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More kudos for Bills D-line

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2013 – 10:25 am

The stat crunchers and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus are again giving praise to Buffalo’s defensive line. Though their performance came in a loss at Pittsburgh, PFF was impressed with an across the board effort by the Bills men up front.

Here’s some of what they wrote about the Bills D-line from Sunday’s game.

Defensive Line Dominates
It should be obvious by now, but the highlight of the Bills roster is their defensive line and, while we’ve seen big performances from two of the three starters, this was the most complete performance of the year for Alan Branch (+3.5), Marcell Dareus (+5.6) and Kyle Williams (+4.9) as a trio.

The three combined for a grade of +9.9 against the run, while Dareus did even more damage as a pass rusher.
With a sack and three hurries from 29 pass rushes, he finished the game with a Pass Rushing Productivity Rating of 11.2.

While it was against center Fernando Velasco (-4.4) that he found the most success, both as a pass rusher and against the run, his biggest play came against right tackle, Marcus Gilbert on 3rd-and-7 with 8:48 to go in the third quarter. Beating him to the outside with ease, he was able to swat the ball away from Ben Roethlisberger and force a fumble, with only the quarterback’s quick reaction, and a bit of luck, preventing the turnover.

Up until now Dareus’ play has been much more up and down, but he’s been on an impressive run of form for much of this season, as he puts together his best year so far.

The three highest graded players were Marcell Dareus (+5.6), Kyle Williams (+4.9) and Alan Branch (+3.5)

Another solid day rushing the passer for Jerry Hughes who picked up two sacks and a hurry on 18 pass rushes. That was more than Mario Williams (one hurry on 31 pass rushes) managed.

PFF Game Ball
While it may have been in a losing effort, the level of play from the Bills defensive line was the highlight of the day, with Marcell Dareus proving to be the best of the bunch.

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Bills still maintaining resolve

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2013 – 11:42 pm

The Bills have unquestionably fallen on hard times having now lost three straight to fall to 3-7 on the season. But their resolve was unwavering after Sunday’s most recent defeat.

“Of course, it always hurts,” said Marcell Dareus. “But we’re going to continue to stay together and do the best we can, because eventually it’s going to turn for us.  Once it does, I don’t think nobody’s going to be able to stop us.”


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Marcell rated a top 10 nose tackle

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2013 – 11:31 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus is on pace to have his most productive NFL season. So it’s not surprising to see him ranked in the top 10 among NFL nose/defensive tackles in a 3-4 system.

Pro Football Focus has Dareus ranked 10th in the league in terms of performance through the first half of the season. As the chart below shows, Dareus is tied for the most sacks of those listed in the top 10 with five and leads by a wide margin in tackles. In fairness that’s due in part to the 501 snaps he’s played so far this season as Buffalo’s defense has been on the field a lot.

“I think he’s playing really well, I really do,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “You got a big guy like that and you watch him, like the Miami game, sideline to sideline, you don’t really see that.  He’s a special type of player.  He’s being very, very productive.  We can move him around, he has that ability where we can match him up on people.  I’m extremely happy with what he’s done. I always know he’s going to be OK when he has a smile and his face and he’s running around—I
know it’s going to be a good day.”

If Dareus keeps up his current pace he figures to garner Pro Bowl consideration. Here’s where you can vote as a fan.

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Name

Team

Snaps

Overall

Rush

Cov.

Run

Pen.

QB Sk

QB Ht

QB Hu

Tks

Ass

St

1  Damon Harrison NYJ 248 21.7 -1.5 1.0 22.3 -0.1 1 0 5 17 6 18
2  Jason Hatcher DAL 440 20.9 20.9 0.0 -0.7 0.7 7 6 22 15 4 19
3  Gerald McCoy TB 412 20.7 14.7 1.0 5.4 -0.4 2 7 20 9 1 10
4  Geno Atkins CIN 443 19.9 12.2 0.0 6.0 1.7 5 8 19 5 1 8
5  Randy Starks MIA 320 18.4 13.1 -0.5 5.4 0.4 3 6 18 12 3 11
6  Jurrell Casey TEN 408 16.9 11.7 1.0 3.6 0.6 4 3 17 16 1 16
7  Brandon Mebane SEA 281 16.6 0.0 0.5 15.1 1.0 0 1 11 12 9 11
8  Ndamukong Suh DET 457 16.3 16.3 0.5 2.8 -3.3 3 6 29 16 4 17
9  Dontari Poe KC 501 14.8 5.2 0.0 7.7 1.9 5 1 17 19 2 17
10  Marcell Dareus BUF 428 11.8 3.0 1.5 7.8 -0.5 5 2 13 29 6 29

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PFF credits play of Kyle, Dareus, Gilmore

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2013 – 10:13 am

The Bills loss to the Saints on Sunday was far from something to celebrate, but ProFootballFocus looks at the play of each individual in the game. There were three players in particular on defense, who performed admirably against New Orleans.

Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus were credited for their play on the defensive interior as they blew up a lot of the inside run plays the Saints attempted. Also credited with solid play was Stephon Gilmore as he was in elite company with his performance on Sunday. Here was PFF’s assessment.

Monsters in the Middle
Though it was in a losing effort, the Bills got a pair of monster performances out of their defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus. Both terrorized center Brian De La Puente all game, with the Saint finishing the day at -4.6 for his efforts. Williams did his part early forcing a punt on New Orleans’ second drive (1Q, 8:36). De La Puente didn’t have much of a chance on the reach block as Williams exploded through the lane vacated by the pull blocker and tackled the running back for a two yard loss. He also had success against left guard Ben Grubbs (e.g. 1Q, 1:16 and 3Q, 13:15), and finished at +4.8 with two sacks, two pressures, and a stop on all three of his tackles.

As with his counterpart, it’s difficult to pick out just a few plays for Dareus (+4.5). He made plays in both run defense and pass rushing against De La Puente as he stopped Khiry Robinson for a short gain at 3:30 of the first. Also at 1:27 of the second quarter Dareus came away with a QB hit (though the play was nullified).

- Stephon Gilmore was one of two cornerbacks this week who played at least 25% of defensive snaps and didn’t give up a single yard in coverage (34 snaps). The other was Darrelle Revis.  

 


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PFF honors Bills D-line in Wk 7

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2013 – 1:05 pm

It’s probably no surprise that ProFootballFocus made Mario Williams a part of their Top Performers of Week 7, but he wasn’t the only Bills defender to be recognized.

PFF named Williams one of their top two edge rushers last week in the NFL as he his two sacks were only part of the story. Here’s what they wrote about his performance against Miami.

Edge Rushers: Robert Mathis, IND (+6.5) and Mario Williams, BUF (+4.5)

And so continues the extremely impressive year of Mathis. He made game changing plays as he finished with two sacks, two hits and a hurry, while his work in the run game was eye-catching as well. For Williams, he’ll be happy to not only have ended with seven quarterback disruptions (as he picked up his highest grade of the year) but also the game changing play.

Honorable Mention: Von Miller (DEN) and Jerry Hughes (BUF)

Hughes according to PFF had six quarterback hurries in the Miami game. Marcell Dareus also earned honorable mention honors for best defensive interior players in Week 7. He had four tackles and a QB hit.


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Dareus New Era ad is out

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2013 – 2:41 pm

Bills DT Marcell Dareus is appearing in a New Era cap commercial that has been released by the official cap makers of the NFL. Dareus is telling the rest of the NFL they won’t be knocking the Bills down anymore.

Here is Dareus speaking with his cap, coming off his solid seven tackle, two sack, two quarterback hit performance Sunday.


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Dareus raises game, inspired by Kyle

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 11:12 pm

Mario Williams had a big game in Week 2 when Carolina chose to focus double team attention on the likes of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. That extra attention shifted to Mario on Sunday against the Ravens, leaving Dareus in his share of one-on-one situations. Situations that more often than not he won.

Dareus was the team’s second-leading tackler in the game Sunday with seven, including a pair of sacks on Joe Flacco and a pair of quarterback hits. His sacks came near the end of the first half and near the end of the game. One forced a punt, while the other put Baltimore in a 2nd-and-18 situation.

Buffalo’s former first-round pick, admitted after the game that he was inspired by the veteran linemate alongside him on the defensive interior.

“It was just a point of emphasis from Kyle Williams-give everything you have,” he said. “He’s going to do it for us, that’s how I always feel like I should play, do the best I can regardless of the situation. Head down, whatever, just keep pushing until the whistle blows.  Super Bowl champs-you’ve got to do the best you can.  I didn’t know what they had for us, I just wanted to do the best I can.

