Inside The Bills

Carrington’s anticipation a credit to vets

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2012 – 9:30 am

In our feature story on Alex Carrington’s improved play of late on the home page at, we covered several ways in which he has enhanced his game. While he has certainly been the beneficiary of good coaching in his time with the Bills, he also credits the veteran defensive linemen in his positional meeting room for expanding his knowledge of the game.

“My football knowledge and my chemistry with the guys I’m working with has boosted my play tremendously,” Carrington told “I’ve learned a lot from these guys just by sitting and watching film, talking to them and asking questions.”

Just listening to Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Spencer Johnson interacting with the coaches in the meeting rooms has helped Carrington know what to expect against specific opponents and even specific players out on the field.

“It’s not one specific piece of advice. It’s kind of collective,” he said. “I’m very observant and I see the way these guys watch film. I see the kinds of questions they ask and it gives me a different perspective on how to approach my opponent.

“They’ll ask questions that I wouldn’t think of and they’re veterans so they’ve played a lot of these opponents multiple times. So they already have a bead on what kind of player he is and what he’ll do in certain situations. It’s unbelievable. That’s what makes them great players and shows you that they put the time in with film study and the advantage of experience. You can’t teach that stuff.”

Whether Carrington knows it or not, they’re teaching it to him.

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