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Def. game plan “simpler”

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2010 – 10:31 am

With jack-of-all-trades LB  Reggie Torbor and DE Dwan Edwards now on I-R and the likes of rookies Antonio Coleman and Alex Carrington helping to fill those voids, Buffalo’s defensive scheme will not have as many wrinkles as it usually does this week. Head coach Chan Gailey explains why.

“You have to monitor how you set things up,” said Gailey. “They have to handle every call, but what you do is you set the game plan up to be a little simpler, a little easier to understand. You don’t do all the subtle things you were doing earlier in the year with all those veterans in there. So really you have to scale it back for the whole defense in case you have to play one of those guys.”

Coleman is expected to handle most of those OLB duties previously manned by Torbor. At ILB Akin Ayodele and Bryan Scott are expected to divvy up Torbor’s ILB duties. And at DE, Spencer Johnson is expected to start in Edwards spot with Alex Carrington rotating in a good deal.


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Spiller and Spence full go

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2010 – 1:02 pm

C.J. Spiller and Spencer Johnson are both coming back off hamstring injuries that forced them to miss the last two games. They’ve been limited in practice all week, that is until Friday.

“Both of them were full go,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “They did everything.”

Gailey anticipated having both Spiller and Johnson back at his disposal for Sunday’s game earlier in the week. Spiller is expected to return punts on Sunday in addition to running back duties on offense. Johnson meanwhile should start at the right defensive end in place of Dwan Edwards, who went on injured reserve on Wednesday.


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Odds good for Spence, C.J.

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2010 – 3:29 pm

It’s sounding more and more certain that Spencer Johnson and C.J. Spiller will be able to play on Sunday after they both missed the last two games with hamstring injuries.

Both were limited in practice Wednesday, but head coach Chan Gailey said they each did more on Thursday.

“Yes, and they had no residual effects from yesterday so they looked good,” said Gailey. “It looks like they’ll be good to go.”

Gailey also confirmed that he has made his decision on how the return game duties Sunday will be divvied up, but would not reveal those plans. It’s believed that kickoffs and punts could be split between Spiller and Leodis McKelvin.


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Fibula for Troup

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2010 – 4:25 pm

Torell Troup was one of the non-participants in practice Wednesday and the injury report has revealed why.

Troup is dealing with a fibula injury suffered in last Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. If Troup is unable to play Sunday, it makes Buffalo’s defensive line all the thinner as they’ll be without Dwan Edwards for sure in Minnesota.

Spencer Johnson is returning from a hamstring injury so he’s expected to start in Edwards’ place, but without Troup, Alex Carrington would likely move inside in Buffalo’s 4-3 looks. It also means there’s a strong chance that for the first time this season John McCargo is active on Sunday.

He’s been inactive the first 11 games this season.


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Spencer back Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2010 – 5:14 pm

Bills DE Spencer Johnson will return from a hamstring injury that’s forced him to miss the past two games. Being back for this game will hold a little extra meaning for the veteran defensive lineman.

Johnson got his start in the NFL as an undrafted rookie with the Minnesota Vikings and played his way onto the roster. Now he’ll face that Vikings team, which still has a lot of familiar faces.

Johnson’s availability comes at just the right time as he’s expected to start in place of the injured Dwan Edwards. Alex Carrington and John McCargo also figure to be active for Sunday’s game in Minnesota.

“We get Spencer back this week, but we’ve got a pretty good rotation there now,” said Chan Gailey. “We’ve got a lot of guys playing for us.”


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Carrington active

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2010 – 12:44 pm

Bills DE Alex Carrington is active for today’s game against the Bengals.

It’s due primarily to the fact that Spencer Johnson is out of the lineup with a hamstring injury. That along with the fact that Kyle Williams is not 100 percent with a hamstring injury.

Williams is not moving very well in pre-game warmups and if he can’t go the whole game that would put Torell Troup into a full time role at NT. And if  they go to a four man front, Dwan Edwards would kick inside alongside Troup meaning Carrington would have to take the end position.


