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How Bills coaches help Watkins make plays

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2014 – 10:24 am

Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, head coach Doug Marrone, Senior Offensive Assistant Jim Hostler and QBs coach Todd Downing are the principle players in putting together the offensive game plan each week. What they’ve done to make use of Sammy Watkins’ talents has been effectively broken down by Matt Bowen, former NFL safety, who finished his career in Buffalo.

Bowen, who writes for Bleacher Report, effectively illustrates how the Bills offensive staff has made use of Watkins’ superb short and intermediate route running to get him the ball in the open field.


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Watkins tops Kiper’s rookie rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 3:57 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper watches the rookie players who were drafted and ranks them through the course of their rookie seasons. Perhaps it isn’t a surprise to most, but Sammy Watkins tops his list.

Watkins was ranked first by Kiper with San Diego CB Jason Verrett ranked second and Miami RT Ju’Wuan James ranked third. Here’s what he wrote about Watkins.

1. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo

I didn’t like how much Buffalo gave up for the right to draft Watkins in a draft loaded with WR talent, but it’s not like I was ever down on the player (as you can see). So far Watkins has been really good, leading a surprising, 2-0 Buffalo team in catches (11) and targets (15), and he already has three plays of 20-plus yards. If drafting Watkins was about helping second-year QB EJ Manuel, so far it’s clearly been a smart strategy. If I’m watching one thing, it’s whether Watkins can stay healthy. Hopefully he will.

Fellow Bills rookie Preston Brown was ranked 10th.

10. Preston Brown, OLB, Buffalo

The third-rounder out of Louisville has been called on to play right away in part due to the injury to a preseason ACL injury to Kiko Alonso, and while he’s looked a bit over his head so far, he’s making tackles for a defense that has played well and he’s not coming off the field. He currently leads the Bills with 20 tackles.


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Vote for Sammy for Rookie of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2014 – 8:48 am

Bills WR Sammy Watkins is up for the NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week after his eight-catch 117-yard, one touchdown performance in the Bills win over Miami in Week 2. He’s got some stiff competition this week, so here’s how you can vote for Watkins.

Just go to NFL.com and pick Watkins as your choice for NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week. The winner will be announced on Friday.

His toughest competition is Bears rookie CB Kyle Fuller, who stepped in for an injured Peanut Tillman in the second half of Chicago’s Sunday night game at San Francisco and got two interceptions to spark the Bears fourth quarter rally for the win.

 


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Teammates see EJ progressing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 4:48 pm

Buffalo’s offense still has some numbers to improve in terms of production, but through the first two games players on offense can see EJ Manuel making progress.

Completing almost 67 percent of his passes and averaging a healthy 7.8 yards an attempt, Manuel has two touchdown passes and an interception. He’s been sacked once and has a passer rating of 95.4.

“He’s getting better, everybody is getting better,” said Sammy Watkins. “We believe in the offense. The coaches are calling good plays, putting us in great situations and each week I feel like he’s [EJ Manuel] gaining more confidence in us and it’s just going to keep getting better.”

 


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Dolphins hope to find answer for Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 10:05 am

The Dolphins defense had no answer for Sammy Watkins Sunday, who rolled up 117 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. It had Miami’s defenders scratching their heads hoping to have a better plan in the second meeting later this season.

“He’s a good receiver,” said Dolphins LB Phillip Wheeler. “But we could’ve done some things to slow him down. We just had a bad day all the way around.”

When asked if there’s a solution to slowing Watkins in the future, Wheeler wasn’t certain.

“Right now I’m not sure,” he said. “We are going to look at the tape and go back to the drawing board.”

Watkins felt the Bills’ balance offensively with 26 pass play and 33 run plays made them difficult to predict.

“It definitely helps us out when we’re a balanced offense and we’ve just got to keep continuing to run the ball, to pass the ball and mix it up a lot,” Watkins said. “That keeps the defense on their toes and switching up coverage and linebackers have to look more for the pass, more for the run. It’s just great to have a defense guessing.”


