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Mario on pace with select sack company

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 9:12 am

Today (Friday) is Mario Williams’ 29th birthday. The former number one pick in the 2006 NFL draft has rolled up 76.5 sacks through his first eight seasons. Taking a look at where those career sacks rank among some of the best sack artists in NFL history, Williams looks like he has a shot at finishing among the best in league annals if he can stay healthy.

The Bills media relations department complied the number of sacks each player listed tallied before they turned 29 and then the second column is the sacks each player tallied the first full season after they turned 29. Hall of Famer Reggie White was way out in front of some of the other sack leaders early in his career and his production continued in his first season after turning 29 as did Bruce Smith.

Michael Strahan clearly had the most successful season as a 29-year old as he holds the single-season sack record with 22.5.

Player Sacks Before Age 29 Sacks Season After 29
Bruce Smith

78

14

Reggie White

94

15

Kevin Greene

59.5

3

Chris Doleman

45.5

7

Michael Strahan

59.5

22.5

Mario Williams

76.5

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Kyle, Mario got Dareus on right path

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 10:53 am

When Marcell Dareus came to the Bills as their third overall pick in 2011, he was all of 21-years old. The commitment to being a pro every single day was something the talented defensive tackle had to learn. Fortunately for him he had mentors in Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.

It took until year three of his career for it to kick in, but Dareus prepared like a pro and it made him a more consistent player on the field. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Monday after he was named as an injury replacement to the Pro Bowl, Dareus tipped his hat to his two veteran teammates and fellow Pro Bowlers.

“To come in the league with Kyle Williams and Mario Williams they showed me so much and they told me just how to stay focused this year and learn the league and watch film and break film down the way it’s supposed to be broken down and stay consistent with your work, being with those guys I just kind of blossomed into the player that I always wanted to be,” he said. “I’ve just got to build on it and stay consistent and remain the guy I always want to be known as and that’s what I did this year.”


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Mario, Spiller named All-ACC in BCS era

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 5:14 pm

With the BCS era coming to a close with Florida State’s National title win over Auburn a week ago, ESPN put together their All-ACC team for the entire BCS era (1998-2014) and a pair of Bills appear on their roster.

Named the starting running back for the all-star team was C.J. Spiller. He was also named the unit’s return specialist.

On the defensive side of the ball Mario Williams, an N.C. State alum, was also named to the squad. Here’s what was written about the two college all timers.

RB: C.J. Spiller, Clemson: Spiller accounted for an ACC-record 191.4 yards per game and scored a touchdown in every game. Over his four-year career, he racked up more than 3,000 yards rushing, 2,000 yards in kickoff returns, 1,000 yards receiving and 500 yards in punt returns. 

RS — Spiller: One of the best return men of all time, Spiller set an ACC single-season record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2009. He led the league in all-purpose yards in 2008 and 2009 and holds the ACC career mark in the category.

DL — Mario Williams, NC State: Williams was a force throughout his entire career, but most especially his junior season, when he set single-season school records with 14.5 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss en route to All-ACC honors. He became the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in 2006. 


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Byrd, Mario make 2nd Team All-Pro

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2014 – 12:19 pm

The Associated Press has released it’s All-Pro team for the 2013 season. Bills DE Mario Williams and S Jairus Byrd did not earn 1st team honors, but were named to the second team.

The AP had Houston’s J.J. Watt and St. Louis’ Robert Quinn as their 1st Team All-Pro defensive ends ahead of Buffalo’s Williams.

Meanwhile at safety the AP gave 1st team All-Pro honors to Seattle’s Earl Thomas and Kansas City’s Eric Berry.

Both Williams and Byrd were each named to their third career Pro Bowls last week.

Here are the full AP All-Pro rosters for 2013.


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Bills 3 Pro Bowlers all 3-timers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2013 – 12:35 am

The Bills have three players from their roster who will be headed to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and all three are returning players.

Mario Williams, Jairus Byrd and Kyle Williams were all named to their third career Pro Bowls. It’s the first for Mario Williams with the Bills.