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3 Bills out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2010 – 12:42 pm

As expected head coach Chan Gailey ruled out three of his injured players for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.

C.J. Spiller, Spencer Johnson and Shawne Merriman will not play against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium this weekend.

“I think we have a chance to have everybody back for the game this week except C.J. and Spence,” said Gailey.

When asked if Merriman would also be unavailable Gailey said that the linebacker would not play this Sunday either.

Spiller and Johnson both have hamstring injuries, while Merriman is working his way back from a strained Achilles.


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Spencer likely out Sun.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2010 – 4:51 pm

Head coach Chan Gailey wasn’t optimistic about having Spencer Johnson available for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.

“I probably don’t see that happening,” said Gailey of Johnson’s chances for playing Sunday. “I think he’s out at least one game and maybe two.”

Johnson pulled his hamstring in Sunday’s game against Detroit. No word on whether it’s the same hamstring that sidelined him for half of training camp this past summer.

The injury means that rookie Alex Carrington should be active this week against the Bengals.


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Spencer’s race Sat.

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2010 – 4:03 pm

Bills DE Spencer Johnson is holding his 2nd annual Amazing Sports Race Saturday.

The Dave & Busters Friday Fun Night kicks it off tonight at 10 pm for adults, kids and families at the Eastern Hills Mall on Transit Road in Clarence. Everyone is invited to come out for an evening of  fun and games (corn hole, pool & other games) with your favorite Buffalo Bills players and win great prizes!

Benefiting the Spencer Johnson Adopt-A-High School Initiative, which offers academic and SAT/ACT assistance to under served students in area schools.  Spencer  has enlisted the support of his Bills teammates to help make this event a success.

On Saturday, Oct. 9th @ 2 pm in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park is the Amazing Sports Race Buffalo.

Based on the popular television show, teams of 2 individuals will race along a mile long course that includes a series of fun filled pit stops that involve a combination of skill, intellect and teamwork. You can bring a partner or get one when you arrive.  No transportation needed.  Recommend age 10 & older.

Applications are accepted on first-come basis.  Participants will have opportunities to get autographs and take pictures with the celebrities.  Additional information about the event can be found at  www.SpencerDJohnson.com.


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Amazing Sports race

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2010 – 8:37 am

Bills DE Spencer Johnson is holding his 2nd annual Amazing Sports Race in Buffalo.

Area fans are invited to sign up for the 2nd Annual Spencerfest Benefit, which includes a Dave and Busters Friday fun night and Amazing Race Challenge.  Benefiting the Spencer Johnson Adopt-A-High School Initiative, which offers academic and SAT/ACT assistance to under served students in area schools.  Spencer  has enlisted the support of his Bills teammates to help make this event a success. 

On Friday, Oct. 8th @ 10 pm at Dave & Busters at the Eastern Hills Mall is Friday Fun Night with the Pros. Everyone is invited to come out for an evening of  fun and games (corn hole, pool & other games) with your favorite Buffalo Bills players and win great prizes!

On Saturday, Oct. 9th @ 2 pm in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park is the Amazing Sports Race Buffalo. 

Based on the popular television show, teams of 2 individuals will race along a mile long course that includes a series of fun filled pit stops that involve a combination of skill, intellect and teamwork. You can bring a partner or get one when you arrive.  No transportation needed.  Recommend age 10 & older.

Enrollment is limited. Applications are accepted on first-come basis.  Participants will have opportunities to get autographs and take pictures with the celebrities.  Additional information about the event can be found at  www.SpencerDJohnson.com.


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Spencer’s Amazing race

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2010 – 10:37 am

Bills DE Spencer Johnson is holding his 2nd annual Amazing Sports Race in Buffalo.

Area fans are invited to sign up for the 2nd Annual Spencerfest Benefit, which includes a Dave and Busters Friday fun night and Amazing Race Challenge.  Benefiting the Spencer Johnson Adopt-A-High School Initiative, which offers academic and SAT/ACT assistance to under served students in area schools.  Spencer  has enlisted the support of his Bills teammates to help make this event a success. 

