Inside The Bills

Levitre not using youth as excuse

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2009 – 12:27 pm

Buffalo’s offensive line was called for five false starts and a hold on Sunday. Bills head coach Dick Jauron has chalked up a lot of his line’s penalty problems to youth and inexperience. But rookie Andy Levitre doesn’t want to use youth as an excuse.

“I think it’s more of a lack of focus,” said Levitre who played left guard before moving out to tackle to replace the injured Demetrius Bell Sunday. “You have to be locked into the game the whole time. You can’t have your mind wandering in the middle of a game. That’s when penalties happen. You have to get all 11 guys focused on one play at a time. And if somebody is off doing something else, that’s when you have penalties.”

When asked if minds wandering is a byproduct of youth and inexperience, Levitre dismissed it. 

“I don’t want to blame it on being young because it’s not like we haven’t played football before,” he said. “We’ve all played high school and college so it’s not our first time playing football. It’s just a matter of focus. When you’re tired it can be hard to focus, but that’s when you’ve really got to pick it up and stay focused.”

I doubt fatigue is an issue for Buffalo’s line. They’re a well-conditioned group and due to lack of offensive execution as an entire unit, they’ve rarely been on the field for more than half the game.

Levitre was called “a consideration” to replace Demetrius Bell at left tackle moving forward if Bell is unable to play this week.


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