Kawika Mitchell and his fellow starters on defense were on the field for almost 22 of the 30 first-half minutes of their game against the Steelers Saturday. When Buffalo’s no huddle attack can’t sustain drives it does come off the field that much quicker. But Mitchell doesn’t mind the offense’s approach in terms of how it might impact he and his fellow defenders.
“As long as we don’t turn the ball over I think it’s fine,” said Mitchell. “We’ll go out there and we’ll battle. If we have a sudden change after a turnover then we’ve got to go out there and do what we have to do. As long as we’re punting the ball we’ll get over there and we’ll get rest then we can stand up against any offense I think.”
When I asked Trent Edwards about the time of possession being impacted by the no huddle in a negative way when they’re not converting, he acknowledged that it can be a negative if the offense is not clicking.
“We talked about that when we first installed this style of offense,” said Edwards. “We’ve got to make sure we’re not throwing our defense out there for 35 minutes out of the game. I feel like we really weren’t out there too long. I don’t know how many plays we ran, but it can be a great benefit to you, but it can also hurt you a lot too. So we’ve got to find our balance and keep our defense off the field and keep our special teams out of bad field position, but also keep the opposing defense off balance with our no huddle.”
Buffalo’s first defense may have given up some third down conversions to Pittsburgh, but they got a takeaway in their own red zone and only surrendered 10 of the 17 points the Steelers scored. In any game that’s a good day for a defense.
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