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Fan Friday 2-27

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2015 – 11:39 am

NFL free agency is just over a week away. The Bills are expected to be players. For now let’s get to this week’s edition of questions from you the Bills fans on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

My question is- What veteran quarterbacks do you feel that could be available to help the Bills immediately? Definitely not Cutler, the Bills have already proven once you get under his skin he’s done competing!  Maybe Sanchez?  Do you think he can turn the corner in his leadership and playing ability?

Kevin E.
Colorado by way of Hamburg, NY

CB: Josh McCown is the obvious target right now. I think the Bills will see if any veteran quarterbacks that don’t have a future with their current clubs are released in salary cap moves prior to the start of the new league year before pouncing on another free agent target. Rest assured they are dead set on adding a veteran quarterback to their roster in some way.

 

2 – Chris,

Thanks again for the great coverage of our Bills, my question revolves around the defense going back to a 3-4. How do you see the front seven shaking out? Is Dareus the nose tackle or do we go with him and Kyle Williams at defensive end and add a big bodied space eater? I’m also curious about the linebackers, I’d think you’d put Alonso and Brown inside, Mario on one side and then I’m lost. If Hughes stays in the fold does he play the other side? Where does this leave Bradham who emerged as a solid player? I look forward to your input thanks again.

Will.
GO BILLS!

CB: With respect to the defensive line you have to remember that Ryan’s system is not a traditional 3-4 with a true nose tackle. They don’t have a true two gap, head up on the center nose. They play more of a shade alignment with two defensive tackles. I think Mario Williams will split time at defensive end and outside linebacker depending on the down and distance.

Manny Lawson will shift to strong side linebacker much like he did in Pettine’s defense two seasons ago. If Jerry Hughes is back he’ll presumably rotate in and out with Lawson and likely flip back and forth between and end and outside linebacker role.

As for the full-time linebackers I think it will be a feeling out process for the defensive staff. They have 2013 tape of Kiko Alonso in this defense, but they do not have any feel for Preston Brown in that system. They also don’t have the current version of Nigel Bradham in this defense aside from perhaps the last two games of 2013 when he began to show flashes of his true ability. So how they align those three will take shape through the course of the OTA practices.

The secondary obviously remains largely the same with the decision of free agent Da’Norris Searcy being the only possible departure.

 

3 – Chris,

Has Shane Carden from ECU been on anyone’s radar at OBD? I live in the Carolinas so we get more coverage about this guy. He’s playing in the senior bowl as well. He has reputation for being an accurate thrower (to me this should be the top consideration for a QB). Maybe a steal in the mid/late rounds. Thoughts from the insiders?

John

CB: Obviously the Bills scouting department is aware of Carden. He was a throwing quarterback at the NFL Combine last week. Carden set all kinds of records at East Carolina, but my concern lies with his throwing mechanics and arm strength. I don’t think he has the arm to cut passes through the wind that we often find here in Buffalo come November and December.

A lot of his passes float and hang in the air too long. He also has a propensity to throw off his back foot. There’s no debating his career was a very productive one. He broke all of David Garrard’s passing records at ECU, but I’ll be surprised if he’s taken before the seventh round. At best he’s a career backup in the league by most accounts.

 

4 – Hello Chris,

Thank you for all your hard work keeping those of us away from Buffalo updated on the best team in the NFL!

While I do not dismiss Rex Ryan’s abilities as a coach or motivator, my defining image of his tenure in New York was the newspaper cover image of a Jets clown car with coach Ryan at the wheel.  Traditionally the team has eschewed flamboyant personalities in the past.  Has the team discussed this with him, or can we expect the seemingly endless diatribe of controversy, arrogance and inanity that plagued the Jets?

James

CB: I think you can probably take his handling of his press conference with the NFL media at the NFL Combine as an example of what to expect. He sidestepped several opportunities to be bold with a prediction or two for the 2015 season. He also dodged loaded questions about his former team. So I’m anticipating a little more self-restraint from coach Ryan this year. We’ll see.

 

5 – Chris
It seems that with the restrictions in the NFLPA agreement, it is difficult to work with players except during certain dates in the offseason ?
If we had some interesting players, could a team rather than sign them to a contract, perhaps open a Football Training School with free tuition and room and board to develop their skills? Those popping out would be offered a contract etc. don’t use team coaches, rather qualified instructors with experience in positions we have a need.

Thanks
Jim in Florida

CB: Unfortunately I don’t see the NFLPA agreeing to that in any way. The players fought for time away from the game to reduce the pounding on their bodies through the offseason with limitations on padded practices and live hitting. They’re not going to agree to do that in a separate training academy. Most players do that on their own.

I suppose there could be street free agents interested in that kind of arrangement, but who is paying for it? NFL owners are not going to incur another cost to make that happen. I just think it’s unrealistic.

 


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NFL trade deadline moved back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2012 – 12:24 pm

The NFLPA has reached an agreement with the NFL to move back the league’s trade deadline.

On Thursday morning the two sides agreed to move the trade deadline back two weeks from the Tuesday after Week 6 (Oct. 16th) to the Tuesday after Week 8 (Oct. 30th).

That could prove to be a very advantageous week for the Bills to swing a deal should their roster situation require it. Buffalo will be on their bye week in Week 8, so they’ll have the time to really focus on whether they need to make a move at that time.

There was also a rule change to injured reserve as teams will be able to re-activate one player on injured reserve. So a player with a long term injury who may be healthy enough to play before the close of the regular season would be able to come off I-R and play again.


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NFLPA re-established

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2011 – 11:21 am

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, the players have re-established themselves as a union. That was the first step. The Bills themselves voted Friday on recertification.

AlbertBreer It’s official – In advance of today’s CBA negotiations, the NFLPA has reestablished itself as a union. Done deal, trade association no more.

Now the NFLPA and the league will meet this weekend to negotiate the final terms of the new CBA.


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Joe D. takes on Brees

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2010 – 2:44 pm

Joe DeLamielleure is calling out Drew Brees for what the Pro Football Hall of Fame guard believes is a “window dressing” resolution to put two retired player representatives on the NFLPA Player Board of Representatives.

The reason DeLamielleure feels the motion rings hollow is because those two seats do not have votes. They’d literally be figureheads with no voting power. So the Bills Wall of Famer wrote an open letter to Brees on the heels of his resolution at the NFLPA meetings in Hawaii last week where he again champions the cause of increased disability benefits for retired NFL players.

The entire letter can be found here.


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NFLPA exec in town

Posted by Chris Brown on May 5, 2009 – 7:00 pm

New NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith is in Buffalo today and is addressing the Bills players at One Bills Drive this afternoon.

Smith has been making his way to each NFL city to introduce himself personally to the men he represents. The Bills were apparently next on that list.

Smith has been well received by the players thus far as he has been pretty successful in not only galvanizing the union, but helping all players put a face to a name.


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Troy Vincent in interesting NFLPA battle

Posted by Chris Brown on January 28, 2009 – 3:12 pm

Former Bills defensive back Troy Vincent is one of the five remaining candidates for the NFLPA Executive Director post, formerly held by the late Gene Upshaw, and according to some he’s not the preferred candidate of the Association’s legal counsel.

Pro Football Talk is speculating that a smear campaign against Vincent could ensue as a result to eliminate him as a candidate. The NFLPA hierarchy apparently prefers former Dolphins DE Trace Armstrong.


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