Posted on 06 September 2012.
The final player on this series that we’ll be discussing is Cost-free Safety (FS) Jairus Byrd. Byrd was an anomaly in his 1st season with the Bills as he recorded nine Interceptions (INT’s) in his rookie campaign. But, right after the 2009 season, Byrd’s INT’s total went down considerably. What produced Byrd’s nine INT’s far more impressive, was the fact that he played in 14 games, and started in 11.
In the 2011 season, Byrd place together his very best comprehensive stats to date with 98 Tackles (T) (75 solo/23 assisted), 1 Sack, 8 Passes Defended (PD), 3 Interceptions (INT’s), 1 Touchdown (TD), and three Forced Fumbles (FF).
Now, for the large query, why did Byrd have so a lot achievement in 2009 with INT’s, but not so much the following two seasons? The answer: lack of a pass rush. 2009 was the last time the Bills employed a consistent pass rusher in Aaron Schobel. In 2009, Schobel had ten sacks in his final season in a Bills uniform. Since then, Defensive Tackles (DT’s) Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus led the Bills in sacks as Williams had 5.5 sacks in 2010, and Dareus repeated individuals numbers in 2011. At the time when Williams and Dareus had 5.5 sacks, they had been playing as Nose Tackles (NT’s) in a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense. If the NT’s are top the group in sacks, that means that the defense is generating no pressure from the edge, which means that there are no elite edge rushers that the offense has to worry about double teaming, and the line can concentrate even a lot more focus to stopping the nose tackle.
As stated in the preceding articles, the Bills finally have 4 guys on the defensive line that can produce pressure, close in the pocket and force the opposing Quarterback (QB) to throw the quicker than he would like to, as properly as getting bodies/arms/hands in the QB’s throwing lane. Add in Bills new Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt implementing his four-3 defensive technique where the Defensive front four’s particular jobs are to penetrate the Offensive line and produce pressure. With every little thing put together on defense this previous offseason, we can expect Byrd’s INT total to go up once more and look for him to put up the greatest numbers of his young NFL profession to date this season.
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Posted on 25 August 2012.
In 2007, Defensive Finish (DE) Mario Williams posted career numbers with the Houston Texans when he had 59 Tackles (43 solo, 16 assisted) 14 sacks, 1 Pass Defended (PD), 1 Forced Fumble (FF). Thinking about Williams was the only correct pass rusher on that Texan team, with no excellent Defensive Tackles (DT’s) on the defensive line beside him, individuals stats are very impressive.
In his rookie campaign with the Chicago Bears, DE Mark Anderson had 28 Tackles (23 solo, 5 assisted) 12 Sacks, and four FF. Last season as a situational pass rusher for the New England Patriots, Anderson had ten Sacks in the standard season, followed by 2 ½ much more sacks in the playoffs.
In 2006, DE Chris Kelsay had 61 Tackles (41 solo, 20 assisted) five.5 Sacks, four PD and 1 FF. Last season, Kelsay had five Sacks, including three against the Holy Diver himself, Timmy Tebow.
Williams, Anderson, and Kelsay could all have career years this season for a handful of reasons. The first is getting an elite DT in Kyle Williams in the middle of the field, who is returning from an Achilles injury which has plagued him considering that his college days, as well as a blossoming and extremely effective DT in Marcell Dareus, who hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface on his NFL career. Another reason is Bills new Defensive Coordinator (DC) Dave Wannstedt. Former DC George Edwards was in way over his head attempting to transition the Bills Defense from a four-3 Tampa two defense, to a three-4 defense. Since the three-4 was failing miserably, Edwards utilised a hybrid 4-three/three-4 defense, but that was merely placing a band-aid on a gushing wound. Right after two seasons with the Bills, Edwards was fired, and Wannstedt was promoted from Inside Linebackers Coach, to DC. Wannstedt’s 4-three defense relies on its front four to generate pressure. It looks like Wannstedt has a fantastic lineup at his disposal to get that portion of the job done.
Both Anderson and Kelsay will be rotated at the Appropriate Defensive End (RDE) position. Although Anderson has confirmed to be a great situational pass rushers in the league, Kelsay has by no means been deemed a good pass rusher, but all round a solid player. With rotating both players in the lineup, this will keep both Anderson & Kelsay fresh which should enhance their overall production on the field.
In regards to Mario Williams, with playing along with Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, and Mark Anderson/Chris Kelsay, plus the truth that he will be playing against weaker Offensive Tackles in the league with playing the Left Defensive End (LDE) position, it is quite achievable that Williams could break his profession finest of 14 sacks. The subsequent query for Williams is can he break the Bills single season sack record of 19, which is held by Hall of Fame DE Bruce Smith? Only time will inform.
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Posted on 22 August 2012.
In preceding articles, I discussed three players that could have a breakout season, and place up their greatest stats to date. Let’s continue with the next player on the list.
