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Gilmore not worried about leadership in secondary

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 3, 2013 – 3:12 pm

The roster churn that always accompanies the NFL offseason cost the Buffalo Bills some experience on the back end of their defense.  But second year CB Stephon Gilmore says it won’t be a problem.

Gilmore is in town this week for the Bills veterans voluntary offseason conditioning program.  And he says although he’ll miss Safety George Wilson and Cornerback Terrence McGee, life goes on.

” I talked to George and Terrence the other day,” Gilmore says.  “They told me to just keep doing what I’m doing, working hard, and the sky’s the limit.  I learned a lot from Terrence from him being here a long time, and being the player that he was.  And George, being as smart as he is, he helped me out a lot of the field.”

Gilmore, Buffalo’s 1st round draft pick last season, has had his initial meetings with the new Bills coaching staff.  And he’s already picked up on a new, positive attitude.

“I think this new coaching staff is very excited about being here,” he says.  “They bring a different vibe—being more excited, and us being more excited than they are.”

” Just the excitement, everybody  happy to be here.  It’s one thing coming in being the coach, but it’s another thing coming in and being excited, and telling the players we’re ready to roll.”


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George Wilson’s generosity was legendary

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 11, 2013 – 8:20 pm

The Bills football department had a difficult chore Monday, releasing veterans Nick Barnett and George Wilson. And Wilson will especially be missed because of his charitable works, and his generosity.

Wilson arrived in Buffalo in 2004 as a rookie free agent, after being released by the Lions. After going through a position change, from WR to the defensive backfield, he became a valuable starter.

But Wilson proved his value in the Community Relations Department right from the start. Gretchen Geitter, the Bills Vice President of Community Relations, talked about Wilson Monday night on The John Murphy Show.

She considered Wilson an honorary member of the Community Relations Department, for his work with the Play 60 initiative, the United Way, and other charitable endeavors.

And Geitter also told the story of Wilson picking up the tab for merchandise and apparel at the Bills Store one day.

“He’ll be mad at me for telling this story-and I’m OK with it. He was in the Bills Store picking up some things for his family or his friends and the place was full of people, fans, and everyone was enjoying getting to see him,” she said.

“When he cashed out, he turned in his credit card number and he said to everyone in the store, ‘I just want to thank everyone here for your support, for following the Bills and supporting the Bills. Everything you got right now, everyone in the store, I’ll pick up the tab, it’s all on me.’”

Geitter says Wilson was not interested in getting any publicity for himself.

“There was a TV reporter there in the Bills Store, who said, ‘Can I grab my camera and cover this story?’ And George said, No, I’d prefer that you didn’t. I just want to thank the fans for what they do for this team.’ That was George.”


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“The Senator” will be missed off-the-field

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 11, 2013 – 7:50 pm

After nine years with the Buffalo Bills, Safety George Wilson made a lot of friends. And many of his friends and fans got to know him thorugh his work in the community.

Wilson, released Monday by the Bills, was a two-time winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, for his work in the community. He had his own foundation, the “Safety Foundation,” but he also worked with the Bills in the NFL PLay 60 project, the United Way, and the American Red Cross activities.

The Bills Vice President of Community Relations, Gretchen Geitter, appeared on The John Murphy Show Monday night, and said Wilson will be missed in her department.

“We consider him an honorary member of our community relations department,” Geitter said. And she added that Wilson dove into the community work almost as soon as he arrived with the Bills in 2004, as a rookie free agent.

“He quickly took it upon himself to get actively involved and get actively involved in everything he did,” Geitter said.

“He was our Play 60 ambassador and was at almost all of our Play 60 activities. He was a national and local United Way spokesperson, and encouraged volunteerism. And several years ago he started his own foundation, the “Safety Foundation.” He got actively involved in different things here and in Paducah, Kentucky, his hometown. That really focused on youth, and mentoring youth, and giving them the skills and the opportunities they need to succeed. He was very focused on that.”

The entire interview with Gretchen Geitter is available at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow.


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What Barnett, Wilson subtractions mean

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2013 – 4:09 pm

The Bills released a pair of veteran defenders Monday in Nick Barnett and George Wilson. What’s the ripple effect on Buffalo’s roster?