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The fans meant a lot

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 7:19 pm

It was unanimous in Buffalo’s locker room following their 29-10 win over Miami, Bills fans played a role in the victory.

“Do our players feel that (energy from the fans)? Absolutely,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “To sit here and say our fans weren’t a big part of it (is ridiculous). Those third downs and I know there was a another penalty that the fans caused. It was outstanding. That’s why I think that this is one of the toughest places to play.”

“It’s definitely a way to get us amped up,” said Mario Williams of the crowd noise. “Whenever you’ve got the home crowd behind you and their yelling and screaming and getting pretty hyped out there it definitely relays to the field.”

“It was beyond what I expected, the fans were so amazing and I felt the energy the whole day while we were out there, they never let up,” said Corey Graham, a Buffalo native who had 10 tackles and three pass breakups. “It was unbelievable, I never in a million years dreamed that it would be that special.”

“It means a lot just to have our fans out here and engaged,” said Sammy Watkins. “They helped us with the win. It was amazing and the team, we just have to keep giving the fans and the community something to believe in. I think if we keep winning, they’ll keep believing in us.”

 


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Sammy Watkins’ BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 13, 2014 – 1:42 pm

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  This week, it’s Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins.  Check out the songs Sammy will be listening to on Sunday before he takes the field against the Dolphins.

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Passing game looking to take next step

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 9:05 am

Buffalo’s receivers made some key plays in the win over the Bears in Week 1, but EJ Manuel’s targets in the passing game want to take another step as they open up division play on Sunday.

Sammy Watkins, who turned in a few receptions last week, believes it’s all about the matchups.

“Just being dominant,” he said. “Winning our matchups, 1-on-1’s, Win the balls that come to us. And I think overall, the balls that came to us we caught them. Everybody is making big plays but when we get more involved and need to pass, we going to be there. EJ will get us the ball.”

QB EJ Manuel believes the improvements need to be all encompassing.

“Just being better in all situations, third down, red zone, that’s pretty much it,” said EJ Manuel. “I would say our game  plan is a little different versus Miami, just sticking to the plan as far as what Coach Hackett wants us to do.”

Buffalo was 2-4 in the red zone last week, but converted just four of their 12 third down opportunities.


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Watkins: EJ shocked everyone with speech

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2014 – 2:29 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel may not be a captain in name, but he was in spirit both on Saturday night and Sunday prior to the team’s opener against the Bears. It left an impression on his teammates that had them hyped up to get a victory.

“That shocked everybody,” said Sammy Watkins. “He started it (Saturday) night he just went crazy and I loved it. He came to the stadium early (Sunday), listened to some music, that’s what we need at quarterback, guys that lead, guys with passion. He was just tired of everybody (being) down on him, and he’s going to prove everybody wrong. Everybody’s got to understand that he’s young and he’s going to get better.”

Coming out of the game, which the Bills won in overtime, Manuel completed 73 percent of his passes, average almost eight yards an attempt (7.86) and had one passing touchdown against one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown.

“He played great,” said Watkins. “For the first game, I think he handled the offense well.  He managed the game, he was the leader.  Throughout the whole game he was hyped up.  He just picked us up when everything was going bad, the flags and penalties, he just continued to play.”


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Watkins plays a lot despite ribs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2014 – 1:10 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins didn’t have a major impact on the game Sunday, but did play a role with three receptions for 31 yards in the overtime win. The Bills top draft choice admitted he was a bit limited by his sore ribs.

“I felt like I shot off pretty well. Coach called a great game; they managed the game. I was kind of held back from the ribs injury, but still overcame and had two or three big catches that moved the drive and played well.”

Watkins actually played 54 snaps, which was 95 percent of the total on offense (57) in the game. No other receiver, tight end or running back logged more snaps than Watkins. Robert Woods came closest with 52 snaps for 92 percent of the offensive play total.

