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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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Ranking Every Player on the Buffalo Bills Roster: 2013 Postseason Edition

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Was Kyle Williams the Buffalo Bills’ best player this season? (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Going into the season, BBD editors Dan Hope and Ryan Talbot ranked the Buffalo Bills’ training camp roster from top to bottom, and at the midseason mark, they went back over the 53-man roster at the time to evaluate the first half of the season. With the 2013 Bills season now completely in the books, it was time to take one more look at the 2013 roster and determine which players were the most, or least, productive this year.

The 53 players ranked are based on the team’s final roster with the exception of wide receiver Cordell Roberson, who was signed prior to the team’s last game to replace strong safety Aaron Williams, who was placed on injured reserve for the final game only. These rankings were intended to evaluate the players only on their performance in the 2013 season, and not to predict which players will be back with the Bills or make the biggest impact on the team in 2014.

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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 Play Best Football of the Season in Week 16 Win vs. Miami Dolphins

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Kyle Williams and the Buffalo Bills defense had seven sacks Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

For the most part, everything seemed to be in the Miami Dolphins’ favor going into their Week 16 game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Coming off a Week 15 victory against the New England Patriots, the Dolphins were 8-6 and in serious contention for an AFC playoff spot. The Bills, meanwhile, were 5-9, had been eliminated from AFC playoff contention in Week 15 and game into the game without three key injured starters, including starting quarterback EJ Manuel.

The Bills and backup quarterback Thad Lewis, however, had the Dolphins’ number this season. In Week 7, while Manuel was sidelined with an LCL sprain in his right knee, Lewis got his first career win as an NFL starting quarterback when Buffalo clawed out a 23-21 victory over the Dolphins in Miami. On Sunday, with Lewis back in the lineup again and Manuel sidelined with a left knee sprain, the Bills had an absolutely dominant effort, a 19-0 shutout in their final home game of the season.

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Fresh and Rested, Buffalo Bills Travel to Toronto to Face Atlanta Falcons in Week 13

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

After missing Buffalo’s Week 11 game with a groin injury, Stevie Johnson is expected back in the lineup Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The push for the NFL playoffs has begun in earnest with Week 13 underway. It was a party that seemed to exclude the Buffalo Bills after they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10, but after a win against the New York Jets in Week 11 and with losses by the Jets and Miami Dolphins in Week 12, the Bills are, even at 4-7, only one loss out of the AFC’s final playoff spot with one of the easiest schedules remaining among the nine teams in the wild card race.

The Buffalo Bills need to run the table for a realistic playoff push, however, so the quest for the postseason must start with a win against an Atlanta Falcons team that won 13 games and played in the NFC Championship last year. Injuries have ravaged them this year and led them to a disastrous 2-9 start, but they are still not a team the Bills should overlook.

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