“We knew we had to anchor down, play low.  Not let them push us around.  We went out there with that on our minds. And we did what we said we were going to do.


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Other nicked Bills should be ok for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 2:49 pm

Bills DL Alex Carrington wasn’t the only casualty in Sunday’s game against the Jets. Head coach Doug Marrone provided a rundown, but the good news is it appears most, if not all, will be good to play against the Ravens.

“C.J. Spiller had a quad. I believe he’ll be fine,” said Marrone. “Marcell Dareus had an ankle. I believe he’ll be fine. Stevie Johnson had a hamstring I believe he’ll be fine. Leodis McKelvin has a hamstring. We’ll see how that is when he comes back and starts working on the field.

“Mario Williams had an ankle, but he was playing the whole game and at the end he had an ankle that I wasn’t aware of until afterwards. We think he’ll be fine.”

The biggest question mark is McKelvin, whose progress between now and Wednesday will paint a better picture on how likely it is for him to return Sunday against Baltimore.


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Injury updates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2013 – 10:55 pm

The Bills had some big name players go down to injury on Sunday in the loss to the Jets. Head coach Doug Marrone provided a rundown.

“Leodis a hamstring, he didn’t come back,” said Marrone. “Marcell an ankle he didn’t come back. Spiller a knee he didn’t come back. And Carrington a knee he didn’t come back.”

Marrone said all four will be re-evaluated on Monday.


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Kyle, Dareus also freeing up Alonso

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2013 – 9:15 am

Bills defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus are not only working well off each other, they’re also demanding so much attention up front that they’re keeping opposing offensive linemen from reaching the second level. That’s allowing Kiko Alonso to flow freely to the ball without any road blocks.

“They’ve kept me really clean. I think that’s why I was able to make the plays that I’ve made because of them,” Alonso told Buffalobills.com. “They’re doing a great job.”

Alonso admits with Williams or Dareus demanding double team attention he can get to the football faster.

“It makes it a lot easier when you can make a free run and make a tackle,” he said. “It makes it a lot easier. They’re doing a great job keeping the O-linemen off me and making plays on the quarterback and sacking the quarterback. They’re two great athletes.”


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Dareus: Mario played like we expected

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2013 – 1:38 pm

Bills DL Mario Williams set a team record with 4.5 sacks on Sunday. As far as his defensive teammates were concerned, Williams performed just like they thought he would.

“It’s what we expected. A guy like that playing in a defense like this, it’s designed for him to just cut loose and use his athletic ability and use his strength and power to overwhelm offensive tackles,” said Marcell Dareus. “It’s nothing short of what I expected. I expect it the rest of the year as well.”

Dareus said despite his most productive game in a Bills uniform that Williams demeanor was no different on the sidelines.

“He was just the same old Mario. Nothing different,” said Dareus. “Never too overexcited. Just picking everybody up saying, ‘Let’s keep fighting and keep going hard.’ He’s just being regular old Mario and this is what we expected for him to do so it’s not a huge surprise.”


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Dareus able to shake off leg scare

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2013 – 12:17 am

In the first half Marcell Dareus had a brief scare about his right knee after a chop block by a Carolina offensive lineman and exited the game for a series and a half. Dareus explains what happened.

“The guy gave me a dirty chop in the back of my leg,” said Dareus. “I just didn’t want to get up too fast, take the game slow, slow the game down a little bit. It wasn’t anything too serious. It was more of a scare. It was just a first half scare. Just shake it off with the trainers.”

Dareus returned to the game midway through the second quarter and performed admirably with four tackles, a half sack and a pair of quarterback hits.

 

 


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Dareus: Week 1 vs. Pats is tone setting game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2013 – 9:40 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus like a lot of his teammates can’t wait for kickoff at 1 pm today. What’s different this time around is the coaching staff and the players have worked diligently to change their identity as a team. The first true test to back up all their efforts to do that is with results in the opener against New England.

As Dareus sees it they’ll know where they stand rather quickly.

“Everybody knows this is kind of a set the tone game, see where we’re at,” he said. “I look at the first five minutes of the game as a gut check, to see where we’re at, what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do this season. Just go to chop at the wood and try to finish creating our identity as a team and as a unit.”