On Friday, Oct. 8th @ 10 pm at Dave & Busters at the Eastern Hills Mall is Friday Fun Night with the Pros. Everyone is invited to come out for an evening of  fun and games (corn hole, pool & other games) with your favorite Buffalo Bills players and win great prizes!

On Saturday, Oct. 9th @ 2 pm in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park is the Amazing Sports Race Buffalo. 

Based on the popular television show, teams of 2 individuals will race along a mile long course that includes a series of fun filled pit stops that involve a combination of skill, intellect and teamwork. You can bring a partner or get one when you arrive.  No transportation needed.  Recommend age 10 & older.

Enrollment is limited. Applications are accepted on first-come basis.  Participants will have opportunities to get autographs and take pictures with the celebrities.  Additional information about the event can be found at  www.SpencerDJohnson.com.


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3 vets back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2010 – 9:37 am

Three Bills vets are back practicing here Monday morning at camp.

Cornell Green, Spencer Johnson and Derek Schouman are all participating.


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3 other vets declared out

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2010 – 5:15 pm

It was believed that TE Derek Schouman would not play and that will be the case tonight in the preseason opener. Two defensive veterans will also not play tonight.

DE Spencer Johnson and LB Keith Ellison, who were both considered doubtful will not play tonight against the Redskins. OLB Chris Kelsay will also not play tonight. Though he returned to practice late last week from a shoulder injury it’s believed this is a precautionary measure for the veteran.

With Kelsay out, Chris Ellis will be afforded a big opportunity to see extensive playing time.


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Johnson update

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2010 – 8:39 pm

Spencer Johnson left practice early after tweaking what appeared to be a leg muscle. Head coach Chan Gailey provided a brief update after practice. 

“He’s sustained a little bit of an injury and again you hope it’s one of those few days, week at the most type injuries, that’s what you hope,” said Gailey.

Johnson has been running with the second defensive line at the right defensive end position.


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Johnson leaves early

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2010 – 7:42 pm

Spencer Johnson just walked to the locker room.

He appeared to tweak something during one-on-one drills between offensive and defensive linemen.

We’ll have an update if one is made available.


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Fan Friday 5-14

Posted by Chris Brown on May 14, 2010 – 1:32 pm

OTAs are fast approaching and you fans have some roster questions. As always AskChris@bills.nfl.net to submit questions. Let’s get to it.

1 – Chris:
 I think the switch to a 3-4 could be good w/ the bills personnel. I think Ellis and Maybin should be outside LBs in a 3-4. I think Kyle Williams, Spencer Johnson and John McCargo could be DE in this line up?
Your thoughts or what you’ve heard about these guys playing these spots.
Thanks
Steve

CB: Well Chris Ellis and Aaron Maybin both lined up at OLB in the rookie minicamp. I thought Ellis showed improvement as the practices wore on. Still it will be an adjustment for both of them. Come training camp though they should both have their bearings with the new responsibilities there.

Kyle Williams I see primarily as a nose tackle, but I could see them kicking him out to end in certain down and distance situations. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s used as a three technique DT in a 4-3 passing down look either. I anticipate the defense to be more of a hybrid 3-4 than a true 3-4.

Spencer Johnson will be primarily an end as will John McCargo. At least that’s the plan going in. I think Johnson is a good fit on the edge.

2 – Chris,
Many fans suspect that Brohm may become the starting QB and would like an update on his status?
Could you provide some insight into where Brohm currently fits in?
If the Qb competition is truly “open” then Brohm should no longer be considered the third string QB.
As always, many thanks for all your work!
Go Bills!
Brendan F. Walsh

CB: I think it is truly a level playing field for Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brohm. Chan Gailey even responded to my question about Levi Brown being in the mix as having a legitimate chance. Gailey doesn’t harbor any favoritism for any of these veteran signal callers because he inherited them. He didn’t choose them to be on this roster.

