Inside The Bills

Why Merriman is a team leader

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2011 – 7:05 am

Bills GM Buddy Nix touted Shawne Merriman as having natural leadership in addition to great ability as a football player. I noticed the first instance of that leadership Monday.

The Bills offensive line had just finished a particularly tough practice in which they surrendered five sacks during team period. Ed Wang was starting at left tackle with Demetrius Bell out injured. Wang was going against Merriman for a good portion of the 11-on-11 work and did surrender a sack and a couple of other pressures through the course of practice.

When practice was over however, Merriman approached Wang and took the time to go over pass rush tells by ends and linebackers in an effort to help Wang better anticipate what’s coming. Merriman even demonstrated a couple to Wang in slow motion. It was only a two minute exchange, but it’s clear that Merriman realizes leaders make more than themselves better, they make the team better wherever they can.

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