Posted on 06 September 2012.
The final player on this series that we’ll be discussing is 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, following the 2009 season, Byrd’s INT’s total went down considerably. What made 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 finest complete stats to date with 98 Tackles (T) (75 solo/23 assisted), 1 Sack, eight Passes Defended (PD), 3 Interceptions (INT’s), 1 Touchdown (TD), and three Forced Fumbles (FF).
Now, for the massive query, why did Byrd have so considerably success in 2009 with INT’s, but not so significantly the following two seasons? The answer: lack of a pass rush. 2009 was the last time the Bills employed a constant pass rusher in Aaron Schobel. In 2009, Schobel had 10 sacks in his final season in a Bills uniform. Given that then, Defensive Tackles (DT’s) Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus led the Bills in sacks as Williams had five.5 sacks in 2010, and Dareus repeated these numbers in 2011. At the time when Williams and Dareus had five.five sacks, they had been playing as Nose Tackles (NT’s) in a hybrid 3-four/4-3 defense. If the NT’s are top the team in sacks, that signifies that the defense is producing no pressure from the edge, meaning that there are no elite edge rushers that the offense has to be concerned about double teaming, and the line can concentrate even far more focus to stopping the nose tackle.
As stated in the previous articles, the Bills lastly have four guys on the defensive line that can create pressure, close in the pocket and force the opposing Quarterback (QB) to throw the quicker than he would like to, as well as finding bodies/arms/hands in the QB’s throwing lane. Add in Bills new Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt implementing his 4-three defensive method exactly where the Defensive front four’s certain jobs are to penetrate the Offensive line and generate pressure. With everything put together on defense this previous offseason, we can count on Byrd’s INT total to go up again and look for him to put up the very best numbers of his young NFL career to date this season.
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Posted on 25 August 2012.
In 2007, Defensive End (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 accurate pass rusher on that Texan team, with no great 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 regular season, followed by two ½ more sacks in the playoffs.
In 2006, DE Chris Kelsay had 61 Tackles (41 solo, 20 assisted) five.five Sacks, four PD and 1 FF. Final season, Kelsay had 5 Sacks, which includes three against the Holy Diver himself, Timmy Tebow.
Williams, Anderson, and Kelsay could all have profession years this season for a few causes. The 1st is having an elite DT in Kyle Williams in the middle of the field, who is returning from an Achilles injury which has plagued him because his college days, as properly as a blossoming and quite potent DT in Marcell Dareus, who hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface on his NFL career. Yet 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 4-three Tampa two defense, to a 3-four defense. Due to the fact the three-4 was failing miserably, Edwards used a hybrid 4-3/three-4 defense, but that was merely putting a band-help on a gushing wound. After two seasons with the Bills, Edwards was fired, and Wannstedt was promoted from Inside Linebackers Coach, to DC. Wannstedt’s four-3 defense relies on its front 4 to produce pressure. It looks like Wannstedt has a wonderful lineup at his disposal to get that part of the job carried out.
Both Anderson and Kelsay will be rotated at the Appropriate Defensive Finish (RDE) position. While Anderson has confirmed to be a good situational pass rushers in the league, Kelsay has in no way been considered a great pass rusher, but all round a strong player. With rotating both players in the lineup, this will hold each Anderson & Kelsay fresh which really should boost 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 very achievable that Williams could break his profession finest of 14 sacks. The next 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 previous articles, I discussed three players that could have a breakout season, and place up their very best stats to date. Let’s continue with the next player on the list.
It was starting 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 quite promising season. In 2011, Spiller had 561 rushing yards (yds) on 107 attempts (att), four rushing touchdowns (TDs), 39 receptions (rec) for 269 yds and two receiving TDs. Right after seeing how effective Spiller could be at the finish of the season, Bills Head Coach (HC) now has to figure out approaches to get sufficient touches to each Jackson and Spiller. Expect the RB’s to have a 60-40/50-50 split on carries. Each Jackson and Spiller will continue to be utilized in the passing game as effectively, but neither RB will have 300+ rushing attempts for the season. As well as acquiring a lot more carries to increase Spiller’s stats, the Bills offense could be on the field much more, and have considerably greater field position, all thanks to the new revamped Bills defense below Dave Wannstedt, and new Bills Kicker, John Potter being capable 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 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, Running Back (RB) Fred Jackson was not only putting up career numbers, place MVP type numbers as nicely. In ten games played final season, Fred Jackson had 934 rushing yards (yds) on 170 Attempts (ATT) averaging 5.five Yards Per Attempt (YPA), 6 rushing Touchdown’s (TD’s), 39 Receptions (Rec) and 442 receiving yds, just before breaking his leg and ending his season on Injured Reserve. Jackson’s previous profession highs came in 2009, when interim Bills Head Coach, Perry Fewell decided to make Jackson the beginning RB more than Marshawn “20 Dolla/Blunt Man” Lynch, in which Jackson had 1,062 rushing yds on 237 ATT, averaging four.5 YPA, two rushing TD’s, 46 Rec, 371 yds and 2 Receiving TD’s.
Bills fans have extended known that Fred Jackson is a single of the greatest backs in the league at making some thing out of nothing at all or finding that added couple of yards because he pulled by means of a tackle or slipped one altogether. Pro Football Focus compiled a list of the most elusive operating backs over the final 3 seasons, and not surprisingly Jackson ranks second only to Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart. Stewart’s league-top elusive rating was 58.8, even though Jackson’s mark was 53.three. To give an notion on how elusive Jackson is for the Bills, he had 155 fewer touches than Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson over the past three seasons (901 to 746) and nonetheless forced one far more missed tackle than the Vikings’ leading flight back (149 to 148). In fact no other back in football has forced far more missed tackles than Jackson over the past 3 years.
