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Mario could miss more than this week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2015 – 1:09 pm

It came as no surprise. Marcus Easley, John Miller, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams were all unable to practice this week and come Friday all four were declared out for Sunday’s game at Kansas City.

Head coach Rex Ryan confirmed their playing status following practice Friday. Ryan also said that Mario Williams could miss more than this week with his foot injury.

“That’s a possibility, but the good news is (Mario’s injury) is not a season ending one,” said Ryan. “Could he possibly miss another week? Yes, it’s a possibility, but we hope not and we’re doing everything we can to get him back.”

Kyle Williams – knee
Mario Williams – foot
John Miller – ankle
Marcus Easley – concussion

QB Tyrod Taylor – right shoulder
DT Marcell Dareus – knee
S Bacarri Rambo – shoulder

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Fan Friday 11-27

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2015 – 1:03 pm

We’re getting pretty close to do or die time and the Chiefs game at Arrowhead on Sunday is step one. Here are your latest questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you think Tyrod is “the guy” or should the bills draft a qb in the first round until they find him?


CB: I would still like to see him play more before passing judgment. Perfect example is last Monday’s game his accuracy was off for the first time this season. Was that an aberration or is there more to it? We don’t know because we haven’t seen enough of Tyrod.

I do believe the greatest concern with Taylor is his ability to stay healthy and in the lineup. We’ve already seen two injuries with him this season. One cost him a pair of starts in Week 6 & 7. The other is the one he’s currently dealing with.

Make no mistakes about it. Taylor is as tough as they come. The question is can his physical frame withstand the punishment that quarterbacks typically take over the course of a 16-game season?

That’s to be determined. Even if Taylor finishes the season strong, I’m a proponent of drafting a quarterback every year. It’s the most important position in football so why wouldn’t you try to ensure you’re strong at that position by drafting one there every year?

I’m not saying round one necessarily, but just like everyone says you can never have enough cornerbacks, I think the same applies to QB.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills what possibility of re-signing the gilly lock to an extension and is Mario a fit for Rex’s scheme may need cap room and waive


CB: The Bills did buy some time with Stephon Gilmore by picking up his fifth-year option, so he’s not a free agent until 2017, but it’s my belief that Gilmore is priority number one when it comes to locking up players long term. Whether that happens this offseason or just prior to the 2016 season remains to be seen.

As for Mario Williams he has the skill set to play in any defensive scheme. Your cap room query however, is valid. His cap figure is very high and there is substantial savings that could be had if he is waived or if he agrees to restructure. More on that in the answer below.

3 –

How do you think the future free agents on the team are doing? Cordy Glenn is having a very good year. What are the odds they can keep him? How much is he a priority over someone like Bradham is having a down year? I know they probably can’t keep everyone but keeping a good tackle long term seems like a good option given they haven’t been too stable on either side on the line in years. What would it cost? Do you expect a ‘hometown discount’ for Incognito too? Given that some teams may not want him still. How much flexibility do they have to do so?

CB: Their flexibility is likely to be rooted in what they decide to do with some cost prohibitive contracts on the roster. Chief among them Mario Williams. His cap figure next season is $19.9M. That will need to be addressed before the team reaches free agency. Both linebacker and offensive tackle are thin positions in terms of experienced depth, so it will be interesting to see how they choose to prioritize Bradham and Glenn.

The team is also going to have to re-sign Richie Incognito, who will be a priority for the offensive line, and no I would not expect Incognito to be willing to take a hometown discount, especially since it’s likely to be his last NFL contract.


4 – Hi Chris,

First off thanks for the Fan Fridays! I enjoys reading other fans questions and your insight to them.

My questions is about the health and return of Aaron Williams. I haven’t seen anything reported about him other than he was up in a box cheering on his teammates during the jets game. Has he recovered from his neck injury? With the activation of McKelvin can he still return to playing this season? (although with Rambo and Cory playing well we are not falling apart without him)

Recently Displaced Bills fan now in DC,
CB: Williams has attended each of the Bills last two road games. He was placed on short term I-R. He’ll be eligible to return for the Eagles game in Week 14 at the earliest. Whether he does or does not is solely up to the team’s medical staff.