It was beginning to appear like Running Back (RB) C.J. Spiller was going to be a bust until Bills beginning RB Fred Jackson broke his leg last season, which landed him on IR, and officially ending his really promising season. In 2011, Spiller had 561 rushing yards (yds) on 107 attempts (att), 4 rushing touchdowns (TDs), 39 receptions (rec) for 269 yds and two receiving TDs. After seeing how efficient Spiller could be at the finish of the season, Bills Head Coach (HC) now has to figure out methods to get sufficient touches to both Jackson and Spiller. Count on the RB’s to have a 60-40/50-50 split on carries. Both Jackson and Spiller will continue to be used in the passing game as well, but neither RB will have 300+ rushing attempts for the season. As properly as getting more carries to improve Spiller’s stats, the Bills offense could be on the field far more, and have much much better field position, all thanks to the new revamped Bills defense below Dave Wannstedt, and new Bills Kicker, John Potter being able to boot the ball out of the end zone, forcing touchbacks (something Rian Lindell has been unable to do).
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Posted on 11 July 2012.
In the very first two parts of this series, we talked about Defensive Tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. Now let’s take a look at the offensive side of the ball.
Final season, Operating Back (RB) Fred Jackson was not only putting up profession numbers, place MVP type numbers as well. In ten games played final season, Fred Jackson had 934 rushing yards (yds) on 170 Attempts (ATT) averaging 5.five Yards Per Try (YPA), 6 rushing Touchdown’s (TD’s), 39 Receptions (Rec) and 442 receiving yds, before breaking his leg and ending his season on Injured Reserve. Jackson’s prior profession highs came in 2009, when interim Bills Head Coach, Perry Fewell decided to make Jackson the starting RB more than Marshawn “20 Dolla/Blunt Man” Lynch, in which Jackson had 1,062 rushing yds on 237 ATT, averaging 4.five YPA, 2 rushing TD’s, 46 Rec, 371 yds and 2 Receiving TD’s.
Bills fans have long identified that Fred Jackson is one of the best backs in the league at creating a thing out of nothing or obtaining that additional couple of yards simply because he pulled through a tackle or slipped one altogether. Pro Football Focus compiled a list of the most elusive operating backs more than the last 3 seasons, and not surprisingly Jackson ranks second only to Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart. Stewart’s league-top elusive rating was 58.8, whilst Jackson’s mark was 53.three. To give an thought on how elusive Jackson is for the Bills, he had 155 fewer touches than Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson over the past 3 seasons (901 to 746) and still forced one particular a lot more missed tackle than the Vikings’ leading flight back (149 to 148). In truth no other back in football has forced more missed tackles than Jackson more than the past three years.
So, we all know that Fred Jackson is one particular of the most elusive RB’s in the NFL. But, if healthy, can he put up career numbers this year at age 31? There are lots of causes to believe that Jackson can put up profession numbers this year. The biggest cause is the Bills revamped defense. Last season, the Bills had to throw the ball much more frequently than they would have liked to, since they were playing from behind most of the season. With the possibility of the new Bills defense holding their opponents to much less points per game this season, and giving the Bills better field position, you can bet Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey will be dialing up his RB tandem of Jackson & CJ Spiller a lot more this season. While Jackson or Spiller will not have 300+ rushing attempts each, with both RB’s being on the field at the same time, that itself will be an benefit for both RB’s. Opposing defenses will not know which RB will be rushing the ball or be sent out to get the ball, as each RB’s have proved to be capable receiver’s.
One more purpose is that this is year quantity 3 beneath Gailey’s offensive method. As opposed to former Bills Head Coach Dick Jauron, Gailey’s offensive program keeps developing and evolving, compared to Jauron wanting much less offensive plays, formations and motions. Anticipate Gailey to maintain finding inventive techniques to acquiring the ball to the team’s most significant playmaker [Jackson].
As extended as Fred Jackson stays wholesome, you can believe that he will very easily be in a position to place up career numbers in 2012.
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Posted on 05 July 2012.
Considering that we previously discussed Defensive Tackle (DT) Kyle Williams, let’s continue that thread with fellow DT Marcell Dareus.
In 2011, rookie Marcell Dareus had 43 Tackles (32 solo, 11 assisted), 5.five sacks and two Passes Defended (PD). Not poor for a player that had no offseason, no OTA’s, no minicamps, a shortened instruction camp, losing his pro-bowl line mate [Kyle Williams] early on in the season, and switching from a three-4 Defensive End (DE), to a three-4 Nose Tackle (NT). Just like Kyle Williams did in 2010, Dareus had five.five sacks with no good pass rushers to compliment him. Believe about that for a minute, five.5 sacks with an abbreviated offseason, and no competent aid around him.
Can Dareus have a profession year, and surpass his rookie stats in 2012? Let’s take a look: Dareus now has a full offseason to prepare for the upcoming season returning next Dareus is fellow DT Kyle Williams, who is returning from an Achilles injury which plagued him considering that his collegiate days, and appears to be 100% for the first time in many years add in elite pass rusher Mario Williams, as nicely as adding a very good pass rusher in Mark Anderson, which gives the Bills their very best pass rushing duo (on paper) because the Bruce Smith/Bryce Paup days and to leading it all off, new Bills Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt implementing his 4-3 defensive system exactly where the Defensive front four’s certain jobs are to penetrate the Offensive line and create pressure. With all of that mentioned, not only could Dareus break his rookie numbers, but he can obliterate them.
