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How Brady & Co. are preparing for RWS noise

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2015 – 3:28 pm

The Bills fans brought it big time in the season opener against the Colts. Veteran players affirmed that it was one of the loudest on field atmospheres they can remember. With the rival Patriots coming to town the decibel level is expected to climb even higher this Sunday. So what is the Patriots offense doing to prepare for the likelihood of having to operate with non-verbal communication?

Tom Brady was asked if the Patriots are capable of duplicating the Ralph Wilson Stadium atmosphere in practice.

“Yeah, you can try,” he said. “Unless you’ve been there, you really don’t quite know how it’s going to be. I think you expect the worst and you expect the loudest, and I think that’s what we practice when we’re out there. I mean, you really can’t hear anything when Coach [Belichick] turns those speakers up.

“He tries to make it harder for us in practice than it is in the game, and not being able to really hear anything just requires a lot of non-verbal communication and everyone being on the same page – knowing your calls, knowing your assignments, being able to know the things that we’re doing really well so you can go out and play confidently and aggressively – because if you don’t play that way, then you get really defensive as an offense. I think the Colts, they got pushed around, and when you get pushed around by a team like this, they really feed off of that.”

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Bradham on crowd noise: Keep it coming

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2015 – 9:05 am

Bills LB Nigel Bradham has played more than his fair share of home games in Orchard Park, but on Sunday, Week 1 against the Colts, the din raining down from the fans onto the field was the most noise he has ever experienced.

As we profiled on today, Rex Ryan’s first win was special for many reasons, but the fans coming through on his request for vocal support might have been the trump card.

“This one was crazy,” Bradham told “I honestly could yell on the field and not hear myself at all. To the top of my lungs yelling and Preston (Brown) is like four yards over and he can’t even hear me. So we had to use hand signals man. That was the most exciting and loud I’ve ever heard it in here. It’s been loud, but that was another level.”

Head coach Rex Ryan admitted that in practice this week they’re going to have to prepare better for the crowd noise.

“The thing we really gotta start working on is, I’ve got to pump the volume up for our defense in practice because we kind of blew some communication things out there,” Ryan said. “But it’s because our fans were so awesome, but we’ve got to expect it. Our team has to expect it. So I’ve got to really work at it and dial it in, but man it was unbelievable.”

Buffalo’s defensive players did admit there were some communication problems with pre-snap checks and adjustments to alignments and formation, but they’re not about to tell Bills fans to keep quiet.

“We did have communication issues, but keep it coming,” said Bradham. “It’s a bigger problem for them and you could see the delay of games, the timeouts they had to take, the false starts.”

“There were definitely some problems here and there,” said Kyle Williams. “But you don’t want them to change at all because it’s more of an issue for them than it is for us.”

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Offense not alone in prepping for crowd noise

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2012 – 8:46 am

In preparation for the season opener the Bills pumped crowd noise onto the practice field on Thursday and Friday to re-create a road atmosphere so their offense gets accustomed to communicating in such conditions. Buffalo’s coaching staff is now doing the same for Buffalo’s defense.

On Friday the Bills blared crowd noise onto the field for their starting defense to replicate the noise in Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday’s game.

“We’ve done it several times, but it’s for our defense,” head coach Chan Gailey told “It’s for when our defense is on the field because we hope our crowd is into it on third down especially and we’ve got communication issues because they’re so loud trying to disrupt Kansas City’s offense.”

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Bucs head coach gives credit to Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2009 – 2:03 pm

Bucs head coach Raheem Morris wasn’t happy with his team’s performance overall in the loss to Buffalo and credited Bills fans in playing a factor in their lack of success.

“We got hurt with penalties on offense,” said Morris. “This is a loud place and we knew that all week. The false starts hurt us and stopped a couple drives. The crowd noise was definitely a factor. Discipline was an issue and we need to clean it up.”

Crowd noise will definitely be welcome this coming Sunday when the most prolific offense in the league comes to the Ralph as the Saints are averaging better than 46 points per game this season.

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