5 – Chris;
Bud Grant had a saying, too many “fan in the stands penalties” and plays. He could bring in any fan from the stands to line up off sides etc. When u get down to it, off sides, holding , dropped passes, punts, over and under thrown passes etc., any fan can make those plays.
Am I being too critical ??
Too many miscues keep us from winning. What are ur thoughts ??

Jim in Florida

CB: I think there were too many miscues last week. Unfortunately it doesn’t take much when facing the Patriots, one of the most consistent teams in the league when it comes to execution. Their defense had just one or two poor plays, but played well enough to win. The offense and special teams units could not say the same in that game.

What’s interesting is the prevailing theme in the locker room this week was just executing the game plan more effectively. We’ll see if it can happen Sunday in KC.

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Suh holds Bills D-line in high regard

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2015 – 10:08 am

Miami’s biggest offseason acquisition both physically and financially was Pro Bowl DT Ndamukong Suh. After a slow start Suh has begun to hit his stride, and though he’s focused on his own job each and every week, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t notice the talents of players on opposing defensive lines. That’s why he holds Buffalo’s defensive front in high regard.

“I respect every last one of those guys,” said Suh of Buffalo’s defensive line. “I know Mario (Williams) personally, I know Kyle (Williams), I’ve had some good interactions with him, young guy is ninety nine (DT Marcell Dareus) is playing at a high level well deserved contract, (DE) Jerry Hughes I know personally, all great guys, all high level defensive linemen and I have a lot of respect for them.”

Suh had four tackles including two for loss in Miami’s first meeting with Buffalo in Week 3.

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Mario new addition to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2015 – 3:38 pm

Mario Williams was a new addition to Buffalo’s injury report. He was limited at Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury. Also limited were Corey Graham, Sammy Watkins and A.J. Tarpley. Percy Harvin meanwhile did not practice due to what was listed as a knee injury. He had been dealing with a persistent hip problem since training camp.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Kyle Williams DT Knee DNP
Percy Harvin WR Knee DNP
Corey Graham S Groin LP
Sammy Watkins WR Ankle LP
AJ Tarpley LB Concussion LP
Mario Williams DE Knee LP
Karlos Williams RB Concussion FP
Seantrel Henderson T Concussion FP
Tyrod Taylor QB Knee FP


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Mario: we can’t nitpick defense

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2015 – 12:28 pm

Mario Williams had some comments postgame last week about his role in Buffalo’s defensive scheme in last Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati. On Wednesday those comments were softened as the defensive end admitted his job as a player is to execute and be productive.

“At the end of the day, the coaches coach, the D-coordinator, all the coaches—they have to implement what is needed,” said Williams, who maintains that Rex Ryan’s defense is still an aggressive scheme. “You have to go out and play ball. If we sit here and nitpick and try to point people out instead of trying to get better and capitalize on the situation we are in, we’re not going to be anywhere we want to go and that’s not going to be good.”

Williams did continue to say he felt he dropped into coverage a good deal in the Bengals game.

“I know it was a lot,” he said. “At the same time, I’ve got to cover my butt off. The guys who were going, they have to get there. It’s something that you’re put out their on the spot to do it—because that’s the numbers. That’s who we got—Xs and Os—you have to go out there and do it regardless.”

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Rex agrees with Mario & Marcell’s take on ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2015 – 7:08 am

Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus both expressed their opinions of Buffalo’s defensive scheme and how they feel it’s not maximizing their strengths as players. Head coach Rex Ryan said he doesn’t disagree with them.

“I would say I would probably agree with them when you look at it,” said Ryan. “Should we have rushed more this past week in particular? That’s probably true.

“I’m not perfect as a play caller and all that and I know that surprises you guys, but I try to do the best I can. If I’m going to make a mistake it’s going to be something I feel strongly about, but if it doesn’t work then that happens. I get it.

“I’m going to say this, Mario Williams in my opinion he did a tremendous job of dropping when we put him in coverage. He takes a lot of pride in it. I think he does a great job of it. Obviously when you look at it and I get it he gets paid to rush the quarterback, but we get paid to win. What I was trying to do was get the guy out of rhythm initially. I think initially it was working pretty good, but I think I lived in it too much. I don’t necessarily disagree with Marcell and Mario’s views.”