Therefore I think he can truly be open-minded and objective and let their performance make the decision for him and his staff. The QB that performs the most effectively and consistently will win the job. So although Edwards and Fitzpatrick might have more NFL experience than Brohm (1 career start), he will have every opportunity to compete.

In fact I anticipate that the reps will be pretty equal between those three with Brown likely seeing fewer reps, particularly with the first unit.

 

3 – Hi Chris,
What is the latest news on Eric Wood? If Brain Brohm manages to snag the starting QB job, does Wood move inside to Center because they played together in College?
Thanks,
Mike

CB: Eric is still not ready to participate in on field workouts, though there is an outside chance that he could do some work in late June. He will be full go for training camp, which is most important barring any setbacks.

Your question regarding his familiarity with Brohm is an interesting one. However, it appears as though they’d prefer to leave Wood at guard and Hangartner as the starting man in the pivot.

4 – Chris,

I was wondering what actually happened during the Bills voluntary workouts. More specific, did the QB’s workout like the draft prospects?

Thanks
Alan, A.K.A. BuffaloGeek; A.K.A. Hardcorebillsfan

CB: If you’re referring to the offseason conditioning workouts the quarterbacks have been participating on a pretty regular basis. Brohm, Edwards and Fitzpatrick were all here doing classroom work with the playbook, weight room work and on field conditioning. They also do walk through work with respect to the offense with teammates.

If you’re referring to the recent rookie minicamp, only first and second-year players could participate with the rookies as it was explained to me. Brohm is a second-year player, which is why he was allowed to practice. Edwards and Fitzpatrick were not eligible to participate.

 

 

5 – Chris,
What are the Bill’s plans with Chris Kelsay this year? I don’t see him getting on the field as a OLB.
I though his best move would have been to put on some weight and move to end in the 3-4.
He is one of the highest paid players on the team and not a top option at LB.
Ron

CB: You might not see Kelsay as a 3-4 OLB, but the Bills do. I anticipate he’ll be on the strong side when he lines up in OTAs. So you know Kelsay played some OLB in college at Nebraska, so it’s not something that’s completely foreign to him.

I don’t know if Kelsay is someone you want to write off before seeing him on the field first. There aren’t many players on Buffalo’s roster as focused and determined as that guy when it comes to a challenge like a position switch.


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Spencer’s sports festival a hit

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2010 – 11:12 am

Bills DL Spencer Johnson held his 2nd annual Sports Festival in his hometown of Gilbertown, Alabama for 500 local students this past weekend and had some help from some of his Bills teammates.

Taking place at Johnson’s alma mater, Southern Choctaw high school, the focus of the free festival was to promote academic achievement, physical fitness, character development and a drug free lifestyle in area youth. Bills players Drayton Florence, John McCargo and Chris Ellis were among those on hand.

The two day Sports Festival kicked off on Friday evening with the Amazing Race Event, where the winning team of Chris Ellis (Bills) , Corey Mace (former Bill), Janaica Dailey & Pam Brown won the race in a time of  51:22 minutes (see photo below).

Saturday featured the free football and cheer camps, where area youngsters were provided the opportunity to learn from the experts and listen to Spencer talk about what it takes to be successful in school, sports and life. Here is Spencer addressing some of the kids attending the football clinic.


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What defensive change means

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2010 – 2:04 pm

With Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards initially planning to change Buffalo’s defensive scheme to more of a 3-4 front, it means some roles on Buffalo’s defense will be changing also.

First and foremost it likely turns Aaron Maybin from a pass rushing defensive end to a pass rushing linebacker. Aaron Schobel, who is still contemplating retirement may also be a linebacker. Schobel went on record last month saying he might be a better fit for a 3-4 than a 4-3.

It also means Buffalo now has a greater need for a two-gap nose tackle. Marcus Stroud, who was coached as a freshman at Georgia by Edwards, believes he’d be able to handle the nose if called upon.

