that if it is it you left not accomplishing what you wanted to accomplish.”


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Bills prefer switch to Sanchez

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2012 – 12:34 pm

Talking to the Bills in the locker room just moments after it was learned that Mark Sanchez is starting at quarterback instead of Greg McElroy, who revealed he was having concussion-like symptoms, the defenders in Buffalo’s locker room seemed to prefer Sanchez over Tebow.

“It makes it a little easier because there’s a lot more film on Mark Sanchez than there is on McElroy,” said Bryan Scott. “I don’t think they’re going to change too much offensively than they would have with Tebow. We’re still going to prepare for Tebow in case we see him some with the option type stuff.

“We’ve played against Sanchez multiple time so we’re all a bit more knowlegeable about his game and what he’ll likely do out there in certain situations.”

Sanchez had one of his best games this season against the Bills in Week 1 when he went 19-27 passing for 266 yards with 3 touchdowns and an INT with a 123.4 passer rating.


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The John Murphy Show-Wednesday lineup

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 21, 2012 – 5:59 pm

It’s a feast of football information tonight, on the pre-Thansgiving Day edition of The John Murphy Show.  We’re pointed towards the Bills-Colts matchup coming up this Sunday.

We start with an update on the news of the day, including the running back rotation for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, and an update from practice.

At 7:20pm, Bills LB Bryan Scott joins us in studio to talk about the state of the Bills defense, and how they can continue their momentum from the Miami win through the rest of the season.

At 8pm, former Bills LT Will Wolford, the anchor on Jim Kelly’s blind side during the franchise Super Bowl run 20-years ago, will be live on the line with us.  Wolford is the radio color analyst for the Indianapolis Colts, and we’ll get his take on rookie QB Andrew Luck and the 6-4 Colts.

And at 8:20pm, ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky joins us to talk about the Colts, and Buffalo’s next opponents, the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Kuharsky covers the AFC South for ESPN.com.

As always, we’ll have time for phone calls and opinions on the Bills and the NFL.

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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Bills still seeking total performance

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2012 – 11:05 am

Make no mistake the Bills were more than happy to get the win Thursday night, but they’re still seeking what seems to be the elusive performance in which all three phases of their game are humming.

“I’m still looking for that game when we put everything together,” said Bryan Scott, who delivered the game clinching interception late in the game. “When the offense plays well, defense plays well and special teams plays well. We let one slip by on special teams and the offense didn’t really convert, but the defense played well and sometimes you’re going to win games like that.”


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3 Bills LBs among most efficient tacklers

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2012 – 2:04 pm

The film reviewers and stat crunchers at Pro Football Focus have put together their top 20 most efficient tacklers at linebacker in the NFL. Three Bills linebackers made the list.

Bryan Scott and Kelvin Sheppard were in a tie for 18th, with Nick Barnett right behind at 20th. Here’s the full list.

Rank Name Team Comb. Tackle Efficiency Total Snaps Total Missed Tackles Total Tackles Total Assists
1 DeMeco Ryans PHI 72 560 1 57 14
2 Lawrence Timmons PIT 50 504 1 40 9
3 Ray Lewis BLT 48 421 1 38 9
4 Takeo Spikes SD 43 310 1 28 14
5 Brian Cushing HST 29 230 1 24 4
6 Sean Lee DAL 28 303 2 45 9
7 Jerod Mayo NE 27.7 568 3 69 11
8 D’Qwell Jackson CLV 26 599 2 42 8
9 Vontaze Burfict CIN 25.5 422 2 41 8
10 Karlos Dansby MIA 23 609 3 54 12
11 K.J. Wright SEA 22.3 509 3 55 9
12 Patrick Willis SF 22 503 3 53 10
13 Luke Kuechly CAR 21.3 316 3 44 17
14 Bobby Wagner SEA 20.3 502 4 65 12
15 Bruce Carter DAL 19.7 461 3 54 2
16 D.J. Smith GB 19.5 346 2 31 6
17 Lance Briggs CHI 17.3 536 3 42 7
18 Bryan Scott BUF 16.5 313 2 26 5
18 Kelvin Sheppard BUF 16.5 286 2 24 7
20 Nick Barnett BUF 16.3 546 4 49 12

Tackling efficiency is determined by – (Tackles + assists + missed tackles) / Missed tackles.


