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McKelvin, Orton newest nicked up Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2014 – 11:19 am

In addition to the loss Thursday night, Buffalo also lost a cornerback to injury and their quarterback suffered an injury as well.

McKelvin left the game in the first half after his ankle bent awkwardly underneath him after his foot got caught in the grass at Sun Life Stadium. He’ll be re-evaluated Friday.

Meanwhile Kyle Orton has a toe injury.

“It’ll be better,” he said.


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Bills not going to dwell with Miami up next

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 5:48 pm

The Bills are undoubtedly stinging from their loss to Kansas City at home Sunday, but they’ve already decided to move on to Miami knowing they’ll be lining up against them in four days time.

“It’s definitely tough, we lost the football game and no one probably woke up today expecting to lose, we’re definitely upset about that,” said Jerry Hughes, who had a pair of sacks Sunday and two other quarterback hits. “We’ve got a Thursday game, we’ve got a division game so we’ve got a chance to finish 3-1 (in this quarter of the season) and sweep Miami. That’s our focus right now is to just find a way to get ready for that game, it’s going to come up quick we’ve got to be prepared.”

“Each game is very important no doubt about it and this game coming up Thursday night is going to be very important for us,” said Kyle Orton. “It’s probably good that we turn around right away and not think about this one. Move on to Miami and have a good three days to get ready for them and travel down and try to beat a good football team.”

The Dolphins also lost on Sunday to fall to 5-4 as well, so the team that finishes on the short end of Thursday night’s game could very quickly be on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff picture.


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Orton at top of NFL in fourth quarter passing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2014 – 2:18 pm

When it comes to crunch time Bills QB Kyle Orton has been clutch. His two comeback victories over Detroit and Minnesota have helped to vault him to the top of the league in fourth quarter passer rating.

Orton holds a rating of 132.5 as he has completed close to 69 percent of his passes, averaging better than nine yards an attempt (that’s a fat number) with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a league-best passer rating of 132.5.

Head coach Doug Marrone, while happy with the production, wishes they didn’t have to rely so much on Orton’s arm.

“One, it’s not something that we like to brag about, being able to throw that much,” said Marrone. “We wish we could run a whole lot more in the fourth quarter with a lead. I think it’s more of a veteran type of thing. I think the one thing you see in this league is the guys that have been around they understand situations. They’ve been through it so many times, from a standpoint of reps, that they are able to perform well. But still it’s the same thing you need people around you to make plays. We’ve been fortunate where he’s made some great throws and we’ve had some people make some good plays.”


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Orton wary of Chiefs aggressive ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2014 – 1:15 pm

The Kansas City Chiefs boast a defense that ranks second in points allowed and third in sacks and fifth overall. Bills QB Kyle Orton has a healthy amount of respect for what the Chiefs defense is capable of after watching their game tape this week.

“They play great, clean defense,” Orton said. “Obviously the corners, the secondary plays aggressively. The quarterback doesn’t have a ton of time to hold on to the ball obviously with the edge rushers. The linebackers do a great job of being physical with the halfbacks, not giving easy throws to the halfbacks and they play an aggressive style of defense. We’re going to have our work cut out for us.”

Orton sees Sean Smith as a tough corner to beat in the pass game because he’s so big and physical.

“Good player. Anytime you’ve got a corner with great length, it really limits your throws,” said Orton. “Really closes and makes the window you have to throw into a lot smaller. He’s got good ball skills, does a good job playing press coverage. He does a great job with playing with vision on the quarterback and for a big guy, he’s got good feet.”


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Hogan: Orton gave us push that we needed

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2014 – 10:06 am

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com today, Kyle Orton’s insertion into the lineup has provided the offense with a stabilizing force at their most important position. He’s been a clutch performer, but more importantly he’s demanded more of each skill position player on offense and been specific in exactly what he needs from each of them so their offense can operate a peak efficiency. WR Chris Hogan explained how instrumental that’s been for Buffalo’s attack.

Hogan called Orton “demanding,” but in the same breath said that’s just what the young receiving corps needed.