This is also the first time three Bills defenders were named to the initial Pro Bowl roster since 1997 when Bryce Paup, Ted Washington and Bruce Smith were named starters.


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Mario, Kiko still leading in fan voting

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2013 – 2:43 pm

Bills DE Mario Williams and MLB Kiko Alonso are still tops at their positions in the fan voting for the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl. Here’s a look at their vote counts along with the other top vote getters on the defensive side of the ball.

Fans can vote until Dec. 26th by submitting their own ballot online.

POS.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

DE

J.J.   Watt, Houston

329,766

DE

Mario   Williams, Buffalo

287,486

DT

Jason Hatcher, Dallas

262,099

DT

Dontari Poe, Kansas City

257,224

OLB

Tamba Hali, Kansas City

265,222

OLB

Robert Mathis, Indianapolis

252,082

ILB

Kiko Alonso, Buffalo

306,054

ILB

Sean Lee, Dallas

211,729

CB

Richard Sherman, Seattle

430,234

CB

Aqib   Talib, New England

299,804

SS

Kam Chancellor, Seattle

157,394

SS

Eric Berry, Kansas City

134,539

FS

Earl Thomas, Seattle

323,634

FS

Barry Church, Dallas

105,886

P

Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City

142,121

P

Jon Ryan, Seattle

82,754

ST

David Bruton, Denver

109,243

ST

C.J.   Spillman, San Francisco

108,487


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Hughes in top 10 territory

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2013 – 1:10 pm

It’s been a productive season for Jerry Hughes in his first year with the Bills, and ProFootballFocus is taking notice. The stat crunchers and film reviewers of every play of every game, have Hughes ranked in their top 10 at the 3-4 OLB position.

Hughes is rated tied for seventh overall among 3-4 OLBs this season. As you’ll see in the PFF chart below, only five of the players listed above him have a higher combination number of sacks, QB hits and QB hurries than Hughes (48). His pass rush rating of 13.9 is also only bested by three other players in the top 10 as well (Houston, Dumervil, Mathis).

Mario Williams and Manny Lawson rank 13th and 22nd overall on this chart.

 

Ratings

Coverage

#

Name

Team

Snaps

Overall

Rush

Cov.

Run

Pen.

# of Pen

QB Sk

QB Ht

QB Hu

BP

Tks

Ass

MT

St

1  Justin   Houston KC 724 31.8 17.9 3.7 7.6 2.6 0-0 11 8 42 4 32 2 12 38
2  Elvis   Dumervil BLT 479 23.6 23.9 1.2 4.7 -6.2 8-2 10 9 34 1 13 6 0 19
3  Brian   Orakpo WAS 735 23.1 9.3 2.6 9.5 1.7 1-0 9 11 26 2 30 11 5 30
4  Trent   Cole PHI 764 21.2 10.9 -1.9 9.6 2.6 0-0 6 10 26 2 33 4 4 33
5  Tamba   Hali KC 830 21.1 12.6 2.7 4.8 1.0 2-0 12 7 52 0 20 8 7 25
6  Robert   Mathis IND 719 20.3 14.9 -0.3 4.2 1.5 2-0 15 3 33 2 26 2 6 33
7  Aldon   Smith SF 407 13.9 9.8 -0.2 5.7 -1.4 3-0 7 5 22 0 16 2 2 19
7  Jerry   Hughes BUF 529 13.9 13.6 -1.5 4.9 -3.1 6-2 9 5 34 1 22 1 4 19
9  Terrell   Suggs BLT 764 13.8 1.8 0.4 10.9 0.7 3-1 9 13 32 0 48 7 4 46
10  Junior   Galette NO 689 12.8 11.0 0.1 1.7 0.0 3-1 9 11 30 0 23 7 3 26

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Past intel on Hughes sold Bills that he’d fit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2013 – 12:19 pm

The Bills were presented with an opportunity to trade for Jerry Hughes shortly after the NFL draft. When defensive coordinator Mike Pettine heard the name mentioned he instantly became a lobbyist to make the deal happen.