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Mario 2nd fastest to 40

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2015 – 8:50 am

On Sunday Mario Williams reached 40 sacks with the Bills after his takedown of Marcus Mariota in the win over the Titans. He’s the second-fastest Bills player to reach 40 sacks.

Williams reached 40 career sacks with Buffalo in just 53 games. He’s topped only by Hall of Famer Bruce Smith who reached 40 sacks in 48 games.

Buffalo’s top current pass rusher didn’t care much about his personal stats. He was more focused on the team’s mental toughness that was on display Sunday.

“We know that we’re never going to stop playing, regardless of the situation,” said Williams. “Regardless of the total yards, at the end of the day we want to have the least amount of yards but we want to have the least amount of points –that’s the most important thing.  I think at the end of the day, we just kept chopping away.  We let a couple slip away because we had some penalties and we’ve got to correct that, that’s been our Achilles heel. It was good aggressive defense. It wasn’t anything after the whistle, which we’ve been known for recently.   We’re definitely working on it.”

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Bills nicked players rehabbing back in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 6:43 pm

The Bills do not intend to play their starters at all Thursday night against the Lions in Detroit. With some of their injured players they took it a step further not having them make the trip at all.

The plan is to allow them to spend more time rehabbing their respective injuries at One Bills Drive rather than traveling back and forth to Detroit.

Among the players who will be working at One Bills Drive are Charles Clay, Marcell Dareus, Boobie Dixon, Marquise Goodwin, Deonte Thompson, Karlos Williams, Mario Williams and Robert Woods.

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What if Mario was a wideout?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2015 – 2:46 pm

Sports Illustrated recently did a photo shoot with a number of NFL stars around the league with the focus being what position they would play besides their chosen one. DE Mario Williams was the Bills player who participated in the photo shoot.

Williams chose wide receiver as his alternative position.

“I’d be the type of wideout who would go deep and across the middle—that’s where all the physical stuff goes on,” said Williams. “I have the size, speed and ability to separate from a defender. My touchdown dance? I’d put the ball down and get right back to the huddle. Act like you’ve been there before. . . . The coaches have never really said anything about [playing me at receiver], but with Coach Rex, who knows what could happen.”


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Mario cleared for practice

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 10:30 am

DE Mario Williams didn’t spend much time on the Active/Non-Football injury list. He has been cleared for practice. 

Williams is participating in practice today. 

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Fan Friday 7-17

Posted by Chris Brown on July 17, 2015 – 11:15 am

We’re getting closer and closer to training camp! Here’s your latest round of questions on email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,
I know the Bills need some help at linebacker, would it ever be a possibility that Mario move to outside linebacker and have a backup defensive end play where Mario played? What are your thoughts.

Alex W.

CB: While addressing a perceived deficiency is important for a personnel department, it’s not the best idea to take a premier player and reduce his effectiveness for your defense to satisfy that perceived deficiency.

If you take Mario Williams and move him further away from the ball, you reduce his effectiveness as a pass rusher. Williams is coming off his most productive season. More often than not I expect Buffalo’s defensive staff to keep him up on the line as a true defensive end.

Does that mean that Mario will never line up at OLB in what is expected to be a multiple and hybrid front? No. He’ll probably see some time in a stand up LB role, but I expect it to be at the line of scrimmage.

Having Mario Williams drop might make sense as a decoy on a play or two, but Mario Williams is getting paid a lot of money to go get the QB, so he’s not the answer to address a LB deficiency.


2 – Hi Chris, big fan of fan friday, keep up the good work.

Been a huge Bills fan forever and currently part of the Bills Mafia in Ft. Lauderdale.

From your previous Fan Friday your thinking 5 receivers, so if you lock in Watkins, Harvin, Woods and Easley-I believe is a lock because of his new contract and special teams that’s 4 so does that mean Hogan or Goodwin are battling for final receiver spot or are you not counting Easley as a receiver in this scenario?

Thanks buddy, keep up great work and god job with the Bills Focus pieces.


CB: I indicated that keeping only five receivers was a possibility if they decide it’s more important to keep four tight ends for their offensive scheme. I don’t know if it’ll be absolutely necessary for them to do that knowing they’re keeping a fullback.