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Bills don’t mind that win was ugly

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2012 – 11:20 am

The Bills were more than happy to outlast the Cardinals and win the game, but they weren’t naive enough to think it was an air tight victory.

“There were parts that were ugly,” said Bryan Scott. “There were those highs and lows, but we said if we stay even keeled and finish through four quarters, and we even had to take it to overtime, good things happen.”

“It was just one of those games that was so up and down,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “We came out here with one goal and that was to win. In the National Football League you celebrate the victories because we know they’re tough to come by. I think winning in the NFL is hard and the guys that have been around for a long time know you take them how you get them and we’re pretty fired up.”

“That was a huge relief,” said Scott of the win. “The last two weeks, just to have those losses in your mouth, it hurts. You can’t sleep at night. To get this win and to go back home and now Tennessee is up next. This was a start of something very positive.”


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Scott: “We’re sick of this”

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2012 – 11:33 pm

Sunday’s performance wasn’t just devastating for the Bills players, it was humiliating. That’s why players like Bryan Scott and Fred Jackson were upset and ticked off.

“I thought we came out and I thought we played well in the first half,” said Scott. “In the second half, we just didn’t go, and it’s embarrassing to see. We’re sick of this. This is terrible.”    

For Fred Jackson he’s reached the breaking point.

“Excuse my French, but at some point you got to get pissed off,” Jackson said. “It’s just unacceptable. As players, we all need to go look and figure out what it is we’re doing wrong as individuals and get it corrected because we need to get some things fixed.” 

What’s most troubling for the players is the season, though only five games old, already feels like it’s slipping away from them.

“Time is of the essence,” said Scott. “We talked about sense of urgency, we talked about accountability.  We talked about finishing. “All of these things have to come into play because we’re better than this.”


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Bills defenders assess their run ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2012 – 6:58 pm

Buffalo’s run defense was solid each of the first three weeks, but Sunday New England took advantage of the Bills nickel personnel and rumbled for almost 250 yards. Bryan Scott called their effort against the run “an epic failure.”

“One of our goals was to stop the run, and obviously it was an epic failure when it came to that,” said Scott. “They did not show us anything we did not prepare for.  That’s why it hurts.  Yes, we lost the game, but there were many aspects of the game where we beat ourselves.”

Nick Barnett was most troubled by the inability to get the momentum back once the Patriots started piling up scoring drives.  

“We can’t allow them to get rolling like this,” said Barnett. “We let em get rolling downhill, and the next thing you know, they made a lot of good plays, but we gave up a lot of good plays.  We played Santa Claus with a lot of different things, and we cant give a good team like this plays.  So that’s it.  Gotta go watch film, and get better.”


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Fan Friday 9-7

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2012 – 5:11 pm

Alright Bills fans, the first Sunday of the regular season is finally here! Apologize for the delay today. Let’s get to your questions from Ask.Chris@bills.nfl.net and @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Chris,

I have a few questions regarding the running back and defensive line rotations:

I remember a few years ago in Kansas City when they had Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes, they used a 2 on 1 off rotation.  Meaning Holmes would go in for two series and then Johnson would spell him for one.  As we all saw, this was pretty effective for them as they were both kept fresh and they both put up solid numbers.  Can you see this strategy working with Freddie and CJ?

The second question I have is do you see us shifting Mario Williams inside on obvious passing downs like the Giants did early in Justin Tuck’s career?  They have the same general body type to hold their own inside and they’re both freakish athletes.  If we put Anderson and Merriman at the ends I think that it would be a pretty formidable pass rushing line even without including Dareus or Williams.

