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Chandler on being snowmobiled to work

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2014 – 12:22 am

With a lot of the roads in and around Orchard Park not passable for cars some Bills players had to take alternate measures to get to One Bills Drive for a bus that was departing for the airport to fly the team to Detroit so they could begin practicing at the Lions training facility Friday evening in advance of Monday night’s game against the Jets at Ford Field. TE Scott Chandler was one of a handful of players who got a lift on a snowmobile.

“Yeah that was pretty interesting,” said Chandler, who goes 6-7 and weighs 265 pounds. “There was a guy who just lived around the corner. We kind of flagged him down and he was willing to help us out. There were a lot of Bills fans out there who were willing to do that kind of thing. I know we had guys go in there and plow our streets so our wives if they need to can get out too. So there were a lot of good Samaritans around Buffalo. It’s part of what makes it such a great community.”

With another short work week, the Bills had a lot of pent up energy out on the practice field Friday night as most of them were cooped up in their house the last three days.


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Red zone play proving costly

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2014 – 11:22 am

Now 0-for-6 in the red zone the last two games, it’s no surprise that Buffalo was unable to win their games against Kansas City and Miami. The struggles inside the opponent’s 20-yard line is something the Bills are trying to get a handle on. They know if they don’t fix it fast they make it that much harder to win games.

“We’ve got to finish drives and make the plays down there. If they’re bringing pressure we’ve got to handle it,” said Scott Chandler. “If they’re in coverage, they dropped into coverage a couple of times down there, they mixed it up pretty well. We’ve got to execute better and we got to be able to finish drives.”

“Oh, man, it was a struggle,” said Boobie Dixon. “I don’t know exactly what happened, I’ve got to watch the film to see what exactly went down.  We didn’t get the job done. It’s been a problem and we definitely have to fix it. We’ve got the players, we’ve got the coaches. It’s just not happening for us.  It’s just something that we’re not getting right now. We got to get it fixed if we want to have a shot at this thing. It’s frustrating, but at the same time you’ve got to stay positive and keep on grinding.”

“Our performance isn’t good enough right now,” Kyle Orton said. “We’ve got to go back to the drawing board a little bit and just the only thing I know is to go back and work harder and try to work harder and try to get better and it starts with the quarterback. My job is to put points on the board and whatever I need to do to get the offense better that’s what I need to do.”


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BENRUS Best Dressed – Scott Chandler

Posted by buffalobills.com on November 9, 2014 – 10:41 am

Introducing the Best Dressed series presented by BENRUS where one well-dressed player will receive a product from the military-inspired lifestyle brand.

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As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Scott Chandler will receive a BENRUS Quartermaster Duffle Bag, the perfect companion for a weekend getaway.  All BENRUS duffle bags and backpacks will be available for purchase starting November 18th on benrus.com.

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Orton caught defense crossed up on 4th-&-20

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2014 – 6:11 pm

One of the bigger plays made on the 15-play 80-yard game-winning scoring drive by the Bills in the final minute of play was their conversion of a 4th-and-20 when Kyle Orton found Scott Chandler for a 24-yard pass play to keep the drive alive. Orton noticed something pre-snap and got the play off quicker than usual.

“It was two-man (coverage) and they actually had a little difficult time getting lined up so we kind of went fast and snapped the ball,” said Orton. “I saw the linebacker go to Chandler and I thought I had a good chance to put it around his head and threw a pretty good ball and he made a good catch.”

Vikings LB Chad Greenway, who was in coverage on the play, admitted they got a bit crossed up on defense prior to the play.

It was a hurry up situation.  We were trying to get the call relayed to everybody…getting lined up,” he said. “Looking back, hindsight, you as a player…would like to take care of that, but you reality happens. Never excuse anything away. Good throw and catch. My hand was right in the spot. You wish that play to get off the field and get the game over with. It is what it is.


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Trust in Orton comes quickly

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2014 – 10:34 pm

The Bills made a big decision to insert Kyle Orton into the starting lineup at quarterback in Week 5. In the end Orton had a hand in the dramatic 17-14 victory, but it was his command of the offense that had his offensive teammates putting their faith in him.

