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Fan Friday 9-11

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2009 – 10:31 pm

Couple of days before the opener. Monday night should be electric.

1. Hey Chris,
Since the release of Walker, have the bills attempted to contact Levi Jones?
Thanks, Ryan

CB: To my knowledge at this point (Friday afternoon) no there has not been contact with Levi Jones representatives. Jones has been a popular name among the Bills fan base. But he’s been sticking to an asking price that’s been considered far too high for any NFL team to stomach. Being an injury risk as well doesn’t help his cause.

 

2. What made Ryan Denney more valuable than Copeland Bryan to our team? I’m speaking for dozens of barber shop analysts and bloggers I’ve encountered throughout the offseason, who praised the play of Bryan, and incorrectly assumed he’d contributed more than enough last season and this pre-season to earn a role on the Bills.
Thanks, Grownmango

CB: I think the Copeland Bryan decision was the most difficult on the entire roster. Bryan at age 26 still has some upside and Buffalo has some veteran ends that they chose to keep. That’s never an easy call. The coaching staff obviously felt that Denney, who was coming off a career season in ’08, was a better option as a rotational defender in Buffalo’s scheme.

True, Bryan might be a better pass rusher than Denney, but Denney has the better overall game. He can defend the run, bat down passes and kick inside to tackle in passing situations. I think it was Denney’s versatility that made him the pick for the coaching staff over Bryan.

 

3. Hey Chris,
If the regular season is as exciting with production, as the preseason was with regard to changes, then we’re in for a quite a ride! It really appears that the coaches are gung-ho with this no-huddle offense, so it made perfect sense to replace Walker with a younger more athletic and fit.

Demetrius Bell should be able to keep up with a hurried pace, and who can pull on some sweeps and run various screens without calling for oxygen.

My question is Chris, how has this offensive line fared against our own defensive line in practice? And do you think the defensive coaches and players believe that the new kids can get the job done based on how they’ve performed against Stroud and company?
Die hard Bills fan,
AJ66

CB: Unfortunately during the regular season we’re not allowed to watch the team portions of practice so as to protect game plan formations and plays for that week’s opponent. So we don’t really have an opportunity to watch the newly assembled offensive line against the first team defense or the scout team for that matter. Usually during the regular season the offense goes against the scout team defense more than anything else to prepare for that week’s opponent.

 

4. Hey Chris,

I saw that Buffalo traded Ko Simpson last week to Detroit. What did Buffalo get in exchange for Simpson?
Thanks, Brad D. London, ON

CB: An undisclosed draft pick in 2010. We probably won’t find out what round that pick was in until the draft draws closer in April. Dick Jauron told me that depth at safety is what made Simpson expendable.

5. Why did the Bills release Langston Walker? Seems like a very bizarre move, no?
Matt S.

CB: I think the timing of the move was surprising, but it was complicated by Demetrius Bell’s back injury. This was a move the staff wanted to make a few weeks ago, but once Bell was injured it was put on hold until they knew he’d be ready for the opener.

Walker was released because he failed to meet expectations over on the left side. His less than gung-ho attitude about taking on the challenge of playing on the left side also was a factor in my opinion.


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For those that missed it

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2009 – 1:57 pm

Since I’m still getting emails about it I thought I’d pass it along that Copeland Bryan is on an NFL roster.

After being released by the Bills in final cuts last week, Copeland Bryan was signed by the Detroit Lions just a day later.

It’s good to see that the defensive end has a job in the league. He performed well enough to earn one in the preseason. And it’s kind of ironic that the last team he played against in the preseason was the one that picked him up.


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Practice participation update

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2009 – 11:26 pm

Non participants at practice are as follows.

Copeland Bryan
Jairus Byrd
Marcus Smith
Dustin Fox
John McCargo
Ventrell Jenkins
Shawn Nelson
Steve Johnson
Also Hardy and Hawthorne

Nelson is close to returning. He was working with trainers this morning.


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Bryan suffers injury

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2009 – 5:57 pm

Copeland Bryan went down early in today’s pads practice and coach Jauron provided an update afterwards.

Bryan suffered a hamstring injury when he got caught up in a tie-up at the tail end of a run play during inside run plays.