Go Bills!

CB: I think your idea in having the Bills mimic what the Chiefs did isn’t a bad one, but right now I think the way in which they intend to get each of them what the staff believes are sufficient touches is by putting them on the field at the same time. I don’t believe they’ll be lined up in the backfield together all that often, but I think they will both be on the field an awful lot. Both of them are capable of splitting out wide or carrying the ball out of the backfield. So there are so many options that I think this approach can work more effectively and keep defenses more off balance.

As for Mario Williams I don’t see him moving inside all that much. It’d be one thing if you had some run stuffing pluggers at defensive tackle, but Marcell Dareus led the team in sacks last season and Kyle Williams led the team the year before. With Dareus and Williams so good at pushing the pocket from the middle on passing downs, I don’t see a need to move Mario inside.

 

2 – Hey Chris.
I was wondering if you could tell me who tailors the guys uniforms. I noticed that authentic jerseys one can purchase are different than what the players actually wear. I want to tailor my jersey sleeves like how Freddy has his. Thanks Chris.

CB: To my knowledge Nike cuts the player jerseys differently than the jerseys that appear on the store shelves. Nike has specific jersey cuts based on the position a player plays (e.g. wide receiver, longer, tighter torso cut). For the general public those jersey cuts don’t exist presumably because they have to appeal to a broad spectrum of sizes, so they don’t streamline cut them or enlarge them. They have one general cut for the store jerseys.

 

3 - Hey Chris,

I was wondering with Ron Brooks being the fastest DB, how come the Bills won’t give him a shot at kick return or even punt return?  I think Donald Jones is good but I would rather see him in the slot and Easley at the 2nd spot, what do you think?  Lastly if Terrence Mcgee comes back fully recovered do you think he will start the first game of the regular season? 

-David, Atlanta
CB: First, there are different kinds of speed and quickness. In fact an NFL scout will tell you that speed and quickness are two different things. Brooks has great short area quickness and change of direction skills. He’s also a pretty darn fast straight line runner. As for special teams though, his experience from college is as a gunner, which is where he would’ve lined up for the Bills on their punt team had he not broke his foot in practice a couple of weeks ago.

Buffalo has so many capable returners (McKelvin, Rogers, Spiller, Graham) that there’s no need to force Brooks, with very limited experience, into that role.

 

4 - Hi Chris,

Bryan Scott has always been a solid backup in the safety position.  With his move to linebacker, he seems undersized and unlikely to get on the field as much, not to mention this takes away quite a bit of our safety depth.  Why the move to linebacker and do you see the coaches putting him back at safety where he seems to be a more natural fit?

Thanks!
-Paul

CB: Quite the contrary. Scott is a solid 220 pounds, which is just eight pounds lighter than Nick Barnett (228). And he is going to play more than Kelvin Sheppard in terms of total snaps this year. Scott is a first team nickel linebacker with Barnett and knowing what a passing league the NFL has become you can bet that Scott will be on the field for up to 65 percent of the plays on defense.

In this league of passing all over the yard, you need lighter and quicker linebackers that can help in coverage. Scott is the perfect hybrid for such a role. In fact he was used rather extensively in this role last year.

 

5 - Chris 

Please explain the rules for PUP and PS eligibility and return to active squad. Could McGee or Troup have started the season on PUP and return later when healthy? Also, how many players can dress on game day and are there special provisions for the 3rd “emergency” QB. With Fitz and wildcat QB Smith dressed, will the primary backup also need to be part of the active game roster?

Thanks
Gerald 

CB: The rules for PUP are pretty simple. If a player is physically unable to perform at the start of training camp a team can place him on Active/PUP, which means he still counts toward a roster spot. That was the case this summer with TE Mike Caussin.

