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A peek at Bills O-line chemistry

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2011 – 12:23 pm

Most fans know the important of chemistry to an offensive line. A lot of that chemistry can be built off the field, which is what Buffalo’s offensive linemen do with their quarterback.

Here’s a Sporting News piece on what Buffalo’s offensive linemen do on Fridays with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.


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Tip of hat to O-line

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2011 – 9:25 pm

They’ve been much maligned this preseason, but on Sunday the offensive line did top notch work in the 41-7 victory.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked just once  and though the statistics say he was hit five other times, I personally only recall seeing a pair of legitimate shots. Head coach Chan Gailey tipped his hat to his linemen as well.

“The key to the whole thing is pass protection and I think we got sacked one time,” he said. “Erik (Pears) let the guy get around the corner. We got hit maybe two more times, but other than that Fitz was able to stand back there and see things and throw it where he needed to throw it. The pass protection was huge for us.”

If the pass protection stays the course the Bills will be putting up a lot of points this season.

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Fred on O-line rotation

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2011 – 9:26 am

Bills RB Fred Jackson was asked about the offensive line rotation that’s been going on the last few days at left guard with Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart and how it affects him as a running back.

“It’s tough to adjust,” he said. “You try to jell with the guys that are up there and then you get things that throw off your mentality. It’s one of those things you have to be able to adjust to. Injuries happen during the season, so you want to adjust to whoever is in front of you and pickup on what they’re doing as fast as possible.”

Buffalo’s offensive staff is no doubt looking to nail down their starting five on the line as soon as possible to have as much cohesiveness as they can muster going into the season opener.

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Screen game has potential

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2010 – 8:47 am

Screens and draws are two elements of Buffalo’s offense that have been noticeably absent the past few years as they’ve been run rather infrequently. That could change this season.

The Bills had a pair of well executed screens in Saturday night’s win over Cincinnati. One went to Corey McIntyre and picked up 16 yards, while the other went to C.J. Spiller and picked up 26. One of the main reasons for that success were the key blocks delivered by Buffalo’s offensive linemen who got downfield.

“They did a good job,” said Chan Gailey of his offensive linemen. “We’ve got some pretty good athletes up front that can run, so that’s got a chance to be a pretty big part of our ball game before it’s over with.”

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OT Green a likely game day decision

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2010 – 8:05 am

Right tackle Cornell Green has participated in practice all week coming off a knee injury suffered in practice the week before, but head coach Chan Gailey wants to wait on making a final call on Green’s availability for Thursday night’s preseason game in Toronto.

“There’s a chance. I think we have to see. He went (Monday) night, went again (Tuesday). Let’s see how he feels come Thursday night,” said Gailey.

With Demetrius Bell and Eric Wood expected to see some brief action, if Green is able to play it would be the first time the projected starting five offensive linemen would be together in live action.

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O-line left to right

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2009 – 7:30 pm

Here’s the Bills lineup on the offensive line for tonight.

LT Jonathan Scott, LG Andy Levitre, C Geoff Hangartner, RG Kendall Simmons, RT Kirk Chambers.

This is the same lineup as the week before, just the second time that has happened this season.

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Bills O-line confidential

Posted by Chris Brown on October 3, 2009 – 2:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills offensive linemen gathered together for an evening of food and conversation, and somebody invited the tight ends to come along too.

It’s an entertaining interaction from Buffalo’s men up front courtesy of Good for a few laughs for sure.

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Fan Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2008 – 7:28 pm

Here’s the latest installment. As always if you have a question e-mail me at and I’ll do my best to answer everyone. Just remember you can always check here for answers.

1. Allowing most of the sacks on the line, and the production value being so positive for Kirk Chambers, would a consideration of benching Jason Peters be an option? Also, I find it hard to believe that with such a productive college transition and very good pre-season, that Steve Johnson doesn’t get a lot of playing time at the Wide Receiver position. What are your thoughts? Thank You.
Nolan Cool

CB: I asked Dick Jauron just last week for a progress report on Jason Peters and he told me that while he has missed on a couple of plays that, “he has dominated the opposition far more than he’s been dominated.” He also told me that he has no worries with Peters on the left side. I don’t see the Bills changing anything up front.

