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Roman explains Watkins target frequency

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2015 – 9:03 am

By now most Bills fans are all too familiar with how last week’s game played out for Sammy Watkins. A dominant first half followed by a quiet second half. Watkins had just one target in the second half of the loss to the Chiefs, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman explained that just because only one pass came his way does not mean that plays were not drawn up throughout the second half with him as the primary read.

“I think (there were) a lot of different reasons,” said Roman as to why Watkins second half was so quiet. “I don’t think you can titrate it down to one.  Some were coverage related; some of it was pass rush related; some of it was read-related. That really answers that.”

Roman obviously recognizes the difference maker that Watkins can be for Buffalo’s passing game. But his play calls are completely at the mercy of how well they’re executed by the 11 men on the field on offense. He also feels it doesn’t take much to get to a point where you’re forcing the ball to Watkins and taking greater risk than you need to offensively.

“It’s a fine line. I think there’s a risk reward to all that,” Roman said. “But I don’t think you want to—we feel good about the rest of our players, too. We feel good about throwing to the rest of our players. The more Sammy can touch the ball, I think that’s a real positive. I sleep well on those nights. But everybody else I have great confidence in too, on the offense.”


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Can Taylor keep pass attempts to a minimum?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2015 – 1:47 pm

In his last two starts Bills QB Tyrod Taylor attempted a TOTAL of 29 passes. Granted there were likely more pass plays called with the scrambles that Taylor had in those two games. It runs in stark contrast to how the rest of the league draws up their offensive game plans. The question is can the Bills sustain that type of approach and keep winning?

“Gotta do whatever it takes to win,” said Tyrod Taylor. “Look across the league, each game takes different things to win. As far as throwing the ball a couple more times or not throwing the ball enough, you have to be balanced in your approach. But each game is definitely gonna look different when you’re looking at stats.”

While Taylor has been supremely efficient when he has thrown the ball, but facing some of the higher octane offenses in the league like New England, or even Kansas City which is 12th in scoring, which are the next two teams on the schedule, they might not be as successful. Especially when you consider the fact that the Patriots have the third-ranked run defense and the Chiefs sport the 11th ranked run defense.

Fortunately Buffalo has an offensive coordinator in Greg Roman, who is not averse to doing whatever is necessary to put the team in the best position to score points. So against clubs like New England and KC the offensive approach is likely to change.


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Roman: Offense still making up for lost time

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2015 – 6:05 pm

Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman will never make excuses for the performance of his offense, but he isn’t afraid to state the facts as they are. And as far as he’s concerned his offense is still playing catch up with where they wanted to be at this point of the season in terms of performance.

One of the main reasons they’re behind with their rhythm and consistency with execution is due to the rash of injuries they’ve suffered. And the injured players have been pretty integral pieces to Buffalo’s offensive plans. From LeSean McCoy to Sammy Watkins to Percy Harvin to Karlos Williams to Seantrel Henderson they’ve all missed time for one injury or another. And when you’re trying to implement a new system having missing parts only lengthens the time needed to get it all working right.

“I think everything with us is a bit of work in progress. Guys in and out of the lineup. This guy’s in, this guy’s out. He missed training camp, etc. It’s been…I think we’re behind,” said Roman. “To characterize it any other way would be me sitting up here and blowing smoke. We’ve got to every day understand how important each day is that we have these guys together at practice and maximize those days to make up really for lost time.

“And I like where it’s going. I really like where it’s going. I can see some things on the practice field where things are looking like they should look. Quite frankly throughout the first four, five, six weeks and a period of training camp where we started getting guys back a little bit. You know it didn’t quite look like it was supposed to look yet. So it’s getting there.”


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Receiving corps has faith in Roman

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2015 – 7:45 am

Buffalo will be without all three receivers capable of blowing the top off a defense with Marquise Goodwin on I-R and Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins not available for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville in London. But for the receivers that will be playing they are confident offensive coordinator Greg Roman will have ways for them to make plays in the passing game Sunday.

“That’s all G-Ro,” said Robert Woods in reference to his offensive coordinator. “He knows his players. He has certain plays for certain players and certain style of plays to get guys the ball and it’ll probably be a little different with me and Hogan and a different type of speed with those guys. But he knows how to get those players the ball.”