First and foremost Buffalo is losing their two leading tacklers from the 2012 season. The Bills already have a potential replacement for Wilson in Da’Norris Searcy, who began earning playing time last fall. I suspect there could also be a free agent addition at the position too. One that is well versed in Mike Pettine’s system.

As for the linebacker position there’s a lot of youth at the position now with Barnett’s departure. Sheppard got a ton of playing time last season and so did Nigel Bradham, but with a new defensive system coming Bradham will be back to square one. At least Sheppard saw time in the 3-4 in 2011.

Then there’s a host of young linebackers after that in Arthur Moats, Chris White, Greg Lloyd and Brian Smith.


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George: Progress is in the win-loss column

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2012 – 9:04 am

A lot of Bills players and head coach Chan Gailey have been asked if this team has made progress from last season. To a man they believe they’re a better team with more depth of talent. At the same time they know that claim doesn’t hold much water if they don’t have wins to back it up.

“You see progress in the win-loss column,” said George Wilson. “You can’t just say we’re headed in the right direction and then continue to be deficient. We have to get it done in the win-loss column. That’s how we’re judged. We’re judged off wins and losses and our productivity. That’s the nature of the business.

“You can’t come out here and lay eggs on Sunday, especially when you have a good week of practice and preparation. This game boils down to execution on game day, and the various situations that arise during the course of the game. They handled the situations better than we did.”


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Bills defenders call performance a setback

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2012 – 10:31 pm

Despite practicing it time and again during the course of the practice week the Bills had no answer for Seattle’s read option running attack with Russell Wilson, who had 92 yards on nine carries and three rushing touchdowns in the 50-17 win over Buffalo. For a run defense that had showed league-leading improvement, even they had to admit Sunday was a sizable step back.

“It’s definitely a step back for us as far as run defense goes,” said Nick Barnett. “It’s unconventional runs, but we’ve got to be able to stop those and it’s not that big of a deal if we execute our responsibilities and we got a little nosy on a couple of plays and you can’t do that against this team. They’ll make you pay for your mistakes.”

Barnett pointed to himself for missing the ‘B’ gap on the 44-yard run by Marshawn Lynch that led to a Seattle field goal. But more than that was Buffalo’s inability to slow the keeper carries by Wilson.

“That is a type of offensive run scheme that we’ve had trouble with, that option that zone read,” said Kyle Williams. “Since the bye against conventional offenses we’ve made some strides, and done some good things, but to go back to that we’ve had some trouble with that zone read thing. To defend that you have to play very disciplined and we didn’t.”

Mario Williams even went so far as to say there were continuous screw ups with assignment responsibilities.

“You go from being pretty traditional with the running games that we faced here in the last weeks to hitting somebody who is deadly with the read option and get Marshawn on top of that. Now it’s just not one person,” said Williams. “Now if you know one (defensive) guy switches the other (defensive) guy has to switch too. We both can’t end up on the quarterback and we both can’t end up on the dive and for whatever reason that’s what happened.

“For some reason, whenever they gave us motion and what not and we kind of had the responsibilities switch one person knew what was going on and the other person for whatever reason didn’t and we definitely got hurt in every aspect as far as keeping it or giving it.”

George Wilson said practicing for Russell Wilson and then seeing him live just aren’t the same, but admitted they were undisciplined.

“We worked on it all week, but seeing it in practice and defending it in the game are two completely different deals sometimes,” he said. “With the way those runs were springing early on there had to be guys being overly aggressive and doing more than what was asked of them on a given play and trying to do too much as opposed to their particular job.”

Seattle finished with 270 rushing yards on the day.


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Bills safeties rate near top

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2012 – 2:57 pm

ProFootballFocus, which watches game tape of every team and logs statistics and unique football metrics for every player has Bills safeties Jairus Byrd and George Wilson near the top of the league in performance at the safety position.

Byrd currently ranks second in the league in overall player rating trailing only San Diego’s Eric Weddle. George Wilson places a very respectable eighth on the list, making Buffalo the only team with a pair of safeties in the top 10.

The two also ranks ninth (Wilson) and 10th (Byrd) in performance in coverage league-wide at the safety position.

