MAJOR NEEDS: QB, NT, LT OLB, MLB, SS
The Bills have a ton of needs and are in major rebuild mode – something that departed head coach Dick Jauron did his best to paper over for some time. The addition of George Edwards at Defensive Coordinator will definitely make an often underrated defense better, but he’s also asking an awful lot of the existing personnel to make that transition. Aaron Maybin should be one of the players that could improve, but regression would hardly be possible for him at this stage. He should draw inspiration from Mario Williams as it took him a while to settle in too, but with
Edwards will be reunited with Marcus Stroud, whom he coached in college (Georgia) and between Stroud and Kyle Williams, Edwards should only be a nose tackle short of his defensive linemen with Aaron Schobel and Maybin kicking to outside linebacker and Paul Posluszny and Kawika Mitchell being the inside linebackers. It looks “okay” – but that lineup? You’re asking a few players to play out of their comfort zone in positions which may suit them in theory, but have not had much prior experience in practice by comparison.
Schobel has said he welcomes the change as it would play to his strengths – something
The defensive Front 7 is short four or five players at least from being viable. The lack of depth and quality at linebacker after Pozluszny and Mitchell for a 3-4 defense won’t be rectified in one season There are a number of free agents this off season they might look to target (see Miami Dolphins next), as well as through the draft, so they could go in a number of directions, there. The nose tackle position – as mentioned previously – is a major worry, however.
“Don’t think that the guy that plays nose has to be a 330- or 340-pound guy,” new head coach Chan Gailey said. “We’re not going to take good football players and stand them over there beside me on game day. We’re going to put our best players on the field. If you have to put a smaller guy on the field to play there then you move him and do some different things with him. There are a lot of different ways to skin the cat and that’s what we’ll do. We’ll get our best football player on the field and let them play.”
Edwards echoed those sentiments, saying ideally you’d like to have a big man in the middle, but that you can’t pigeon hole yourself into that line of thought.
“You have ideal size that you want at particular positions,” Edwards said. “That doesn’t mean you’re always going to have the ideal size at those positions so you have to play to the size and the strength of the people that you have on your roster.” (taken from a Feb. 12 interview on
Interpretation? We will play whoever we can get at nose tackle, defensive end or outside linebacker whether it’s Maybin, Stroud, Williams or Schobel.
You can either outscore your opposition … or you can stop them from scoring.
The Bills also have a huge amount of deadwood, detritus and players of dubious ability currently eking out a living on the back end of the defensive roster. Primarily caused by an absolutely atrocious streak of injuries (
The loss of Special Teams Coordinator Bobby April to the Eagles was as big a loss to the Bills as any other this offseason. The Bills’ special team unit was a highly respectable one and ranked among the leagues best. It’ll be interesting to see how Bruce DeHaven does in mitigating that loss on his return to the Bills after stints with the Seahawks and Cowboys.
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