Only players that start the preseason (camp) on Active/PUP are eligible to be transitioned to Reserve/PUP before the start of the regular season. Once Terrence McGee and Torell Troup took to the practice field at training camp PUP was no longer an option in any capacity.

Caussin however, was placed on Reserve/PUP. Under the rules, Caussin, if medically cleared, could begin practicing with the team after Week 6 and still not count toward a roster spot. From the day he begins practicing, which can happen anywhere between the end of Week 6 and Week 9, a 21-day window is open for the team to decide whether they want to add him to their active roster or put him on season-ending injured reserve.

A player can serve up to three years on a practice squad. What wipes out all practice squad eligibility however, is if a player appears in nine games or more in any one regular season of their career. Naaman Roosevelt was an example of this. He served parts of two seasons on the Bills practice squad. So he would’ve still had a year left this year had he not appeared in 10 regular season games in 2011.

Those 10 appearances wiped out his practice squad eligibility this year.

As for game day teams can now dress 46 players. It used to be 45 players and an emergency QB, but that rule was changed last year. So now it’s just 46 players. That’s what made Brad Smith so attractive to the Bills in free agency. His versatility would not be able to be used as an asset under the old rules on a game day because of the third quarterback restrictions, but now with those rules removed, Smith can enter a game anywhere at any time.


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Monday practice update

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 27, 2012 – 4:07 pm

New QB Tarvaris Jackson is practicing in the Fieldhouse with his new Buffalo Bills teammates. Jackson is wearing #7 in the red QB jersey. He’s standing beside QBs coach David Lee and
the rest of the quarterbacks. Jackson is eligible for full participation-there’s no 3 day rule since he was on the Seahawks active roster prior to coming to Buffalo. Non participants today include DE Mark Anderson, LB Bryan Scott, and OT James Carmon. We’ll get an update on their status after practice


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Fan Friday 8-10

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2012 – 11:30 am

Well preseason game number one is in the books. Just another four days of camp and the team returns to One Bills Drive. Let’s get to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and @ChrisBrownBills on twitter.

1 - Chris,
I was wondering what kind if influence an improved defense would have on the offensive play calling?  If (IF) this bill’s defense can live up to its billing, will Fitzpatrick need to throw as much?

CB: I asked both Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick this very question a while back. Both indicated that when you’re playing with a lead more often there’s less of a need to take risks. Here’s exactly what they had to say about your question.

“You have a football team,” said Gailey. “You don’t have an offense, a defense and special teams. You have a football team and the objective is to win the game. So you’re always adjusting to what the situation in the game is and if we’re in closer ball games and we have leads you do change your thought process and the way you approach the game. And it allows Fitz to alter the way he approaches the game a little bit. We’ve got to continue to work that because we’ve not been in that situation in the last couple of years.”

I think it allows you to limit the risks you take,” said Fitzpatrick. “I think if you’re in games all the time and not falling behind whether it’s from a poor performance early from the offense or whatever it is, you certainly have to be a smarter and more reserved quarterback. With our offense there are going to be times where we take chances because that’s what makes us good as well. But there’s a balance we have to find there in terms of when we’re taking those chances and when to take the checkdown.”

 

2 - Hey Chris,

Thanks for your daily articles and updates.  I had a question about offensive tackle based on your latest article.  A lot of scouts seem to believe that both Glenn and Hairston could be great RT’s.  So why is there only competition at LT?  I think Pears played well last year at RT and I’m glad we have him, but I think he still has plenty to prove.  It’s not like he’s an All-Pro, but it seems like he’s just being handed the RT job without having to compete for it.  Why shouldn’t the loser of the LT competition be considered for the starting spot on the right side?  Isn’t it possible that Glenn and Hairston could be the two best OT’s on the team?

 Thanks,
Ed
Denver, CO

CB: It’s my opinion that Erik Pears had a very good season last year from start to finish. He was a much stronger player after spending an offseason in Buffalo’s conditioning program and put on 20 pounds. His play was rewarded with a three-year contract extension.