No timetable was given as to how long he’ll be out, but it sounds as if its more serious than the minor tweak that Marcus Stroud suffered over the weekend.


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Ellis and Bryan rotating at DE

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2009 – 11:59 pm

In the morning practice veteran Copeland Bryan saw most of the reps with the second team defense at right defensive end. But that changed in the afternoon session.

Chris Ellis switched roles with Bryan, with Ellis seeing more time with the second unit while Bryan took Ellis’ spot from the morning with the third defense. It looks as if the two ends will alternate those spots with the 2nd and 3rd teams each practice.

Of course this will all change when Aaron Maybin is signed as he’s expected to be that second team defensive end along with Ryan Denney.

Both Bryan and Ellis made plays today. Bryan busted up a run play in the backfield that would have gone for a tackle for loss under live conditions as he got through the line to Xavier Omon behind the line of scrimmage.

Ellis meanwhile batted down a pass by Gibran Hamdan.


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Fan Friday 7-10

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2009 – 8:00 pm

Only a couple of more weeks until camp opens at St. John Fisher. Trying to really whittle down my inbox at AskChris@bills.nfl.net before camp knowing the questions will really be flying then. Let’s get started.
1. Chris,
 
Do you expect the Bills to keep six safeties?
 
Pete Howell

CB: No, I don’t see how they justify keeping six. They kept five last season and that sounds right to me. I think provided no one suffers a season-ending injury in the preseason the five safeties will be Whitner, Scott, Wilson, Wendling and Byrd. Wilson and Wendling primarily because of their value to special teams.

 

2. Chris:
 
With the addition of Maybin and the need at linebacker do you see the Bills trying either Copeland Bryan or Chris Ellis at linebacker this season?  I know Ellis was considered a tweener in last year’s draft and Bryan is small for a DE.
 
Gregg in Atlanta

CB: I highly doubt we’ll see Copeland Bryan at LB. I suppose Ellis is a possibility, but I don’t see it happening. However, I think Maybin could line up at LB in passing situations. In an effort to get Maybin on the field as much as possible on passing downs, I think Perry Fewell will make use of him not only as an end, but a rush LB. We’ll see.

 
3. Chris,  During spring practices Trent Edwards said they were practicing a lot of dink and dunk plays. Over the past few years I have been getting sick and tired of these plays. Do you think with the addition of T.O. the Bills will finally take shots downfield? 
Thanks,       Eric, Hamburg

CB: I think you may have misheard Trent. If memory serves we were asking him about getting blitzed a lot, which was the case in one particular practice. He said he doesn’t like it dinking and dunking as much as he had to, but sometimes it’s necessary when the blitz is coming as much as it was in that particular practice.

Perry Fewell really let the dogs loose and the O-line was still in the midst of developing chemistry.

I do believe that with Owens and Evans outside that the Bills will try to go downfield more often, but we have to remember that early in the season the line may not be able to hold up effectively while still jelling and so deep passes downfield may not happen as often as you would like. The reason why is the result of taking that approach when the line is still coming together could be an injured QB.

 

 

4. Chris, you’ve wrote alot about “would be” sacks, and I was wondering how the offensive line is doing? Do you think that they show any early signs of meshing well together? I know that it takes time to get the cohesiveness down, but I feel this season’s sucsess hinges on just that happening. On paper they have a team that can contend for a playoff birth, but I really think that it comes down to the o-line.
 
 Thanks…Bryan – Canandaigua NY

CB: As far as terminology and assignments, the linemen, particularly new guys (McKinney, Hangartner, Levitre, Wood) handled things well. They also did well with the up tempo pace. The blocking assignments and team work where the real chemistry is developed will have to wait until training camp and the preseason when the pads are on.

I’m hopeful there’s enough time for the starting five (when chosen) to pull it all together in time for the opener. You’re right that the success of the offense will hinge on that because if they can’t give Trent enough time, it doesn’t matter who is out there running routes.

At least they’ve got an extra preseason game to work, with the HOF game. But with five guys in five new positions it’s going to take some time. It doesn’t just happen.