Dareus said he and his teammates aren’t so concerned about who their playing, they’re more focused on how they themselves are playing. A sound game with no mistakes is their focus.


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Dareus’ new outlook on life, football

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2013 – 6:48 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus had a 2012 season off the field that he’d like to forget. Losing his younger brother in a triple homicide would be difficult for anyone. Now imagine having lost your father at age 6, grandmother at age 13, high school coach and mentor at 18, best friend to cancer at 19 and mother to congestive heart failure at 20 before the latest tragedy. It’s no wonder Dareus’ play on the field suffered last season. But late last season Dareus decided to put it behind him. Now he can’t wait to start fresh in 2013.

“It was a lot going on,” said Dareus of what life was like in the wake of his younger brother’s death. “People that didn’t know me didn’t know my family and my family situations and I still have to go home and face them and talk to them. I’m still second to the youngest and I still have to play my role and my due diligence with what I have to do back home.

“There was a lot going on and trying to handle myself and then still come out here and handle my responsibilities with the team and be the player they want me to be and do the best I can to uphold the Bills logo and the Bills organization. And I was only 22-years old so it was a lot to handle and I didn’t have anybody that I could really talk to and it took a lot out of me. I still had to come out here and play and give my all knowing that my mind wasn’t really there like I wanted it to.

Toward the end of the season I caught myself and started playing the game and started having fun again and it all came around.”

Dareus feels he has wiped the slate clean. He has a new outlook on life and the game he loves to play.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I prayed on it and prayed on it and prayed on it and came to an agreement that I’m going to just have fun this year and not have any bumps in the road and just simplify my life and just have fun with football.”

When asked how far he is from the player he was that made him a top three pick, Dareus smiled.

“I’m closer now than I’ve been in a long time to just being that guy,” he said. “So I’m just waiting and wait until camp is over with and let everything unfold for me.”


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Dareus on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on July 16, 2013 – 7:40 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus will be on the radio airwaves Tuesday morning. Here’s where you can find him.

WGR 550 – The Howard Simon Show (w/ Jeremy White & Sal Cappacio)

Marcell will be talking about his upcoming youth football camp at Ralph Wilson Stadium.


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Dareus likes how defense is shaping up

Posted by Chris Brown on May 28, 2013 – 2:54 pm

Bills DT Marcell Dareus was back at OTAs Tuesday after missing some voluntary sessions for personal reasons last week. Dareus is encouraged by the way the defense has developed through the installation period on the practice field.

“It felt like normal,” Dareus told Buffalobills.com. “Getting back out here with the guys, just excited. I’ve been here, really getting after it as a defense. We’re just coming together, and everything’s just looking so good. Just getting out here, we look alright. I really wait until we put it all together and I see what we can do.”

Dareus said while he was away from the practice setting he did work on his own to stay in shape and stay sharp.


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Fan Friday 3-29

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2013 – 11:32 am

The NFL draft is less than a month away so keep the questions coming at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills. Here’s the latest edition for you loyal Bills fans.

1 - Chris,

One guy that seemed to stick out to me while watching the combine is Mark Harrison.  Wondering what your thoughts are on him and where he is projected to go round wise.  Thanks for all you do!

Geoff

CB: Harrison is a great physical talent at 6’3” and 231 pounds. The fact that he runs a 4.37 40 will get him a look from teams, especially after bouncing back from a down junior year. His numbers this past season still weren’t quite as good as his sophomore season when there was a lot more receiving talent around him. Harrison is probably a day 3 pick based on his physical skills alone even though his hands looked more reliable in 2012 than in 2011.

 

2 – Chris,

It seems the Bills have preached that they’ve made progress over the last few years.   I am having trouble seeing that.  It looks as though the Bills needs are many:
G
QB
2 WR’s
TE
DE
ILB
OLB
2 CB’s
S depth
With all of these needs in mind and only 6 draft picks, do see the Bills being competitive in 2013?   
-Jim

CB: I don’t disagree that there are several holes to still fill. At the same time the quality of the talent on this roster is pretty good (think – D-line, safety, OT). Part of that is due to the people they chose to part ways with (Donald Jones, David Nelson) and older players that either retired or will not be retained for the future. You’re right with six picks Buffalo has to do some plugging in free agency.

I think they’ll do a bit more work in free agency prior to the draft and then post-draft they’ll see where some positional needs still lie and plug in some bargain free agents presumably on one and two-year contracts.

