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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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Top 5 Buffalo Bills Plays of 2013 (Through Week 11)

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

EJ Manuel has played a role in two of Buffalo’s top five plays through its first 11 weeks. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Through the first eleven weeks of the season, the Buffalo Bills have made their fair share of big plays. Deciding on just five plays was a difficult task, but some of the “contenders” were eliminated from the list simply due to the fact they occurred in losing efforts.

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

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

With 11 sacks in nine games, defensive end Mario Williams tops our midseason ranking of the Buffalo Bills’ roster. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope
BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Back at the end of July, BBD editors Dan Hope and Ryan Talbot took on the task on ranking every player on the Buffalo Bills’ roster entering the preseason, which was set at 89 players at the time.

More than three months later, the complexion of Buffalo’s roster has certainly changed. Not only are there some new additions and other players no longer on the roster due to injuries or poor performance, some players on the roster have either well exceeded expectations (such as inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, ranked No. 16 in the preseason edition) or had disappointing first halves of the season (running back C.J. Spiller, ranked No. 1 in the preseason, fits this description).

Taking into account how much and how well each of these players have performed in Buffalo’s first nine games this season, we hit the reset button on our roster ranking and put together a ranking of the 53 players who currently make up the Bills roster with seven games left to play in the regular season.

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David vs. Goliath: Buffalo Bills Take On Undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

With Thad Lewis doubtful to play Sunday due to bruised ribs, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel is expected to be the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback versus the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

As we approach the second half of the season, one undefeated team remains in the NFL. Despite being a surprise to most, the Kansas City Chiefs have surged to an 8-0 start on the back of an elite defense, a ball-control offense and the NFL’s best turnover margin (+12). Although the Chiefs don’t appear as if they are a truly dominant team, they are not giving games away.

The Chiefs will play their Week 9 game Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Buffalo Bills. If the Bills want to start the second half off right (see my review of the season’s first half), they are going to need to make plays and limit their own mistakes, two things that have been hard for them to do so far in 2013.

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