The Bills will be bringing a bit healthier roster to the table on Sunday against the Dolphins. Let’s hope home field advantage is a reality this week. Here are your latest edition of questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.
1 – @ChrisBrownBills why not switch the guards to different sides? Give the youngsters more experienced neighbors.
CB: I don’t think change is something most offensive coaches subscribe to with their offensive line unless it’s horrific in terms of performance, especially midseason. Based on offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s comments Thursday, about seeing things with the offense getting closer to where they want it, I think they want to push forward with what they have now that starting five are back together with Miller and Henderson returning.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills were the bills ever interested in making a move at the trade deadline?
CB: I think what Doug Whaley’s short track record as GM has shown us is he’s never afraid to make a deal if he thinks it benefits the team, but from what I have been able to gather the Bills were not burning up the phones at the trade deadline this past Tuesday.
3 – Hi Chris,
I was wondering if you know of any plans of NFL or Buffalo Bills stores that will be selling the red jerseys from this week’s game?
Also, will these now become an alternate going forward that the team will wear once in a while or is it a one night only kind of deal?
CB: The Bills Store will have the red jerseys available in store. From what I have been told only LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins jerseys will be available in red. They will also have a Bills color rush hat, sweatshirt and T-shirt available with the red theme too.
Here’s the link if you’re interested in making a purchase – http://bufbills.co/mC0G75
And just to be clear the jerseys will be worn in Buffalo’s Thursday night game at New York against the Jets.
4 – Chris,
Following the bye, do you think Cyrus Kouandjio played well enough in London to remain the Bills starter at Right Tackle?
CB: That is not going to happen as Seantrel Henderson returns to the lineup, but it should be noted that both offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Rex Ryan praised Kouandjio’s play against the Jaguars. Ryan even used the word ‘tremendous’ in describing his play.
I think Kouandjio’s play will serve him best next season when the offensive tackle situation could look a lot different than it does now. Cordy Glenn is slated to be a free agent, and will likely be looking for big money. Buffalo can’t keep everybody and knowing the Bills have only bought themselves a year of time making use of the fifth-year option on Stephon Gilmore, who is playing great right now, he’s the priority. Nigel Bradham is also up at the end of the year.
So to get to the point here, Kouandjio’s play this year is likely to carry more weight next year when the team makes a decision on Cordy Glenn. If Glenn is not here I think Kouandjio will get strong consideration for the right tackle job with Henderson the most likely option for left tackle.
5 – Chris,
Thank you for all the informative work you do from a long time Bills fan out here in New Mexico. Do you have any insight into how the Bills coaching staff see Marquise as a player? From where I sit he is small and injury prone and because of this I don’t think he has been used appropriately. His asset is pure speed yet he was hurt last year on a pass route that had him stop in the middles of the field (negating his speed asset) and he got his so hard it put him out of the game. This year a crossing pattern again injured his ribs, and then a kick-off return (the most violent play in the game) injured him. Why has the staff not used him speed with downfield routes to pull the defense away from the line of scrimmage? Your thoughts?
Ronald Karaskiewicz (Ron K.)
New Mexico Bills Backer
CB: While I understand what you’re getting at with Goodwin’s body type being susceptible to injury, I don’t know how realistic it is to take the approach that, we’re only going to run Goodwin on fly routes when he’s in the game.
I think there is merit to taking him off kick return to reduce the number of violent collisions on him, and I suppose you can have him run more outside routes than crossing patterns. The problem is I believe coaches worry that such an approach quickly becomes easy for opponents to figure out. Perhaps if he’s a role player, which in essence he is, you could limit him to quick outs, comebacks, digs and go routes. But coaches would know better than I would as to whether that’s too predictable and whether or not those limitations would take away from his effectiveness on the field.
I suppose the greater end game is to have him available, so at the very least what you’re proposing might be worth a try. That will have to wait until next year however, with Goodwin on injured reserve.
Tags: Cyrus Kouandjio, Fan Friday, Marquise Goodwin, Offensive line, red jerseys, trade deadline
Posted in Inside the Bills
None of the national media outlets are expecting a busy trade deadline day today. But they have a short list of buyers and sellers.
The Bills so you know are not on either list. According to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, the Eagles, Patriots and Ravens are among the buyers. The sellers are the Chiefs, Raiders and Bucs.
Some names being mentioned include KC’s DT Glenn Dorsey, who is not deemed a fit in the Chiefs 3-4 front, Rams S A.J. Atogwe and Cleveland DE Corey Williams.
The Ravens have been in the market for a receiver, but with Joey Galloway now cut by the Patriots, Baltimore doesn’t have to make a trade at all if they’d like to bring him in.
Tags: trade deadline
Posted in Inside the Bills