3 – Chris,

With the Bills having only 6 picks in this year’s NFL draft, and players who fit like Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib and Manti Teo most likely being available in the late 1st or early 2nd round, do you think that they might trade back in the 1st round with their #8 pick to gain extra draft picks? That would seem to make sense – if Buddy Nix is willing.

LeeD

CB: I think trading down is a realistic possibility only if their top graded quarterback is off the board. Bills GM Buddy Nix would like to have more than six picks. Moving down from eight is the only way to do that, but landing a quarterback of the future likely trumps everything.

 

4 – Hey Chris,

Just wondering, what’s up with Marcel Dareus? I understand that he plays through pain, both physical and emotional (considering his brother’s death), however I just can’t help but think that he has not lived up to expectations as a number three overall pick. Considering the bevy of talent that was available that year, it really baffles me that he isn’t living up to his draft spot or to his draft class. Your thoughts?

Mike in Buffalo

CB:
I think last year was a lost year for Dareus. He lost his brother after the first regular season game in a tragic act of violence. His brother was just 19. Even though Dareus lost his dad when he was 6, his grandmother at age 13, his high school coach at age 18, his mom at age 20 and his best friend from high school at 21, this latest loss may have topped them all. All that loss and just 23-years of age, I’m willing to give him a pass for the 2012 season.

I just don’t think his head was in the game and how could it be? Anyone that has to experience all that is probably wondering what he did to deserve all that hardship. Hopefully he can come back and re-focus under a new staff and be the upbeat guy he has always been despite a very difficult hand that’s been dealt to him concerning his family.

 

5 – Hi Chris  

Do you worry about Dion Jordan being another Aaron Maybin?  Also it’s great the Bills front office is upfront with fans about needing a quarterback but not at the expense of other teams knowing and using that against us.  How do you see Mike Pettine’s defense set up with our personnel?  Can we run a 3 -4?  We have a lot of D lineman.   

Thanks – Travis

CB: I understand the concern. Seeing him at the NFL Combine, he looks like a swingman for a basketball team. The difference is Jordan has more of a college resume than Maybin, who had one-year of starting experience and came out as a redshirt sophomore. Jordan’s body is more mature, though he is coming of a torn labrum in his shoulder. I also think the one thing Jordan has that Maybin did not was instinct. Maybin was a hard worker, but did not seem to have the football acumen to anticipate and diagnose plays. The word on Jordan is that he does, which is why he’s seen as a top 10 pick.

 


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Fan Friday 3-15

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2013 – 1:40 pm

College pro days are in full swing. Pre-draft visits will soon follow, and free agent visits as well. Let’s get to your questions for this week’s edition from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - @ChrisBrownBills would Bills take a flyer on Kolb?

Cparkin2009 12:33pm via Twitter for Android

CB: I’d be surprised if Kolb is on Buffalo’s radar. The Bills have been hard at work this week with a full court press on the quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. Landry Jones, Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson all had pro days this week. Though I wouldn’t rule out the Bills kicking the tires on a veteran free agent, it seems to me that the draft is where their focus lies with respect to quarterback right now.

 2 – Hi Chris,

Thanks for keeping us updated all off-season. If the scenario of Geno Smith falling to the Browns at #6 happens, do you think this would finally be the year the Bills trade up to land the best QB prospect? Andy Reid can probably work with Alex Smith and with the Eagles re-signing Vick it looks like they may not draft a QB but the Cardinals will most likely be looking to draft a QB right before us.    

Thanks,
John

CB: I agree that the Cardinals could still draft a QB despite signing veteran free agent Drew Stanton and jettisoning Kevin Kolb. But Arizona needs help in a lot of places after cutting some high-priced vets. Cleveland has addressed some of their most pressing defensive needs early in free agency, so I don’t think ruling them out for adding a quarterback can be assumed. I realize they drafted Brandon Weeden last year, but they have a new coaching staff and new ownership.

Reporters I’ve talked to in Philadelphia also won’t rule out Chip Kelly drafting a QB, though I don’t believe it’ll happen in round one with the fourth overall pick.

As for trading up, Buddy Nix traditionally does not like to move up and down the board. Now he moved up two places last year to grab T.J. Graham in round three, but it’s a whole different ball game in the top 10 and knowing the Bills only have six picks this year, it’s hard for me to see Nix giving up picks to make a move up higher in the top 10.