Ratings
# Name               Team Snaps Overall
1  Eric Weddle  SD         859        22.0
2  Jairus Byrd BUF       848        21.3
3  Reshad Jones MIA  925        20.3
4  Kerry Rhodes ARZ  829         15.0
5  T.J. Ward CLV           959         14.7
6  Reggie Nelson CIN  776         11.4
6  Quintin Mikell SL     839         11.4
8  George Wilson BUF 744         9.8 
9  Ryan Clark    PIT       711          9.6
10  Ronde Barber TB   915          9.2


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George on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2012 – 7:20 am

Bills safety George Wilson will be on the radio airwaves this morning. Here’s where you can find him.

Janet and Nick – Kiss 98.5
George Wilson – 8:45 AM


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George on meeting President Bush

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2012 – 9:07 pm

Right before the game the country’s 41st President was carted out to midfield for the coin toss. George Bush (1988-1992) was suddenly at midfield flipping the coin. For Bills co-captain George Wilson it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“It was incredible,” said Wilson. “I didn’t expect it. To say you’ve met a President is a lifetime memory and a lifetime experience. He was looking at me and smiling at me, and I was smiling back. I got to shake his hand twice. I’ll carry it with me for a long time.”

Wilson made sure to shake his hand and say hello before he was escorted back to his golf cart.

“I said hello, Mr. President, good to see you today,” said Wilson. “That’s a lifetime memory for me.”

Sounds like the Senator handled himself well.


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Clearing a mental toughness hurdle

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2012 – 9:32 am

The Bills mental toughness was called into question after their losses in Week 4 and Week 5. The players feel they recaptured that in their win against Arizona. Not because they won, but how they won.

“We talked all week about handling the ups and downs and in order to do that you have to be mentally tough,” said Chris Kelsay, who had a safety in the game. “I think that plays into it just as much as the physical side of the game. Everybody is physical and everybody is good, but it’s a matter of continuing to march on when they make a play. We did that. We came out and they hit that fade on the sideline when we had a blitz on and shoot we bounced right back and held them to a field goal. That was big. We’ve got playmakers on this defense and they stepped up.”

Still reveling in the overtime victory in the locker room George Wilson saw greater value in Sunday’s win for his team than coasting to a 20-point victory.

“I think it does carry more weight,” Wilson told Buffalobills.com. “We’d absolutely take a 20-point victory, but a win is a win whether it’s by one point or 100 points. For our guys to rally and to fight back and get our record back to 3-3 heading back east, heading back home with Tennessee coming in this way it’s the perfect way to end this road trip. Hopefully we can keep the winning going, stack these wins and see where it takes us. We’re just happy to have this one.”


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Carrington tipped missed 38 yarder

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2012 – 10:01 pm

According to Bills players in the locker room, DT Alex Carrington got a piece of the 38-yard field goal attempt that caromed off the left upright leading to overtime in Buffalo’s dramatic 19-16 overtime victory at Arizona.

“Once they got inside the 30-yard line we made the huddle call, coach DeHaven put us in an all out rush, and Kelvin Sheppard was pushing on Alex Carrington and got his hand up and tipped the ball and I saw it hit the goal post and I couldn’t tell if it fell through or fell back forward,” said George Wilson. “I saw the referees wave it off no good and it was like a breath of life.

“I think once you turn on that tape and see all 11 guys laying it on the line to try to keep them from getting the field goal. You never know which play is going to make the difference in the game. Our guys were very resilient today. I’m proud of our coaching staff. Nobody wavered, nobody pointed the finger. And that’s what got us the victory.”


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Big plays a killer

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2012 – 11:32 pm


Every week NFL defenses give up a handful of big plays. Buffalo unfortunately took it to an extreme Sunday against San Francisco.

The Bills gave up 16 plays of 15 yards or more. Here were the Buffalo killers in terms of number of big plays.

WR Michael Crabtree had four big plays of 36, 28 (TD), 19 and 16 yards.
TE Vernon Davis had three big plays of 53, 24 and 17 yards.
RB Frank Gore had three big plays of 31, 19 and 17 yards
QB Alex Smith had two plays of 24 and 17 yards (both scrambles)
QB Colin Kaepernick two plays of 16 (TD) and 15 yards (both runs)
RB Kendall Hunter one play of 24 yards
WR Kyle Williams one play of 43 yards (TD)

George Wilson believes more than anything it’s a tackling issue.

