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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: Buffalo Loses to Atlanta Falcons in Typical Bills Fashion

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Stevie Johnson’s fourth-quarter fumble was one of numerous costly mistakes in Buffalo’s 34-31 overtime loss Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills were attempting to make a playoff push going into their Week 13 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Getting help from other AFC teams to keep them within reach of the conference’s sixth playoff speed, they had a chance to keep a playoff run alive with a win Sunday, but they did not.

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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: Bills Lose Third Straight in EJ Manuel’s Lackluster Return

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Not much went well for the Buffalo Bills offense on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

Quarterback EJ Manuel made his return for the Buffalo Bills, after missing the past four games due to a LCL sprain in Week 5, to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  After watching practice squad promotion turned starting quarterback Thad Lewis play for three games, and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel start in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bills fans were excited to see Manuel back on the field.

Coming into this week, the Bills stood at 3-6 and were looking to make a second-half push for the playoffs if they could start with a win against the Steelers.

On paper, the Bills held statistical advantages on both sides of the ball.  On offense, the Bills rank seventh in the league with 140.7 rushing yards per game, while the Steelers rank 29th with 127.2 rushing yards allowed per game. On defense, the Bills rank second in the NFL with 33 total sacks, while the Steelers have allowed 36 sacks, tied for the NFL’s most through Week 10.

The Bills defense exploited this advantage, finishing the game with four sacks on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and nine total tackles for loss, but the Bills rushing offense struggled, finishing the game with 95 yards on the ground, their third-smallest number this year.

The story of the game, as Dan Hope explained in his postgame column, was the dreadful performance of Manuel and the entire Bills offense.

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Making the Grade: Which Buffalo Bills Have Rumbled and Stumbled in the First Half of the 2013 Season?

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Kyle Williams has been a star of the Buffalo Bills defense this season. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have reached the midpoint of their season and have a 3-5 record. The record itself is somewhat deceiving of their season to date, as the Bills have given every team they have played a competitive game.

Part of the credit for Buffalo’s competitiveness belongs to the team’s coaching staff, especially defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The Bills defense has kept the team in many games thanks to the pressure Pettine has dialed up, which has led to sacks and turnovers.

On the other side of the story, Buffalo is starting to close the gap on other teams when it comes to talent. The Bills have added talented players to their roster via the draft and free agency in the past two seasons, while they still have some returning veteran talent including defensive tackle Kyle Williams and running back Fred Jackson, who are the hearts and souls of the defense and offense, respectively. For the first time in years, the Bills seem to have many talented players on both sides of the ball.

Four of the best and four of the worst players on the Bills through the first half of the season are detailed below, as determined in part by each player’s cumulative grades for the season from Pro Football Focus (a subscription is required to access their grades database). Grades are based upon a scale where zero is considered to be average, and players earn positive or negative points based upon their success in completing their assignments or impacting the play on individual plays.

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