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Kawika and Poz could have competition

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 3:10 pm

If free agent visitor Andra Davis ends up getting something done with the Bills, inside linebackers Paul Posluszny and Kawika Mitchell could have some veteran competition.

Davis has been an inside LB for all of his time in a 3-4 scheme, mostly on the strong side. He would be some of the stiffest competition those two incumbent backers would face since they’ve been in Buffalo. Of course Davis knows competing with those two linebackers would not be an easy task either.

“If it worked out I’d just come here and compete,” he said. “They’ve got some good backers here already. I bring experience and leadership and I would just come here and compete.”

The coaching staff has intimate working knowledge of Davis’ game, since defensive coordinator George Edwards was his linebackers coach in Cleveland in 2004.

If he in fact comes to an agreement with the Bills it would be one of the more interesting training camp competitions, but this is what GM Buddy Nix wanted to develop on the roster right away. His motto of competition makes everyone better is evident with this free agent visit. And what they also create is dependable depth, something the LB position has lacked the past few years.


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Fan Friday 3-12

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2010 – 1:55 pm

Time for another edition. You can always email your questions to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. I’m about a month behind, so your patience is appreciated. I should also mention that you can check the running scroll of my blog posts here, where very often a lot of your questions can already be answered. Let’s get to it.

1 – Hey Chris,
Just wondering what your thoughts are with the Roscoe Parrish situation? Whether he should be traded or released etc? Personally I think he should stay, one terrible year shouldn’t have to wreck his otherwise positive career. I also believe he should be implemented further into the offense, even as a true wideout. Back in 2007/2008 people were preaching about his receiving potential and now it seems to all be forgotten.
 
Thanks
Nick

CB: For whatever reason Roscoe fell out of favor with the previous coaching staff. What you cannot deny is he is one of the most successful return men in league history. His punt return average is the only proof you need. Many observers for years have been of the belief that you could create a package of plays for Roscoe within the scope of an offense to take advantage of his separation abilities, and I’m in that group.

What encourages me is Chan Gailey knows how to maximize players’ strengths and I anticipate him doing this with Parrish on offense. So let’s hope for the best for Parrish.

2 – Dear Chris,
 I’m very excited about the 3-4 switch the Bills are going to use this season but I’m a little confused. I would like to think I know a little more than average about football styles and such but I have never figured out exactly what the different techniques are for d-linemen. I previously read that M. Stroud would be an ideal 5 technique player like R. Seymour, but I have no clue what that means. I’ve heard of 2 and 3 techniques, also. Can you help me out here? Also, I hear that people say the LBs we have are not good enough for the 3-4 but I think that Posluszny and Mitchell would be fine in it. What do they mean they wouldn’t and do you think they are good enough to play in it?

Thanks for the help,
 Jim (Niles, Ohio)

CB: Posluszny and Mitchell are two of the better fits on the roster with respect to the LB position in the 3-4. I see them lining up next to one another as the ILBs. With respect to the “technique” descriptions they’re all based on the alignment of the defensive lineman.
For example if a nose tackle is lined head up on a center he’s playing a zero technique (the technique is his alignment).

As a defensive lineman moves further away from center in his alignment the number of his technique goes up. So if a defensive lineman lines up on the outside shade of the center he’s playing a one technique, if he’s head up on a guard it’s a two technique, outside shade of the guard, three technique and so on. The numbers go all the way up to a nine technique, which is the outside shade of the tight end. Hope that helps.

3 – Hey Chris,

I was wondering what you think the Bills will be getting in the area of compensatory picks? I know that we did not get any last year but with this past year’s losses in free agency (Jabari Greer in particular who just won a Super Bowl), what type of picks will the Bills probably be looking at? How does the compensatory picks system work? What is the earliest round in which compensatory picks are available? With all of the holes on the roster and the switch to a 3-4 now making defense a bigger priority, I feel that we can use as many picks as possible for either players or trade bait.

Thanks a lot,

Andrew

CB: I regret to inform you that it’s unlikely that the Bills will be getting any compensatory picks. The exact formula for determining compensatory picks is not known, but to even begin to qualify a team must have a net loss of free agents. Players that are cut (e.g. Langston Walker) do not count in that equation. Size of contract signed by a free agent with another team (e.g. Jabari Greer) is a part of the equation, along with playing time and postseason honors, but only if a net loss of free agents happened first. Also not every free agent lost or signed is covered by the formula.