If it comes down to just five wideouts it’s probably Hogan and Easley as 4 and 5. If it’s six Goodwin is the guy that probably sticks.  Rex Ryan has an appreciation for Goodwin’s speed and that is likely to trump a fourth tight end when it comes to roster decision time, but Goodwin has to maintain his level of play from the spring in training camp and the preseason when the pads are on and cornerbacks get considerably more physical.

Thanks for the kind words.


3 – Chris,

First and foremost, I really like the way you keep us informed.  Your answers are very specific and detailed, no fluff.  You really know what is going on with all things Bills, and it is appreciated.

I’m intrigued with two undrafted players, Tyson Chandler and A.J Tarpley.  These type of players can be good finds and really round out our depth.  Can you comment on each and your opinions as to where they land–the 53 man roster or the practice squad.

Thanks again Chris for your excellent coverage,  we appreciate it.


CB: I appreciate the sentiments. Tyson Chandler is a player that I think could have a future in this league, just not in 2015. For a man his size I think he’s got pretty good feet. He just needs time to develop and I anticipate him winding up on Buffalo’s practice squad. He’s got some tools that warrant investment.

Tarpley is a guy that has to make his hay on special teams. He’s a heady player who  has to have the camp and preseason of his life to leapfrog young players on the depth chart like Randell Johnson and Jimmy Gaines. Practice squad is probably his best bet.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills

going into training camp, who has the inside track on the 7th starting position for the front 7 on D?


CB: What’s interesting here with this question is most people assume that Buffalo will have a true 3-4 front and in this hybrid scheme I don’t see that being the case. The way they lined up in camp they had four across the front with Mario, Kyle, Dareus and Hughes and at the second level it was Lawson, Brown and Bradham. I think that’s a lock for the front seven no matter how they decide to line up.


5 – Good morning, Chris.

I am hoping for some reassuring insight on the recent history of Wayne Hunter.  Reports say he last played for the Rams in the 2012 season.  Has he been out of football that entire time?  It is disconcerting to think an aging player who has not been on a team in two years might be considered worth signing, even if he was added for training camp numbers.  Is that customary, and no big deal, or does it reflect a desperation about the O-Line that is even worse than expected?

As always, your coverage of the Bills is outstanding, and a necessary staple for fans who love the team.  Keep it up!

Walter Megger

CB: Hunter is an insurance signing. Partly due to Seantrel Henderson’s spring, in which he didn’t make the first impression he had hoped on the new offensive staff. Henderson has time to redeem himself, but the Bills want a vet they feel they can rely on in the event of injury.

You need to look at Hunter as veteran insurance as a possible swing tackle, extra tight end in short yardage situations. Nothing more, nothing less.


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How Mario & Jerry work off each other

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2015 – 12:59 pm

Pro Football Focus has put together a wonderful in depth look at the effectiveness of Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes as a pass rushing tandem. Suffice to say the two work off one another extraordinarily well, not dismissing how much Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams assist in that effort too.

Here’s a look at some of the main points the PFF’s extensive analysis revealed.

1 – Hughes and Williams combined for no less than five QB pressures in all by three games last season.
2 – Both were more effective pass rushers in blitz situations last season with Hughes seeing close to a five percent increase in pass rush effectiveness.
3 – Mario was most effective on pass rushes in which the center slid away from Williams in the protection.
4 – Hughes was most effective on pass rushes in which the center stayed home in the protection.
5 – Hughes was at his best as a pass rusher on first and second down, while Williams was most effective on third down.











Perhaps most encouraging is knowing that Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman will be blitzing a whole lot more than Jim Schwartz did last season, both Hughes and Williams figure to see their production increase even more when it comes to bringing the heat.

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Success of D-line rooted in camaraderie

Posted by Chris Brown on July 6, 2015 – 2:20 pm


Buffalo’s defensive line has been a big reason why the Bills have more sacks than any other team in the league over the last two seasons (111). That production can certainly be attributed to talent, but there’s something else that the players themselves believe helps them excel up front.

In a word, it’s camaraderie. Mario Williams said from the time the unit was first assembled there’s always been a group approach to their play on the field as well as hanging out off the field.

“We’re really good people persons. It’s not hard for us to say, ‘Hey, what are you doing? Let’s go do this, let’s hang out,” said Williams of their off the field time together. “That was day one, it didn’t take three years to do that.”

