Inside The Bills

Sparano on Bills ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2008 – 2:09 pm

Naturally an opposing head coach is always going to pump up the opposition, not only so his team doesn’t take them lightly, but so there’s no potential bulletin board material either. But I thought some of what Sparano said about Buffalo’s defense was pretty genuine, particularly what he said about Denney, Kelsay and Mitchell.

“They’re a very good defense, they really are,” said Sparano. “They’re playing pretty well. You play a game that they played last week; you would hope that nine out of 10 times you win that football game. Defensively, they’ve done a very nice job there. I think what concerns me most is whether or not we can protect the passer in this game. (Ryan) Denney is getting much better at what he does and (Chris) Kelsay is a pain in the neck. The guy goes a million miles an hour and he’s a full day’s work. And then they’ve got the big guys inside with (Kyle) Williams and (Marcus) Stroud and they make a lot of pressure that way. I think their linebackers are outstanding. I think (Kawika) Mitchell is playing very well for them.”

For those that may not have noticed, the Bills defense is ranked 12th overall in the league, 17th vs. the run, 14th vs. the pass, 9th in 3rd down defense and 14th in points allowed. I know going into the season I wrote that I’d be pretty pleased if this team was in the top half of the league in total defense, in light of how much improvement was needed from last season. Not satisfied, but pleased.

It looks like they’ve got a good shot to make good on that.

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