The Bills did not have a net loss of free agents last offseason. They were even. On occasion if there is enough disparity between the value of the contracts of the players the Bills signed to the value of the contracts signed by the players they lost, a 7th round pick can be awarded, but it does not happen often.

A compensatory pick guru known only as AdamJT13 has his own site that very accurately predicts what teams will and will not get compensatory picks. Here is his assessment of what he foresees for Buffalo.

Buffalo — The Bills signed two qualifying players and lost two qualifying players, so they will not receive a true comp pick. There is an outside chance that the Bills will receive a “net value” comp pick at the end of the seventh round if the players they lost have a combined value that is sufficiently more than the combined value of the players they signed. Whether that is the case will be determined by the final values of the players involved.

Compensatory picks should be announced on day two of the league meetings, which is March 22nd.

4 – Hi Chris,
             I’m curious what do you think the chances are that the Bills trade the 9Th pick and move back in the draft to get more picks? Specifically the Seahawks at 14, Cardinals at 26, and the Vikings at 30 all have questions at QB, what are the chances that any of these teams want to trade up and get one of the first round QB’s, or any other teams that you could see want to trade up and what could we get in return.
—Mike

CB: I think trading down is a much greater possibility than trading up. If the Seahawks still haven’t addressed their QB position long term behind Hasselback via free agency (Derek Anderson visiting), then they’re likely to address it with their pick at 6, so trading up from 14 is kind of a moot point. In fact they’ll probably go OT at 14 if they go QB at 6.

Yes, the Cards are looking for a QB alternative to Leinart, who lacks the quick release to run the offense the same way they did with Warner. He just doesn’t process stuff as quickly as Warner did. I think they too however, look the veteran QB route (had Derek Anderson visit as well).

The Vikings are simply holding out hope that Favre returns. Otherwise they may push hard for McNabb since they run the same offense and Childress used to coach McNabb in Philly on offense.

So that being said, I don’t see any of those teams looking to make a big move up the board to get a QB, and it’s unlikely that Bradford or Clausen are there at 9 anyway. I think Bradford is the first pick, which increases the likelihood that Clausen is gone by pick 6 to Seattle as Pete Carroll has had a close relationship with Clausen since he was in high school (in the state of California).

5 – Hey Chris, I’m a grad student down at Penn State and have seen a lot of Jared Odrick, and he seems to be a really good player.  I think that he would be worth a late 1st round, early second round pick.  Do you think he would be a good NT?  What do you think the odds are of the Bills being able to pick him up, whether they take him at rd 2, pick 9 or trade up/down for him?
-Chris

CB: I like Odrick a lot. I was hopeful that somehow, some way he’d slip to the Bills at 41 in round two, but that is unlikely to happen. He can play both the nose and end in the 3-4. He’s a versatile kid and he plays 100 mph. If they trade down from 9 into the 20’s I think it’s possible, otherwise he’ll be playing for some other 3-4 team. A really solid player as I see it.


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Poz on his haircut

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2010 – 11:28 am

Bills LB Paul Posluszny decided to chop his long locks from the 2009 season.

“It was time for a change, nothing more than that,” said Posluszny. “Plus long hair is a lot of maintenance.”

Posluszny and fellow LB Kawika Mitchell both had some of the longest heads of hair on the team last season, but both chose to go high and tight, though it’s expected that Mitchell will grow his hair out again. Here’s a photo of Poz’s new look when he stopped by Depew middle school earlier this week to spend some time with students.


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How Veek’s injury happened

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2010 – 9:05 am

Kawika Mitchell wanted to set the record straight on his injury, as he had been getting a lot of questions from fans on his twitter account so he laid it all out to Buffalobills.com.

For those that don’t remember the exact play when he was injured in Week 5 against the Browns, it happened in the second quarter. It was a run play by Cleveland and Mitchell cut Jerome Harrison off. At the last second Harrison tried to juke Mitchell, but the linebacker turned quickly and was able to wrap him up despite not having the time to get his feet underneath him to make a textbook tackle.