When asked if he had any individual or team goals heading into the 2015 campaign, Williams said he did not. He insists he and his teammates are only focused on being the best defense they can be each week come this fall.

“It was kind of funny because somebody asked Kyle that at the end of last year (about a sack total), and he was like, ‘You know what, that never even came up.’ We never even mentioned a number or anything like that. We don’t have any goals except to go out and try to be the best we can be out there.”

Many prognosticators believe Buffalo’s defense could wind up number one in the league this season and help catapult the team to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

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4 Bills on CBS Sports’ NFL Top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2015 – 9:56 am

Taking a page from NFL Network’s Top 100 Players, is doing their own list, and four Bills appear in their rankings.

CBS columnist Pete Prisco put together a list that includes four Bills players, three of whom man Buffalo’s vaunted defensive line. Here are the players he listed and their number rank.

  1. Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo Bills: He has developed into a force in the middle of the Buffalo defense. When his weight is in check, he has the ability to dominate inside. It’s too bad he will miss the opener this season for a league-imposed suspension.
  1. Mario Williams, DE, Buffalo Bills: He had 14 1/2 sacks last season for the Bills as a part of one of the league’s best defenses. Williams had a sack in all but four games last season, getting four against the Dolphins in one game. He’s also solid against the run.
  1. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: McCoy was traded to the Bills in March in a blockbuster deal that will make him the feature back in Rex Ryan’s ground-and-pound attack. McCoy’s numbers dropped some last season for the Eagles, but he is still only 26. The concerning number is his yards-per-rush went down to 4.2 last season from 5.1 the year before.
  1. Kyle Williams, DT, Buffalo Bills: He had 5 1/2 sacks last season and continued to be a good run player for a smallish defensive tackle because he plays with such good leverage.


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Mario on defensive changes & possibilities

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2015 – 4:59 pm

Bills DE Mario Williams used the word ecstatic when asked how he feels about the team’s new defense under Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. So just what is Williams and his defensive teammates finding to be different under the new scheme?

“Well, the biggest thing is last year was pretty much a 4-3,” said Williams. “Obviously with  the scheme with Rex, anything’s possible so I think right now, we’re just doing building blocks but the sky’s the limit so I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of changes and things like as we progress and become re-adapted to a hybrid defense.”

Williams admitted there will be some carry over from the defense they ran in 2013 under former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, but Ryan and Thurman’s defense will have the ability to morph and change week to week to take advantage of the talent and the matchups on a given Sunday.

“Understanding the defense; I love it.  It gives everybody ample opportunities to do different things and just be able to bring different looks, different angles, and attacks…stuff like that so I’m ecstatic.”

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Fan Friday 1-30

Posted by Chris Brown on January 30, 2015 – 11:26 am

It’s Super Bowl weekend, but there’s plenty to talk about concerning the Bills. Here are your latest set of questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,

The recent public comments of Brandon Spikes and Doug Whaley regarding his future in Buffalo as a upcoming pending free agent did not provide me with much confidence that he will return. Ultimately money and potential playing time will dictate the outcome and with the return of Alonso and big contracts to be spent elsewhere it doesn’t look particularly promising that he will be back in my opinion.

I think a strong argument can be made for re-signing Spikes. He provides attitude, toughness and leadership to the position and helped to significantly improve the team’s run defense this year. He seemed sincere when he recently commented about enjoying playing in Buffalo and gives the impression that he loves playing the game. Sounds exactly like the kind of player we need to retain.  Just wondering what your thoughts are of whether you think there could be a role for Spikes next year with the return of Alonso and if you think the Bills will submit a serious bid to retain Spikes or instead look for the cheaper option of adding depth players behind the projected starters?


CB: It’s hard to say what Buffalo’s plans are concerning Spikes. Alonso’s return is a factor, but I think at the right price Spikes could return to the fold, possibly on another one-year deal. I do remember during a conference call this past season that Rex Ryan who was coaching the Jets at the time said the following about Spikes.

“(Brandon) Spikes is one of those guys that I like because he’s a tough guy, a mean guy, a tough a**,” said Ryan. “I like guys that are competitors and that’s why I like him so much.”