 

5.  I was wondering if the bills were thinking about using Roscoe Parrish in the Wildcat. I don’t think he’s gonna get a lot of catches this year and if he can use that quickness we see when he returns punts he could be pretty effective in the Wildcat.
thanks Andy-buffalo

CB: I think it’s possible, but unlikely. The only reason why is if he has to tuck and run he could get crushed. In principle it’s a good idea because the Wildcat works best when you have someone running it that is a threat to pass as well as run. Roscoe was a former high school quarterback and throws a heck of a ball. But his stature I think might rule him out among the coaches.

The perfect Wildcat guy would have been Walter Payton. My favorite player growing up, Payton could do it all. Threw I think for 8 career touchdowns. L.T. is another guy that’s a good fit. Miami’s Pat White is a bit scary to think about too.


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Why Mace was added to the roster

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2008 – 5:11 pm

The Bills were facing a shorthanded situation on the D-line Sunday with Chris Ellis (now on I-R) and Copeland Bryan both listed as questionable for the game.

With Ellis now out Spencer Johnson will get snaps at both end and D-tackle. But that would have left Kyle Williams and Marcus Stroud as the only other D-tackles and with Buffalo’s linemen used to a heavy rotation they’d likely be gassed by the 4th quarter if they didn’t have another guy.

Mace can play at end and tackle much like Johnson so the Bills should be ok at both spots now even if Bryan can’t play the whole game with his foot injury.


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Shortage at end?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2008 – 5:40 pm

With Copeland Bryan and Chris Ellis both questionable and participating only on a limited basis in practice this week, Buffalo could enter the game with just two defensive ends Sunday.

Spencer Johnson can kick out and play some end to give both Kelsay and Denney a break, but they only have three defensive tackles counting Johnson.

If there are only six defensive linemen on Sunday Buffalo’s rotational scheme might require a roster move. Corey Mace would be the likely call up in such a situation, should Bryan and Ellis be unable to play.


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Lynch probable, Whitner questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2008 – 5:37 pm

Marshawn Lynch practiced fully on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against Miami.

Donte Whitner practiced fully all week and though questionable is expected to start at free safety Sunday with Bryan Scott at SS.

Trent Edwards is doubtful. He could possibly serve as the emergency 3rd string quarterback, otherwise he won’t even dress.

Out are Jabari Greer and Aaron Schobel. Schobel just looked far from 100 percent in practice this week.

Also questionable with Whitner are Copeland Bryan, Chris Ellis, Teddy Lehman, Robert Royal. All of these players were only able to participate on a limited basis.


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Lynch has back spasms

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2008 – 7:27 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron said Marshawn Lynch was limited in practice due to back problems.

“Marshawn had back spasms so that kept him out for part of the practice,” said Jauron. “When you have back spasms you have trouble bending and about anything at all. He’s had them before.”

When asked if he expects Lynch to play on Sunday Jauron answered in the affirmative.

Also limited were Teddy Lehman (hamstring), Copeland Bryan (foot) and Chris Ellis (ankle). 

Jabari Greer, Trent Edwards and Robert Royal did not participate Thursday.

Practicing fully for a second straight day were Aaron Schobel and Donte Whitner.

“Aaron again participated in the whole practice, so we’ll have to see how it is,” said Jauron of Schobel’s foot. “It’s a little bit sore, but it’s two in a row now.”


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2008 – 8:46 pm

Trent Edwards remains day-to-day with the groin injury. Dick Jauron did not say how much a quarterback would need to practice during the week to still be considered a viable option for a game, but that he would need to practice “some.”

J.P. Losman took all the first team reps. For more info check out Bills Roundup by clicking on the Media Lounge tab at the home page of Buffalobills.com later this afternoon.

Not practicing were Jabari Greer (knee), Robert Royal (hamstring), Chris Ellis (ankle) and Chris Kelsay was excused for personal reasons. He’s expected to be back at practice Thursday. Copeland Bryan (foot) and Teddy Lehman (hamstring) were limited.

Practice went pretty well for Aaron Schobel and Donte Whitner as both got reps with the first unit on defense. Both Schobel and Whitner practiced fully. Whitner was used as both the nickel corner and at free safety in the base package.