Right now he’s working back from a groin strain in camp, so Hairston has been forced to line up on the right side. I think part of the reason RT has been Pears job and his job only (before injury) is because he played very consistently last season and is a veteran presence on what is a pretty young line.

I’m not saying at some point the player that finishes second in the LT competition can’t be the team’s starting right tackle, but I think there’s value in continuity as well and keeping Pears at RT knowing he can do the job is viewed as the best idea by the staff moving forward (provided he’s healthy).

 

3 - Hey Chris,

My question is who are going to be the backups in the secondary? Where do you see Bryan Scott? Do you see much from Searcy? There was a lot of talk about him when the Bills drafted him but hadn’t heard much.

Respectfully,

bigfoot21 here is sunny South Carolina.

 

CB: Bryan Scott is a linebacker in the nickel packages and that’s really the extent of his role. Da’Norris Searcy as we’ve mentioned several times in our daily Practice Notes reports has been getting time with the starting unit rotating in for both George Wilson and Jairus Byrd. I think the staff wants to try to find a role for him presumably in a subpackage (nickel, dime).

I think sooner rather than later Searcy will be making an impact on Buffalo’s defense. He’s been impressive in the time he’s been with the ones on the practice field. We’ll see what he can do in the preseason.

 

4 - Hi Chris, thanks for all the information through the years. Living in San Diego, my son and I only see the Bills in enemy territory. I am trying to take him back to Buffalo to show him how a real football crowd is.

My question is does Shawn Powell or John Potter have any realistic chance making this team? Though I like the veterans, these young players look pretty good and it might be time for a change. Again thanks, Art
CB: I think Potter could make the roster as a kickoff specialist and kicker on long field goal attempts 55-yards plus. Chan Gailey has made no secret of his feelings about what kind of a weapon he believes Potter can be if he can prove that he can deliver touchbacks with regularity. He basically told me that if Potter can guarantee the opponent is starting in their own 20-yard line every time then it’s worth using a roster spot.

As for Powell I think he’s got an uphill battle. He has raw talent, but he’s not as consistent or polished as Moorman. In a year where the Bills are gunning for the playoffs you keep the guy you can count on punt in and punt out.

 

5 - Hi Chris, thank you for taking my question.

Is Vince Young getting the same attention from Coach Lee on his mechanics and decision making as Fitz is? And if so is he seeing any improvement in his game?

I appreciate your insight. Thanks!

- Chris Kenyon (Albany, NY)

CB: Vince Young is being schooled on the same lower body mechanics as Fitz. The same with Thigpen. A quarterbacks coach works with all of his players and David Lee is no different. Young has performed better over the past week of camp with his accuracy. Young’s arm delivery isn’t prototype, but because he’s so tall it’s a throwing motion that can work in the NFL.


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The Bills hybrid weapon

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2012 – 9:52 am

His responsibilities vacillated back and forth from safety to linebacker for the better part of the last three seasons, but after the 2011 season was over, the Bills defensive staff under the direction of then newly appointed Dave Wannstedt knew what the role would be for Bryan Scott moving forward.

Scott is a full-time linebacker, operating in the team’s first nickel package with Nick Barnett, making for a very athletic linebacking two-some on what is usually a passing down. As excited as some fans are that Arthur Moats is currently holding the starting job at SLB in the team’s base defense, Wannstedt reminds fans how valuable Scott is going to be for Buffalo’s pass defense this season knowing how much teams throw the ball around these days in the NFL.

“The real bonus guy in this thing is Bryan Scott, in our minds he is a starter,” said Wannstedt. “If we play it out this year he will have more reps at the nickel linebacker than Moats or Morrison will have at the Sam linebacker.”

With the proliferation of the passing game in the NFL, most defenses are in some form of a nickel or other subpackage 60-65 percent of the time.


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