Appearing on the Sirius XM NFL Radio ‘No Huddle’ show with Steve Tasker, Pettine revealed the prior knowledge he had acquired on Hughes when he was a college prospect.

“He didn’t surprise us (here) because in New York, the year he came out he was very high on our draft board. We knew he was going to probably going to fall right around where we were picking late in the first,” said Pettine. “I had gone down to TCU to work him out so when Doug (Marrone) mentioned the possibility of trading for him I couldn’t jump up on the table fast enough. He’s a special talent. The key thing there is he can run. There’s no substitute for that.

“I thought he’d be a perfect complement to line up opposite Mario. He’s benefited from people sliding protection to Mario. He’s benefited from some of those exposed edges.”


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Pettine: More 4 man rush than I thought

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2013 – 11:12 am

Appearing on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s ‘No Huddle’ show with Steve Tasker, Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine revealed that their approach to the pass rush became less about the blitz than he anticipated walking in the door.

Even though Buffalo has had a healthy blitz percentage this season, Pettine explains that with an elite pass rusher like Mario Williams rushing just four has proven effective with proper adjustments in alignments.

“Part of it was overcoming myself. We never felt we had an elite pass rusher in New York, but here we realized very quickly that sometimes simpler is better and we’ve been a lot more four-man rush here,” said Pettine. “We’ve put a little thought into how we were going to line those four guys up and what matchups we were going to use. Who was going to be to the back, away from the back, identify which way the center slides and it’s freed those guys up. They’ve done a good job preparing each week to rush the passer and I think that’s shown up in our sack numbers.”

Pettine also credited head coach Doug Marrone in helping them to beat offensive line protections.

“Doug Marrone it’s kind of his specialty, pass protection,” Pettine said. “He’s helped us with opposing offensive linemen, these are the moves they get beat on and this is the type of protection that they’re running. He’s given us some helpful things throughout the year.”


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Other Bills in Pro Bowl running

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 4:04 pm

With the news coming down that Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso are the leading vote getters among fans at their respective positions for the 2014 Pro Bowl, here are some of the other Bills who are in the hunt at their positions for fan votes.

DT Marcell Dareus – 3rd
DT Kyle Williams – 5th
SS Aaron Williams – 6th
K Dan Carpenter – 10th
ST Marcus Easley – 10th

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said just last week that if the team had a better won-loss record that Marcus Easley would have an excellent chance of being a Pro Bowl special teams player with the success he’s had in coverage.


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Mario & Bills rookie Pro Bowl history

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 3:30 pm

mario-kiko-probowl-story

With the news that Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso are the leading vote getters at their respective positions for the fan balloting for the 2014 Pro Bowl, we thought we’d look at the last time the Bills sent a rookie to Hawaii and the last time Mario played in the league’s All-Star game.

Williams has gone to a pair of Pro Bowls in his career while playing for the Houston Texans. The last time he was named to the AFC squad was 2009. He also went in 2008.

As far as rookies go, if Kiko Alonso were named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, he’d be the first rookie to do so since Jairus Byrd went as a first-year player in 2009.


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Mario keeping sack pace

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2013 – 8:37 am

Bills DE Mario Williams had another sack in Sunday’s loss to the Saints and has upped his season total to 11 in the first eight games. His 11 sacks through 8 games are most by a Bill since sack became official statistic in 1982.

Williams and the Bills totaled four sacks on Drew Brees, which was good for a guy that climbs the pocket and throws on the run as good as anyone.

“We knew it was going to be tough obviously he’s a very smart quarterback,” said Williams of Brees. “He’s been in the league for a while and at the end of the day we left a few out there. We’ve got to get a quicker step and get him down.”

One of 19 NFL players since 1982 with 11+ sacks through first 8 games of season (joined by Justin Houston of K.C., 11.0, incl. 1.0 today vs. Cle.) … Williams, Houston, and Robert Mathis of Ind. (11.5, on bye this past week) are first NFL players with 11+ in first half of season since Jared Allen (12.5) and DeMarcus Ware (12.0) in 2011.

Williams sack streak is now at five games, the longest streak in team history since Aaron Schobel went six games in a row in 2006.