“I feel like as long as I can be healthy, I feel like I can do well in either system,” said Stroud. “If that’s the case and I have to move to nosetackle, then I’ll do it.”

But set to turn 32 in June, Stroud is going to need some reinforcements behind him. Right now there are no other capable two-gap nose tackles players on the roster. Kyle Williams and Spencer Johnson appear to be better fits as five-technique defensive ends in a 3-4.

Fortunately for the Bills the 2010 draft class is extremely deep at DT, so Buffalo should have an opportunity in round one or two to get a quality prospect that could help right away.

Another likely move is Kawika Mitchell moving inside to line up alongside Paul Posluszny as ILBs.


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Fan Friday 1-29

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2010 – 4:22 pm

Hard to believe January has come and gone, but we’re less than a month away from the NFL Combine. Let’s get to your questions. Remember you can email your questions to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Do you have access to challenge flag stats?   Specifically I’m looking to find out how many challenges Dick Jauron lost this past season.

Leif M. Nelson

CB: From what I’ve been able to gather from the NFL database the Bills challenged just three plays all season in 2009, and all three were overturned. So Jauron was 3-for-3. Buffalo had the fewest challenges in the NFL last season. The Packers had the most challenges with 16. Only 11 teams in the league had 10 or more challenges 2009.

2. I was wondering why the Bills never put Maybin at linebacker? He has great speed and good size to play the position. Washington took Orakpo and made him a very productive player at LB and I believe Buffalo should have done the same with Maybin. I know with new coaches coming that things will change. Do you see them looking to make Maybin a LB? My other thought is I would love to see the Bills move Spencer Johnson to full time DE. I think he would be great. He has done a good job at DT but is a little small to play it all the time. He is very quick and would also help make the defensive line get a little bigger and more solid. Your thoughts please.
Thanks
John

CB: I think if the Bills do in fact employ a 3-4 defensive scheme then Maybin will likely be transitioned to outside linebacker because he won’t be a fit as a five-technique DE. Spencer Johnson is perfect fit as a five-technique DE and if they go to the 3-4 you’d get your wish there too. Johnson would move to end. We’ll see how it all plays out when the new defensive coordinator is hired.

3. I believe Dan LeFevour out of CMU is the second coming of Kelly if I ever saw one !! He’s definitely a winner, has played in the elements, and look at the guys stats WOW !! The only college Q.B. to throw for 12000 yards and run for 2500 that’s pretty impressive. Just thought I would throw my two cents in after I saw Tony Pike’s name on one of the Buffalo blogs in a mock draft. After the comeback win in their bowl game too when he started out slow, what do you think about him ??
Mr. T Ft. Myers Fla.

CB: LeFevour broke most of Graham Harrell’s records and Harrell could not cut it in the CFL. He’s a coach at Oklahoma St. now. The guy that is the all time leader in total offense is a former Hawaii QB named Timmy Chang. Also did not make it in the NFL. I’m not saying that LeFevour can’t be a successful NFL player. I’m just saying you can’t be blinded by stats and assume the guy will do it at the top level. Most “experts” consider him a 4th rounder.

As for Pike I think he’s a more promising prospect with better tools. He has a better arm than LeFevour by most accounts. He has to add bulk to his frame because he is rail thin at 6’6″ 212 pounds. He’ll get broken in half in the NFL. There are questions about his passion for the game and he’s been labeled a laid back personality. I don’t know if that fits in Buffalo. He’s been called more of a third round pick.

4. Chris,
Would the Bills have any interest in prying David Carr from the New York Giants?  I think he would be better than anyone we got and a perfect stop gap until we find our franchise QB.  Also, what are the options of the Bills trading Lynch or Evans for draft picks?  I really feel bad for Evans because the guy hasn’t had a quality QB his entire career here.
Thanks,
Ken

CB: The Bills would not have to do any prying. Carr is going to be an unrestricted free agent in March. Personally I’m not a big fan. It’s hard to believe that his performance will be dramatically better than it has been in the past. I know Chan Gailey has proven over the years that he can do more with less, but I’d rather have Trent Edwards than David Carr, provided Edwards returns to more of his 2007 or 2008 form.