Roman admits that without receiver talent like Harvin, Goodwin and Watkins he’s going to need to make dramatic changes to their offensive approach.

“Huge, huge, huge adjustments have been made,” Roman said. “That’s to be expected, that’s part of life in the NFL.  Adapt or die. We’re adapting. We want to live and prosper. We’ll make whatever adjustments are necessary.”


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Roman: EJ can become great

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2015 – 12:18 pm

EJ Manuel said Thursday that he’s still a young quarterback with a lot to learn, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman believes Manuel has a very high ceiling. He sees rare potential in Buffalo’s former first-round pick.

“As a quarterback, it’s probably the toughest job in professional sports. There’s a lot of moving parts, a lot of things you have to negotiate every play,” Roman said. “We simply want to execute with consistency, play after play after play in machine-like fashion.  When you really watch the elite quarterbacks in the National Football League, one of the characteristics of these people is they are simply in a machine like fashion, doing what they’re supposed to do over and over and over. I think EJ’s got the type of makeup to really go down that path.”

Roman does still believe there are a good number of things on Manuel’s to-do list, but at the top of the list is trusting his preparation and ability when he steps between the lines Sunday.

“I think he’s gotta trust his eyes, trust what he sees and stay in the moment. Trust his preparation and let it rip. If you prepare with no conscience, you can play with no conscience,” said Roman. “I feel like he’s preparing that way. He’s got to bring that to the game. Nobody has the right to go out and wing it unprepared. You’ve got to earn the right to go out and let it rip and he’s been doing that. It’s just like a test in grade school—you go in there, you don’t know what’s going on. You go in there and you know the answers to the test—you’re having a good day. Recess is going to be great.”


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Fan Friday 10-16

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2015 – 10:55 am

A pivotal AFC game Sunday for the Bills. Buffalo will have to be at their best to beat a streaking Bengals club. Fortunately it looks like they’ll have some of their main horses back in the lineup. Here are your latest edition of questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

W/ 23 hurt and Darby playing so well, any chance Leodis moves to Safety when healthy?

SJHNatFan

CB: First, Leodis to me is a cornerback through and through. Yes, he’s very physically gifted, but I’d be surprised if he lines up at safety. McKelvin is the type of player who needs a singular role out on the boundary. And though he is ‘wiry strong’ I don’t believe playing in the middle of the field and dealing with big tight ends is a good fit for him. Whether the coaching staff feels differently is another story.

Since I’ve been getting a lot of questions I’ll take the time here to explain that McKelvin is eligible to begin practicing with the team again on Wednesday in London. He’s looked good doing football-like rehab work on the sideline the last few weeks. Just because he begins practicing next week does not mean he’ll be immediately added to the 53-man roster.

Once he begins practicing the clock starts on a 21-day window in which the Bills can have him practice without counting toward a roster spot. They can activate him to the 53-man roster at any point in that time frame.

In my opinion he will not step into the starting lineup when he returns. Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore have been playing lights out football. This is a good thing because it doesn’t rush McKelvin onto the field. With as quick and sudden as things happen at that position there will be an acclimation period for McKelvin who will undoubtedly be a bit rusty.

Where I do see him making an impact is on punt return where the team is in need of field position help. This season the Bills are averaging just 7.3 yards a punt return, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. McKelvin for his career has averaged almost 11 yards a return (10.9). Imagine the value of giving an offense an extra 10 yards of field position every time they step on the field for a possession.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills can we call @robertwoods Bobby Lumber?

acurthoys

CB: I’m going to assume you’re referring to the way Robert Woods has been blocking downfield. I know that just about everybody noticed his two-for-one block on Tyrod Taylor’s touchdown run last week when he took out a pair of Titans defenders to let Taylor get the edge on his 22-yard quarterback draw. But Woods has had other strong blocks downfield this season.

I think the most important thing to note about the receiving corps and their blocking downfield is how on a day when there were just 10 completions they were determined to make an impact anyway, and their blocking was the way they accomplished that.

