Posts Tagged ‘Defensive Line’

What Should the Buffalo Bills Do with Marcell Dareus?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Has Marcell Dareus become more trouble than he is worth? (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Fourteen games into the 2013 NFL season, the story of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was that the 2011 No. 3 overall draft pick had emerged as one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles. The massive, powerful yet athletic presence had proven to be a great fit for the middle of Mike Pettine’s defense, and Bills fans started to clamor for the team to sign Dareus to a long-term contract extension.

Since then, Dareus’ success story has become blemished with embarrassing, disappointing incidents that have cast not only his long-term future, but perhaps his immediate future, into question.

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What Will Pepper Johnson Bring to Buffalo? Q&A with NEPatriotsDraft’s Mike Loyko

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills defensive line, led by Mario Williams (94) and Kyle Williams (95), will have a new position coach, Pepper Johnson, in 2014. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Mike Loyko, who covers the New England Patriots for NE Patriots Draft, recently took the time to share his thoughts with Buffalo Bills Draft on new Buffalo defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Johnson spent the past fourteen years on New England’s coaching staff as assistant linebackers coach (2000), inside linebackers coach (2001-03), defensive line coach (2004-11) and most recently, linebackers coach (2012-13).

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Buffalo Bills Hire Pepper Johnson, Fred Pagac to Fill Vacancies on Defensive Coaching Staff

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Fred Pagac was one of two new additions to the Buffalo Bills defensive coaching staff announced Friday. (Photo: Bruce Kluckohn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills continued reconstructing their defensive coaching staff Friday by announcing the hires of Pepper Johnson as defensive line coach and Fred Pagac as linebackers coach.

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Marcell Dareus Benched Two Consecutive Games to Finish Season

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Marcell Dareus was the star of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive front on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have had arguably the NFL’s best defensive line this season, but there might be reason for concern with one of their starting defensive linemen heading into the 2014 offseason. For the second straight week, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus served an in-game suspension — this time for the entire first half against the New England Patriots — for a violation of team rules.

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Buffalo Bills Sign Alan Branch to Three-Year Contract Extension

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch’s first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With seven sacks in Sunday’s shutout win against the Miami Dolphins and an NFL-leading 56 sacks this season, the Buffalo Bills’ pass-rush is on a roll. The franchise made a move to keep that pass-rush in tact by signing defensive lineman Alan Branch to a contract extension.

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