“We’ve got a lot of talented guys throughout the skill positions, running back, receiver and everything,” Hogan told Buffalobills.com. “We just needed a guy to give us a little bit of a push and Kyle has come in and is taking advantage of the guys that we have at the receiver position and the running backs. Throughout the week he wants to get the ball in the hands of those guys and let us go out there and make plays.”

Hogan along with Sammy Watkins and others will be having a passing session with Orton on their off day this afternoon.


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Orton among midseason winners

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2014 – 9:46 am

Bills QB Kyle Orton is now 3-1 as a starter for the Bills pulling off a pair of fourth quarter comebacks in the process. It’s why he’s getting midseason recognition despite playing in just half of Buffalo’s games this year.

NFL.com’s midseason report lists Orton as one of the midseason winners. Here’s their synopsis.

Kyle Orton: The quiet warrior was sitting on his couch a few months ago, pondering philosophy and retirement. Now he’s won three out of four games as a starting quarterback again, with nine touchdown tosses, three interceptions, and eight yards-per-attempt. He’s earned himself another five years in the league if he wants them.

Orton when asked how many more years he thinks he’ll be able to play refused to lay out a career timeline.

“I hope I play well next week,” he said. “That’s all I’m thinking about. We’ve got a huge game coming up against Kansas City, kind of like last week to really give us a chance to put ourselves in great position. So we’ve got to focus all of our energy on that and go out and play great.”

 


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Bye week times out well for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2014 – 2:26 pm

The Bills bye week has come right in the middle of the season in Week 8. When they come back however, they’ve got two games in a span of five days with Kansas City followed by Miami on the following Thursday night on the road. So the players are making a point to rest up knowing they’ll be right back at it in short order.

“For me just take the load off myself,” said Sammy Watkins of his plans for the bye. “Rest up and be smart and still work out a little bit. A couple of days off can’t hurt you. So for me it’s rest up and get away from football, but also know I’ve got to come back prepared because it’s a short week. We’ve got two games in (less than a week).”

Of course riding high at 5-3 some players are reluctant to take the break even though their bodies are welcoming the rest.

“Anytime you win you’d like to get right back out on the field and go at it again,” said Kyle Orton. “But yeah it’s been a long eight weeks and it’s always a good time at the midpoint to get away from it refreshed and be ready to go for the second half.”


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Field position a big factor in Bills win

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2014 – 10:00 pm

Coming into Sunday’s game the Bills were one of the better teams in average drive start for their offense, and worst drive start for their opponent. Those numbers played out Sunday and were a key factor in the victory.

Buffalo had what looked like a comfortable 24-7 lead in the first half, but by the time the teams were headed to the locker room the lead was cut to seven. After the Bills offense went three-and-out to start the second half the game was there for anyone to seize control. But Bills punter Colton Schmidt bombed a 52-yarder down to the Jets’ 19 and Larry Dean and Boobie Dixon wrapped up Jeremy Kerley for no gain on the return. Then a holding penalty on the Jets backed them up to their own 10-yard line.

“Colton Schmidt hit the ball and that ball hit the ball and that ball bounced in there and I thought that was a big point in the game because I think we actually flipped the field and had the field position and kept them in there with the punts and the turnovers and the things like that we were able to score points,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “In my mind I thought that was a big, big deal.”

The Jets went three-and-out and punted from their own eight-yard line. Leodis McKelvin fielded the punt and returned it 24 yards to the Jets’ 27 virtually guaranteeing points for Buffalo. Dan Carpenter eventually delivered a 36-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 10.

On the ensuing kickoff the Bills cover unit didn’t bite on the attempted throwback pass that was supposed to go from Percy Harvin to T.J. Graham and Harvin was dropped at the Jets’ three-yard line. In the third quarter the Jets’ three drive starts came at their own 10, own 3 and own 14 yard lines.

At game’s end the drive starts added up to spell a significant advantage for Buffalo’s offense, which was also helped by the six takeaways turned in by Buffalo’s defense setting up short fields.