“As a receiver, you never know when your time is going to come, whether it’s a pass or a block,” said Woods. “Like a key block, running downfield, blocking the safety. You never know when your time is going to come. This time it wasn’t a pass play, it was that block for Tyrod.”

Woods also had a tackle on kickoff coverage last Sunday. Hard not to like a receiver that’s willing to do some of the dirty work.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills would Bills ever do a multiple QB package once Tyrod is healthy? Our trick plays seem to be getting shut down all the time.
RealBryanWatson

CB: I think anything is possible, especially since in Week 1 against Indianapolis it was Matt Cassel under center with Tyrod Taylor split wide on the first play of the game. I should also note that the man who re-invented the ‘Wildcat’ package at Arkansas, which soon migrated to the NFL a few years ago is Buffalo’s quarterbacks coach, David Lee.

I get the sense that Greg Roman doesn’t try to trick defenses as much as he tries to confuse them, and to me there is a difference. One is rooted in a gadget play, while the other is based on pre-snap shifts, motions and alignment, but I wouldn’t rule your suggestion out at all.

 

4 – Hi Chris,

Loving the new studio set up and all the coverage!
My question is why are we not utilizing Tyrod and his God-given talents??  Where is the read option?  Where are the designed runs and roll outs?  Why don’t we spread teams out with our INSANE talent at WR and then run it down their throats and not let them stack the box….aka what the Pats did.  I’m just a little frustrated – I know we beat the Colts but they don’t look all that great this year so far and we can do better.  Love to hear your thoughts, thanks!

Chris

St. Louis
CB: I understand your frustration. Even when Taylor ran for 76 yards last week only one carry, his touchdown run, was a designed run play. Other than that his other runs were scrambles to elude pressure.

I’m no offensive coordinator and Greg Roman has more football knowledge in his pinkie finger than I’ll ever have. I do think there has been a concerted effort to protect Taylor from injury, which as we saw last week is a very real risk. So the read option and designed runs have been few and far between.

That being said, when your run game and offense in general is struggling there should be a package of plays featuring Tyrod as a run threat that you can turn to just to jumpstart the offense.

Buffalo leads the league in three-and-out percentage at almost 32 percent (31.7%). The league average is 20.6 percent. Granted they haven’t had two of their top rushers in McCoy and Karlos Williams and Sammy Watkins has missed the last two games, but their defense as good as it is won’t be able to hold every opponent down like they did in Week 5.

So when the offense has a couple of consecutive three-and-outs, making use of Taylor’s legs (when healthy) is something I’m not opposed to just to get the offense back on track. Perhaps with all the weapons back in the lineup that won’t be necessary, but I think your point is a valid one.

 

5 – Chris,

Can Colton do kickoffs? He’s got a strong punters leg? Why not try/practice Colton kicking off. Other teams employs their punter to kickoff. Dan had done kickoffs in the league before the rule changed. If Dan could kick how many yards would they truly be losing? 5-10? Doesn’t seem like much instead of having another player active on game day.

CB: Rex Ryan said Colton Schmidt is the backup kickoff man to Dan Carpenter now that Billy Cundiff has been moved off the roster. I want to believe Carpenter can reach the end zone, but returners are more aggressive now than they were the first year the kickoff was moved to the 35-yard line. Unless it’s seven yards deep or more most returners will bring it out.

That at least creates the chance for a long return whereas if it’s kicked more than seven yards deep a return man is taking a knee. To say it’s just a five to 10-yard difference is a bit of a misnomer. A return man in this league just needs one coverage player to fall down or get out of their lane and it’s a big play and either a field position advantage is lost or there are six points on the board for the opposition.

 

London game bonus question
Chris,

Your Blog is my 1st read every morning. Thanks for keeping us transplanted Buffalonians informed on our Bills.

Since I’m not living in Buffalo Area, but PA how do we watch Bills-Jags. Have NFL Ticket but understand will be only Streamed. Any help appreciated.

 

Go Bills from East Berlin PA

Fred

 

CB: You’re right you will be able to watch the game on live stream via Yahoo on your smartphone, computer, game console or smart TV. The game will also be broadcast on television in the Buffalo and Jacksonville, Fla., markets and shown on Sky’s cable network in Britain.