Whether Ryan’s opinion of Spikes has any influence remains to be seen, but it would appear that Spikes has an admirer in Buffalo’s new head coach.


2 – Hi Chris,

Thanks for all the great coverage you continue to provide.

I was wondering what you think the best approach would be in addressing the quarterback postion.  Also, do you see Mike Glennon as a fit?  I know the Bills were rumored to have liked him coming out of the 2013 draft, and I like much of what I’ve seen from him so far in Tampa.  He should be expendable as the Bucs are expected to take a QB #1 overall.  What’s your take on Glennon’s potential?


CB: Glennon I felt took a bit of a step back in his second season, which was impacted by a new offense and coordinator. He was also in and out of the lineup with veteran Josh McCown earning the starting job out of training camp. Much like EJ Manuel he is limited with his number of starts after getting only six this past season (19 in his career).

His completion percentage is comparable to Manuel’s (under 60) and he struggled when blitzed this past year. There’s no doubting that his arm strength would be an asset in the conditions the Bills play in at home, but his mobility is limited.

Knowing his skill set is dramatically different to that of EJ Manuel (see: mobility), it’s hard to know if that would be viewed as a negative or a positive or irrelevant by the new staff. I don’t know if Glennon is seen as a match, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bills add a young QB in the league or a veteran signal caller either via free agency or a trade.


3 – CB,

What do you think the Bills plan of attack for fixing the O-Line? Richardson stills seems developmental and is poor at pass blocking. Pears should be let go and Urbik is average guard. With Williams injured and unclear if he will come back, how many guards do you expect them to bring in? Free agency or draft? It may hard to find a day 1 starter in draft but they need new guys in there.

CB: I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bills draft a guard and add one in free agency. Buffalo has some young guys already in the fold as you mentioned, but both Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan made it clear they’re going to bring in competition at positions where it’s warranted.

Erik Pears is an unrestricted free agent. Kraig Urbik is a capable player. Chris Williams should be back healthy in time for spring workouts.

One big plus is the hiring of Aaron Kromer, who has produced at least one Pro Bowl lineman on the teams he has coached the last six years. He’s a proven teacher and developer of linemen, so hopefully the younger players on the roster will take a big step forward in their development and be bigger contributors (See: Henderson, Kouandjio, Richardson).



4 – Chris,

On a lighter subject, do you think the Bills would consider going back to their Red helmets?  Best years in franchise history were with the Blue uniforms and red helmets.

RC from DC

CB: I would not anticipate that happening. Outside of a throwback type of thing I think you’ll see the white helmets for a long time.



5 – Hello Chris,

I have really enjoyed the information I have received from your Inside the Bills write ups. Thanks for keeping us informed.

Recently, I read and article on, in which Mario Williams was excited about moving to the Linebacker position. To date, that information has not shown up on the website. I have always believe the 4 3 defense was the best scheme, and our personnel matches that scheme. As our defense was one of the top defenses in the league, I am not clear if Rex and company intend to shift to a 3 4 defense. My thoughts are why? Then there is the statement, ” You don’t fix what is broken”.  Can you shed some light on what is going on with the Buffalo Bills defensive scheme for 2015?


CB: I think I will let defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman handle this one. He was asked this week if he’s going to run a 3-4 or a 4-3 front. Here was his answer.

“(I will run) whatever talent dictates,” said Thurman. “We’ll play a 3-4. We’ll play a 4-3. We’ll get in a Forty-Six. We’ll give them an odd front. It’s whatever our guys do best and we’re going to play to their strengths and when you do that, you’re giving your guys a chance to be successful and that’s what it really comes down to…is those guys that are out there on that field, are you giving them the opportunity to go out and succeed? So it doesn’t matter. The scheme will be dictated by the personnel that we have.”

I don’t think there’s any debating that Rex Ryan’s defense are largely a hybrid scheme that can morph and change. So to label it a strict over or under front would be inaccurate. And I think Mario Williams will see a healthy amount of action up on the line of scrimmage.

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4 Bills make PFF all division team

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2015 – 10:01 am

The film reviewers and stat crunchers at Pro Football Focus released their All Diviaion teams for the 2014 season. Four Bills made the squad. Two were expected, two others may have been a bit more under the radar.

