Inside The Bills

Back to basics for O-line

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2009 – 4:43 pm

The bye week practices were an opportunity for Buffalo’s offensive linemen to tighten up their individual game with a hard core return to the basics.

“We got back to fundamentals as an offensive line,” said Eric Wood. “We went back to the basics of training camp and there have been breakdowns in technique and when you get into the heat of the season you’re focusing more on scheming and game plannning for each individual player so we got back to more individual techniques.”

Demetrius Bell said they worked with linemates and individually.

“You’re going to be working with a guy or you’re going to be on an island by yourself,” said Bell. “We took everything back to the fundamentals. If it was a zone step over and over, don’t step under yourself. Or a technique in pass block, don’t open your hips right now. We took it all the way back to the basics and kind of started over.”

Buffalo at the midway point of the season still had some measure of success in the run game as they hit the break averaging exactly four yards per carry on the ground. But Bell wants more.

“I think it can be five to seven yards a carry,” he said. “With the talent we have up front, athleticism, I don’t think there’s a reason why we couldn’t get six, seven yards a carry.”

If that happens sustaining drives will quickly become a whole lot easier.

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