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Mario’s strip sack on Sports Science

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2013 – 9:48 am

ESPN’s Sports Science took the time to break down Mario Williams’ strip sack in the fourth quarter of Buffalo’s win last week against the Dolphins. Here’s a look as they break down the downward force of his arm on Ryan Tannehill to force the fumble.

Mario strip sack on Sports Science


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Brees very familiar with Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2013 – 11:07 am

Saints QB Drew Brees is more than aware of the success Mario Williams has had as a pass rusher this season. He’s also seen Williams abilities in person more than some might realize. That’s because Williams played for the Texans at a time when Houston and New Orleans would schedule scrimmages against one another during training camp.

“We played against him a lot, practiced against him a lot when he was with the Texans at those training camps and we played against him, that type of thing, but just twice during the season,” said Brees following Wednesday’s practice. “He’s always been a physical presence, but over time you just develop certain skills and techniques and master certain things and I definitely think he’s gotten better as the years have gone on. He’s always had that big physical presence, but he has the tools to go along with it and you see the results.”

A positive sign for Williams is Brees’ sack numbers are a bit higher than usual so far this season. The Saints QB has been taken down 14 times in New Orleans first six games.


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Mario: defense’s success is due to coaching

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2013 – 9:15 am

Bills DE Mario Williams is off to the best start of his career in terms of sacks with 10 in his first seven games. Williams feels there are a few reasons why, but the top reason in his opinion is defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and his defensive staff.

“It’s definitely the coaches and being around them they give us a lot of information,” said Williams. “The system like I said before is a great system and we’ve got a great coach who is teaching it.”


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Mario feeling reborn as a player

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2013 – 5:53 pm

It’s amazing the difference that a competent scheme and overall health can do for a talent the likes of Mario Williams. With 10 sacks in his first seven games, Williams is feeling reborn as a player.

“It’s a great feeling. I think everybody on the defense can say the same. Being able to go out there and mix it up. We’re moving around and having fun and getting after it and playing off one another,” said Williams. “It’s definitely a great feeling for myself and I’m sure everybody else would say the same thing. It’s a great time.”

Though he’s an eight-year veteran, Williams feels as if his career has just begun.

“I feel like I just started, but I’ve got knowledge as far as going out and playing and understanding things and understanding what I see and being able to react,” he said. “I feel a lot more comfortable, but at the same time for the guys up front we feel more comfortable together going out and executing things knowing how one another plays off each other. We’re just going out there and cutting loose.”


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Mario on pace to beat Strahan’s sack mark

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2013 – 3:04 pm

Michael Strahan; Tom Brady

Bills DE Mario Williams has 10 sacks on the season after just seven games. It’s put him on pace to eclipse the NFL’s single-season sack record held by Michael Strahan (22.5 in 2001).

Right now Williams is on pace for about 23 sacks this season. He’s also not alone. As SI.com’s Chris Burke points out Indianapolis pass rusher Robert Mathis is ahead of everybody after seven games with 11.5. Kansas City’s Justin Houston has 10 just like Williams.

So it will come down to who can stay healthy and consistent or really hot over the span of a month or so. Either way it could be an interesting three-horse race to the end of the season.


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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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Mario: Sacks are an 11-man effort

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2013 – 10:54 pm

Mario Williams’ two sacks Sunday, which both came a critical time also gave the Bills pass rusher the fourth double-digit sack season of his career, as he now has 10 on the season. Williams’ isn’t big on taking the person credit for those plays. As he sees it sacks only happen due to 11 men on defense working as a unit.

“The funny thing is you can get the best rush you can and get nothing and then you can have the worst rush and fall into (a sack). People don’t realize sacks (require everyone). It’s not just one individual person it’s everybody on the defense on one particular play. It could be coverage covering them up giving you an opportunity. It can be a guy next to you being able to occupy this person or that person. There are mental games. It’s not just one person. For me being able to power through was not just me. I owe that all that to my D-linemen and the guys on the back end and the play calling.”