Twisting his full body weight on his right leg, Harrison struck Mitchell’s leg a half-second later.

“It felt like a helmet hit it,” Mitchell told Buffalobills.com. “I had the pressure on my right leg and then I started turning my body to the left and the helmet hit directly on my thigh and we think the helmet pushed the muscle off the knee cap.”

That kind of injury is just one indication of the kind of power that exists on an NFL field with mass and acceleration.


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Kawika thumbs up for Edwards

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2010 – 3:38 pm

Bills LB Kawika Mitchell is pleased with the team’s hire of George Edwards as defensive coordinator.

Mitchell responded to the news on his twitter account where he commented on the intent to install the 3-4 and on Edwards himself.

@Ka_Mitchell55: 3-4 it is then. Lets ride out. I know Coach Edwards from my time at UGA. Quality guy and coach.

Mitchell began his college career at Georgia before transferring to South Florida after his redshirt freshman season in 1999.


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What defensive change means

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2010 – 2:04 pm

With Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards initially planning to change Buffalo’s defensive scheme to more of a 3-4 front, it means some roles on Buffalo’s defense will be changing also.

First and foremost it likely turns Aaron Maybin from a pass rushing defensive end to a pass rushing linebacker. Aaron Schobel, who is still contemplating retirement may also be a linebacker. Schobel went on record last month saying he might be a better fit for a 3-4 than a 4-3.

It also means Buffalo now has a greater need for a two-gap nose tackle. Marcus Stroud, who was coached as a freshman at Georgia by Edwards, believes he’d be able to handle the nose if called upon.

“I feel like as long as I can be healthy, I feel like I can do well in either system,” said Stroud. “If that’s the case and I have to move to nosetackle, then I’ll do it.”

But set to turn 32 in June, Stroud is going to need some reinforcements behind him. Right now there are no other capable two-gap nose tackles players on the roster. Kyle Williams and Spencer Johnson appear to be better fits as five-technique defensive ends in a 3-4.

Fortunately for the Bills the 2010 draft class is extremely deep at DT, so Buffalo should have an opportunity in round one or two to get a quality prospect that could help right away.

Another likely move is Kawika Mitchell moving inside to line up alongside Paul Posluszny as ILBs.


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Kawika suggests DC candidate

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2010 – 10:28 am

Last week Bills LB Kawika Mitchell openly asked for a defensive coordinator that “bleeds violence.” Now he’s publicly suggested a defensive coordinator by name.

In a recent twitter post Mitchell tossed out Jim Leavitt, tweeting the following.

Ka_Mitchell55 Bills should consider Jim Leavitt for DC. I wouldn’t mind.

Leavitt, for those that don’t know, is the former head coach at the University of South Florida, as well as Mitchell’s former head coach. South Florida is the linebacker’s alma mater.

Leavitt was fired by the school recently after an investigation revealed that he had struck a player in the locker room during halftime of a game against Louisville on Nov. 21.

He reportedly tried to cover up the incident, which is what ultimately led to his dismissal.

Leavitt was successful at South Florida with a 94-57 career record with a team he built from scratch in 1997 as a 1-AA independent to a BCS member of the Big East Conference just nine years later, which included a ranking as high as #2 in the country at one point.

His teams have also been among the most penalized in football. Leavitt’s coaching history is primarily as a linebackers coach and defensive coordinator before he became head coach at USF.


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Kawika wants aggressive coordinator

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2010 – 9:53 am

Bills LB Kawika Mitchell is encouraged by the hire of Chan Gailey as his new head coach. Now he’s angling for an aggressive defensive coordinator.

In one of his recent twitter posts, Mitchell is hopeful a defensive coordinator with an attitude is brought in.

Ka_Mitchell55    Chan Gailey: Let’s go 2 work baby. More 2 come @ 1 Bills Dr. Who’s our DC? Our HC is an Off. mind. Now we need a DC who bleeds violence!


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Mitchell update

Posted by Chris Brown on January 4, 2010 – 11:07 am

Kawika Mitchell was back at One Bills Drive Monday for exit physicals and his prognosis is a good one.