Schobel told me he plans to practice again on Thursday, but wouldn’t call himself a sure thing for Sunday. But Schobel did say he won’t need surgery on his ailing foot, which is very good news. Whitner indicated he should be ready for Sunday’s game.


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Bills-49ers inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2008 – 5:02 pm

Buffalo Bills
20-Donte Whitner
33-Jabari Greer
58-Teddy Lehman
77-Demetrius Bell
84-Robert Royal
94-Aaron Schobel
96-Copeland Bryan
10–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

San Francisco 49ers
20-Allen Rossum
31-Reggie Smith
38-Dashon Goldson
59-Cody Wallace
77-Jacob Bender
83-Arnaz Battle
84-Josh Morgan
10-Jamie Martin – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills
No. 92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end
No. 43 Bryan Scott will start at strong safety
no. 28 Leodis McKelvin will start at cornerback


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Greer, McCargo, Royal, Lehman, Schobel all out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2008 – 5:27 pm

Jabari Greer, John McCargo, Teddy Lehman, Robert Royal and Aaron Schobel are all out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

Donte Whitner is doubtful with Keith Ellison, Derek Schouman and Copeland Bryan questionable for the game.

We’ll have more details on the home page shortly.


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McCargo MIA

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2008 – 4:03 pm

John McCargo is not at practice with his teammates Friday. Also not in attendance is TE Robert Royal (hamstring).

Not practicing were Jabari Greer (knee), Teddy Lehman (hamstring) and Aaron Schobel (foot).

Copeland Bryan (hamstring) who was limited in practice Thursday was not practicing Friday and is likely not looking good for Sunday.

Practicing on a limited basis was Donte Whitner.


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Ellison back practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2008 – 8:07 pm

Keith Ellison was back on the practiced field Thursday back from his ankle injury. As a result Bryan Scott was back working with the DBs after practicing with the linebackers on Wednesday. Copeland Bryan also returned to practice.

Donte Whitner practiced for a second straight day in pads, and has a shot to play Sunday.

Jabari Greer did not practice for a second straight day as well as Teddy Lehman and Robert Royal.

Aaron Schobel was with the team post practice and without a boot though he still has a slight limp.


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Ellison has ankle injury

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2008 – 8:51 pm

LB Keith Ellison has apparently had a lingering ankle injury the past few weeks that he’s just been playing through. He didn’t exacerbate the injury according to head coach Dick Jauron in last Sunday’s game, but it was swollen coming out of the game and as a result he did not practice Wednesday.

It’s also why he wasn’t at practice at all Wednesday as the training staff likely wants to keep him off his feet.

Donte Whitner was limited in practice, but told Jauron that his shoulder felt good moving around. The safety is dealing with what is a pain management issue and not a healing issue concerning his shoulder.

Jabari Greer (knee), Teddy Lehman (hamstring), Robert Royal (hamstring), Aaron Schobel (foot), Aaron Schobel (foot) and Copeland Bryan (foot) all did not practice.

We’ll have a full update in Bills Roundup later this afternoon.


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Ellison absent, Greer, Royal watching practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2008 – 5:39 pm

Keith Ellison was not in attendance at practice Wednesday. We’ll get an update from head coach Dick Jauron in his afternoon press conference.

Still not practicing are Jabari Greer and Aaron Schobel.

Donte Whitner did individual position work in practice, but did not appear to participating in team work.

Also not practicing was Teddy Lehman, Copeland Bryan and Robert Royal.


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Brown’s Best – Week 12

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2008 – 8:14 pm

There was a lot that the win over Kansas City had to offer so here’s the rundown this week.

BEST START: Blake Costanzo – The Bills coverage player came down the field like a freight train on the opening kickoff and forced a fumble on impact, but the Chiefs recovered.

BEST TWO MAN DRIVE: Marshawn Lynch/Fred Jackson – The two backs accounted for all of the yardage on Buffalo’s first touchdown drive. Nine plays, 61 yards, all Lynch and Jackson.

BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Copeland Bryan – His third down sack at the Chiefs one-yard line not only forced a punt, but ensured that Buffalo would have great field position.

BEST USE OF HELMET: Reggie Corner – The nickel back forced Jamaal Charles to fumble when his helmet popped the ball loose allowing George Wilson to recover the ball.