Play count percentage offense
Cordy Glenn – 57 – 100%
Chris Williams – 57 – 100%
Eric Wood – 57 – 100%
Erik Pears – 57 – 100%
Seantrel Henderson – 57 – 100%
Sammy Watkins – 54 – 95%
Robert Woods – 52 – 91%
Scott Chandler – 37 – 65%
C.J. Spiller – 30 – 53%
Mike Williams – 30 – 53%
Fred Jackson – 26 – 46%
Chris Gragg – 19 – 33%
Frank Summers – 17 – 30%
Marquise Goodwin – 11 – 19%
Boobie Dixon – 6 – 11%
Chris Hairston – 3 – 5%


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Watkins, Spikes both probable for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2014 – 1:10 pm

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Here’s the status of all the Bills who appeared on the injury list this week heading into Sunday’s game with the Chicago Bears, including LB Brandon Spikes and WR Sammy Watkins who are both probable.

DOUBTFUL
S Jonathan Meeks – neck
TE Lee Smith – toe

QUESTIONABLE
CB Stephon Gilmore – groin
RB Boobie Dixon – hamstring

PROBABLE
LB Randell Johnson – ankle
LB Brandon Spikes – knee
WR Sammy Watkins – ribs


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Gilmore & Watkins go full Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2014 – 2:50 pm

It was encouraging news coming out of Thursday’s practice for the Bills. Two important starters on both sides of the ball were full go in practice, which brightens the outlook for both concerning Sunday’s opener in Chicago.

For a second straight day Sammy Watkins practiced fully in his return from bruised ribs. Watkins moved well out on the field and did not appear to be inhibited during the media viewing portions of practice.

Meanwhile Stephon Gilmore, who was limited on Wednesday with a groin injury, was a full participant Thursday.

“I’m feeling good,” said Gilmore. “I’m just getting my feet wet and just going out there and practicing hard.”

On offense during individual position drills the coaches have been working to get Watkins extra reps with QB EJ Manuel in an effort to make up for the lost time due to Watkins’ absence from most of the last three preseason games.

 


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Marrone: It’s wait and see on Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2014 – 4:44 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins was a full participant in practice Wednesday coming off an early exit from the team’s preseason finale when a hard hit re-aggravated his bruised ribs. Head coach Doug Marrone took a wait and see approach to Watkins’ availability for Sunday.

“I think we’re just going to wait and see for the game,” said Marrone. “I think it’s hard to judge right now.”

Watkins also addressed where he’s at concerning Sunday’s game against the Bears.

“Yeah, I’m ready to play. But the real thing is you don’t know whether you’re 100 [percent] one day, 80 [percent], 90 [percent], until I get that first hit. That explains it all,” he said. “Now I know how it feels to get hit, and what the outcome will be. A lot of pain, but it’s not going to take me out of the game. Just get a breather and come back in the game.”

When asked if he’s consciously thinking about his ribs he said for the most part he isn’t.

“It’s when you get hit. When I’m running round, I don’t feel it,” he said. “I’m out there basically just practicing and getting my job done. I got hit the other day and it felt pretty funny, but now I know what it takes and how it feels.


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Watkins hoping to play Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2014 – 6:25 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins practiced on Monday with his teammates for the first time since leaving the team’s preseason finale on the second offensive series. Watkins re-aggravated his bruised ribs, but is confident he’ll be out on the field on Sunday in Chicago.

“I feel just about normal. I had a great practice (Monday),” Watkins said. “I felt normal. It felt pretty good out there.”

When asked if he’ll continue to wear the flak jacket he wore in the game last Thursday, Watkins indicated that they’ll do everything to protect his ribs.

“We’ll try just about everything; whatever helps me. We’re just going to see how fair I can go and I just think pain tolerance I have to get through and be prepared for,” he said. “It’s just the soreness of it. Nothing happened to the ribs, so you’ve just got to go out there and be strong and finish the game. If I need to take a breather or take two or three plays off from being hit then that’s what I’m going to do.”  