“I think that he’s a guy who exudes confidence. He knows what he’s doing out there and it’s easy to follow a guy like that,” said Scott Chandler.

“He’s a leader and throughout the whole time we were going through adversity he’s in the huddle going crazy being Kyle and he led this team,” said Sammy Watkins. “I understand now that he definitely knows what he’s doing as far as breaking down defenses and coverages and he knows where he’s going with the ball. You really don’t see any worry in his eyes and he’s a veteran.”


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Chandler: Time to decide team we want to be

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2014 – 12:17 pm

After winning their first two games, the Bills have dropped two straight and now at 2-2 at the quarter pole of the 2014 season. Veteran TE Scott Chandler said the decision has to be made now on what type of team they’re going to be this year.

“You do what you can during the week to prepare and I feel like we were prepared,” said Chandler “We just have to make plays down the stretch. We got a couple field goals where we would like to get touchdowns. The pick-six was obviously a big play in the game, probably the biggest play in the game. So, you look at those things and try to get them ironed out. There’s no sense in wallowing in defeat. You’re 2-and-2 through the first four games of the season. You have to go out there and decide who you want to be as a team.”


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Fan Friday 9-26

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2014 – 12:12 pm

It’s the start of a big two week road trip in Houston. The Bills are looking to finish the first quarter of the season at 3-1. We’ll have full postgame coverage on Buffalobills.com. Let’s get to your questions this week on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hi Chris,

My question is about the Bills offense. During training camp I noticed that EJ is throwing the ball a lot farther downfield; however during the preseason games, and early in the season all the routes seem to be less than 10 yards. Is this due to the play calling or EJ? I’ve heard EJ’s been better during practice, but it’s frustrating to watch him check down most of the time. It reminds me of when we had Chan Gailey and Fitz.

Michael

CB: So far this season EJ Manuel is averaging seven yards an attempt. For those that are unfamiliar with that statistic, even in the pass happy NFL that we know today any yards per attempt average that’s eight or above is outstanding. Only five NFL QBs are averaging eight yards or more per attempt right now. So seven is very respectable.

The other way one can look at it is average yards at the catch. This is where Manuel’s figure is below the league average. Manuel averages 3.6 passing yards at the catch, which ranks 31st in the league. The league average is about six.

Now there are two ways one can interpret that. One Buffalo’s offense doesn’t take a lot of deep shots down the field, which is your contention, and based on the latter statistic it’s understandable why that might be inferred.

The other way to look at it is Buffalo’s offensive staff knows the collection of speed they have out of the backfield and at receiver and believe it’s more important to make the completion and allow the ball handlers to make yards after the catch. Right now the Bills ranks 8th in the league in yards after the catch with 415 yards in three games. That’s a strong number.

It’s my belief that as long as those yards after the catch figures remain in the top 10 in the league, that the passing game approach won’t change all that much. That’s not to say they won’t take four to six deep shots per game, but on the whole they’ll rely on short to intermediate passes believing their playmakers can gain yards after the reception is made.

 

2 – Chris,

Do some NFL coaches have a policy of benching players for a play after they are called for a penalty?  I’ve noticed this fairly frequently just in watching game telecasts. For example, after Scott Chandler was called for a penalty vs Chicago this past Sunday, the cameras showed him standing on the sidelines. Then he was back in on the next play.  Obviously, if a starting QB gets called for a delay of game penalty, he’s not removed, but I’ve noticed both offensive and defensive players coming off the field after a penalty.

Gary Kozlowski

CB: Your observations are pretty astute. I also noticed last week that after Brandon Spikes was flagged for a personal foul last week against the Chargers that he was removed from the game too. Sometimes it’s just the personnel grouping that the coaches choose to put on the field for the next play, which may have been the case with Chandler. I will have to go back and look.

Sometimes it is in fact to get the player off the field and cool off. In an emotional game like football sometimes a player’s competitive emotions gets the best of them as seemed to be the case with Spikes last week. So coaches in an effort to bring a player’s emotions back in line take them out of the competitive environment on the field so they can collect themselves before playing another snap.