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Play calling middle ground with Tyrod & EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2015 – 5:44 pm

There still isn’t a definitive decision on who will be starting at quarterback for the Bills on Sunday. EJ Manuel did take the majority of the reps for a second straight day in practice Thursday, but head coach Rex Ryan still has the door open for Tyrod Taylor to start. So if Manuel does in fact start is his skill set similar enough to that of Taylor to allow offensive coordinator Greg Roman to keep a lot of their offensive approach the same?

“I think each guy is different in their own way,” said Roman. “You can’t just say we’ve got this game plan for this quarterback, and this game plan for the other guy, because there are 10 other guys out there, too. And there’s only so much data space during the week for them to assimilate a game plan and all the adjustments.

“I think there’s got to be a middle ground you try to achieve. You try to tailor it to one guy (no pun intended), but at the same time there’s enough carry over that the rest of the offense can assimilate it to a high-enough level to go out and execute it.”

Roman said he doesn’t see playing Manuel in place of an injured Taylor necessitating a change in plan or approach as much as an adjustment in how the plan is accomplished.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of changing too much,” he said. “I think it’s a matter of what box do you pick out of.”


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Taylor familiar with Titans defensive looks

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2015 – 8:50 am

It’s not 100 percent the same thing, but there are an awful lot of similarities between the Tennessee Titans defensive scheme and the one the Pittsburgh Steelers ran for years. That could be beneficial for Bills QB Tyrod Taylor today.

Titans Assistant head coach Dick LeBeau and defensive coordinator Ray Horton coached together on the Steelers defensive staff when LeBeau was running Pittsburgh’s defense. Now that they’re together in Tennessee it’s no surprise that their defense has a lot of the same principles.

“I think there’s definitely some similarities,” said Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “I think they, like a lot of teams, they kind of try to find their own little niche in where it fits. But there’s a lot of similarities, not 100 percent though. But I don’t know if they’ve gotten to that point yet but at some point maybe they will. I don’t know. But if they look like anybody it would be like the old Steelers.”

For Tyrod Taylor those defensive looks are all too familiar. Spending the first four years of his career in Baltimore and prepping with Joe Flacco for the Steelers twice a year, Taylor has a good handle on the looks the Titans will throw at him Sunday.

“Yeah definitely being in Baltimore and going against them twice a year there are definitely some things I’ll be taking with me into this game as far as preparation,”  Taylor told Buffalobills.com. “We still have to be ready for them and everything they can throw at you, but they definitely do some of that stuff.

“Dick LeBeau is there and is giving his input on the defense. We definitely have to be aware of the things he did in Pittsburgh. There are different players, but a similar scheme. So there’s carry over from Pittsburgh. You know whenever they want they can always go back to that style. So we’ll be ready for that.”

 


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Herron blending in quickly

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2015 – 9:22 am

The Bills picked up free agent RB Boom Herron on Tuesday and he’s quickly acclimated himself to Buffalo’s rushing attack. It’s all translated into what will likely be a noticeable role in Sunday’s game against Tennessee.

Herron, who came in the door armed with a measure of familiarity with the offensive system, blended in well on offense this week. His fresh legs were also evident as his burst through the hole in team practice was probably the best of the group that’s currently healthy (Boobie Dixon, Cierre Wood).

That’s why offensive coordinator Greg Roman believes he’ll be making use of Herron against Tennessee.

“I think Boom is going to…you know there’s a good chance that he’s going to be a part of the game plan,” said Roman. “I really like what I see out of him, like what I hear out of him and he’s picking things up pretty quickly.”

Herron’s familiarity with the system is due to the similarities between Colts OC Pep Hamilton’s offense and Roman’s. The two coached together at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh.

“I definitely feel like I’m a hard-nosed, downhill runner,” Herron said. “I like to get the tough yards. I feel like I can also break a long one as well. I’m just an all-around back.”

Herron also has familiarity with the Titans having played them twice last season. In those two games he had 17 carries for 59 yards.


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Herron familiar with scheme terminology

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2015 – 5:14 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan mentioned it in his Wednesday press conference and new RB Boom Herron confirmed it. He’s got some built-in familiarity with Greg Roman’s offensive system.

