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Buffalo Bills State of the Roster: Defense and Special Teams

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Coming off a career-best season, Marcell Dareus’ adjustment to another new defensive scheme will be critical to Buffalo’s 2014 success. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

The Buffalo Bills defense is currently in a state of flux as defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and subsequently, has pilfered three Bills assistant coaches from last year’s staff, one who had been hired by the Bills earlier this month (Jeff Hafley) and might be on the verge of hiring away defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

The Bills reacted quickly and hired former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz to replace Pettine. Though his staff isn’t completely solidified yet, it appears likely that Schwartz will bring his “Wide 9,” 4-3 based defense to Buffalo.

The good news for Schwartz is that he’s entering a kitchen with a well-stocked pantry. Buffalo’s defense was its stronger side of the ball last season, and with only one glaring exception, returns all of its key contributors who, for the most part, look to be solid fits for Schwartz’ scheme.

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First Downs and Flags: Dominant Defense Leads Buffalo Bills To Win vs. Dolphins

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Rookie cornerback Nickell Robey continued to stand out for the Buffalo Bills defense in their Week 16 shutout. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills hosted their AFC East rival, the Miami Dolphins, Sunday in their final home game of the 2013 season. The first game the Bills played after officially being eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15, their only tangible incentive in winning was the chance to spoil the Dolphins’ playoffs hopes.

With starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, top wide receiver Stevie Johnson and safety Aaron Williams all declared out for the game by Friday, Buffalo’s chances of winning seemed uncertain at best, even though the Bills narrowly pulled out a win in Week 7 against the Dolphins.

Regardless, backup quarterback Thad Lewis led the Bills out on a rainy day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and the best word to describe the Bills’ play was dominance.

Pure and utter dominance.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins: Week 16 Live Game Thread

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Mario Williams and the Bills defense will have to play another strong game to sweep the Dolphins. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Domination.

That one word defines today’s game against the Dolphins. Buffalo’s defense was dominant against the Dolphins. The defense accounted for seven sacks and two interceptions against the Dolphins, who looked unprepared to play.

Ryan Tannehill was held to 83 yards passing and Matt Moore passed for 53 yards and two interceptions. On the ground, Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas combined for 12 rushes for 14 yards. To say nothing went right for the Dolphins’ offense is an understatement.

Buffalo’s defense was anchored by Kyle Williams who had an outstanding game. He sacked Tannehill twice and blew up a few other plays during the game. Nickell Robey added two sacks of his own and Jerry Hughes, Mario Williams and Da’Norris Searcy all added one sack apiece.

Buffalo’s interceptions came from Jim Leonhard and Leodis McKelvin.

Offensively, Lewis went 15-of-25 for 193 yards and one interception. He also added 13 yards rushing.

Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller kept the Dolphins at bay as the two accounted for 188 yards on 39 carries and one touchdown.

It was a gutsy performance for the Bills who were without Stevie Johnson. During the game, Marquise Goodwin suffered an injury and Robert Woods was ejected for throwing a punch. Woods still led the Bills in receiving with 3 catches for 70 yards. In spite of all of the wide receiver losses, the Bills did a great job of controlling the clock.

The 2013 season is lost, but this win is a positive step in the right direction for 2014. The Bills are now 3-2 in the AFC East. A win over the Patriots would give them their first winning record in the division since 2007.

Christmas is still a few days away, but the Bills gave their fans an early present today by squishing the fish.

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Under the Radar: Unsung Heroes for the Buffalo Bills This Season

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

You may not have noticed if you haven’t watched him closely, but left tackle Cordy Glenn has been a star this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The story of the Buffalo Bills’ 2013 season has been about new beginnings: an entirely new coaching staff under the helm of coach Doug Marrone and a young team with many key rookies including quarterback EJ Manuel, wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin and linebacker Kiko Alonso.

The majority of the buzz around Western New York and the entire NFL has focused on these young players or the Bills’ “big names” both positively (Mario Williams, Jairus Byrd, Kyle Williams) and negatively (C.J. Spiller).

While those players deserve the press they get, a few names have slipped under the radar and are having career seasons, all the while going relatively unheard of when compared to their teammates.

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First Downs and Flags: Buffalo Bills Bounce Back vs. Division Rival New York Jets

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Marquise Goodwin continued to perform well as the Buffalo Bills passing offense had one of his best games of the season Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills went into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets coming off their worst showing of the season in a Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. After nothing had worked well against the Steelers for the Bills offense and quarterback EJ Manuel, all eyes were on the quarterback and the Bills offense as it was set to go against a strong New York Jets defense in the Bills’ first AFC East rematch of the season.

The Jets beat the Bills 27-20 in Week 3, but Sunday’s game went much differently, with the Bills blowing the Jets out for a 37-14 victory. Things did not look good for Manuel in the days leading up to the game as the Bills’ top two receivers, Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson, were ruled out with injuries. This left second-year T.J. Graham, rookie Marquise Goodwin, inexperienced Chris Hogan and underused Marcus Easley to serve as Buffalo’s receiving corps Sunday.

Even with those injuries and swirling gusts at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills scored their highest point total of the season Sunday.

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