When asked if he anticipates playing on Sunday, Watkins answered in the affirmative.

“Of course. That’s a winner’s mentality,” he said. “I’m hoping I’m going to be out there on the field playing, getting reps with the guys and go out there and try to fight for a win.”


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Watkins a full participant at practice

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2014 – 4:54 pm

It took just over a week, but Sammy Watkins is back as a full participant in practice.

Monday was his first full session since sustaining bruised ribs in the Pittsburgh preseason game back on Aug. 16th. Watkins missed last Saturday’s preseason contest and feels it hurt his progress within the offense.

“I think it hurt us a lot,” said Watkins. “Me and EJ and the rest of the guys couldn’t go out there together. That’s why it’s important that I come out this week and practice and try to get back on the same page and work my way back in the offense. I feel if I keep working and doing the things I’ve been doing in camp I can succeed.”

Watkins who said he feels ‘alright,’ said if he gets the call to play on Thursday against the Lions he’ll be ready.

“If I play I’m going to be out there with the guys and giving 100 percent effort and making as many plays that are presented to me,” said Watkins. “Blocking, doing the things I need to do.”


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Starters likely to see action vs. Detroit

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2014 – 4:52 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone and his offensive staff were obviously less than pleased with the performance of the offense on Saturday against Tampa Bay. That’s why there are plans to have a good number of offensive starters play against the Lions in the preseason finale on Thursday.

“I’m looking for them to play some,” said Marrone. “I’m looking to play those guys. How much will depend upon as the week goes and what I want to see and what I want to accomplish, but I do plan on playing them.

“It’s probably more on the offensive side with our thought process than the defensive side. When I say that I may not play every single starter, but on offense I want to play guys who haven’t played together for a while.”

That could include Sammy Watkins, who left the Pittsburgh preseason game on the first drive with bruised ribs and missed the Tampa preseason game last Saturday.

 


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Watkins update

Posted by Chris Brown on August 23, 2014 – 10:05 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins was unable to play on Saturday due to his bruised ribs suffered the week before at Pittsburgh. Head coach Doug Marrone provided an update on his status and why he was made inactive for the Bucs game.

“At the end of the day they told me he couldn’t play,” said Marrone of Watkins. “I know there were mixed reports out there. I think Sammy spokes to someone and said, ‘If coach wants me to play then I can play.’ And then the doctors said he couldn’t play. I told Sammy that you can’t talk about injuries. That’s what gets you in a bind and it doesn’t make us look good when you start saying those things. The doctor, at the end of the day, said he couldn’t play.”

No word on whether or not Watkins will be able to practice fully when the team resumes work on Monday.


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Contest winner meets Sammy Watkins

Posted by buffalobills.com on August 12, 2014 – 10:00 am

The winner of the M&T Bank Predict the Picks contest came to St. John Fisher College for Buffalo Bills Training Camp. Dan Minns from Geneva, NY and his fiancée Holly Ferrell won a meet and greet with the Bills 2014 First round draft selection, Sammy Watkins.

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Dan got all of the questions correct in the Predict the Picks contest including the Bills will trade up with their first pick and the first pick will be Sammy Watkins, WR out of Clemson.

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Fifty second place winners who answered at least half of the questions correctly were randomly selected and received an official 2014 Bills Draft Cap.


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Watkins Clemson supporters out in force

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2014 – 2:19 am

While there was a smattering of Bills fans on hand in Charlotte there were significantly more fans wearing the orange and purple of Clemson University Friday night. Two of the highest profile playmakers in school history are both on the Bills roster in C.J. Spiller and Sammy Watkins, so there were a lot of number 28 and number 2 Clemson jerseys in the stands. The support made Watkins feel right at home.

“Most definitely,” Watkins said. “I felt like there were a lot of Clemson fans out there supporting us. We’ve got a group of guys that’s on the team, me, C.J., Jonathan Meeks and a lot of others. So it felt like the Clemson fans showed up and supported us.”