Mitchell told Buffalobills.com that he should be completely recovered from his knee injury in a couple of months. When I asked him if he would be ready for the beginning of the offseason conditioning program in late March he indicated that it would not be an issue.

“Yeah I’ll be ready for all of that,” Mitchell said.

While the nature of Mitchell’s knee injury is not known, he did not tear his ACL. So his rehab though lengthy was not the 7-10 months that ACL repairs typically take.


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Kawika gives props to Byrd-man

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2009 – 10:46 am

Jairus Byrd’s Pro Bowl honors will likely be garnering him hearty congratulations from his teammates. LB Kawika Mitchell, who is on injured reserve with Byrd, made his well wishes public on his twitter account.

Ka_Mitchell55    “Byrd Man”. Huge accomplishment 4 Jarius Byrd. Congrats on the Pro Bowl! Gr8 story comin out of a terrible yr 4 the Bills. He deserves it.

Mitchell was also disappointed to see that former Bills and current Redskins LB London Fletcher did not make the Pro Bowl… again.

Ka_Mitchell55    Can anyone tell me y London Fletcher can’t make the Pro Bowl? He has better stats then Ray&Zach, won a super bowl and he is consistent.?????


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Kawika gets green light

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2009 – 1:18 pm

Bills LB Kawika Mitchell, who went on injured reserve earlier this season with a knee injury got some good news from his doctor Wednesday.

In a post on his twitter account Mitchell says he’s been cleared to rehab the knee.

Ka_Mitchell55: Quickest trip I’ve ever taken. Goin back 2 Buffalo. Everything is on point w/ my leg. Doc sounds positive. Time 2 build strength! May the fun begin.

Mitchell flew to New York City Wednesday morning to see his physician. It appears that Mitchell will be full go long before OTAs begin next spring.


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Kawika chops the hair!

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2009 – 11:42 am

Bills LB Kawika Mitchell, whose season is over due to a knee injury suffered a month ago, made a bold decision recently to cut his long locks off.

Mitchell announced his decision on this twitter account, complete with a photo (see below). The scary thing is it doesn’t even look like him, but upon closer examination it’s Veek. I’m surprised he did it.

Ka_Mitchell55: And to whom it may concern… I got a lil trim. What u think? LOL

I remember his first season with the Bills I asked him if he’d ever cut his hair and he said, ‘Never.’ In a subsequent post Mitchell explained why he did it. 

Ka_Mitchell55: Got hurt. Strength was suppose to be in my hair. Chop it and start over. Clean start. Rebuild.

Prior to this season’s injury, Mitchell had not missed a game since 2004. Here’s the new look. I’m a fan, high and tight.

Veek's new 'do


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Bills on pace to rival ’07 I-R numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2009 – 2:58 pm

With Kawika Mitchell and Marcus Buggs the next two players to be placed on injured reserve with season ending knee injuries, the Bills are on pace to rival the league-leading injured reserve tally the team had in 2007.

Two seasons ago there was an inordinate number of season ending injuries. Buffalo had 17 players on injured reserve by the end of that campaign.

With Mitchell and Buggs headed to that list the Bills will have 10 players on injured reserve heading into Week 6 of the regular season with 11 games left to play. There is no rhyme or reason to when injuries happen, but that’s a lot of season left in a sport as violent as football to suffer other serious injuries.

Here’s the list of Bills players currently on injured reserve, not counting Buggs and Mitchell.
RB Justise Hairston (ACL)
CB Leodis McKelvin (fibula)
CB Lydell Sargeant (ACL)
OL Brad Butler (ACL)
C Marvin Philip (knee)
DE Jermaine McGhee (unknown)
TE Derek Schouman (knee-torn meniscus)
DE Marcus Smith (unknown)


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Buggs, Mitchell out for year

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2009 – 12:53 pm

Buffalo is down 2 more LBs as Marcus Buggs and Kawika Mitchell both suffered season ending knee injuries.

Both will have surgery and be placed on season ending injured reserve as Dick Jauron said that they will sign players to fill their soon to be vacant roster spots.


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Postgame injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2009 – 7:05 pm

Head coach Dick Jauron confirmed that two of his linebackers have knee injuries coming out of the Cleveland game.

