Inside The Bills

Fan Friday 9-25

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2009 – 5:25 pm

Heading into Week 3 with a big defensive test for the Bills in Drew Brees and company.

1. Hey Chris,
If Maybin’s play becomes deserving of a starting role, can you foresee the coaches moving Schobel to left DE and inserting Maybin in at right DE?

CB: I don’t see that happening any time soon. The good thing about Maybin is he told me he feels equally comfortable coming off the right side as the left side. And Bills VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak said he feels he can come off both edges effectively as well. Also I don’t think it matters all that much which side you put Maybin on. Just because he’s fast doesn’t mean you put him at RDE. In fact you may want to put him on the left side where the less talented of the opponent’s two offensive tackles is lined up.

2. Chris,

After watching the Thurman Thomas show on I was wondering what station that is on? I live in PA and have direct tv…. do you know how I can get some of the local bills stations so I can watch these shows? a few years ago it used to be empire sports…. I never get to see much of the in depth interviews with all the different guys…. let me know when you get a chance….


CB: Here are the listings for Steve Tasker’s All Access show and the Thurman Thomas show. If you can’t get one of these regional affiliates you can always view the segments to these shows on in the media lounge (

Bills All Access
 Day  Time  Station
Saturday 12:35 a.m. WTVH – Syracuse (CBS)
Sunday 12:00 a.m. CW-WHAM – Rochester (ABC)
Sunday 12:05 a.m. WBNG – Binghamton
Sunday 11:30 a.m. WKBW – Buffalo (ABC)
Sunday 12:00 p.m. WHAM – Rochester (ABC)

The Thurman Thomas Show
 Day Time  Station
Saturday 1:05 a.m. WTVH – Syracuse (CBS)
Saturday 11:35 p.m. WBNG – Binghamton
Sunday 12:30 a.m. WHAM – Rochester (ABC)
Sunday 10:30 a.m. CW – WHAM – Rochester (ABC)
Sunday 11:00 a.m. WKBW – Buffalo (ABC)


3. When Lynch gets back, what do you think about running him and Fred in the backfield every play? With our super wide outs and their talents, wouldn’t that just drive defenses nuts? Omon makes a great reliever to spell the backs!

CB: I think that Lynch and Jackson will in fact be seen on the field at the same time when Marshawn’s suspension ends on Monday. How much remains to be seen, but Alex Van Pelt has mentioned that he’s open to putting them both on the field at the same time. I think Jackson will be used as a receiver at times in those situations, lined up wide. But a split backfield is also a possibility and you’re right that will be a lot to worry about.

4. Chris,
Is there any chance that Maybin will be used as a linebacker since Poz is out and the back ups are weak? I think he may be fast enough but how long would it take to learn the responsibilities?

CB: I don’t see this happening. The only way I see Maybin being used at the linebacker position is if he’s used as an additional pass rusher in obvious passing situations. Taking one of your most athletic pass rushers and moving him further away from the line of scrimmage hurts your team more than helps it as I see it. I also think Keith Ellison has performed well in the first two games at both the strong side and nickel ‘mike’ LB spots, and Buggs held his own last week.

5. Hi Chris, Now that Paul Posluszny is injured, and probably out for six weeks or more, wouldn’t it be smarter to put Kawika Mitchell in the middle? Mitchell is 253 pounds, and 6′ 1″, Marcus Buggs is 223 pounds, and 5′ 10″. Not to diminish the abilities of Buggs, but Mitchell has a lot of savvy, and not to mention size. I think Marcus Buggs would be better suited to be a weakside linebacker. The middle linebacker is the centerpiece of the unit, and Poluszny was the leader. Wouldn’t most teams now view this as a weakness, i.e., running the ball up the middle more? Trying to make plays over the middle? Tell me what you think. I will look forward to hearing from you.
Tony Falzone, Daytona Beach, Florida.

CB: Your idea has merit. Mitchell did play MLB for the Chiefs early in his career and performed well there. However, most coaching staffs usually try to avoid changing two positions for the sake of one. In other words, by plugging in Marcus Buggs at MLB for Poz, only one position on defense is affected. If you moved Mitchell to the ‘mike’ LB spot then you have to fill Mitchell’s weak side spot with someone else and you’ve changed your starting defense at two positions.

Most coaches prefer continuity. I respect your point about MLB being the more important position, but they see this approach as the least disruptive to the defense. From that perspective it makes sense, but there’s an argument for both sides.

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