So, we all know that Fred Jackson is 1 of the most elusive RB’s in the NFL. But, if healthful, can he place up profession numbers this year at age 31? There are lots of reasons to believe that Jackson can put up profession numbers this year. The most significant reason is the Bills revamped defense. Last season, the Bills had to throw the ball more usually than they would have liked to, because 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 greater field position, you can bet Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey will be dialing up his RB tandem of Jackson & CJ Spiller a lot much more this season. Even though Jackson or Spiller will not have 300+ rushing attempts every single, with each RB’s getting on the field at the exact 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 receive the ball, as each RB’s have proved to be capable receiver’s.
Yet another purpose is that this is year number 3 beneath Gailey’s offensive program. As opposed to former Bills Head Coach Dick Jauron, Gailey’s offensive method keeps developing and evolving, compared to Jauron wanting much less offensive plays, formations and motions. Expect Gailey to preserve finding inventive ways to obtaining the ball to the team’s most significant playmaker [Jackson].
As lengthy as Fred Jackson stays wholesome, you can think that he will simply be able to place up profession numbers in 2012.
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Posted on 05 July 2012.
Since 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 2 Passes Defended (PD). Not bad for a player that had no offseason, no OTA’s, no minicamps, a shortened coaching 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.5 sacks with no excellent pass rushers to compliment him. Think about that for a minute, five.five sacks with an abbreviated offseason, and no competent aid about him.
Can Dareus have a career year, and surpass his rookie stats in 2012? Let’s take a appear: Dareus now has a full offseason to prepare for the upcoming season returning subsequent Dareus is fellow DT Kyle Williams, who is returning from an Achilles injury which plagued him since his collegiate days, and appears to be 100% for the 1st time in several years add in elite pass rusher Mario Williams, as well as adding a great pass rusher in Mark Anderson, which offers the Bills their finest pass rushing duo (on paper) given that the Bruce Smith/Bryce Paup days and to top it all off, new Bills Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt implementing his four-3 defensive system exactly where the Defensive front four’s specific jobs are to penetrate the Offensive line and develop pressure. With all of that stated, 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 career however, as he had an abbreviated offseason, one particular total season of play, and switching positions mid-season. Can you envision the impact Marcell Dareus is going to have on the defensive line this season? Dareus could extremely well be the linchpin to the new Bills defense. Bills fans, it is going to be an absolute pleasure seeing this young man develop over the subsequent few years. Dareus could have profession years not only in 2012, but over the subsequent numerous years as effectively.
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Posted on 29 June 2012.
This article is the initial in a series of articles that I will be featuring, relating to Bills players that could have a career 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 specific 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 3-four Nose Tackle (NT). Instead of going by means of developing pains understanding a new position, Williams led the team in sacks with five.5, and posted the greatest numbers of his NFL career. 1st off, NT’s aren’t supposed to register five.five sacks. Secondly, if the NT’s leading the team in sacks, that indicates that the defense is developing no pressure from the edge, which means that there had been no elite edge rusher that the offense has to worry about double teaming, and the line can concentrate 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 since college that was generally shaped like a choose ax, and was gradually tearing away his Achilles tendon. He had been playing by way of intense discomfort for a handful of years prior to it became unbearable and he elected to have the surgery done. That’s right, Williams had been playing by way of pain during the 2010 season, when he registered five.5 sacks as a three-4 NT. How scary is it to consider that Williams could now be in a position to play pain totally free for the initial time considering that his LSU days?
With his Achilles tendon repaired, fellow DT Marcell Dareus obtaining a full offseason to prepare for the season, plus being complemented by two very excellent pass rushing Defensive Ends in Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, Kyle Williams could easily shatter his old stats in the 2012 season.
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Posted on 30 April 2012.
NEW YORK (NFL/Newsfeed) – The Mel Kipers of the world thought the Seahawks reached when they took pass rusher Bruce Irvin in the initial round. The Rex Ryans of the globe thought it was a fantastic choose. We’ll trust the Ryans on this one.
Following Seattle took Irvin, the Seahawks got a call from Jets headquarters. New York “good-naturedly” cursed at the Seahawks for taking the guy they planned to draft one particular pick later, according Len Pasquarelli of the SportsXchange. Irvin was also believed to be on the brief list of candidates in Chicago, Green Bay, and San Francisco. One common manager called Irvin the “hottest player in the draft.”
This is a situation in which the draftnik industrial complicated disagreed and didn’t see a player’s worth the identical as the NFL did. It also happened with Patriots second-round choose Tavon Wilson. (And we know how Bill Belichick feels about that.)
Irvin may boom and he may well bust, but don’t tell us that he was a “reach.” No one knows.
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Posted on 27 April 2012.
Robert Griffin III was all smiles Thursday night, befitting the second player taken in the NFL draft. But backstage at Radio City Music Hall, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback said his night could have been even much better.
Griffin told ProFootballTalk.com the Redskins informed him that if they, and not the Indianapolis Colts held the No. 1 choose, they nonetheless would have taken him.
“They said if Indianapolis would have traded with them and kept Peyton Manning, that they would have drafted me with the No. 1 overall choose,” Griffin said. “So it’s not a shot at anybody, it’s just that they’re the team that wanted me and they showed it in late February, and I’m glad to be element of the team.”
The Colts kept the No. 1 pick, or course, and drafted Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Griffin mentioned he looks forward to the challenge of taking the reins in D.C.
“I’m going to go in, try to just show the guys that they can trust me rather of trying to be the most vocal guy out there,” he stated. “I am a rookie, and I comprehend that there are veterans out there who you have to respect, and I do respect them.”
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