As for trading Lynch and Evans, I would say unequivocally no on Evans. Lynch is a bit tougher to figure with the new regime in place. Both Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey mentioned character and Lynch though he’s a gamer on the field has had some off field issues. Whether that is an issue for the Bills new decisions makers remains to be seen.

5. Hey Chris,

I was wondering what you thought about the chances we keep Incognito next yr. From what I saw of him the guy is a football player very physical and tough which is what we were going for when we drafted Eric Wood last yr. Now that we have 2 of the same types of guys at one postion do you maybe see the Bills moving Eric to be the starting center? After all I think that would give us 3 really mean guys in the interior that could give all the big nose tackles we face every year fits. Just wondering if you had any idea on what was going to happen cuase id hate to see a guy as promising as Incognito not playing or even worse get cut from the roster.

Garrett from Pa.

CB: I believe Incognito will be a priority for the team. I thought he fared pretty well for having to come in on the fly and learn the blocking scheme. He’s got the right attitude for playing in this town.

More important is due to the uncertain timetable as to when exactly Eric Wood is going to be back Incognito represents valuable insurance in the event that Wood’s recovery is lengthy.

I should also mention that Incognito is capable of playing center as well and could be a depth option in the pivot behind Geoff Hangartner.


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Fan Friday 1-8

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2010 – 2:30 pm

Fan Friday 1-8
First offseason Fan Friday as the coaching search is in full swing. If you have any questions for me you can email me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Here we go.

1. Hey Chris, just a couple Bills-related things on my mind…

First, as you mentioned in your blog post Fitz QB Status, Fitzpatrick is clearly not the starting QB… so has the organization just given up completely on Edwards?  Can (will) we trade him?  Do you know (and can you say) if this is a decision straight from the top? 

I just don’t understand it, really… even though I don’t think Trent will be the long term answer that I hoped he’d be… he seems better than the other options.  (Unless we just admit we’re playing for next year and give Brohm a shot, which you already said they won’t do…)  Craziness!

CB: I think Trent’s fate will be determined by the new head coach. GM Buddy Nix has said he will not make any personnel moves without the new head coach getting an opportunity to evaluate the roster and see who might fit his vision and who does not.

So the possibility exists that he will be back in 2010 and the possibility exists that he will be gone. It rests in the hands of the new head coach.

2. Obviously, the Bills have a lot of holes to fill after the season.  However, the position that seems to be of most importance is the interior of the defensive line.  Marcus Stroud is not anywhere close to the player he use to be.  Kyle Williams and Spencer Johnson make plays but are smaller and are better at penetrating with their quickness, they wont be able to eat up blockers. 

How much of the Bills porous run defense can be attributed to the fact that Stroud is getting pushed around fairly easily every play? 

People are always knocking Posluszny, but when blockers are able to get on him, he isn’t free to roam around and make tackles.  I think the biggest priority in the off-season is to find a clog in the middle of that line. 

I know people say we need a QB, but if you can’t stop the opponents run game your not going to win too many games.  What are your thoughts?
 
Nick in Albany

CB: I’ve always been a big believer in getting your big men first on both sides of the ball. In defense of Marcus Stroud he played most of the season hurt (ankle, knee, neck), so if he didn’t look as explosive as he did last season, there’s your answer. The guy gutted it out in a lost season so I give him a lot of credit for that.

That being said I do believe a DT prospect would be a good add especially this year with such a strong DT class. However, offensive tackle and quarterback are ahead of that on my priority list. The offense is much further behind the defense. It takes priority even though I agree that bolstering the DT position is necessary.

I’m just not convinced the Bills are going to spend big in free agency to land a proven left tackle like a Marcus McNeill, especially in an uncapped year where there could be even more bidding wars between teams.