 

3 – Hey Chris,

What happened to Stephon Gilmore? He doesn’t even look like the same player we saw in his rookie season. He’s constantly getting beat in pass coverage, and he’s not making plays in run support. He’s becoming a real liability in our defense. I’m curious what the coaches are saying about his play.

CB: I think the coaches are trying to be patient with Gilmore. Coming off of offseason hip surgery and then a groin injury at the start of the season Gilmore is clearly not 100 percent healthy. He’s trying to fight through the nagging groin problem to be available for his team on Sundays. I don’t think there’s any question it has not allowed him to play at his very best.

The encouraging sign I saw this week was Gilmore was on the practice field for extra reps long after practice had concluded. This was a common practice of Gilmore’s, but taxing his body in that fashion was not an option for him while he was rehabilitating or as he worked his way back into the practice setting and lineup.

Seeing that is a major positive because Gilmore is a player whose game gets better when he can maximize his reps during the week. The most important thing to remember is it’s his collective health that’s holding his game back.

 

4 – Hi Chris,

Thanks for all you do to keep us fans on top of all news concerning the Bills!

My question is concerning the defensive pass rush ideology. This past week against the Chargers it seemed that there were very few blitzes dialed up. I understand that with veteran QBs you have to mix it up, but the defense pretty much rushed four and got no pass rush which lead to the Db’s getting lit up. I’m starting to see major differences between Petitine’s philosophy and Jim Schwartz’s philosophy. Do you feel that less blitzing is what we will see throughout the rest of the season from Schwartz? His philosophy seems to put a great deal of pressure on the secondary….

Thanks for your response.
Bruce

CB: I think most knew going in that Schwartz’s philosophy was not going to dial up nearly as many blitzes as Pettine did last year. Personally I was okay with that if it meant better third down defense and better run defense in exchange, knowing those were two consistent problem areas for Buffalo’s defense over the years.

To this point Buffalo’s defense is 6th against the run and 8th in third down defense. I’ll take less blitzing if this is the trade-off.

I think you also need to consider this. When facing veteran quarterbacks who get the ball out quick, like Cutler and Rivers, and this week with Fitz, Schwartz generally takes the approach that committing a seventh man to coverage is more valuable than committing a fifth man to the rush. If you’re not going to get to the QB with a blitz anyway, you’re better off rushing your front four and dropping a seventh man into coverage, hoping the coverage helps lead to the QB holding onto the ball long enough for pressure to affect his play.

To this point Schwartz’s third down defense more often than not has proven him correct. So until that changes I’m in favor of his approach.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

Great job as always keeping Bills fans updated.  My question really isn’t about on field football items.  Now that the Bills are headed on the road for a couple of weeks what is their travel routine getting ready for an away game?

Many thanks.
Bryon B.
Plattsburgh

CB: Typically the way things work in advance of a road game is they have meetings Saturday morning followed by a situational practice at One Bills Drive where they go over specific situations that might surface in the game. It usually runs less than an hour.

After that players go home to pack their personal items for the trip and head to the airport for their departure time on the team plane.

Once they arrive in the home team’s city they’re typically at the team hotel by 3:30 pm. They’re free to have dinner on their own and then there are meetings with coaches for a couple of hours in the evening before bed check at 11 pm.

Then players head to the stadium Sunday morning, with most of them in the locker room by 10 am or so for a 1 pm kickoff.

 

 


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Chandler: Big picture must be the focus

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2014 – 10:27 am

Bills TE Scott Chandler is not alone in his approach following Buffalo’s loss last Sunday to San Diego. He, like a lot of his teammates, are looking at the big picture rather than dwelling on their most recent game result.

“I think you have to take a step back and look at the sum of the season so far,” said Chandler. “We’re 2-1. We’re still in first place of our division. Obviously, we’d like to play better than we did (Sunday), on offense especially. We moved the ball all right, but we just had some bad penalties at bad times. We have to execute on those critical third downs and in the red zone.”

After six chances in the red zone in Week 2, Buffalo had just one opportunity in Week 3.