For the Jets their average drive start was their own 19. The Bills average drive start was their own 49. That’s a 30-yard drive start difference in average. A huge edge.

“Obviously the defense putting us in all those positions against a tough defense we were going against, the field position was huge,” said Kyle Orton. “We took advantage of enough opportunities to pull away.”


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Why Bills may not want ball control battle

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2014 – 9:28 am

Since Kyle Orton has been in Buffalo’s lineup the ‘run-first’ approach on offense has fallen by the wayside. Now with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both out of the lineup it’ll be interesting to see if the recent surge in pass attempts by Buffalo continues. Considering the opponent today they probably should.

The Jets fully subscribe to the ground and pound approach on offense, especially in the first half of games. In an era where the majority of teams throw 60 percent or more, New York is 10 percent under that number. They run the ball half the time on their play calls in the first half through the first seven games. That’s the third-highest run percentage in football for first half play calls.

As a result the Jets have fared well in establishing ball control and eventually scoring on those possessions. New York stands ninth in the league with 11 drives that lasted five minutes or more of game clock.

The Bills, who used to be a heavy run percentage team, have slid to 13th in the league in first half run percentage (41.3%). Instead they turn more to the pass with Orton at QB. Leaning on the pass more however, has not helped with ball control. Buffalo has just four drives this season that have lasted more than five minutes, which ranks 28th.

Making use of a quick passing game and double moves with a receiving corps that on paper is vastly more talented than the Jets cornerbacks might be the way to go. If successful ball control won’t mean a whole lot because the Bills will be scoring points quickly.


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Fan Friday 10-24

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2014 – 12:27 pm

A big division tilt with the Jets on Sunday at MetLife stadium before the bye. Here are your questions this week from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills. Keep them coming.

1 – Hello Chris, thank you for keeping us Bills fans up to date with all the great insider news!

My question is very simple. With such a stout defensive line and very talented linebackers, and a talented secondary why is it in your opinion the bills give up so many pass yards?

CB: The passing yards given up by most NFL defenses are sometimes a byproduct of having a good run defense. In the Patriots game for example, Buffalo completely shut down the Patriots run game, so New England turned to their passing game. Unfortunately Tom Brady got hot and there were some miscommunication problems in the secondary according to the players.

In most cases strong run defenses make opposing offenses one-dimensional and the opponent turns to the pass game. So a good number of teams that play great run defense give up more yards through the air. Generally it’s because the opponent is behind on the scoreboard because they’ve been punting the ball away because they’re unable to run and hold onto the ball through a balance attack.

The Bills aren’t a true representation of that rule because they’ve been behind on the scoreboard a good deal, even in their last two victories. But their run defense is ranked in the top five and often forces opponents to start throwing to move the ball. More passing yards are then racked up and the Bills pass defense ranking suffers. Hope that spells it out.

 

2 – Chris,

Thanks for the work you do. When I talk to my fellow fans the thing I hear most often is some variation of “Why do they keep trying to run Spiller up the middle?”  I’ll admit I ask the same thing when I see this electrifying player disappear into the line. Does coach Hackett hear the same criticism that I do? Spiller is great in space, and the the inside of the line is our weakest position. Has he been asked about it? Do you think he’s capable of adjusting his offense to utilize Spiller’s strengths? Or is he happy with the results he is getting?

Thanks again,
Brian

CB: As the players and coaches have explained the lack of success up the middle is an all-encompassing problem. Their inside zone runs used to be their bread and butter plays going all the way back to running them under former head coach Chan Gailey. They have been less successful of late including the carries by C.J. Spiller. Spiller, before he got hurt, told us he has to trust his eyes more and that the hole will be there when he arrives.

The linemen have blamed themselves for not effectively controlling the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis. Coach Marrone has also put it on himself and his offensive staff to devise more effective ways to get more productive run plays for all of their backs.

 

3 – Hey Chris,

Some sites say Orton is making $5.5 mil a year on a two-year deal. Other sites say $3mil this year. Are they wrong or is he getting $3mil salary this year and a $2mil signing bonus for this season?