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Fan Friday 10-18

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2013 – 12:59 pm

The Bills will look for their first road and first division win of the season Sunday against the rival Dolphins. Here’s the latest edition of your questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

I had strong hopes our run defense would finally be much improved this with the hiring of Mike Pettine. Apparently that isn’t the case. I don’t think the high tempo offense is helping much at least not until we can string together a few first downs. The play calling on offense is extremely frustrating to watch. Hackett runs CJ into a wall of bodies 1st and 2nd down in the first quarter of every game leading to many 3 and outs. By the time we throw a pass the defense knows it’s a pass and it’s hard for him to get confidence early.

Anyways, on defense you can see them stopping the run in the beginning then it really looks like they get lazy at times. I can’t stand seeing Mario being single blocked just standing there content to be taken out of the play. Is there any emphasis on playing all out on EVERY second of every play on defense?

That’s what the good ones do. Their standard is to not be satisfied ever. Our guys seem to lose steam after they make a few plays and then they seem to get comfortable as if their job is already done. They too often put a shoulder into the ball carrier and just stop because someone else came to help. Then the help wouldn’t finish the tackle because another player got in on the play. Very poor tackling at times!  Do you see them being coached hard or is it just business as usual after letting up 500+ yards?

Dan

CB: I have to admit I am puzzled myself as to why the run defense is not better. The defense is solid when it comes to pass pressure and takeaways, but Buffalo ranks 28th against the run. That shouldn’t be the case with the talent they have up front.

The coaches insist that fundamentals are the main problem and they do harp on it every week in practice. They spend time during individual position drills every week doing tackling drills, more so than any other coaching staff I’ve seen here in the recent past.

So it’s on the players to do better there. Mario Williams even admitted it himself.

As for the offense I think Nathaniel Hackett has adjusted the pace somewhat. Now on their fourth QB it behooves them to slow the pace a bit to maintain possession. Buffalo’s offense did pretty well on third downs with Lewis at QB last week going 8-17 on conversions (47%). What helped was most of the time they stayed in manageable down and distance situations.

Part of the reason coach Hackett is so committed to the run game is it helps overcome the changes at quarterback. The run game makes life easier for Lewis to work play action and negate the opponent’s pass rush. Oh by the way it’s also been effective. The Bills lead the AFC in rushing.

And you should get used to some of the one and two yard gains you’re going to see in the run game in the first and second quarters. Those eventually develop into bigger gain plays later on in the game.

I remember a lot of fans used to lament how we scrapped the run too early the past few seasons. Now we’re sticking with it and some still aren’t happy. I’ve got no problem putting the ball in the hands of Jackson and Spiller.

 

2 – Chris,

I was hoping you could explain the captain designation on the uniforms. I have noticed that some captains have one or more of the stars under the “C” colored in in gold and others have none and some have all the stars as well as the “C” in gold. What does this all mean?

Thanks! – Kevin

CB: The captain’s patch on NFL jerseys has a large letter ‘C’ with four stars beneath it. The number of stars that are gold indicate how many seasons that player has been a captain. If the player has been a captain for more than four years, the ‘C’ is also gold. Here’s an example of Brian Urlacher’s old captain’s patch as he was a captain for more than four years.

NflBearsCaptainsPatch

 

 

 

3 – Chris,

It seems that year-after-year, the Bills have had a never-ending string of injuries to key players – and seemingly more than other NFL teams.  I’m curious how the Strength & Conditioning coaches deal with preparing players to avoid injuries (and other coaches – i.e., not taking an unnecessary big hit).  Looking at the last three years alone, here are players that seemingly would be on the field…but have missed time because of injury.

It’s just hard not to think that this simply cannot be simply “luck” – as it is becoming horribly routine.

Keep up the good work.
Mike

2013
Chris Hairston
Kevin Kolb
Brad Smith
Alex Carrington
Ron Brooks
Marquise Goodwin
Stephon Gilmore
Dustin Hopkins
Fred Jackson
CJ Spiller
Jairus Byrd
Leodis McKelvin
TJ Graham
Stevie Johnson
EJ Manuel
Doug Legursky

CB: So the rest of the fans reading this know, Mike provided a listing of injured players going back to 2011. I can tell you that the majority of the injured players listed above either sustained broken bones or ligament injuries. That has nothing to do with strength and conditioning. Football is a violent game. To be clear I’ll go through the injuries from this season one at a time.

