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Bills get ‘A’ grade from Lombardi

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2012 – 5:15 pm

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi gave the Bills an ‘A’ grade for their draft before they even made their final draft choice at the bottom of round seven.

“I like their top pick of Gilmore,” said Lombardi. “I also liked the pick of Tank Carder a lot, and they got him in the fifth round. They haven’t closed the gap all the way on New England, but they got a lot closer with this draft class.”


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Lombardi on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2011 – 1:17 pm

Fora third straight week, NFL Network analyst used space in his column to break down the Bills latest victory. Here’s what he wrote about Buffalo improving to 3-0 with a landmark win over New England.

The Bills once again came from behind, overcoming a 21-0 deficit and dominating the second half by forcing Tom Brady into three interceptions over the final six possessions. These 2011 Bills have no quit in them regardless of the score or how many yards the opponent is able to gain. Early, the Patriots moved the ball at will. But after Bills defensive back Bryan Scott intercepted a tipped ball just as the Patriots were getting ready to add to their lead at the end of the first half, the tide turned in the game. Instead of going into the locker room down 24-3 or 28-3, the Bills trailed 21-10 and were confident they could turn the game around.

Give coach Chan Gaily credit. He has devised a system that highlights the strengths of the team and protects its weaknesses. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is almost un-sackable as he gets rid of the ball quickly in this spread attack and never allows his offensive line to become exposed. The Bills have one of the best yards-after-contact runners in Fred Jackson and a bunch of receivers, spearheaded by Stevie Johnson, who all run excellent routes, rarely have drops and are always in rhythm with Fitzpatrick.

By spreading teams out, the Bills create easy throws for Fitzpatrick. He is never forced to hold onto the ball for an extended period, thus eliminating the potential of negative plays. The Bills know their offensive line is not a powerful group, so they never ask them to flex their muscles.

Clearly, Brady was off. Even though he threw for 387 yards, some of his throws were not as accurate as they normally are, and the Bills took full advantage of his miscues. They played with great passion and when the game was on the line, Buffalo made the plays that in the past 15 games New England normally made.

As nose tackle Kyle Williams said after the game: “You can’t say enough about the guys on our football team. Grinding it out. Fighting. Never quitting. You know we talked about it all week. You know we’re not scared and we’re going to play as hard as we can for 60 minutes and see where the chips fall.”

The Bills are for real, and they won’t go quietly. They will compete no matter the score and clearly no lead is too much for them to overcome.


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NFLN’s Lombardi praises Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2011 – 12:46 pm

For the second straight week the Bills garnered some league headlines. NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi has this to offer on the Bills in his Things I Loved section for Week 2.

» With the Bills down 21-3 at halftime, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick rallied his team to victory by leading scoring drives every time he touched the ball in the second half. The last drive, the Bills converted a fourth down for the game-winning score. Fitzpatrick has now played two excellent games and the Bills are 2-0. The Bills probably don’t have five players that most of America can name, but they play hard, they play tough and they never stop competing. The Bills might not be perfect, but like they did at the end of last season, they will play everyone tough.


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Lombardi not sold on Bills yet

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2011 – 11:29 am

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi mentioned the Bills in his Monday column in which he goes around the league and lists some of his observations. Though impressed with the what Buffalo did in their dismantling of the Chiefs in Kansas City Sunday, he’s not yet convinced that the Bills are for real.

Here’s what he wrote in his column.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bills fans have to feel really proud of what happen in Kansas City. Four touchdown passes, a perfect quarterback rating for Fitzpatrick and a convincing win on the road to savor. The Bills are better. How much better I am not sure considering the lack of resistance from the Chiefs.

For the record Fitz did not have a perfect passer rating. It was 133, which is outstanding, but perfect is 158.3.


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Lombardi prefers Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2011 – 10:50 am

NFL Network draft analyst Michael Lombardi was asked about making a decision between taking Nick Fairley or Marcell Dareus, a decision the Bills could be faced with at third overall in April.

Lombardi prefers Dareus due in large part to his proven production over the past three years versus the one year of production by Fairley.

“I would probably go Marcell right now because I think Nick, even though he had a great first year, there’s a lot of gaps in his college
career,” Lombardi said at the NFL combine. “He had the one year and then didn’t play as well and then went JC. So there’s a lot of gaps that you have to clean up.

“That’s what this is all about. Bill Walsh had a great saying. Don’t take the one-year player and look forward. Take the one-year player and look back. I’ve always followed that rule when a guy has one great year. Why didn’t he have it the other times? I think that’s proved to be correct.”

Rest assured that the Bills and the other teams at the top of the draft will be looking deep into Fairley’s past to get those answers this week. Dareus right now however, is the safer pick with his longer track record of success.


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Lombardi: “Bills have their guy in mind”

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2010 – 10:21 pm

National Football Post and NFL Network reporter/analyst Michael Lombardi reported on NFL Network’s Total Access that the “Bills have their guy in mind” for head coach.

Here is his direct quote from the interview.

“You know Buffalo is quietly been going underground, they are doing their interviews. They interviewed Leslie Frazier. They are talking to a lot of people in the league. But somebody I spoke to in the organization tells me they are very close to making a descision. They think they know which way they want to go. Wouldn’t tell me which way they are going to go. But I think they have their guy in mind.”

Speculate all you want with this one, your guess is as good as anyone else’s. Bottom line though is while the Bills brass might have their guy in mind there are some hurdles still to be cleared.

First, the pick of Buddy Nix and Russ Brandon must get approval from Mr. Wilson, which usually involves a face-to-face meeting. Then they have to talk contract. There also could be the issue of the playoffs if the candidate is working for a playoff team.

If Lombardi is right though this could be wrapped up by early next week. Stay cool everybody.


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