 

3 – Chris,
With Mike Pettine being the defensive coordinator now I assume the Bills are going back to a 3-4.  I was wondering what that means for the defensive line?  Will we see Dareus or Williams move to the end again?

CB: Personally I think Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams are both versatile enough to play end or DT in Pettine’s system. But I’ll let coach Pettine handle this one since he was recently asked about his defense in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 this week.

“We’re not going to be true 3-4 or 4-3 as far as how we’re doing it,” said Pettine. “We’re going to be multiple in our fronts that we run. It’s a work in progress. We’re going to highlight in our playbook what we do well. So again it’s going to be more roster based.

“We have our base concepts that we’re going to run and those have been put in from a playbook standpoint, but we’re still trying to rebuild it. As a new staff we took what we built over four years in New York and then add the experience of the other coaches on the staff. We’ve basically hit the reset button on everything. I didn’t want to come in and say, ‘This is what we’re running.’ Over time you accumulate a lot of tweaks and adjustments. We wanted to go back to the baseline and say, ‘Here is the way we’re going to teach it and then understand that these are all the variations of it.’”

 

4 – Chris,

What are the odds that the Bills pass on a quarterback in the early rounds this year? And pick one next year in the early rounds? Are there any prospects in next year’s draft that are better than this year? It seems to me that at least this way we can get the defense squared away and add a receiver or tight end and have everything in place for a QB next year. Thanks . I enjoy your column.

Sam from Tupper Lake , NY
Sent from my iPhone

CB: I think with Ryan Fitzpatrick no longer on the roster it’s pretty much a must that the Bills draft a quarterback somewhere in the first two rounds of the draft. Obviously what falls to them will say a lot in what is ultimately done, but with a thin free agent class at QB and the draft class at QB not tremendously deep the Bills have to land a QB early as I see it.

 

5 – Chris,

I’m wondering what type of offense the Bills will run given coach Marrone and Hackett’s system at Syracuse. During the season last year Nassib was quoted as saying that their success with the no huddle spread offense was due to the fact that they run to set up the pass. This is an unusual description and quite the opposite of a west coast system. Yet, newly resigned QB Jackson was quoted as saying he’s looking forward to playing in a west coast system. What type of system do you think the Bills will run?  Thanks for your insight. Go Bills!

Joe
Sent from my iPad

CB: I think it’s safe to say the offense will be heavily rooted in West Coast principles, but it will have its fair share of power running. That’s coach Marrone’s influence being a former offensive lineman. He and coach Hackett wanted to take the best elements of a number of different offenses and incorporate them into one system. Essentially their offense is a multiple system with West Coast roots.


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Bunch of defenders back

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2012 – 2:16 pm

Four of Buffalo’s defenders were back on the practice field Thursday.

Leodis McKelvin, Marcell Dareus, Jairus Byrd, Spencer Johnson and Kyle Williams were all back in action.

We’ll have an update on their level of participation post-practice.


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Dareus on defensive improvement

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 27, 2012 – 7:47 pm

Bills DT Marcell Dareus has been a big part of the team’s upturn on defense the last few weeks.  And in an appearance on The John Murphy Show, Dareus said the improvement began four weeks ago in the loss at Houston.

“After the Houston, game we were all on the same page,” Dareus said on the radio show.  “We’re just like, ‘even though our team is not where we want it to be right now, we can still take those shots.’  We can still be that defense we want to be.  That’s what we’ve been trying to do, nonstop—get after it.”

Dareus is coming off one of the best performances of the year, in  Buffalo’s loss at Indianapolis.  He had five tackles, one sack, one quarterback hit, and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.  For the season, the former first round draft pick has three and a half sacks.

And with five games remaining, Dareus is not ready to throw in the towel.  He insists on giving his best effort for the rest of the season, mostly because of the Buffalo fans.

“The fans in Buffalo cheer for us regardless,” he said.  “It doesn’t matter what’s going on with win or lose, the Bills fans are great fans.  I’m playing for them.  They come and mention me all the time on Twitter, Facebook, to see how I’m doing, see how the team’s doing.  They’re really concerned about us.  I really adore them, I love them a lot.  I feel like I’m playing for them.  They want this for us.”

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


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