Thanks for the clarity!

Go Kyle, Go Bills!

CB: It is a two-year deal and the total value is $11M. The other reports you’re seeing are just breaking down the money differently based off of base salary, signing bonus amortization and guaranteed money. Signing bonus is paid out as soon as the contract is signed, but that money is averaged out over the length of the contract when it comes to the salary cap hit.

 

4 – Hi Chris:

I can’t for the life of me figure out why our offensive coaches won’t use Fred and CJ on the field in the backfield together (Pro Set)? The only time I can recall seeing this formation was a couple years ago in the red zone and they scored on the play. It seems like a no brainer to have two of your best playmakers in the backfield together. It’s a matchup nightmare given their pass catching abilities. It also dictates to the defense, because they are forced to respect their abilities and account for both. I wish this message could be personally relayed to Nathan Hackett. Thanks for your time and I appreciate all the insight.

Regards,
Nick U.

CB: They have been on the field together at the same time, albeit sparingly, this season. Now neither are available, but I understand your point. I thought with the running back talent in reserve on this roster (Brown, Dixon) that there would be less of a risk in using both Jackson and Spiller on the field at the same time. I know they have a specific package for that split back look, and they have been on the field at the same time with Spiller split wide. There just wasn’t a lot of it prior to the two of them getting hurt.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

I have been following the Bills for years in Ohio and NC and you truly do a great job bringing Bills coverage to people outside of WNY.

My question is about the pass interference/defensive holding call against Sammy Watkins on the sideline in the Detroit game that was picked up and given an explanation of “all contact was legal” by the ref. I almost had a coronary when that happened and am sure Coach Marrone felt the same way. The CB was all over Sammy on that play and for the flag to get picked up blew my mind. Has there been any reasoning from the league or officials as to that play?

Thanks for everything
Chris in NC
CB: Thanks for the kind words Chris.

Unfortunately there’s no good answer for you on pass interference and defensive holding because it’s a judgment call by the officials. On that play it was a 3rd-and-8 with Watkins beyond five yards and standing at the first down marker when Darius Slay was flagged for defensive holding. We have a great look at it at the 1:35 mark of our ‘Wired for Sound’ feature from that week when we had Watkins wearing the mic. You’ll see the flag is thrown. Later it was picked up.

At that time it was the third flag picked up of the season that would have benefited the Bills. I think every NFL team understands it’s going to be a judgment call. What really makes it difficult for teams to accept is when the call is changed after it is made or wiped out completely, especially in the competitive atmosphere of a game.

The Bills just like any other club handle those issues internally with the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino.


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Orton: Urgency without panic

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 5:09 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone made his players aware that there are a lot of fixes that need to be made this week in practice if they’re going to have a better chance of winning games. As far as what QB Kyle Orton saw on the practice field Wednesday from his teammates that message was received.

“No doubt we had a great practice (Wednesday),” said Orton. “It was great to see the guys show up and concentrate on the things we’ve been talking about. We’ve put an emphasis on getting better and really having the urgency without panic. We’re in a great spot. We’re 4-3 and we’re going to play a divisional road game with a bye week coming up. So all effort, all focus on this week to go out and do whatever it takes to get a win. The way we practiced today we’re off to a good start.”

 


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Orton a calming presence on final drive

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2014 – 7:09 pm

Bills QB Kyle Orton did not have the best day when it came to protecting the football or in getting rid of it when the pocket broke down (sacked six times), but he did come through when the game was on the line. Almost as important as his play making on that final drive was his demeanor in the huddle when they got the ball back with 3:07 to play at their own 20-yard line.

By all accounts in the huddle on the last drive, Orton was upbeat, confident and most importantly relaxed.

“He was poised, he even came in there and cracked a smile at one time,” said Boobie Dixon. “He was like, ‘C’mon guys, we got this. It’s not as much pressure as it really is.’ He made us feel comfortable, he kind of relaxed us, he settled us down and got the job done.”