“Both Kawika (Mitchell) and Marcus (Buggs) are knees and we’ll know more obviously once they get checked either tonight or (Monday),” said Jauron.

As for Jonathan Scott, Jauron said he suffered an ankle injury.

Jauron also added that he was “not optimistic” about Buggs and Mitchell, which means the Bills are likely to be shopping for some reinforcements at the position this week with just four healthy linebackers on the roster in Keith Ellison, Nic Harris, Ashlee Palmer and Jon Corto.


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Bills Insider: Kawika Mitchell

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2009 – 3:35 pm

This week’s Bills Insider blog is provided by Kawika Mitchell, who moves to middle linebacker this week.

He’s got some interesting comments on what he’s responsible for this week and what he’s hoping the results will be with him in the middle of the defense.

So check out what ‘Veek’ has to say.


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Some moves at LB

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2009 – 4:09 pm

After giving up over 200 yards rushing each of the past two weeks it looks like there could be some changes at linebacker.

Rookie Ashlee Palmer was lining up at Wednesday’s practice in Kawika Mitchell’s spot on the outside with Mitchell moving inside to MLB. Three weeks ago when defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said he had a plan ‘C’ in addition to his initial two linebacker lineups after Poz’s injury, this had to be it.

If this is what they decide to do on Sunday I’m totally in favor of it. Mitchell is a stouter run defender (6’1″ 253) and has experience in the middle, which is where he played in Kansas City. 

We’ll have more information on this possible lineup change this afternoon from head coach Dick Jauron who has a press conference scheduled for 2:45pm.


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Brown’s Best – Week 3

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2009 – 3:25 pm

Not a whole lot to be proud of after Sunday’s game, but the defense certainly turned in some solid plays for three quarters of the game. Here’s the rundown.

BEST STOP: Chris Kelsay, Kawika Mitchell – Their tackle on Reggie Bush on 4th-and-2 forced a rare New Orleans turnover on downs. Buffalo now has a fourth down stop in each of their three games this season.

BEST SACRIFICE: Brian Moorman – The Bills punter took a wicked shot from Jonathan Vilma just as he released his 25-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Denney. Moorman paid a price for those points.

BEST SOLO PLAY: Aaron Schobel – With New Orleans threatening at the Bills’ 32, Schobel backed his offensive tackle up into Drew Brees, reached around him stripped the ball, sacked Brees and then recovered the fumble.

BEST THIRD DOWN PLAY: Chris Kelsay – The Bills defensive end sacked Drew Brees on a 3rd-and-8 forcing the Saints to punt again late in the first half.

BEST SERIES: Spencer Johnson, Kyle Williams, Chris Kelsay – After the Bills went three-and-out on offense early in the fourth quarter down seven, Buffalo’s defense did the same to New Orleans offense. Spencer Johnson stopped Pierre Thomas for no gain on first down, Kyle Williams pressured Drew Brees into an incompletion on second down and Kelsay got pressure on Brees on third down to force another errant throw, and ultimately a punt.

BEST EFFORT: Fred Jackson – Despite being a focus of the Saints defense for a good portion of the game, Jackson still managed to put up 97 yards from scrimmage on the day.

BEST TACKLER: Chris Kelsay – He was one of the leading tacklers with eight in the game, had two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. Honorable mention to Bryan Scott.


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Fan Friday 9-25

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2009 – 5:25 pm

Heading into Week 3 with a big defensive test for the Bills in Drew Brees and company.

1. Hey Chris,
 
If Maybin’s play becomes deserving of a starting role, can you foresee the coaches moving Schobel to left DE and inserting Maybin in at right DE?
 
Thanks
Tom

CB: I don’t see that happening any time soon. The good thing about Maybin is he told me he feels equally comfortable coming off the right side as the left side. And Bills VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak said he feels he can come off both edges effectively as well. Also I don’t think it matters all that much which side you put Maybin on. Just because he’s fast doesn’t mean you put him at RDE. In fact you may want to put him on the left side where the less talented of the opponent’s two offensive tackles is lined up.