Marcell Dareus has not even begun to scratch the surface on his NFL profession but, as he had an abbreviated offseason, a single complete season of play, and switching positions mid-season. Can you envision the effect Marcell Dareus is going to have on the defensive line this season? Dareus could very effectively be the linchpin to the new Bills defense. Bills fans, it is going to be an absolute pleasure seeing this young man develop more than the next couple of years. Dareus could have career years not only in 2012, but more than the next a number of years as nicely.
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Posted on 29 June 2012.
This report is the first in a series of articles that I will be featuring, relating to Bills players that could have a profession year in the upcoming 2012 season. Of course, most of the players that are on this list are on the defensive side of the ball. The players that I have chosen are in no certain order. Very first up, Defensive Tackle (DT) Kyle Williams.
In 2010, Kyle Williams had 77 Tackles (54 solo, 23 Assisted), 5.5 sacks and 1 Pass Defended (PD). Regardless of switching from a 4-three DT, Williams was adjusting his new position as a three-4 Nose Tackle (NT). Instead of going by way of expanding pains understanding a new position, Williams led the team in sacks with 5.five, and posted the best numbers of his NFL career. First off, NT’s are not supposed to register 5.5 sacks. Secondly, if the NT’s top the team in sacks, that signifies that the defense is creating no pressure from the edge, meaning that there were no elite edge rusher that the offense has to worry about double teaming, and the line can focus even more attention to stopping the NT. A year later, in 2011, Kyle Williams went on Injured Reserve to get rid of bone spurs from his left heel. Kyle Williams had a bone spur in his left heel given that college that was basically shaped like a choose ax, and was steadily tearing away his Achilles tendon. He had been playing via intense discomfort for a couple of years prior to it became unbearable and he elected to have the surgery accomplished. That’s appropriate, Williams had been playing by means of pain for the duration of the 2010 season, when he registered 5.five sacks as a 3-four NT. How scary is it to think that Williams might now be able to play discomfort free for the initial time considering that his LSU days?
With his Achilles tendon repaired, fellow DT Marcell Dareus having a complete offseason to prepare for the season, plus becoming complemented by two extremely great pass rushing Defensive Ends in Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, Kyle Williams could simply shatter his old stats in the 2012 season.
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Posted on 23 April 2012.
Veteran safety Brian Dawkins is retiring from the NFL immediately after 16 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos, the Pro Bowl defender announced Monday on Twitter.
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“The Lord has blessed me to play in the NFL for 16 years,” Dawkins stated. “I would like to thank the Eagles & the Broncos four believing In me. I would like 2 thank all my teammates & Coaches that I have been blessed two go to battle with. Along with u, the fans four helping make my career 1 that i have enjoyed tremendously. In other words. I am announcing my retirement from the NFL.”
Dawkins finishes his career with 26 sacks, 37 interceptions and 28 forced fumbles. He played in one particular Super Bowl with the Eagles and made nine Pro Bowls (which includes this past season, as an alternate). Dawkins was also a 4-time first-team All-Pro selection.
“Thank you, @BrianDawkins, for getting a Fantastic Bronco and showing such an amazing commitment to your team and community,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway wrote on Twitter, adding “Congratulations on a Hall of Fame career, Dawk!!!”
Dawkins battled neck injuries toward the finish of the 2012 season, and missed two of the Broncos’ final three games of the regular season and the team’s two playoff games. Dawkins’ contract with the Broncos expired after the season, and The Denver Post reported he spent close to six weeks mulling more than his options.
“I’m a little emotional correct now,” Dawkins told The Post shortly immediately after announcing his retirement, adding that he needs some time prior to he can talk.
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Posted on 11 March 2012.
Alex Smith doesn’t have to be concerned about the San Francisco 49ers making a run at Peyton Manning, a team supply told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora earlier this week, and Smith remains confident a new deal will get completed to maintain him in San Francisco.
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“I assume so,” Smith told The Arizona Republic, via the Sacramento Bee, on Saturday. “It’s just a process. It takes some time. It will get accomplished.”
Smith is set to turn out to be a free of charge agent subsequent Tuesday and is coming off the best year of his career, major the 49ers to an NFC West title and a trip to the conference championship game. Smith, who threw for a career-high three,144 yards with 17 touchdowns to five interceptions in 2011, did not indicate disappointment that a new deal has not however been reached.
The Bee reported Wednesday that the Niners have an offer on the table for Smith, but the two sides currently can’t agree to the length of the contract nor the money involved.
“You know, it’s going. I’m not disappointed about something,” said Smith, while in Arizona for former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner’s annual charity football game. “It type of is what it is appropriate now. I’m not worried about anything. I’ll just leave it at that.”
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