“It’s definitely going to help me a lot,” said Herron following his first practice with the club Wednesday. “There are definitely some similarities coming from the Colts, it will help me a lot.  I will stay in my playbook and come out here and help this team win.”

The familiarity in terminology between the Colts and Bills stems from the two offensive coordinators. Greg Roman and Indianapolis OC Pep Hamilton coached together under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford during the 2010 season.

Herron prides himself on being a capable all-around back.

“I definitely feel like I’m a hard-nosed, downhill runner,” he said. “I like to get the tough yards. I feel like I can also break a long one as well.”

 


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Red zone success rooted in variety, repetition

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2015 – 4:48 pm

The Bills currently rank second in the league in red zone touchdown efficiency with an 83.3 percent success rate behind only Arizona at a little over 91 percent. Buffalo credits their success to a couple of factors.

One is variety. Buffalo has five red zone touchdowns on six trips to the red zone this season and they’ve come from five different players on offense. Boobie Dixon (1-yd run, Wk 1), Tyrod Taylor (7-yd, run, Wk 2), Charles Clay (9-yd rec., Wk 2), Karlos Williams (2-yd run, Wk 2) and LeSean McCoy (10-yd rec., Wk 3).

“To me that’s the crux of what we do because in this league pretty much anybody can take away anybody if they really wanted to,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “If you’re trying to force the ball to a guy all game as you see some teams do, the results aren’t what we’re looking for. I think it just speaks to our breadth of talent. Guys who are able to be involved in the game plan and the quarterback distributing the ball to the right person.”

“We have a ton of playmakers that are going out there and winning their one-on-one matchups and it’s up to me to find those matchups,” said Tyrod Taylor. “Coach Roman gives me an opportunity to pick a side on certain plays that we call based on the look that we get. And I’m finding the open guy and they’re doing their job as far as winning and the line is doing a good job of protecting even when they bring the blitz.”

The second reason for Buffalo’s offensive success in the red zone is repetition. According to Bills head coach Rex Ryan they spend extra time each week on their red zone plays.

“We spend a little more time in the red zone,” Ryan told Buffalobills.com in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s. “More games are won and lost in the red zone than probably anywhere else. Third down is certainly important. You cover every facet, but we spend a big chunk of our time working on the red zone.”

 


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Will Sammy have a follower again?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2015 – 9:55 am

Last week Sammy Watkins had Colts top cornerback Vontae Davis follow him all over the field. The result was just three targets and no receptions. Now facing New England today there’s a good chance Watkins could have another follower on each and every one of his routes.

In Week 1 New England had top corner Malcolm Butler follow Pittsburgh top wideout Antonio Brown all over the field. The results weren’t exactly great for the Patriots corner. Brown had nine catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. So employing that strategy may not be the best approach as New England sees it. That being said the Patriots typically try to take the best weapon of an opponent out of the game.

“One of the things that’s interesting is when you go back and look at New England over the years each one of their teams takes on a certain personality year to year and you’re never quite sure what that’s going to be week to week within that season,” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “So really I think you get a really good picture of the personnel and the possibilities that can take place, but you’ve got to go out and play what’s out there. You just don’t know, so if you don’t know, why guess?”

Butler could follow Watkins and they could roll safety help over the top, but many expect New England to try to shut down the run game first and force Tyrod Taylor to make plays.


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Roman able to keep Week 1 plan in the bag

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2015 – 2:40 pm

In Week 1 against the Colts, the Bills jumped out to a 24-0 lead and coasted to a 27-14 victory. Getting up early on Indianapolis allowed offensive coordinator Greg Roman to keep a good portion of his game plan from ever hitting the field and getting on film. It’s something that will allow Buffalo’s offensive play caller to save some of that plan for a future opponent, provided it fits.

“The beautiful thing was we probably only used about 15-17 percent of the game plan,” said Roman of Week 1. “The way the defense and special teams played it allowed us to maybe get another week’s work on some other things that might be valuable moving forward.”

