Donte Whitner was asked if there’s more pressure on the defense heading into the opener Monday night due to the changes on offense over the weekend (Schonert dismissed, Van Pelt in). Here was his response.
“There’s a lot more pressure,” admitted Whitner. “But they understand that our special teams unit can take a lot pressure off of both of us because we have two of the most dynamic returners, with Roscoe (Parrish) at punt returner and Leodis (McKelvin) with kickoff return where we can make a lot of plays and some room on some people because at any given time either of those guys can give you a home run ball and take you to the house with it.
“On defense we understand that if our offense struggles, we have to get more three-and-outs, we have to get them to score less and we have to get more turnovers. If you cut the field and make it shorter for the offense, then they’ll be able to get to the end of the field if they’re struggling on offense. So we understand that everyone should have to work together to get this thing going.”
Whitner however, believes Buffalo’s offense will make its share of plays Monday night in New England.
“Who’s to say that we won’t come out and look great on offense on Monday night,” asked Whitner rhetorically. “Who’s to say we won’t? I think we’ll come out and make some plays on the offensive side of the ball. I know Trent (Edwards) knows how to make some plays and T.O. (Terrell Owens) is back which means you have to play us a little differently on offense because we can’t focus on one receiver. So I believe they’ll come out, they’re going to make some plays and I believe a lot of people will be surprised with this decision on our offense.”
Sounds like the coaching staff change has made barely a ripple in Buffalo’s locker room. Still as I wrote in Bills Digest last week there was already a lot of change on the offensive side of the ball going into the season. Van Pelt as the play caller, while it might be a change for the better, is still a change. And change requires adaptation.
That’s why I still think Buffalo’s defense will have to be at its best in the first month of the season to hold the fort while the offense gets up to speed to snatch a few early wins.
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