“Kyle did a great job keeping us under control,” said Chris Hogan. “His poise is pretty unbelievable in a high pressure situation like that. He helped us when we were in long situations, either at the end when we had to get everyone up there and clock it. He did a great job that whole drive.”

“He’s a leader,” said Sammy Watkins. “He knows what he’s doing with the ball. He puts us in the greatest situations. He knows how to help us out on the field, put us in different areas. That’s what we need in a veteran quarterback.”

On the final drive Orton was 8-12 passing for 105 (gross) yards and the game-tying touchdown pass to Watkins.


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Orton caught defense crossed up on 4th-&-20

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2014 – 6:11 pm

One of the bigger plays made on the 15-play 80-yard game-winning scoring drive by the Bills in the final minute of play was their conversion of a 4th-and-20 when Kyle Orton found Scott Chandler for a 24-yard pass play to keep the drive alive. Orton noticed something pre-snap and got the play off quicker than usual.

“It was two-man (coverage) and they actually had a little difficult time getting lined up so we kind of went fast and snapped the ball,” said Orton. “I saw the linebacker go to Chandler and I thought I had a good chance to put it around his head and threw a pretty good ball and he made a good catch.”

Vikings LB Chad Greenway, who was in coverage on the play, admitted they got a bit crossed up on defense prior to the play.

It was a hurry up situation.  We were trying to get the call relayed to everybody…getting lined up,” he said. “Looking back, hindsight, you as a player…would like to take care of that, but you reality happens. Never excuse anything away. Good throw and catch. My hand was right in the spot. You wish that play to get off the field and get the game over with. It is what it is.


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Orton has shifted offensive focus

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2014 – 10:05 am

Whether it was intentional or not the presence of veteran QB Kyle Orton in the lineup has shifted the identity of the Bills offense a bit. They’re throwing more on first down, and overall as what was once a run heavy scheme has essentially flipped the past three games.

It began in EJ Manuel’s last start at Houston when they threw the ball 44 times, a departure from being a very run heavy club. Then when Orton entered the lineup the higher propensity to pass continued. The past three weeks the Bills have thrown the ball almost 65 percent of the time, while running it just over a shade of 35 percent (35.5%).

 

In his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment, presented by Tim Horton’s on Buffalobills.com, head coach Doug Marrone wasn’t the least bit shocked by the shift.

“I think whenever you put someone new in at that position your offensive identity is going to change,” said Marrone. “Your goals and how you want to be may not, but at the quarterback position, it’s like anything else, Kyle is not going to run around and make any plays with his feet. So you lose that, but you do gain an experienced guy in the pocket who has been playing really well for us.”

Working with Orton has been a process. After not getting any exposure or work with him through the offseason the coaches are learning as they go when it comes to what Orton likes and executes most effectively.

“For us as coaches we’re getting a better feel for him in practice,” Marrone said. “He hasn’t been here that long and he wasn’t here in training camp with us. So now after a few games we have a better feel for what he wants, where we need to go and where we can go with him.”

 


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Why Orton wears number 18

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2014 – 2:05 pm

He hasn’t worn 18 for his entire NFL career, but whenever the number has been available Kyle Orton has made sure that 18 is on his back. Here’s why.

Growing up Orton idolized Nebraska QB Brook Berringer, who stepped in for an injured Tommie Frazier back in 1995 and won eight straight games before the job was controversially handed back to Frazier. The Cornhuskers went on to win the national title that season in a 62-24 throttling of #2 Florida.

Tragically just days before the 1996 NFL draft, Berringer died when a small plane he was piloting crashed north of Lincoln, Nebraska. Berringer wore number 18, and Orton wore it as a fan of his since his high school days. He obviously still does now.

Tonight following Nebraska’s game against Northwestern, Berringer’s star-crossed college career and life will be covered in a documentary titled’Unbeaten.’ It’s scheduled to air at 10:30 pm ET. Orton was interviewed and makes a brief appearance in the documentary. Here’s a sneak peek at the program.


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Fan Friday 10-17

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2014 – 10:22 am

Big bounce back week for the Bills as they host Minnesota. Just have a feeling the run game will be rediscovered. On to your questions this week from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills. Keep them coming.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why isn’t Kraig Urbik starting? Is it stubbornness or the right call or something else in your opinion?