OL Chris Hairston and Antoine McClain are the other Clemson alums. For Watkins first game in an NFL venue, being just a short drive from the Clemson campus and seeing all the fans on hand to watch him play calmed his nerves.

“Playing here just made my transition easy,” he said. “I figured I played in this stadium with 60 thousand Clemson fans so it made my transition easier being out there on the field. Just to have my fans here felt like a college game with everybody screaming my name. It was great support.”


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Fan Friday 8-8

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2014 – 12:02 pm

Hey Bills fans. My apologies for the brief hiatus that Fan Friday took the past two weeks, but we’re back. So keep firing off your questions on email to AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills

Here’s the latest edition of your questions.

1 - Chris,
Thanks for the piece on Jeff.  I was wondering how he was progressing.
He impressed me at the SJF scrimmage last year.  Seemed to get the ball out quickly and made good decisions.
He reminds of Alex Van Pelt but a better athlete.  He impressed again against KC until the pick 6.  He appears to be the fastest and most elusive QB on his feet.  Finally, the Bills protected him all last year with a roster spot so they saw something they liked.
What if he outplays EJ in the preseason again?

Thanks for the good work.

Dan Malwitz
Orchard Park

CB: Tuel has looked good in training camp, picking up where he left off in the spring minicamp. His first preseason game performance was also encouraging. This past week in practice leading up to tonight’s game Tuel gave way to Thad Lewis for second team offense reps. I expect Lewis to be in the backup quarterback role tonight against the Carolina Panthers.

As good as Tuel has looked this competition is a marathon not a sprint. We’ll need to see how Lewis fares tonight with the second unit. Through the first three weeks of training camp practices, Tuel has been the more consistent performer and the better decision maker. But there are still almost three weeks of camp left so there is a lot of time for things to change.

As for Tuel’s chances of unseating EJ Manuel, it simply won’t happen. This organization has put all their eggs in the Manuel basket to lift the offense to new heights. Tuel, or Lewis for that matter, will only take the field in the regular season if Manuel is injured and cannot play. Priority number one is getting Manuel ready to lead the offense this fall.

 

2 – Dear Chris,

I do believe our receivers are some of the most diverse in the NFL. We have Sammy who is very versatile and I think is worth what we gave up in the future for him. We have Mike Williams who we traded for from the Bucs for a late round pick who can be very reliable in the end zone. We also have the help from Robert Woods in the slot who can be a reliable replacement for Steve Johnson. Then we have Marquise Goodwin who is somebody who can break the top off the roof with his lighting fast speed. To top it off we have Marques Easley who helps big time on special teams. The question I have is how do you think Coach Marrone is going to incorporate all these wide receivers to make a winning group who can help Manuel exceed to be the franchise QB I believe he can be?
Thanks,
Bill

CB: I think your description of diverse is very accurate. I believe it’s what GM Doug Whaley had in mind in changing some of the pieces. He got two boundary receivers in Mike Williams and Sammy Watkins, who have large catch radiuses to pull in passes that may not be right on the money. Watkins and Williams are also experts at winning jump balls. Robert Woods and Chris Hogan are both good separation receivers, who can get yards after the catch. Goodwin and Graham offer deep speed to stretch a defense and you’ve already mentioned Marcus Easley’s strengths.

All of that talent is on the roster to provide Manuel with the confidence to let it fly and trust his playmakers. Williams and Watkins are capable of making plays even when they’re covered. Woods and Hogan have a high percentage of route wins meaning they’re usually open for Manuel to make use of and Goodwin and Graham are always threats to get behind a defense.

The bottom line however, is it’s on Manuel to make them successful because no matter how effective any of the receivers are at winning their matchups, those wins do not add up to anything if Manuel doesn’t target them and make the right decisions. The success of the receiving corps is ultimately dependent on Manuel’s on field decision making and accuracy.

 

3 – Hi Chris,

Thanks continuing to answer questions concerning the Bills. Many fans including myself really enjoy seeing your answers to what sometimes are very difficult questions. This question may qualify as a difficult one.

