The Bills have another bounce back game on the road just like two weeks ago in Miami. Here’s hoping it’s a repeat performance. Here’s your latest edition of questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.
1 – @ChrisBrownBills Is John Miller practicing, playing?
CB: Miller practiced all week. He was never full go, but head coach Rex Ryan said on Friday he expects Miller to be back in the starting lineup.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills what’s the word on McKelvin?
CB: McKelvin has made some good strides the last couple of weeks. He’s starting to do real football work on the side now with the athletic trainers. He was pulling an athletic trainer while working on his backpedal with straps attached to his body. The athletic trainer was holding the ends of the straps and McKelvin was pulling him down the field.
He’s certainly worked hard to get all the way back and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s practicing again the first week he’s eligible to do so, which is the week leading up to the London game against Jacksonville. Whether he’s activated off the Reserve/NFI list is another story.
3 – Hey Chris,
My question is on Doug Whaley. How do contracts work for GMs? Unless Whaley got fired is it his job forever?
I really loved your article about him recently because it shows that he doesn’t want this franchise to be successful for a couple of years he wants to build it into a franchise that competes year in and year out. I’ve been listening to him speak about that in the past and I don’t think most fans really pay attention to what he’s been saying. I really do believe we have a GM and a front office that can make this franchise respectable again for a long time. So, do you think Doug Whaley is here to stay for a long time?
Thanks as always, Jillian
CB: I think Doug Whaley is fast proving to be an astute GM who knows how to build a roster for the long haul. General manager contracts work a lot like coaching contracts. They’re just not publicized as much. I think provided the talent that he’s assembled can reach its full potential, Whaley should be building rosters here for a long time.
4 – Chris,
You help keep us fans who live far away up to date, so thank you. My question is about the defense. What has happened to them? Rex said he expects them to be #1 with the roster they have. They stepped up their run defense, but pass has been terrible. We call the front four the cold front, but I haven’t seen anything from them that I’ve come to expect over the last few years. We led the lead in sacks the last 2 years and it seems like a rare occurance if we get one now. Please help me understand what has become of our best asset.
Loyal and true fan in Virginia
CB: First thing to know is the number of sacks a team has doesn’t always indicate a team has a great defense. Perfect example is the 2000 Ravens. They had just 35 sacks, but allowed just 165 points the whole season. That being said, the Bills pass rush has been effectively countered by a quick strike pass game from opponents. Underneath coverage, particularly in the middle of the field has to be better to help the pass rush up front.
That is the only thing that will make opponents pull out of their quick pass game. That or keeping them out of the end zone and putting them behind on the scoreboard. Then the passing game will have to open up and call for longer pass routes to catch up in the game. That leads to the QB holding the ball longer and then the pass rush can have the impact it’s designed to have in this defense.
5 – Chris,
When is Goodwin due back?
CB: Marquise is listed as probable for Sunday’s game, so I think there’s a good chance he’s dressed for Sunday’s game, especially if Sammy Watkins is down.
Tags: Doug Whaley, John Miller, Leodis McKelvin, Marquise Goodwin, pass rush, sacks, Sammy Watkins
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