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Why Chandler and Gilmore sat out

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2014 – 8:24 am

In the preseason finale Thursday almost all the starters opened the game on offense and defense. There were however a couple of missing pieces from the lineups on each side of the ball. The offense was missing their starting tight end and left guard. The defense was missing their starting cornerback opposite Leodis McKelvin. Here’s why.

Scott Chandler was reported by the team to have a knee injury. Meanwhile Stephon Gilmore was reported to have a groin injury. The severity of each injury is not known and it’s presumed that both injuries were sustained in practice during the week.

Rookie LB Randell Johnson also suffered an ankle injury. He was a game time decision Thursday and tested it pre-game, but could not go.

WR T.J. Graham also came out of the game with an ankle injury.


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Gragg to start against Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on August 28, 2014 – 5:56 pm

With Lee Smith injured and Tony Moeaki still not 100 percent fellow TE Chris Gragg figures to see a lot of playing time against the Lions. Gragg hasn’t seen a lot of time with the starters, but that’s going to happen in the preseason finale.

Gragg is going to start with Scott Chandler also inactive tonight. In this final preseason game, Gragg just wants to tighten up some of the nuances of his personal game.

“Really just my details,” Gragg told Buffalobills.com. “I want to be focused on every play, not to have little mistakes. I haven’t had any big outrageous mistakes, but little things. Stepping this way or making sure I catch the ball with my hands and tuck it under my outside arm. It’s some of those little things that we’ve been harping on, those are the things that are going to help us get to that next step.

“I’ll get some time out there with EJ and I want to make sure our timing is going great so we can go out there and make plays this season.”

Gragg has heard coach Marrone’s call for the other players on offense to be better around QB EJ Manuel. The second-year tight end knows what his head coach means.

“That means that we want to make it easier for him,” said Gragg. “We want the line to protect, the receivers to run the right routes and then EJ just has to deliver the ball. We want as little as possible on EJ because I know he has to do a lot. He’s a quarterback in the NFL. So we want our professionals at the other spots as great as they can be so they can make EJ’s job easier.”


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Chandler linking up with Manuel

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2014 – 1:41 pm

He missed a week of training camp action with a groin injury, but now back in the fold for almost two weeks TE Scott Chandler feels he and EJ Manuel are in sync and as ready for the regular season as they could be.

“I feel like these last two weeks have really been good for us just to be consistently out there together,” said Chandler. “We alternated knee injuries throughout our time together, but these last two weeks we’ve been able to get on the same page, look at a lot of film together and get some work in after practice.”

Chandler led the team in receptions and receiving yards last season and had four catches for 40 yards last Saturday at Pittsburgh.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2014 – 11:22 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the radio airwaves Thursday morning.

TE Scott Chandler is scheduled to appear on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 at 7:35 am on the Howard Simon show.


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Offensive players striving for consistency

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2014 – 10:38 pm

Bills TE Scott Chandler has had more than a week to watch his offensive unit practice with a groin injury. He also took in the Hall of Fame. On Tuesday night he practiced fully for the first time since Week 1 of camp. After watching and now participating Chandler believes stringing more positive plays together is what’s in order for his side of the ball.

“I think that we need to be better. We left too many plays out there in the game and today in practice we’ve got to be more consistent,” said Chandler. “Obviously our defense is pretty good and you have to give those guys some credit. They’re out there making plays. But if we can be successful against them we can be successful against a lot of teams.”


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Chandler says he’ll play at Carolina

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2014 – 10:07 pm

Tuesday night was TE Scott Chandler’s first practice in more than a week, as he returned from a groin injury. The team’s second preseason game is still a few days away, but the veteran tight end said he’s going to play Friday night in Charlotte.

“I’m a green light for Carolina yeah,” said Chandler.

The reason Chandler is so confident is because he felt he pushed it really hard over the weekend running a lot with athletic trainers, and came out of those workouts fine.

“I probably could’ve done some stuff late last week, but it was a better safe than sorry,” he said. “It’s a long camp and I was able to run full speed on Saturday and Sunday and got out and ran a little yesterday so I feel pretty confident. Just getting back in the swing of it I feel pretty good. I think I got enough time off where the groin healed. I’m just looking to get back in there and contribute.”