Buffalo’s Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus both were named to the defensive line and Corey Graham and Dan Carpenter were the other two Bills honorees. Here’s what they wrote about Buffalo’s players and the seasons they had.

Edge Defenders: Cameron Wake (MIA) and Mario Williams (BUF)
Just another season for Wake who continues to be one of the premier edge pass rushers in the entire league. Williams benefitted by Buffalo switching back to a 4-3 and allowing him to play with his hand on the ground once again. He clearly still has a knack for getting to the quarterback, but his play in run defense was arguably the best of his career.

Defensive Interior – Nose: Marcell Dareus (BUF)
Dareus continues to improve and has become more consistent on a week-to-week basis. His 10 sacks received the most attention, but his work in run defense is where he really flourished.

Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis (NE), Corey Graham (BUF)
Unsurprisingly, Revis was again one of the best cornerbacks in football in his first year with the Patriots, making the PFF All-Pro team. Graham wasn’t even getting significant playing time in some games over the first half of the season, but he was easily the best in coverage for the Bills’ secondary. Opposing quarterbacks had a 57.0 QB Rating when targeting Graham, fifth-lowest among corners and only behind the likes of All-Pros Vontae Davis, Chris Harris Jr., and Richard Sherman.

Slot Cornerback: Kyle Arrington (NE)
Arrington shared duties in the slot, but was one of the best in the division. He allowed a reception once for every 12.6 snaps in coverage, the second-best rate in the division (Revis).

Kicker: Dan Carpenter (BUF)
Carpenter did not handle kickoff duties this year, but his work on field goals alone was enough to claim the spot. He hit on 34 of 38 field goals, including 6-of-8 from 50 and beyond.

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Mario meets up with Air Force

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

Three Bills Pro Bowl defensive linemen are already on site in Glendale, Arizona for Sunday’s game. They’re also participating in some community events this week. Mario Williams, who has a great affinity for the armed forces and law enforcement, spent some time with airmen from the US Air Force.

Williams took the time during the Airman for a Day event that was sponsored by USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL. Pro Bowl players got to get up close and personal with an F-16, try an F-16 flight simulator, meet with military working dogs (K-9 bomb/attack dogs) and participate in Skype calls with military members overseas, with their families stateside at Luke AFB.

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More honors for Mario, Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2015 – 1:34 pm

Bills defensive linemen Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus have racked up some all-star awards this offseason with AFC Pro Bowl nods and 1st team All-Pro honors. The two were both named to another award list Monday.

The Pro Football Writers of America named both Dareus and Williams to their All-NFL team. The two obviously made their All-AFC team, which included line mate Kyle Williams. Here’s the entire PFWA All-NFL team.


QB – Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
RB – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers; DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers ; Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
C – Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
G – Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers; Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens
T – Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys; Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns*

DE – Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills
; J.J. Watt, Houston Texans#
DT – Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions*
OLB – Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs; Von Miller, Denver Broncos
MLB – Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers*
CB – Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots; Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks#
S –Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks#: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers

Special Teams
PK – Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
P – Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
PR – Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
ST – Matthew Slater, New England Patriots

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McCarthy blames himself for GB safety

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 6:00 pm

The Bills had only one sack of Aaron Rodgers in their big win over the Packers Sunday and it came at the end of the game. Mario Williams stripped Rodgers of the ball in the end zone and the fumble though recovered by Eddie Lacy in the end zone could not be advanced with less than two minutes in the game resulting in a safety for the Bills. After the game Packers head coach Mike McCarthy put the sack and subsequent safety on himself, citing a poor protection call with their backup right tackle in the game.

Packers starting RT Bryan Bulaga left the game with a concussion in the second half and did not return. It left second-year lineman and Akron, NY native JC Tretter to step in at right tackle to block Mario Williams. McCarthy in hindsight felt his play and protection call put Tretter in a bad spot going against one of the best pass rushers in the game.

“Yeah, that last call was my fault,” McCarthy said. “I had another play in mind and I should’ve went with it. The result would’ve been different. In that particular spot, I should’ve helped him on that play so that last fumble is my fault based on the protection call.”

Williams swooped in off the left side and dislodged the ball from Rodgers throwing hand forcing the fumble. The safety sealed the game for the Bills lifting them to 8-6 on the season.

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