“We’ve got to tackle,” he said. “As a defense –the offenses are good enough in this league where they’re going to make some plays.  All offenses have their playmakers.   We’ve got to be able to tackle and minimize the gain, so we can line up and play another down.    When you miss tackles and they bleed your for yards after contact or after the catch, it gives them a shorter field, land they have you on the ropes. Just fundamentally, we have to be able to tackle.”


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2012 – 12:26 pm

There are a couple of player radio appearances on the airwaves by the Bills today. Here’s the rundown.

Doug Russell and Mark Carman – Yahoo Sports Radio
Tashard Choice – 4:05 PM

Schopp and the Bulldog – WGR 550
George Wilson – 4:25 PM


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Pass coverage gets tip of the hat

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2012 – 10:54 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey wasn’t shy last week in calling out his secondary for playing too loose in coverage. This week he was quick to credit those same cover men for a much improved effort in Sunday’s win over Kansas City.

Appearing on the Howard Simon show on flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning, Gailey gave the cornerbacks primary credit for the success of Buffalo’s pass rush Sunday.

“The one thing that allowed that to happen was this week the coverage was a lot tighter that allowed the pass rush to get there,” said Gailey. “We had some good pass rushes the week before, but the ball was out so quick. It was not out as quick yesterday and it allowed those front four to go make some hay. I think we ended up with five sacks in the ball game. There’s some credit due everywhere now on all that.”

Defensive co-captain George Wilson felt Aaron Williams, Stephon Gilmore, Terrence McGee and Justin Rogers performed admirably.

“I think they fared well,” he said. “Especially early on I know we gave up some plays late in the game when the game was in hand. I was very pleased with how aggressive our young guys came out at corner. After last weeek we gave up some plays on the outside, it can get to you as a corner. Our guys didn’t make excuses after last week. We went to work this week to correct those mistakes and we didn’t give up the big play to put us in position to be in control late into the second half.”


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George okay after shake up hit

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2012 – 7:21 pm

George Wilson was shaken up late in the first half when he went low to make a tackle on Kevin Boss on a deep seam pass over the middle. He left the game and was put through a test to assess whether he had sustained a concussion. Here were the results.

“It was a clean bill of health,” said Wilson. “I just had my eggs scrambled for a play there. The training staff just want to err on the side of caution. They brought me in to make sure that everything was ok, did the concusion screenings and everything. I had a clean bill of health before the team came in for halftime. I know that sometimes we as players want to get back out there and that’s why we have team doctors and trainers in those moments to protect us from ourselves.

“I feel great. They quizzed me on where I was lined up, what was the play call, what was the pass that they threw, who was it. They took me through the whole gamut and I passed.”


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Searcy to rotate with Wilson

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2012 – 10:50 am

It happened in Week 1 and it will continue in Week 2. Defensive co-captain George Wilson will rotate at strong safety with second-year player Da’Norris Searcy.

That according to head coach Chan Gailey, who confirmed to Buffalobills.com, that Searcy has earned playing time on defense.

“We’re just trying to let both of them play,” said Gailey. “Da’Norris has earned the right to play some with his play. So we’re trying to keep them both fresh and let them play.”

The rotation is just one of many for the Bills. Justin Rogers is expected to rotate at the nickel with Leodis McKelvin, Terrence McGee is expected to rotate at left cornerback with Aaron Williams and Erik Pears is expected to rotate at right tackle with Chris Hairston.


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Fan Friday 9-14

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2012 – 1:57 pm

Week 2 and the home opener for the Bills. Let’s hope the results are better than last week. On to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and @ChrisBrownBills

1 – Hey Chris,

Do you know if we will ever get a graphic on our scoreboard every time Mario Williams gets a sack like Houston used to do for him (check it out on youtube)? I’m not saying it’d have to be as elaborate, but it’d really get the fans pumped when he, or any of our staunch D-linemen get a sack. 

Thanks,
Nate in Rochester

CB: From what I understand there are some plans in the works for something like that, but I don’t know when it will be unveiled.