Richkay71

CB: Coach Marrone has been asked about this quite a bit this season. Based on what he’s said it sounds like he and the offensive staff would like to give rookie Cyril Richardson the opportunity to grow into the position. He said as long as Richardson, and Seantrel Henderson for that matter, are still showing signs of improvement in their play they’ll remain in the lineup.

As for Urbik specifically, here is his most recent answer as to why he hasn’t considered re-inserting Urbik into the starting lineup at either one of the guard positions.

“We feel comfortable what his role is for the team right now,” said Marrone of Urbik’s role as backup center. “If someone’s not playing well or not improving, I think (a change is) a possibility. We talk about that too.  I think those (rookies) are getting better in there.  And collectively, we’ve got to keep them coming along.  It’s an option with him. We’ve got Kraig backing up a lot of positions inside.

“I think his versatility is his strength. I think he has good versatility. If we want to put him in there he has the ability to be a starter and go in there and play. He gives us experience. He’s our best option if something were to happen with Eric Wood, and to be ready in case we ever do anything.”

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will the bills be as predictable as last week? First down, run. Second down, run. Third down, pass.

lux_brian

CB: Contrary to what you might think the Bills threw a good deal on first down last week. In fact on first down they had 12 runs and 15 pass attempts. Granted in the second half they were behind and had to throw more, but even in the first half they had eight runs and six pass attempts. Here were the results.

1st half  rush figures – 8 carries, 29 yds, fumble lost
1st half pass figures – 6 pass attempts, 7 yards, INT, sack – fumble lost, 2 incompletions

2nd half rush figures – 4 carries, 6 yds
2nd half pass figures – 9 pass attempts, 24 yards, touchdown, 5 incompletions

Against Detroit the week before the Bills ran on first down 11 times and threw 21 times. So until the propensity to run on first down becomes predictable we’ll take a closer look at the play calling by the offense.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

How much do the Bills spend on real scouting and that’s both Collegiate & Pro CFL/NFL?

RickFreiheit

CB: There’s no way for me to get you the budget line for the Bills scouting operations, but I can tell you that the personnel department has upwards of 20 scouts, counting GM Doug Whaley. There are pro scouts, who do the advance scouting of future opponents and put together reports on every prospective free agent in the league. They will also take a look at CFL talent.

The college scouting department makes up the bulk of the group and they are scattered across the country. Each scout is assigned to region of the country and they are assigned to all the schools in their territory, with some overlap between scouts so they can get more than one opinion on a prospect.

The Bills as an organization have long believed in the value of scouting when it comes to building a roster and that has not changed one iota under Doug Whaley.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why do u think they haven’t used Sammy in the screen game? It was what he did the most in college and excelled at it.

ryancobello

CB: I’m not sure why he hasn’t been used more in the screen game. They have run a handful of receiver screens this season, and Mike Williams is an excellent blocking receiver as is Robert Woods. What I like most about your idea is it is an easy way to get the ball in Watkins’ hands regardless of what the opposing defense is doing coverage-wise.

You’re right he did excel at it. Whether it is something the offensive staff turns to more moving forward however, remains to be seen.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

My question has to do with the offensive line.  If Orton can improve the play at the QB position even just a little this team can make a run at the playoffs. However all the QB attention has hid some issues on the offensive line.  This offensive line is massive in size but for some reason seems to get very little push and obviously lacks in mobility compared to smaller, quicker lines.  What is most disconcerting is that when they run between the tackles there is little space for Freddy or CJ.  Most of their run yardage comes when they bounce it outside and get around the edge with their speed.  I guess my biggest problem has to do with their philosophy of getting BIG linemen as opposed to smaller more athletic guys that you tend to see on successful teams like the Patriots.  Do you think outside of QB, the offensive line is the biggest area of needed improvement and should Marrone be held responsible for this since that is his area of expertise?