I think because the DT class is deeper than the OT class that you get your OT first and hope you can get at DT that can play right away in round 2. The DT class just got deeper this week with UCLA’s Brian Price declaring.
 
3. Hey Chris,
I think the bills should really consider going hard after Tarvaris Jackson in the off-season. I really think since coming back from injury late last season that he really has turned a corner. In the last four games of last season he was 3-1 and threw for 8td’s-1int. This year as a backup he’s 10-15, 159yards, 1td as a backup. I think he could be the answer for the bills at quarterback not Micheal Vick like some people are speculating and not Brian Brohm.

I think they should also go really hard after an elite young wide reciever like Brandon Marshall if the broncos don’t franchise him. I think the bills should then draft two big offensive tackles.

Maybe Trade Lee Evans to San Fran to get one of their first rounders so they can draft an OT and a DT in the first round. Since we have James Hardy and Steve Johnson at wide reciever. If we sign Brandon Marshall, we can play Hardy as the number two receiver and Johnson in the slot. What do you think?
Rocky

CB: Well that’s a lot you’ve put on the table there. First, the quarterback situation. To me it’s looking more and more like an answer at quarterback might more likely come via trade, and not the draft. There are some respectable prospects, but I don’t know that there’s one you could put on the field right away and give the keys to the offense. So I think trading for a QB is a realistic possibility.

You’d have to pay a king’s ransom to get Kevin Kolb out of Philly so Tarvaris Jackson would come at a lesser price and if your new staff is installing a West Coast offense then Jackson would be a respectable option. I’m not convinced he’s turned a corner, but a consideration nonetheless.

As for a marquee young receiver, the Bills have that in Lee Evans. No one thinks so because he hasn’t put up monster numbers, but if you pair him with a quarterback that’s just above average the production will be there trust me.

Then as you suggested James Hardy can be the number two with Steve Johnson in the slot. It’s time for the young guys to step up at wideout. But there’s no need to go out and make a splash at receiver when you have a guy waiting to produce Pro Bowl numbers with a better line and better QB.

4. CHRIS:  WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE BILLS SIGN CHAD PENNINGTON AS A FREE AGENT, DRAFT A DEVELOPMENTAL QB TO LEARN UNDER HIM AND DRAFT THE BEST LINEMAN OR LB AVAILABLE?  CONRAD FROM ELMA

CB: First Chad Pennington has to prove himself healthy and capable of throwing a 12-yard out before he’s even a consideration. I do believe though that the Bills have to strongly consider the possibility of signing a veteran signal caller to serve as a stopgap at QB while a younger QB is groomed for the future, whether it’s Brian Brohm or a draft pick.

I’ve got a lot more draft prep work to do, but I’m not seeing a guy that will be there at 9 that the Bills can put on the field and succeed with right away. And if you draft a QB later, history shows it’s best to let them watch and learn early in their careers.

So I think there’s a lot of merit to the approach you’re suggesting, I just don’t know if Chad Pennington is the mark.
5. Hi Chris!!

My questions are:

1. How is L. McKelvin doing with his injury? I haven’t heard much 
about him during the season.
2. What do see the Bills addressing first during the offseason / draft? QB or OL?
3. Due to our O-line problems. Do you think the Bills should go after M. Vick? He is certainly a good scrambler…

Thanks & take care…

Luis A. Estrada (Puerto Rico)

CB: McKelvin is close to 100 percent. He began running again on the turf field a couple of weeks ago, but told me he’s not 100 percent just yet. We’ll have a story on him this coming week on Buffalobills.com.

I believe the Bills will survey the landscape for a QB they believe can be a stopgap answer for a year or two while they groom a young QB be it Brohm or a draftee, unless Brohm outperforms said veteran.

I don’t see the Bills getting in a bidding war for premium free agents OTs so that might have to be the top priority in the draft.

Finally I understand your reasoning with Michael Vick, but I believe you fix the line and your QB play will improve. Also I think Vick is a running QB in a passing league. So I’m not big on acquiring Vick.


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