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Bills DBs focused on fixing technique

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2016 – 11:19 am

Buffalo’s defensive backs did not have a productive day last week against the Jets. To their credit they put most of the blame on themselves and their own playing technique. Knowing it’s a copycat league, the Bills secondary has focused on fixing their techniques and having some different plans for Arizona Sunday.

“As DBs we go to our toolbox and we switch up leverages,” said Nickell Robey-Coleman. “We switch up the way we use our hands, the way we pressure at the line. So it’s about going back into that toolbox.

“After playing the Jets for the eighth time they knew what leverage we were playing and did a good job of attacking our outside leverage. Making us flip our hips and coming back inside. But we’ll make some adjustments and go back out there and showcase it against the Cardinals.

“That’s the thing about being a DB. You’re playing a certain technique or leverage and if nobody is going to stop it why stop using it. But now they’ve got a little jump on us so we’re going to switch it up a bit.”

Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman believes the reasons the defensive backfield was victimized can be effectively corrected.

“It’s about competing,” he said. “You know, you’ve got to get on the practice field and correct the things that you didn’t do right. There are things that can be corrected, and some of it falls on us as coaches. But we have to work together. And if we do, we have a chance to get it corrected. We expect our guys to play the way they’re capable of playing and we’ll see what happens on Sunday.”

Thurman does acknowledge that Arizona’s passing game is a sizable challenge with Carson Palmer at the controls.

“When he’s comfortable and things are right, and he hits that back foot and he hitches up one step and there’s no pressure around him, he can carve you up,” said Thurman of Palmer. “I mean he’s really a good quarterback. He throws the ball well. He can make all the throws, has a group of excellent receivers. So yeah we have our hands full on Sunday.”

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