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Williams confident ‘D’ won’t change much

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2014 – 1:40 pm

He has yet to meet with new Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and under NFL rules he’s not allowed to talk scheme with coaches in the offseason, but Aaron Williams isn’t worried about their defensive system undergoing wholesale changes.

“I haven’t met with Coach Schwartz yet, but speaking with Donnie (Henderson) in the offseason and just checking up on him and seeing how he is doing, we haven’t talked any football yet, but I feel real confident that nothing major is going to change,” said Williams. “There might be a few things here and there, but I think team wise once we get all the pieces together we will be fine.”

Williams signed a multi-year contract extension Wednesday with Buffalo.


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Schwartz & Henderson combo solid for ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2014 – 12:41 pm

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore and had Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz as a defensive assistant and Bills secondary coach Donnie Henderson as his secondary coach as well. He believes the combination of the two on Buffalo’s defense will do a lot to raise their overall performance to an even greater level than where it was in 2013.

“Schwartzy is a tremendous mind with ideas and energy and obviously I think the world of him,” said Lewis. “He’s done a great job as a coordinator and a head coach and now he’s taking a step back to be a coordinator again.

“Donnie is a guy who I owe a lot to. He’s a tremendous secondary coach who does a great job with the players. He’ll be a great extension and great resource for Jimmy on how to attack and how to defend. And that’s what you want. When you’re in that coordinator’s chair you want a guy that can come in and help you with the plan and if you ask him a question he’s going to give you a creditable answer that you can rely on.”

Henderson has also been a defensive coordinator in the NFL, as well as Bills LBs coach Fred Pagac.


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Effectiveness of coaching evident

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2013 – 11:46 am

When a team that is admittedly in its fledgling stages on offense with a rookie quarterback and has a secondary with its top four players out of the lineup can put together a winning performance against the Ravens following a subpar performance the week before you know Buffalo’s coaching staff is doing a lot of things right.

Whether it was offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Doug Marrone choosing to go with an approach in stark contrast to the first three weeks with power run personnel groupings or secondary coach Donnie Henderson getting a beat up defensive backfield to play its best game of the season, Doug Marrone’s staff is making a difference.

Just hearing the mindset of the players convinces you of that fact.

“We’re going to bring it, regardless of the injuries,” said Mario Williams. “Last week, when I was asked the question, it was tough as far as how many guys were out and blah-blah. I told you we were going to bring it regardless. We hold our guys to a very high standard, that’s a straight reflection of the coaching staff we have here in place.”

And when you get comments like this from the opposition, you realize that a good coaching staff is probably worth two to four extra wins a season.

“They did a good job of having us off balance at first,” said Terrell Suggs of Buffalo’s offense. “When you have a team off balance you can open up the playbook, and that’s what they did.”

 


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Nassib best prospect in the draft?

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 6, 2013 – 5:27 pm

There’s going to be no shortage of opinions in the next three months on the prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. But one draft expert surprised many this week, with the man at the top of his list.

Former NFL Scout Russ Lande has Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib at the top of his list of 200 prospects. And tonight on The John Murphy Show, Lande will talk about why he’s got Nassib as the best prospect.

Lande is Director of Scouting for the Nationial Football Post. He’s worked in the league as a scout for the Rams and the Browns.

He posted his Top 200 NFL Draft Prospects this week on the National Football Post. And he fives SU’s Nassib his highest grade, 8.60. The next highest graded QB is Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson at 33, followed by USC’s Matt Barkley (37th), NC State’s Mike Glennon (43rd) and West Virginia’s Geno Smith (44th).

We’ll ask Lande about his ranking at 8pm tonight, and have him explain how he arrived at Nassib as the number one prospect.

Also tonight, at 720pm, we’ll be joined by new Bills Defensive Backs Coach Donnie Henderson in studio. And at 820pm, we’ll dive into football analytics with Khaled Elsayeed of Pro Football Focus. He claims the sack stat is overrated, “the most abused stat out there.”

As always, we’ll have time for phone calls from listeners.

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


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