BEST GAME CHANGER: Leodis McKelvin – His 64-yard interception return was the turning point of the game.

BEST TACKLE FOR LOSS: Chris Kelsay – His stop on Larry Johnson on a 3rd-and-1 forced the Chiefs to punt… again. Kelsay had two tackles for loss in the game.

BEST PASS: Trent Edwards – His 51-yard bomb to Lee Evans was laid out perfectly for the wide receiver despite tight coverage.

BEST ENCORE: Leodis McKelvin – His second interception looked as though he baited Tyler Thigpen to throw it and quickly closed the space between him and the receiver once the ball was in the air to make a play on it.

BEST IMPROVISATION: Trent Edwards – His roll out to the right was partly by design, but he extended the play an extra second or so and completed a 20-yard pass along the sideline to Josh Reed.

BEST GO FOR BROKE MOVE: Trent Edwards – With no timeouts left and the first half clock winding down, Edwards took off for the goal line and leapt up and over two Chiefs defenders for the touchdown.

BEST JOHNNY ON THE SPOT: Marcus Stroud – His deft scoop of a Tyler Thigpen fumble set the Bills up for another field goal deep in Chiefs territory.

BEST HIT: Ryan Denney – His crack on Larry Johnson in the hole stood the big back straight up at the line of scrimmage on a 1st-and-10 play.

BEST SEPARATOR: Josh Reed – Somehow the Bills receiver was sitting by himself in the back of the end zone where Trent Edwards found him for an eight-yard touchdown reception.

BEST KEEPING OF A COOL HEAD: Marshawn Lynch – After Bernard Pollard cracked him when he got up at the tail end of a run play, Lynch wisely did not retaliate. Pollard’s infraction cost the Chiefs another 15 yards and a first down. One play later Buffalo was back in the end zone.

BEST PRESENCE: George Wilson – The reserve safety tied for the team lead in tackles, had a sack, tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

BEST SPECIAL TEAMER: Blake Costanzo – The coverage man had an incomprehensible six special teams tackles, which was more than the entire Chiefs special teams unit combined and had a pair of forced fumbles.

BEST RETURN: Josh Reed – The Bills possession receiver made a significant impact in his return from injury with five catches for 50 yards including a touchdown, his first in two years.

BEST POINT PRODUCER: Rian Lindell – The Bills kicker had a career high 18 points in the game and now has 600 for his career becoming just the third Bills player in team history to reach that mark.


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Why Mitchell didn’t sack Thigpen in end zone

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2008 – 4:22 pm

For those that saw the game you likely remember Kawika Mitchell’s kill shot opportunity on Tyler Thigpen when he came on a blitz and could have sacked Thigpen in the end zone or a safety.

Instead Mitchell just shoved him allowing him to lunge forward out of the end zone before Copeland Bryan sacked him at the one-yard line. In the end the play mattered little, but I asked Mitchell after the game about the play. Here was his explanation.

“To be honest I thought he had thrown the ball,” said Mitchell. “It’s a bad play on me. I’ve got to be aggressive on that all the time. Regardless of the situation, if I get fined because he threw the ball then so be it, but I’ve still got to be aggressive.”

So Mitchell thought Thigpen had thrown the ball and did not want to get flagged for roughing the quarterback or worse (a fine). In hindsight he obviously wishes he buried him for a safety, but he was trying to play smart. His teammate (Bryan) picked up for him on the play anyway by sacking Thigpen and forcing a punt.


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Fan Friday 11-21

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2008 – 6:28 pm

Here’s the latest installment of answers to your questions. Remember you can always send me anything you’re wondering about via e-mail at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. I try to answer every one I get either personally or here on the blog.

1. I don’t know where the Bills can go from here. Is it the players, coaches, confidence, desire, intelligence? Nobody on the field is a leader, and Trent looks lost. What do you suggest? If nothing changes (and fast) the Bills will find themselves 5-11 this offseason.
 
Thanks,
 
Tony D

CB: I think the fans have a right to be concerned. Watching their team go from first place in the division to last in the span of a month is rare. I don’t know if any of us can put our finger on the crux of the problem here. But I think a kick in the pants is in order here and that’s got to come from the coordinators. Turk Schonert and Perry Fewell have the demeanor to demand better from their players.