 

 


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Bills who won’t dress tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2014 – 6:35 pm

Here’s the list of players who won’t dress for tonight’s Hall of Fame game in Canton tonight against the Giants.

CB Leodis McKelvin
CB Stephon Gilmore
TE Tony Moeaki
TE Scott Chandler
WR Marquise Goodwin

 


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Marrone: no plans for another TE

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2014 – 8:34 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone has lost three of the four tight ends he brought to training camp to injury. They’ve since added a tight end in Dominique Jones. In the wake of Scott Chandler’s groin injury Sunday however, Marrone doesn’t intend to add another.

“I think of it as we’re going to try to put some different people in there without having to go out and bring another person in,” he said. “There are a lot of things that we can do. I don’t want to say I like it because then I’d be saying I’m happy that someone got hurt, but it forces our hand to do some things that we might have to do during the year to be successful.”


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Chandler progressing well

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2014 – 10:31 am

By the end of the first week of OTAs, TE Scott Chandler was back working the team segments of practice. In 2013 he was coming back from a more serious ACL repair and played in all 16 games last season. Now he’s returning from a less severe knee procedure, but he’s not going to rush it.

Chandler admitted he put a lot of pressure on himself to get back fast last offseason, perhaps anxious to prove himself to what was then a new coaching staff.

“I pushed it pretty quick last year and I think it’s good to not do that again,” he said. “I got all 16-games in last year and that’s the goal.”

Chandler was naturally happy to get some team work in at the end of last week’s OTA practices.

“I’m progressing back in rehab and stuff, feeling a lot better,” said Chandler. “It’s been a big step for me, got to get in there a little bit more with the team work.”

Chandler led the Bills in receptions and receiving yards last season.


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Bills TEs not worried about respect

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 30, 2014 – 5:00 pm

Before the draft a month ago, many experts pegged the Bills biggest need as tight end. More than a few draftniks had Buffalo choosing TE Eric Ebron from North Carolina in the first round.

We know how that played out. And now after one week of OTAs, the Bills tight ends held over from last year are making big plays in the workouts.

Scott Chandler had one of the best catches of the first week-a leaping grab over the middle on a pass from EJ Manuel. Tony Moeaki has been a consistent and solid pass-catcher in the first three workouts. And second-year man Chris Gragg has caught more than his share of passes.

It makes you wonder how much of a need the tight end position really was.

The most veteran member of the tight end group, Scott Chandler, says outside perceptions of the Bills returning tight ends don’t carry much weight with him.

“We know what we’ve got,” he says.  “I’ve played with all of these guys for two years now. I think we know what it takes to be successful in this league. We’ve got a group of smart guys and that’s an underrated quality. If we pay attention to what you guys are talking about all the time we’re going to be in trouble. We just focus on what we need to do.”

 


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Fan Friday 5-30

Posted by Chris Brown on May 30, 2014 – 1:01 pm

Week 1 of OTAs is in the books and here are some of your latest questions about the team from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

what role does Hairston have? He played well until his injury but is a holdover. I hope he gets a fair shot

homeslice5484

CB: Hairston right now is running mainly with the second team at left tackle. He hasn’t received a ton of reps in the team setting. We’re guessing it’s due in part to the fact that he hasn’t played any form of football on a field in almost a year after landing on the non-football illness list in 2013. He’s looked a bit rusty this week, which is understandable, but if he can regain the form that made him a very capable swing tackle two years ago, Buffalo’s line depth becomes that much better.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

With the resigning of Dan Carpenter, what does this mean for Dustin Hopkins, he was injured, but he is the real deal…..

Jay C@SWFLChiver

CB: Carpenter is coming off a career year and the second-most accurate season in Bills team history. Unless he has a complete meltdown in training camp or the preseason Carpenter will be the place kicker. The key for Hopkins will be to demonstrate he can be a dynamic weapon on kickoffs by booting everything through the back of the end zone for touchbacks. Coach Marrone has said he’s not opposed to keeping two kickers if they can both prove they would be of great value to the team.

The trouble for Hopkins is his groin injury was severe and took a long time to heal. As a result he’s rusty entering OTAs having been unable to kick. He has to get his swing back and he has to do it in short order to convince the coaches that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.