 


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Roman: Cassel best No. 2 at this moment

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2015 – 3:47 pm

Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman commented on the quarterback depth chart Tuesday. With Matt Cassel re-signed head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that the veteran is the number two quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor. Roman explained why.

“Matt would probably be the best suited at this moment to be our backup quarterback, but I have a lot of confidence in EJ as well,” said Roman. “Two different styles of players at the position, but I think to function as a backup it’ll probably be Matt right now and we’ll just see where that goes down the road, but we feel very good about Matt going in at any point in time.”

Roman’s comment clearly leaves the number two role subject to change at some point in the future, but Cassel is clearly the backup for the outset of the season.


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Fan Friday 8-28

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2015 – 11:24 am

A big preseason game for the QBs coming up on Saturday. Here’s the latest edition of questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
What running backs will play tomorrow?

SarroJoeWNY

CB: At this point it looks like it will only be Fred Jackson and the three young backs we saw in the Cleveland game, Bronson Hill, Ricky Seale and Cierre Wood.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Will Cassel get cut with a perfect Tyrod and EJ performance?
AZBillsFan1

CB: I don’t foresee any of the three quarterbacks getting cut. It’s my belief all three will be on the roster and Rex Ryan has given me strong indication that they plan to carry three on their 53-man roster. A perfect performance by Tyrod Taylor would go a long way in helping him pull ahead of Matt Cassel, provided Cassel doesn’t light things up himself.

EJ Manuel would obviously help himself too with a strong performance, but how far that will move him back into true contention for the starting job is something that will be quantified by the coaching staff.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What has you most excited about the 2015 buffalo bills? Keep up the great work!

4evrbills

CB: I’m most excited about offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s plans for this offense. Chan Gailey was absolutely a qualified play caller on offense when he was here in Buffalo, but Roman is a proven and progressive coordinator that is probably the best they’ve had since the turn of the century.

I just think his ability to adapt and maximize the talent he has at his disposal while also exploiting opponent’s weaknesses is first rate. Roman gives Buffalo’s offense the ability to be dynamic and unpredictable and that will be a welcome change.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is the media hyping the EJ start too much? He’s played good against 2-3 stringers. I think MC deserves another chance.

browndevil37

CB: I don’t know that they’re hyping it too much. It’s an opportunity for Manuel that I think was a slight surprise in light of his reps, or lack thereof, with the first unit through the course of training camp. This starting opportunity is unlikely to last as long as the ones for Cassel and Taylor in the other two preseason games because Ryan said that all three QBs will see time with the first unit.

If Ryan is interested in fairness, as he has maintained, I would anticipate that each of the QBs would get 2-3 series each with the first unit. So Manuel could be exiting the game by the end of the first quarter or earlier if the offense gets three early possessions.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Does Buffalo really believe in our QBs to the point where acquiring better QBs (Mettenburger, etc) isn’t a possibility?

killerbeekevin

CB: I think Doug Whaley has already proven that if there’s an opportunity to make the roster stronger or deeper he’s willing to talk to just about anyone in the league. I don’t know if they’re convinced that what may or may not be available via trade is demonstrably better than what they have.

A young QB like Mettenburger, as you suggested, would also need time to get schooled up on what is a very voluminous playbook and multiple offense. At this point if you traded for a QB and it was a relatively young and inexperienced one like Mettenburger, I don’t know that you could count on getting much in the way of contributions from him this season.


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Bills coaches eager for sessions with Browns

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2015 – 5:48 pm

As much as the players might be looking forward to working against a different team in the training camp setting with the Cleveland Browns coming in for a couple of days of joint practices Monday and Tuesday, the coaches are just as eager to get started, knowing how much it can enhance the players’ preparation for the regular season.

“Yeah I think we’re going to work together on that and really try to get some quality stuff done,” said Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman of their collaboration on the practice plans with the Browns coaching staff. “Some stuff that’s scripted, some unscripted stuff, you know where it’s just put the ball down, it’s first and ten, let’s go. But I think we’re mapping that out right now. So it’ll be really good to get different styles of players, different, slightly different schemes and I think it’ll be great work for us. Really looking forward to it.”