To help Trent I think the offense needs to shorten the receiver routes to help him get back in a rhythm and get the ball out of his hand faster. On defense I think they’re been pretty effective. Fewell was more aggressive with his blitzes last week and I wouldn’t mind seeing that continue in light of how thin they are in the secondary. But firing these guys up is in order.

 

2. Hi Chris,
Kelsay and Denney over the last 4 weeks have combined for maybe 1 pressure. I don’t see why the coaches insist on keeping them in there when they clearly will not disrupt the pocket. Ellis and Bryan seem to at least mix things up when they are on the field and try a variety of pass rush moves. If they got more snaps they would get into a rhythm. And just to point out, Kelsay was the same even when Schobel was starting so its not as if his play had dropped off due to the loss of Schobel, he has been like this dating back to last season. Shouldn’t there be some accountability at some point?
Thanks,
Hanny

CB: I understand your frustration with the lack of a consistent pass rush. Kelsay would be the first to tell you he’s not a premier edge pass rusher by trade, and I suspect Denney might say the same. But both are veteran players that defend the run well and go all out on every snap.

That being said I’m not opposed to mixing it up more with Bryan and Ellis to see if they can’t capture the edge a bit better on a pass rush. But Kelsay and Denney are two of the most accountable players on the roster. Believe me when I tell you they wish they were contributing more.

 

3. There was a three year contract extension reported for Dick Jauron. But it has not been reported on the website. Are these just rumors? Even Dick Jauron hasn’t talked about it. I’m a bit confused.
Thank you,
Matt from Toronto

CB: As it has been explained to me, it is team policy to not discuss or publicize contract details of coaches. Therefore I have not been able to report it on the team website.

I should also make clear that it has not been confirmed for me by anyone at One Bills Drive that coach Jauron has been extended, presumably for the reason I just mentioned above.

Just guessing, I believe a contract extension has been completed, but until coach Jauron shows up for the first free agent signing in March we won’t know for sure.

 

4. Chris,

I want to know why there’s neither fire nor urgency nor passion in this team right now – and I’m not talking about post-game interviews. I’m talking about playing with heart on the field while it matters.

I can tell you the players aren’t playing with the urgency that every play matters.

This is the NFL, and if our entire sideline just goes out there on Sundays to either bend-but-don’t-break or get-into-field-goal-position, then we’re in for one rough second half.

Let’s get some passion back!

CB: I couldn’t agree with you more. The team looked lifeless in New England a couple of weeks ago. Some players get excited after plays, but this team is in the midst of a crisis and everyone is very methodical about getting back to winning football. It doesn’t just happen because you’re practicing hard, all professional teams do that.

Like I said in my first response, this team needs a kick in the pants from someone. If not they’re going to wake up too late to reclaim a playoff berth. Heck it might be too late already with the hole they’ve put themselves in with division record.

 

5. Hi Chris,
I have a few questions for you.
What does our coaching staff and team consider the best way to attack a defense that is dropping 7-8 into coverage?

Is Trent allowed to audible at the line of scrimmage?  How many plays has he actually changed the play?

How many times have the Bills attempted play-action passes this year?  Can you recall any instances since this streak of pathetic offensive play began.  I know that it helps to have a running game that is working.
Matt Buffan

CB: The answer to your first question is run the ball. The Browns provided the latest example of this and Buffalo responded with a strong day running the football. That’s what forces defense to pull defenders out of coverage and into the run front. I’m all for sprinkling in draw plays too in those instances.

As for Trent, yes he is allowed to make audibles at the line of scrimmage. As for number of times he’s changed the play, I don’t have that figure. I would say it’s not much more than 3-4 times per game.

Again I don’t have a play action figure for you, but the Bills have done less play action than most teams, and I believe that’s been primarily due to the fact that they hadn’t been able to run the ball effectively up until the Cleveland game. When you run the ball well, it’s a legit threat that has to be respected. When you’re not, nobody is buying your run fake and that’s what the Bills were dealing with for a while, hence, no sense in going to play action if no one is biting on it.


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