2 – Chris:

In seeing the success of (K) John Potter in the preseason, and the talent he has in being able to kick touch-backs consistently, I can’t say that I would disagree with Chan Gailey opting to make him a permanent fixture on the special teams for kick-offs.  We’ve all discussed the pro’s: less injuries, saving Rian Lindell from tackles/block action, no huge returns, field position…etc.  The pro’s greatly outweigh the discussed ‘con’ of giving up one of the 53-man roster spots.  However, in watching the preseason games, I feel like this will effect Rian Lindell more then people are discussing. Wouldn’t you think that kick-offs are a large part in allowing kickers to stay loose and confident for when the time comes in a game for a longer field goal?  I’m worried that Lindell might have a rougher go this season due to a change in his routine.  Do you think that is a valid concern?

Thanks & Go Bills!
Doug Glassman
Waltham, MA

CB: You might be over thinking it a bit. By not having to do kickoffs, which require a different technique (i.e. kick for hang time) he’s now only really kicking one way (for FGs). With Potter handling kickoffs it will save his leg, thereby making long range kicks more realistic and allow him to focus on kicking one way all the time.

3 – Chris,

Will the Bills use Dorin Dickerson as an extra receiver in the four wide receiver sets? What I saw of him on the training camp clips, he is a very valuable weapon in the passing game.
Tony
Ormond Beach, FL

CB: I think the Bills coaching staff sees him as a mismatch in the passing game. He’ll most likely be used as an H-back in Buffalo’s offense. However, I think his role in the game plan will be largely dependent upon the opponent each week. But yes, I would anticipate seeing him as a guy split wide at times, or motioning before the snap.

4 – Chris,
Who is the funniest player in the Bills locker room?? Or maybe give me the top two… Thanks for all you do!

-Displaced fan from Cali
Dan

CB: I don’t really witness a whole lot of joking around among the players, but I will say that Fred Jackson and Nick Barnett are notorious pranksters always pulling stuff on their teammates.

5 - Why do they call George Wilson ‘The Senator’?

Thanks,
Denise

CB: George Wilson got this nickname from the media, mainly because he is such a good quote. Journalists often look to reliable, quotable players to provide an accurate pulse of the team, a poignant comment on a teammate or a worthwhile perspective on any football topic. George does that. Sometimes his answers are long, but they’re worth it and at times his answers have a style that would fit in the political arena. I believe it was the Buffalo News’ Jerry Sullivan that first dubbed him ‘The Senator’ and it stuck.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2012 – 4:54 pm

Here’s the rundown of where you can find your Bills on the radio airwaves locally and in the Big Apple Thursday.

Janet and Nick – Kiss 98.5
Ryan Fitzpatrick – 7:20 AM

The Howard Simon Show – WGR 550 (listen online)
George Wilson – 8:15 AM

The Michael Kay Show – ESPN 98.7 FM (NYC)
Stevie Johnson – 4:30 PM


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98-yd drive didn’t wipe away positives

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2012 – 1:32 am

The Bills defense was rolling up stops and stuffing the run while also getting solid pass pressure on Ben Roethlisberger Saturday night against the Steelers. The only real blemish for the starting defense was the 98-yard drive they gave up in the last two minutes of the first half. While Buffalo’s defenders weren’t happy with it, they’re not going to let it shake their confidence.

“No, I am not concerned at all,” said George Wilson. “I am definitely encouraged. Those first two preseason games we really did not do a bunch of game planning on those guys, but this week we did. I think it really showed early in the game how we were making them one-dimensional. We were stuffing the run and even not giving up any big plays in the passing game as well.

“The way we played the first 28 and a half minutes, that is how we have to play the entire game. We cannot just let our guard down, especially going into halftime. That is a key situation that we have to win. We are going to be in that position again at some point during the course of this season and we cannot give up points going into halftime.”


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Focus must continue at 1 Bills Dr.

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2012 – 8:37 am

Just because the Bills have wrapped up training camp practices at St. John Fisher doesn’t mean the players can dial things back the rest of the way on the path to the regular season. Head coach Chan Gailey isn’t worried about his team easing up now that they’re out of the camp setting.

“We still are in training camp and they understand that,” said Gailey. “We have enough veterans that they’ll get the word out.”

One of those veterans is George Wilson.

“Nobody is going to let off that pedal because we know how we started last year and how we ended the season,” Wilson said. “We cannot allow a repeat performance.”

The Bills practice today (Monday) is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm. We’ll have full coverage on Buffalobills.com.


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