Inside The Bills

Safety rotation will continue

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2009 – 3:23 pm

Last week against Jacksonville the Bills employed a safety rotation where Donte Whitner and Jairus Byrd subbed in and out for one another through the course of the game. Interim head coach Perry Fewell liked how it worked last Sunday and intends to continue with it moving forward.

“That’s a good problem for us keeping guys in that rotation,” said Fewell. “When Donte was hurt earlier in the season, he’s a very good run defender and I think our run defense improved a bit last week because Donte Whitner was in the mix. And Byrd is an excellent pass defender and his production is well documented. So that’s a good thing for us to make sure we have both of those guys out there and have them serve a role that they can function in.”

George Wilson has also been very productive and he’s expected to remain in the strong safety role.

“He has been very productive and played well for us,” said Fewell of Wilson. “We’ve been better in that (position). I like having that problem.”

With Byrd’s nagging groin problem it’s also likely that they want to split reps in games at the free safety position to reduce the wear and tear on Byrd with six games to play. Whitner has also been on the field as the team’s nickel corner with the team shorthanded on cornerbacks.

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