Chris Hairston – had an undisclosed illness and was listed as a non-football injury
Kevin Kolb – suffered a concussion while sliding to avoid a hit and took a knee to the back of the head from a player trying to jump over him to avoid hitting him.
Brad Smith – suffered a fractured rib on a tackle.
Alex Carrington – torn his quadriceps tendon – non-contact injury, just engaged with an offensive lineman
Ron Brooks – broken foot
Marquise Goodwin – broken hand
Stephon Gilmore – broken wrist
Dustin Hopkins – groin injury (muscular)
Fred Jackson – sprained MCL
CJ Spiller – ankle injury
Jairus Byrd – plantar fasciitis
Leodis McKelvin – hamstring (muscular) – missed 3 games
TJ Graham – hamstring (muscular) – missed one game
Stevie Johnson – lower back (muscular) – missed one game
EJ Manuel – sprained LCL
Doug Legursky – sprained MCL

So out of 16 injured players only four have muscular injuries that could be related to strength and conditioning and I stress could. Three of those four players are at positions where there is the most running and players are most susceptible to muscle fatigue. Buffalo’s strength and conditioning staff monitors player load with their GPS tracking devices in practice to make sure players, especially at those positions (RB, WR, LB, DB) are not being overworked in terms of reps in practice.

Here’s a closer look at some of the efforts taken by Eric Ciano, Hal Luther, Dan Liburd and their staff. You’ll also find if you look around the league that other clubs incur similar losses to injury.

 

4 – Chris,

Greetings from the biggest fan in Arizona and thanks for keeping us informed.

Do you have  any statistical data on Run After the Catch (RAC) of our opponents so far this year. On third down it seems to me that the short crossing routes and the RAC are killing us as far as getting off the field on third down. Kiko does such a good job getting pressure on the line or the opposing QB that the other LBs are frequently one on one on the underneath routes. With the defense beginning to get healthy, what can the Bills do to limit the underneath stuff on 3rd and four or seven and get the defense off the field.

See you in December at the Dolphins game!

Warmest regards
Larry Kordosky

CB: The Bills defense right now after six games has allowed the eighth-most yards after the catch in the league (792). Here are the teams that have allowed even more, some of whom have played only five games (see: Miami, Minnesota, Washington).

The crossing routes are some of the hardest to cover, not that it’s an excuse. I do expect Buffalo to improve in this area though with their defensive backs getting healthier as a group.

RK           Team                     Gms     Yards After Catch

1 Denver   Broncos 6 1094
2 Dallas   Cowboys 6 1000
3 Philadelphia   Eagles 6 958
4 Minnesota   Vikings 5 927
5 Arizona   Cardinals 7 880
6 Washington   Redskins 5 843
7 Miami   Dolphins 5 822

 

5 – Hi, Chris.

Your coverage is off to another great year.  Keep up the excellent work.

My questions relate to the uniforms the Bills wear each game.  How far in advance are the decisions made about what will be worn?  In particular, when they are wearing their white jerseys, do they have to commit to the white or blue pants in advance?  Also do the players have any real preferences over what uniforms they wear, or are they largely indifferent?  Do they have any superstitions about the uniforms?  Lastly, do the players have any say in the uniform selection?  I have to say that I am NOT a big fan of the blue pants and wish the team would stick with the all-white look on the road.  It is classic look and I think it is far superior to the uniform with the blue pants.  I am curious about your opinion as well.

Thanks,
Walter

CB: Thanks for the compliments. Here’s the deal on the uniform decisions straight from our Equipment Manager Jeff Mazurek.

The home team decides jersey color selection. Those decisions have to be turned into league office on July 1st.

As far as pants there’s no designation required it’s whatever the team prefers. Uniform combos are decided between Equipment Staff and management.


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