 
2. Chris,

After watching the Thurman Thomas show on bb.com I was wondering what station that is on? I live in PA and have direct tv…. do you know how I can get some of the local bills stations so I can watch these shows? a few years ago it used to be empire sports…. I never get to see much of the in depth interviews with all the different guys…. let me know when you get a chance….

Thanks
Chris

CB: Here are the listings for Steve Tasker’s All Access show and the Thurman Thomas show. If you can’t get one of these regional affiliates you can always view the segments to these shows on Buffalobills.com in the media lounge (http://www.buffalobills.com/media-lounge/videos).

Bills All Access
 Day  Time  Station
Saturday 12:35 a.m. WTVH – Syracuse (CBS)
Sunday 12:00 a.m. CW-WHAM – Rochester (ABC)
Sunday 12:05 a.m. WBNG – Binghamton
Sunday 11:30 a.m. WKBW – Buffalo (ABC)
Sunday 12:00 p.m. WHAM – Rochester (ABC)

The Thurman Thomas Show
 Day Time  Station
Saturday 1:05 a.m. WTVH – Syracuse (CBS)
Saturday 11:35 p.m. WBNG – Binghamton
Sunday 12:30 a.m. WHAM – Rochester (ABC)
Sunday 10:30 a.m. CW – WHAM – Rochester (ABC)
Sunday 11:00 a.m. WKBW – Buffalo (ABC)

 

3. When Lynch gets back, what do you think about running him and Fred in the backfield every play? With our super wide outs and their talents, wouldn’t that just drive defenses nuts? Omon makes a great reliever to spell the backs!
Murph

CB: I think that Lynch and Jackson will in fact be seen on the field at the same time when Marshawn’s suspension ends on Monday. How much remains to be seen, but Alex Van Pelt has mentioned that he’s open to putting them both on the field at the same time. I think Jackson will be used as a receiver at times in those situations, lined up wide. But a split backfield is also a possibility and you’re right that will be a lot to worry about.

 
4. Chris,
Is there any chance that Maybin will be used as a linebacker since Poz is out and the back ups are weak? I think he may be fast enough but how long would it take to learn the responsibilities?
Wayne

CB: I don’t see this happening. The only way I see Maybin being used at the linebacker position is if he’s used as an additional pass rusher in obvious passing situations. Taking one of your most athletic pass rushers and moving him further away from the line of scrimmage hurts your team more than helps it as I see it. I also think Keith Ellison has performed well in the first two games at both the strong side and nickel ‘mike’ LB spots, and Buggs held his own last week.

 
5. Hi Chris, Now that Paul Posluszny is injured, and probably out for six weeks or more, wouldn’t it be smarter to put Kawika Mitchell in the middle? Mitchell is 253 pounds, and 6′ 1″, Marcus Buggs is 223 pounds, and 5′ 10″. Not to diminish the abilities of Buggs, but Mitchell has a lot of savvy, and not to mention size. I think Marcus Buggs would be better suited to be a weakside linebacker. The middle linebacker is the centerpiece of the unit, and Poluszny was the leader. Wouldn’t most teams now view this as a weakness, i.e., running the ball up the middle more? Trying to make plays over the middle? Tell me what you think. I will look forward to hearing from you.
 
Tony Falzone, Daytona Beach, Florida.

CB: Your idea has merit. Mitchell did play MLB for the Chiefs early in his career and performed well there. However, most coaching staffs usually try to avoid changing two positions for the sake of one. In other words, by plugging in Marcus Buggs at MLB for Poz, only one position on defense is affected. If you moved Mitchell to the ‘mike’ LB spot then you have to fill Mitchell’s weak side spot with someone else and you’ve changed your starting defense at two positions.

Most coaches prefer continuity. I respect your point about MLB being the more important position, but they see this approach as the least disruptive to the defense. From that perspective it makes sense, but there’s an argument for both sides.


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Thursday player radio appearances

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2009 – 9:33 pm

Here’s the lineup of Bills players on the airwaves for Thursday.

Eric Wood  – Janet and Nick, Kiss 98.5 @ 7:15 AM

Reggie Corner  – Brent Axe, 1260 ESPN Radio, Syracuse between 3-6pm

Kawika Mitchell  – Chris Myers & Steve Hartman Show, National- Fox Sports Radio @ 4:30pm


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