Our last show before we head into the weekend and Sunday’s game with the Chargers. We had plenty of preview material to get you ready. Our weekly installment of Coffee with the Coach as Bills Insider Chris Brown sat down with Doug Marrone to get his thoughts on his team and the Chargers. We went Around the Locker Room, hearing from a handful of Bills players. Of course, we also got a heavy dose of listeners chiming in with their thoughts, predictions, and concerns leading up to the game.
At the bottom of the first hour, former NFL QB Sage Rosenfels called in to weigh in on this year’s team. He dished out high praise for the Bills in a recent article on his new site www.footballbyfootball.com. He said the “Bills are for real and will compete in the AFC East.” As a former quarterback in the league he had some opinions on EJ Manuel and likes what he has seen from him in the first two games.
“He gets put in that mix of the athletic quarterback that probably counts on his legs too much. I think last year he did that more than this year. It seems like in the first two games he’s trying to become more of a pocket passer and I think he’s doing a pretty good job of it. He looks comfortable in the pocket. He throws nice seam balls that are real NFL throws. When they need to, they still run some of the zone read with him to take advantage of his athletic ability but I think he’s one of those quarterbacks that has understood that if he wants to play in this league for 10, 12, or 15 years, you have to be a pocket passer”
No one will break down a game like Murph’s partner on the radio broadcast, Mark Kelso. He joined us at the top of the first hour to give us his complete breakdown from both sides of the ball and from each team. He discussed Phillip Rivers and the QB’s connection with veteran tight end Antonio Gates, a tandem Kelso said the Bills should pay close attention to.
“There are times when he’s lined up in a flex position or if he’s lined up as a tight end. There are times when you want to sacrifice the defensive end on that side and get a collision on him and make it difficult for him to get off the football….You can also bring some pressure, so if Antonio Gates is on your defensive left side, you can bring some pressure from that side. What that will do is force Phillip Rivers to throw it to the other side and you can eliminate that pattern but you have to be extremely careful with Antonio Gates.”
Kelso then looked at the Bills offense against the Chargers defense, specifically when it comes to their defensive backfield and how EJ Manuel might have chances to go deep. He gave plenty more insight into Sunday’s game as well.
Finally, the Bills VP of Operations and Game Experience Andy Major swung by to discuss the recent development inside and outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium when it comes to stadium renovations. He talked about the how the recent updates have been utilized and have been affected through the first two regular season home games. He specifically mentioned entry into the stadium and the ways they are improving the process to get your seat. Major also addressed the fan behavior issues and touched on the effort to improve that with added security and the new ELERTS ‘See Something, Say Something’ app that gives fans a one-touch way to communicate with stadium officials when a problem arises.
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