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Rivera wary of Rex’s multiple defense

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2015 – 1:56 pm

Carolina head coach Ron Rivera has known Rex Ryan since he played linebacker for his dad, Buddy Ryan, in Chicago in the mid-80’s. So he’s all too familiar with the unpredictable nature of Ryan’s play calling. And in a preseason game setting with a new roster, Rivera knows Ryan is going to be even harder to figure out.

“I hate it. I really do because they can do anything,” said Rivera of Buffalo’s defense. “When that happens you’re kind of guessing as coaches. It’s hard to see the game because unless you’re hitting it right on anything can happen. Guys could be running around free, the quarterback may not have any time. Your running back may not have an opportunity to run. It’s going to be tough on our offensive line to handle it. I expect Rex to be as aggressive as he normally is.

“On the offensive side I think we feel a little more comfortable. We know what they’re capable of on the offensive side and we expect a physical running style. Coach (Greg) Roman coming from San Francisco we expect that running game to carry over.”


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Roman: Focused on fundamentals for Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2015 – 3:37 pm

Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman is known for his creative football mind, but none of that creativity is expected to be on display Friday in the team’s first preseason game. Instead the focus will be on basic plays and fundamentals to help the offensive staff get an accurate evaluation of some of the players who are not starters on Buffalo’s roster.

“Number one thing we want to get done is start to really really just build into the way we play a game and that starts with a lot of little things,” Roman said. “And we’re really not trying to reinvent football here and scheme it up. We want to get guys out there, let them work on basic fundamental things and evaluate how that might look when we apply schemes.

“But especially with a lot of younger players, you really want to see them do basic things so you can make a true evaluation on them. Was it really his ability or was it the scheme that got him open or am I throwing a bubble screen for … three bubble screens for 250 yards and a perfect quarterback rating or is it because I’m grinding through a lot of different situations. So it’s a great opportunity and I know the players are looking forward to it.”

 


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Roman: Offense is right on schedule

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2015 – 10:45 pm

The Bills offense hasn’t always looked great in training camp, but part of that due to the fact that it’s new for just about everyone on that side of the ball and part of it is due to Roman purposely making life difficult for the unit with a bad play call here and there.

In an effort to force the offense to find solutions or push through adversity Roman might give the offense a crummy play call on purpose.

“If you’re always getting the perfect defense for the perfect play and you’re always getting great angles and you’re always getting favorable numbers, I think that’s what you want to do on game day,” said Roman. “But leading up to game day, you want to put yourself in tough positions and learn from those why this particular technique is not applicable and is not going to work or this play needs to be changed or, you know, I made a horrible call here, you know, help me out, here’s why. All learning opportunities, and that’s how you get better. Training camp’s a grind and in order to get better I think you’ve got to put yourself through all those situations.”

So even though it hasn’t always looked pretty, Roman believes the progress of the offense is on track.

“I’m happy with where we’re at right now,” he said. “I thought we started off a little slow. I thought the first couple days, our passing game was a little out of sync. But around the fourth day, we started to get going and guys are starting to really get it. We’ve been throwing a lot at them and I think we’re right on schedule. I think it’s all about where we go from this point forward.”


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McCoy: Our O-line fits Roman’s scheme

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2015 – 3:04 pm

After being traded to the Bills, LeSean McCoy was fully aware of a couple of things. The quarterback position had to be figured out, but that was no different than what he experienced in Philadelphia. The defense was really good and Greg Roman is a pretty darn good offensive coordinator and utilized his backs in a multitude of ways. His only question was how does the offensive line measure up? After two weeks of training camp McCoy feels pretty good about his trench men.

In an interview with NFL Network, McCoy said he feels the abilities of the Bills offensive line will mesh well with coach Roman’s scheme.

“They look good. That was kind of the question I had coming in: how was the offensive line? Being a young group, they’re very good,” said McCoy. “I think the kind of things that coach Greg [Roman] is asking for, they bring. They can move on the outside perimeter to get to the defense with pulling and even pass-blocking.

“It helps a lot going against one of the best defenses in the game, so going against them every day you only can get better. That’s probably the biggest change in this team, even bringing me here. The guys up front, from when we got here until now, they look the brightest on the team.”


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