Inside The Bills

Coaches expecting better run ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2011 – 9:52 am

Buffalo’s players are expecting to be a better run defense in 2011, and signs have certainly been encouraging in training camp. The Bills coaches are also expecting marked improvement, which is why they’re just as anxious to see where the unit is at Saturday night in the preseason opener.

Bills defensive line coach Giff Smith made his expectations clear, but he’s also going to keep a close eye on the rookies to see how they handle things when the real bullets are flying.

“My expectation going into the first preseason game especially for the young guys is to see if they get wide-eyed and lose focus of the technique and the fundamentals that we worked hard on,” Smith told “But I expect us to go out there and perform the way I think we can. We’re better than we were last year. Now you’ve got to prove it when you go out there against an opponent. It’s 11-on-11 and you’ve got to shut it down and make them a one dimensional offense and make them throw it, then we can heat it up and have some fun.”

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