“Defense won 5-3 and that’s the assessment because you either win or lose down there,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “There’s no in between. There’s no first down, there’s no nothing. You either score or you don’t. I thought it was a good session. I thought our guys wanted to hit. They’ve been wanting to go live for a long time, but this was the first time they were able to do it and it was good. It was good for everybody.”
With the starting offense and defense squaring off first,
“I think it’s good to get out there and get hit,” said Kyle Williams. “I think it was a good gut check at the end of practice with the heat and pushing through all day and get out there and going live it was good for us. It was good to get some weariness on your legs and push through.”
On the fourth and final play the offensive line did their job allowing Spiller to reach the end zone on his feet and almost untouched.
What came out of the eight-play session was that as much as Buffalo’s improved pass rush has been advertised, their run stopping ability may be every bit as good.
“We have to be (a good run front) if we want to rush the passer,” said Williams. “I think that’s something we’ve got in trouble with in the past. We can’t get pressure, we can’t get pressure, but how long does it take to run a 3rd-and-3 route? When that’s the kind of yardage you’re giving up and it’s 3rd-and-5 or less… if you can get them in 3rd-and-6, 3rd-and-7, 3rd-and-8 you can bring some pressure.”
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Big weapons sitting
Some of Buffalo’s biggest offensive weapons were not part of the team drills Saturday.
“He got stepped on or his ankle got twisted yesterday slightly so we just held him today so he’ll be ready to go Monday,” said Gailey.
Johnson was held out as a precaution with a sore groin, but is expected back Monday.
“I do not want to miss this because this is the time where we really get it in and work hard and come together and knowing that I missed the OTAs I think it would be great for me to be out there,” Johnson said. “But at the same time we do want to be smart because we have a long season.”
Nelson is still recovering from a strained tendon in his knee. Gailey indicated that they too would be back on Monday.
“They don’t know everything as well as maybe I thought they did or hoped they did,” he said. “I think we’ve got a lot of work to do to get them up to speed to where David and Stevie are. We’ve got a lot of work to do there to find the right combination of people if we get injuries here or there. And they’ve got to do it. Somebody has to be able to step up and fill those spots.”
Left tackle situation
For the third straight day
Cordy Glenn starts at left tackle, with Chris Hairston on the right side. Then
Gailey explained why it was Hairston that was picked to flip flop instead of Glenn.
“We had Hairston over there because Hairston has played right before,” said Gailey. “Cordy needs every snap at left tackle that he can get so we’ve just left Cordy there.”
#2 QB update
Saturday was Tyler Thigpen’s turn as the number two quarterback with
Thigpen appears more confident pushing the ball down the field, while Young is relying on more underneath throws.
Chandler chalks his success up to a good rapport with his quarterback and finally continuity with his career after bouncing around to a few different teams his first three years in the league.
“When you’re on that roller coaster you have to learn to adjust quickly,” Chandler told Buffalobills.com. “It’s nice to not have to adjust and learn a new offense. To just come in and know everything that’s going in before it goes in, you’re able to relax more then you’re able to play better.”
Play of the day
It’s not often that the play of the day is a punt, but
To McKelvin it had to look like the ball was re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. With the line of scrimmage being the 30, the distance on that punt in a game would’ve been 75 yards. Moorman’s career long is 84 yards, but if memory serves that one had some roll. This was all in the air.
The Bills have Sunday off before returning to the practice field on Monday at 3 pm.
Fan Tweets of the Day
I didn't even mind that I was sitting in a puddle of my own sweat.— Bill(@BillyBlue37) August 4, 2012