As for Johnson I wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of him myself. But there are veterans like Evans, Reed and Parrish entrenched at receiver and even Justin Jenkins has more time on the field than Johnson. The staff is trying so hard to get Hardy up to speed that Johnson is kind of lost in the shuffle.


2. Dear Chris,

I’m thrilled regarding the Lee Evans contract extension.  But one Lee Evans-related issue that is bothersome is how under-utilized Lee is. Lee at the time I’m sending this ranks 35th in the NFL in terms of number of targets to a player. Yes, Lee is great at the long ball, but why don’t the Bills involve Lee more in the short passing gaming (e.g., slants)?

Andy Evens

CB: I think the coaching staff would like to do more of that. That’s why Turk Schonert has been open to moving Lee around in the formations to get different matchups and work different parts of the field. Ultimately however, Lee is the team’s best threat at stretching the field and now that he’s burned a couple of teams he puts genuine fear in teams (see Chargers). As a result I think you’ll see Lee factoring in more heavily to the underneath part of the passing game since teams will be very worried about getting toasted.


3. We have spent a lot of money on the line and I consistently hear good things about the individual abilities of our cast. I’m just wondering why the holes are not opening up? Is it because we are too big and slow? Is there a lack of effort? Problems with the scheme? Poor RB vision? I was just wondering if your observations have focused in on a flaw and I am interested in your response.
Thanks Chris, I enjoy updates
Alex Barnard

CB: Coaches always say that running the ball is an attitude. There’s no doubt Marshawn Lynch has that attitude. There’s no question the men up front have to come off the ball stronger.

From what I see they can’t consistently win that battle at the line of scrimmage. There are glimpses of it improving, but it hasn’t been consistent. The linemen know that and OL coach Sean Kugler knows that. They’re working on it. Hopefully it busts loose soon because with the bad weather on the way they’ll need to run it more.


4. What do you do during the Bills game and do you attend every one? I see that you blog 8 or 10 times during a game. What do you do for the other 2 and a half hours?
Wheatfield, NY

CB: During the game I’m writing the game story for the home page of So as it’s happening I’m writing a story. I’m writing down plays on a steno pad for reference for the story and I’m conversing with my co-workers at Bills Digest and on potential sidebar stories and secondary angles.

I have to file the game story right after the final gun before going down to the locker room, and it’s easier said than done, especially when it’s a close game that could go either way.

I’m also writing a script for our video wrap up package that appears in the media lounge of as part of our post game coverage. And blogging of course.


5. Wondering if we have considered using the Wildcat offense? Especially against the Dolphins. It might throw them off a bit. It would also give our defense some practice against it. Didn’t Freddie do some quarterbacking? Just another suggestion for Turk I guess.


CB: I don’t see Dick Jauron resorting to that. The team is averaging 25 points per game doing what they’re doing. The Dolphins don’t have much firepower at wide receiver so they need something different to increase their production like a scheme of this nature. Not knocking it. It’s worked for them.

However, if the Bills were to run it I think J.P. Losman would be perfect for it. He has the legs to run out of it and obviously would afford an offense much more versatility from a passing perspective out of that set.

Brown is not the best passer, though his TD throw to Fasano was pretty good against the Pats. We’ll see just what kind of a copycat league this is by how many teams adopt this formation.

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Pass protection has been great

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2008 – 6:11 pm

Buffalo’s pass protection has been good for the whole game thus far. Edwards has been throwing a lot to the backs (Jackson, Lynch) who have caught six passes already, but Trent has had a lot of time back there and his stats prove it. Entering this current drive he’s 14-15 for 125 yards and a TD. Passer rating 123.

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