Inside The Bills

Anthony Lynn: Explaining ‘Ground and Pound’

Posted by johnmurphyshow on June 1, 2015 – 9:32 pm


Back on the air to begin another week here at One Bills Drive. For the players, it was a day off from on-field work as Rex Ryan bussed his team down the thruway to attend Jim Kelly’s Celebrity Golf Tournament. We heard from Kelly, the team’s head coach, and various players who shared their experience on Monday supporting a great cause.

New York Jets' Matt Simms in action during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 37-7. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)New Bills quarterback Matt Simms joined us at the bottom of the first hour. Simms discussed the process of ending up here in Buffalo after his request for a release in New York. He talked about his time with the Jets and touched on some highlights from his time on the field, including throwing his first touchdown pass in the league against the Bills back in 2013. Simms went on about his path to the NFL, starting off at Louisville, then to Junior College, before ending up at Tennessee, a journeyman during his college career.

“Those experiences and those tough times have really shaped me into the man I am today. I’m quite thankful for those experiences during those tough times. Although, the fans can’t really appreciate my career because they couldn’t follow me, like they would a Johnny Manziel, where they saw all these great games that he’s had but nonetheless, I’m still here fighting the good fight, still enjoying the game for what it is and truly blessed for that.”

lynnWe were also joined in-studio by the Bills Assistant Head Coach and running backs coach Anthony Lynn. The offseason brought in plenty of talent in the backfield for Lynn to employ, as he mentioned the possibilities for the players on the roster. Lynn went on to talk about his playing and coaching career and the influence Rex Ryan has had on him. Now, here in Buffalo, he takes on a new offensive philosophy under Greg Roman, utilizing the theme of ‘ground and pound.’

“Ground and pound is just winning football games. It just means you’re committed to running the football. It doesn’t mean you’re going to run the ball fifty times a game. You’re just committed to running the football for four quarters. That’s how we were in Denver. We won more football games in six years than any team in NFL history. It was the ‘ground and pound’ mentality because we were committed to running the football but we would throw the football to beat you. If you want to take the run away, we’ll take that but we’re going to be committed to running it and I think when you play in the northeast, you have to be.”

To hear more from Lynn and the complete John Murphy Show from Monday, click here.

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