We start another week as we countdown to the end of the preseason and the beginning of the regular season, now just under 2-weeks away. We got plenty of sound after today’s afternoon practice. We heard from head coach Doug Marrone, Eric Wood, and receiver Sammy Watkins. We also began the show asking the listeners about what they saw from Saturday night’s preseason game against the Buccaneers and what they need to do before the regular season begins. We asked about the improvement of the run defense and if they’ve shown enough to make you think they’ve improved in that area.
Our first guest was linebacker Keith Rivers. Rivers talked about this past game against Tampa Bay, which was his first in front of Bills fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium. In that game, he was a big part of the run defense success, which is all part of the new scheme brought on by Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Rivers weighed in on that.
“Schwartz is interactive with us and he’s a great coach as well. He does a great job explain to us exactly how he wants us to get it done and it’s been exciting thus far playing under him.”
Rivers talked about the final preseason game upcoming on Thursday and what the team needs to work on with before their first regular season game at Chicago.
Our second guest was former Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. He spent 27-years in the NFL, most recently as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants where he won two Super Bowls. Now retired from the NFL, he has been added to the staff at NBC Sports Network on their new show, Pro Football Talk. He’s looking forward to joining a team on NBC that includes three former pro bowl players and even a former NFL trainer. He also discussed his time in Buffalo and working with quarterback Drew Bledsoe in 2002.
“I think we owned 13 offensive records at the end of that year. Drew had 8 individual records and the other 5 were team, offensive records. We had Eric Moulds. We had Peerless Price. Travis Henry had a great year. We had Sammy Morris as a backup and I thought our line was young but was pretty darn good…Drew Bledsoe was dying to prove that he was still a very good quarterback. He had been unseeded by Tom Brady after the injury, so he can in highly motivated and really, really played well for us that first year.”
Gilbride also talked about coaching Eli Manning who said has “tremendous self-control and a burning desire to excel.”
Finally, Ray Bentley who played linebacker for the Bills for 6 seasons joined the show. He is currently the play-by-play man during the Bills preseason games on the Bills Television Network. He weighed in on EJ Manuel and the rest of the quarterback group, adding “I’ve seen signs he (Manuel) can get this done.” In front of Manuel, Bentley talked about the transition on the offensive line and the rest of the skill position players on the roster.
On defense, Bentley has been impressed with the team’s play, especially on the front line and the secondary. He discussed the playing time when it comes to playing the starters in the team’s final preseason game. Bentley said he would like to see the first string offense play the entire first half.
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