Inside The Bills

Pass rush makes great anticipators

Posted by Chris Brown on June 28, 2012 – 8:27 am

In our feature story on Jairus Byrd on the home page of today we profile why the Bills’ free safety is poised for a breakout season, three years removed from his nine-interception rookie season. Buffalo’s pass rush is anticipated to help make Byrd even more of a playmaker, but Bills secondary coach George Catavolos explains why.

“What makes Ed Reed so great is in the defense he plays with the kind of rush they have the quarterback gets one look,” said Catavolos using the Ravens Pro Bowl safety as an example. “So if the quarterback is looking left he can break that way. He’s getting older so he’s playing zone really deep now, but three or four years ago when the quarterback looked to his left, Reed would be breaking to his (own) right. I remember a couple of times with our own receivers on slants, a four-yard pass, Reed came very close to making a play on the ball.”

This is the kind of anticipation many believe Jairus Byrd will be able to make because he can depend on a consistent pass rush all the more with the talent added up front this offseason. So it at least appears likely that Byrd could approach the interception numbers he had as a rookie in 2009 this season.

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