Thanks,
-Danny

CB: Coach Marrone himself admitted that the line play up front needs to be better. Against some of the better defensive fronts this season Buffalo’s offensive line has had trouble winning at the line of scrimmage. It’s a bit surprising in light of their size as you mentioned. All that size has left them a bit less mobile for screens and pulls.

I agree with coach that the line play has to be more consistent and not just in the run game, but in pass protection as well. They’ve got to raise the level of play quickly, and that won’t be easy with a couple of rookies learning on the job.


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Orton wary of Vikes blitz packages

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2014 – 11:00 am

Kyle Orton and the rest of the Bills offense is looking to get back on track Sunday and although the Vikings are just 20th against the run and 20th in points allowed, Buffalo’s veteran quarterback is very familiar with Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer’s blitz schemes from his days as defensive coordinator with Dallas and Cincinnati.

“Good defense, fast linebackers, fast secondary; attacking style defense,” said Orton. “Obviously third down anytime you play Coach Zimmer, third down is going to be an issue with their blitz package. We’re going to have to do a good job on early downs. I think that’s the thing that looking back when we do well on first and second down and kept ourselves in good third downs, we’ve executed and gone down and scored so I think that’s really a focus.”

The Vikings have 14 sacks on the season.


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Orton’s take on boosting offensive production

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2014 – 10:55 am

Winning at the line of scrimmage has proven difficult for the Bills offense the last two games against a pair of top five defenses in Detroit and New England. It’s affected the production both on the ground and through the air. QB Kyle Orton provided his take on it and how they can increase their output.

“I think we’ve got to take a look at everything that we’re doing,” said Orton. “We have to find ways to start faster both in the run game and in the pass game. With the three backs we have we should be able to run the ball on guys and open up some play action and open up some stuff in the passing game. We’ll get back to work on it and see where we can improve.”

When asked if their offensive identity is their run game, Orton went in another direction.

“I think we’ve got a lot of playmakers,” he said. “There are a number of ways to get them the ball. I think our screen game is improving every week. We’ve got guys at the wide receiver position where we should get them the ball in space and give them room to run.”


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Orton: Got to get Sammy involved sooner

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2014 – 6:54 pm

Bills top wideout Sammy Watkins did not get targeted in Buffalo’s passing game until the third quarter. He was matched up in the game against Patriots CB Darrelle Revis, but even QB Kyle Orton admitted that they cannot go a full half of a game without trying to get Watkins more involved in the offense.

“He’s playing against a good corner, no doubt about it and 24 followed him around the whole game,” said Orton. “In the second half he ran some good routes on him and got more involved. He’s a special player and no matter who is covering him we’ve got to find a way to get him involved in the game plan.”

Watkins finished the game with two receptions for 27 yards and was targeted three times in the game. The receiver said he was open a good number of times, particularly in the second half. Orton wasn’t about to disagree.

“I’m sure he was,” Orton said. “There in the second half we had a lot of guys getting open. I don’t really pick guys to throw to. I just try to go through my reads and if they’re open I try to give them the ball. I think we’ve got five or six guys on offense that if we put the ball in their hands they can do a lot of good things with it. I know obviously as competitive Sammy he has going up against a corner like Revis, he wants the ball and show everybody what he can do.”


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Belichick on Orton’s 1st start for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2014 – 2:56 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick obviously poured over the Bills game tape from last week against Detroit. Knowing it was Kyle Orton’s first start with Buffalo he paid close attention to the plays that were called and the personnel groupings the Bills offensive staff chose to use. Here was his assessment of how the Bills offense changed with Orton at quarterback in comparison to EJ Manuel.

“Some differences, yeah, some differences,” said Belichick. “More drop back passing game, a little different running game although Doug [Marrone] has had that running game as part of his offense. They weren’t sitting up there drawing up new plays. They just ran them with more frequency. Orton [was] under center a little more on early downs. But certainly more drop back passing. I think Orton did a good job spreading the ball around. He got the ball to his backs, his tight ends, his receivers. Reading coverages and working different combination parts of the pattern, he did a good job of that; got the ball out quickly.


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