Offense has a few new wrinkles

Posted by Chris Brown on May 30, 2012 – 2:04 pm

Each year every NFL club tweaks their offensive scheme. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tried to quantify how much things will change in Buffalo’s attack in 2012.

“That’s something they always spend a lot of time during the offseason reviewing what happened last year,” Fitzpatrick said. “Really figuring out the things that went well, why they went well and the things that didn’t go well and the reasons for that. It’s hard to put a percentage on it. There’s obviously a lot of carryover and a lot of similarities to what we’ve been doing since he’s (Chan Gailey) been here. In knowing me as a player and knowing our personnel and what we think we have, we’re tweaking some stuff just to fit guys better and really take advantage of everybody’s talent. There’s definitely going to be a little bit of a new look. We’re doing a lot of the same stuff and just hoping to do a lot of the same stuff better than we did last year.”

So the changes appear to be minor, but Fitzpatrick considers one of Gailey’s greatest strengths to be the ability to maximize the strengths of his personnel with his scheme, sometimes down to player by player.


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A good look at Mario impact

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2012 – 11:09 am

SI.com took a nice look at how Mario Williams makes an impact on defense with the Texans and uses visual examples. It’s worth checking out.

SI.com’s Chris Burke wisely looks at Williams’ effectiveness in Houston’s old 4-3 defense knowing he’ll be playing in a similar scheme in Buffalo. He also then examines Buffalo’s existing talent from last season (albeit without Kyle Williams) and provides some promising insight as to what the Bills will be able to do to cause headaches for opposing offensive lines.

The image I like the most is seeing him get nine yards deep on a pass play and still bend the corner and harass the quarterback.


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Mario’s career highs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2012 – 4:13 pm

Here’s a look at some of Mario Williams’ career highs in his six-year NFL career.

Williams’ Career Highs in season
Tackles 44 (2008)
Sacks 14 (2007)
Forced Fumbles 4 (2008)
Passes defenses 4 (2006)

Williams’ Career Highs in a game
Tackles                              7          three times, last: vs. N.Y. Jets, 9/13/09
Sacks                              3.5          vs. Denver, J. Cutler, 12/13/07
Forced Fumbles                1          11 times, last: vs. Indianapolis, 9/11/11
Fumble Recoveries           1          three times, last: at St. Louis, 12/20/09
Touchdowns                      1          vs. Kansas City, 38-yard FR, 9/9/07
Passes Defensed              2          at Washington, 9/19/10


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