With 4 running backs on the team, what’s chances someone gets traded?

Thanks,
Bob Hammond
CB: Appreciate the kind words. As for the running backs on Buffalo’s roster, the natural speculation is that the staff will not keep all four on the squad when the roster is reduced to 53. I think what most casual observers are not considering are two important factors.

First, this team ran the football more than any other NFL club in the league last season. That heavy workload was part of the reason both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller succumbed to lingering injuries that compromised their effectiveness in 2013.

The front office and coaching staff made a conscious decision to fortify their running back stable in the offseason so in the event that injuries crop up again this season there will be little to no drop off in their rushing attack. Bryce Brown and ‘Boobie’ Dixon provide such depth.

Barring a catastrophic injury situation at another position that could require them to move one of their running back assets to fill a void via trade, I believe all four will be on the roster come September because at its core this offense will be defined by their run game.

And teams that are run heavy are quickly realizing that if one of your top two backs goes down to injury the identity of your offense will be dramatically impacted. Having these four backs protects against such a setback.

 

4 – Chris,

A – With the signing of Anthony Dixon and his power and size as RB, does that pose a threat to the FB position and the job of Frank Summers?
B – At this point who is considered the 1st Backup Center to Eric Wood?
C – Has it been disclosed by the team as to the health issue Chris Hairston had?  Can he play both guard and tackle positions which would drastically improve his chances of making the roster?

-Joe

CB: I think Dixon is a lock to make the roster, and if the numbers do not allow for a true fullback in Frank Summers, then yes it’s likely that Dixon would serve in the fullback role when such play calls on offense require one.

Backup center to Eric Wood is Doug Legursky at this point.

Chris Hairston medical situation from last season has not been revealed due to HIPAA laws. It is only up to Hairston as to whether or not he wants to make his condition, which is he over now, to be disclosed. As has been seen in training camp, he’s been lined up at both guard and tackle, with tackle being his most recent position. That is where he feels most comfortable since guard is new to him. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares tonight with the expectation that he’ll line up as the second team left tackle.

 

5 – Hi Chris,
As always, thank you so much for all of your excellent work. The opportunity for Bills fans to stay informed from afar is just excellent. I want to begin by saying I have all the faith in Jim Schwartz and the Bills defensive personnel, but I would like your insight on something. I understand that the exotic blitz packages of the Pettine era will not continue and that there needs to be a balance. We clearly weren’t where we needed to be against the run nor on third down efficiency. In the July 4th Fan Friday you mentioned that you would trade 10 sacks for the top 3rd down defense and top 10 run defense. I completely agree, but what I haven’t heard mentioned by anyone is how that would affect our secondary.

I was very impressed with the play of our secondary, even without Jairus Byrd, and especially by the number of turnovers they generated. My question is, by reducing the QB pressure, don’t we sacrifice more than just the sacks? I worry that we open ourselves up for more deep plays from the opponents passing game. I believe there is a perfect balance in there somewhere and I truly believe Jim Schwartz is deserving of the respect he is given around the league, I am just curious to hear your thoughts on the issue.
Thank you,
Cory in VA

CB: The only point I was trying to make was I would rather have more balanced production defensively across the board. I didn’t mean to infer that 10 fewer sacks would need to happen to have a better run defense or better third down defense. What encourages me is Jim Schwartz strives to have across the board production with his defense. And I don’t believe that you have to sacrifice sacks to be better in those other areas.

Schwartz has been a successful DC because he has found that perfect balance in his career as a defensive play caller. It’s my belief that he’ll be able to do that here perhaps more than anywhere else he has coached in his career. The main reason why is because this is the most talented secondary he has ever had in his career as a defensive coordinator.

When you have a secondary capable of man coverage it helps the pass rush and when you have a front four that can generate effective pressure it allows you to drop seven into coverage. Schwartz will take those two advantages and creatively use play calling to keep opposing offenses guessing.


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