 

3 – Chris,
With the Bills not making a move during draft for a tight end, how do you think the position will shake out behind Chandler? Do you see the Bills keeping Lee Smith? I like Chris Gragg as development tight end with good speed. What do you think he chances are to make the final roster? Tony Moeaki still is a question mark to me, since he has hardly played in 2 years. Can Gragg stick and lineup as be juke type of TE? Or is too small to beat LB/DB?

CB: Right now Scott Chandler is not participating in team work after coming off of offseason knee surgery. So that has opened up more opportunities for the likes of Tony Moeaki and Chris Gragg when it comes to the passing game. Lee Smith is primarily a blocker though he can work the short areas. In the first week of OTAs Moeaki and Gragg have seen the most action.

Moeaki is the most athletic in the group. His transition from catch to turning up field is very, very smooth. Gragg has very good straight line speed for a man his size (6-3 244), but like some of the other tight ends is not sudden in his movements when it comes to route running. He’s long-limbed which always helps in the passing game, but I would put Moeaki ahead of him.

We’ll know more about both players once the pads go on at training camp, but from a pure playmaking perspective Moeaki is going to be pushing Chandler.

 

4 – Chris,

With Watkins and Williams in, Graham would seem to go down to 5th on depth chart. Given they need special teamers like Easley/Hogan. How do you think this will play out? Goodwin and Graham are just too similar. I liked Hogan more as slot/special teamer. Could they trade Graham? Or will he have to fight for a spot in camp?

CB: I think Graham will have to fight for a spot on this roster. There is suddenly a lot of depth at receiver and Marquise Goodwin has the added advantage of being a pick made by the current regime, not one that was inherited like T.J.. The problem is Graham is not participating in any team work due to an offseason procedure. He can offer return ability to special teams, but Leodis McKelvin handles punts and Goodwin handles kickoffs.

Making things tougher Chris Hogan has had a solid first week of OTA practices. So when Graham is again full go in the practice setting he’ll have to really turn it up.

 

5 – Chris,

There has been much talk about the defensive formation Jim Schwartz is going to deploy this year.  He has been successful with the Wide 9 approach but with the personnel moves we have made, it appears to me that we may see as much of the 4-3 Under deployed by Mike Pettine as we will of a pure Wide 9.  Bringing in Spikes and moving Alonso upgrade the two linebacker spots and Rivers provide competition for Lawson.  That and the lack of another “pure” defensive end leads me to believe our defense is going to as varied as we saw last year.  Just hope it stays as agressive.

Appreciate your thoughts on this and as always, very much appreciate your insights and reporting on the comings and going at OBD.

Regards,
Jim
Macungie, Pa.

CB: I don’t think you have to worry about the defense staying aggressive. Talking to some of the men up front this week (Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus) the defense is all about being aggressive and getting up field. They feel it will cater well to what their strengths are across the defensive line.

Now that being said Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes have some big adjustments to make as they will be full-time defensive ends in Jim Schwartz’s system. Mario will presumably man the left side and Lawson and Hughes will split the job on the right side.

We’ll be able to ascertain how it’s all coming together when the pads go on in July.


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With Chandler back Whaley liking TE group

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 12:10 pm

Bills fans might not see much difference than that of a year ago, but with Scott Chandler back in the fold, Bills GM Doug Whaley believes their talent at tight end covers every requirement of the position.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley gave his thoughts on the tight end group on Buffalo’s roster.

“I like the skill set that our tight ends bring to our roster,” he said. “You’ve got Lee Smith and his primary role is a blocking tight end. You’ve got Chris Gragg and the speed aspect he brings to the table. Chandler brings the size and then you have Tony Moeaki if you look in his past he’s a good combination guy with receiving skills and blocking. We’ve got the gamut covered so we think we’re pretty solid, but that doesn’t prohibit us from getting anybody that we think might be an upgrade.”

When asked if Moeaki’s role could be larger in 2014, Whaley confirmed that’s their intent.

“That’s the plan, but again it’s competition and we expect it to be heated competition,” he said. “We’re excited and as I always say competition makes everybody elevate their game.”


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