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Bills Today: Daboll still deciding on calling plays in booth or on sidelines


1 – Daboll still deciding on calling plays in booth or on sidelines

Offensive coordinators who sit in the coach's booth on game days have a streamlined path in delivering a play call to their quarterback. Up until last season, if an offensive coordinator wanted to call plays from the booth instead of the field, the team would need to relay his play calls through another assistant coach on the sideline and then to the team's quarterback.

Bills offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, was coaching at the University of Alabama when the rule was changed.

"It's different now," he said. "You can give the play to the quarterback from upstairs without having a middle man downstairs."

The new rule allows for OC's in the booth to worry less about whether their plays will be lost in translation, and more about their actual game plan.

Daboll, who called plays from the coach's booth for the first time in his career last week against Carolina, says that he will again perform his duties from the booth in Cleveland on Friday. However, he has not made a final decision on where he'll be on game day during the regular season.

Head coach Sean McDermott, in an appearance on One Bills Live Monday, offered his thoughts on the functionality of the offense having his OC in the booth.

"I thought it worked, I thought it flowed fairly well," said McDermott. "Obviously, we had some good results."

McDermott noted that the most important aspect of the decision to have Daboll in the booth rather than on the sidelines is predicated on Daboll's confidence in the Bills' position coaches.

"It is hard to lead the players on the field when you are up that far away," said McDermott. "He has to feel like he has good leadership down on the field, which he does with our position coaches."

McDermott said he'll leave it up to Daboll to decide as to where he feels most comfortable in calling plays for the offense come the regular season.

2 – writer awe-struck with young Bills talent

Bills fans are used to a certain level of criticism from the national media scene as they navigate one of the NFL's smaller markets. However, there is an occasional acknowledgement by national media pundits that the Bills are headed in the right direction with their young core of players, and their front office and coaching staff's emphasis on culture. analyst Gregg Rosenthal was one of many national media members impressed by the Bills in the first week of preseason action.

[Josh] Allen wasn't the only Bills draft pick to catch my eye, with third-round defensive tackle Harrison Phillips building on a big camp with a sack. He looks headed for starter snaps. 2016 first-round pick Shaq Lawson looks like a different player with 20 pounds off.

Along with his thoughts on Josh Allen, Harrison Phillips, and Shaq Lawson; Rosenthal also delved into his overall thoughts on Buffalo's offensive and defensive units.

Last year's solid defense looks deeper at every level, especially with rookie middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds running the show. Most importantly, the Bills' offense already looks more diverse schematically under new coordinator Brian Daboll than it was a year ago.

With the Bills' young core garnering some national attention early on, it will be interesting to see how the 2018 season progresses.

Photos from Day 13 of 2018 Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors and Ferris.

3 – Stanford making waves in his sixth season

Julian Stanford is a name that Bills fans may not know as well as they would like, but the sixth-year man out of Wagner College in Staten Island, New York has impressed in limited action with the Bills. Born and raised in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Stanford has not traveled the easy way to NFL success.

After going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stanford then played the next two seasons with the Lions before being signed and released from the Buccaneers twice, and then playing the last two seasons with the New York Jets. Stanford recently spoke about his mindset entering his first season with the Bills.

"My main focus is just on trying to get better each and every day," he said. "Day in and day out I am going in there and watching film and trying to make corrections."

Stanford also noted that the mindset of the Bills' coaching staff and front office aligns well with his personal beliefs.

"The mindset of this coaching staff is all about being the best version of yourself," said Stanford. "They want you to do everything you can to help the team win ball games, and that is the ultimate goal for myself as well."

On the very last play of Monday's training camp practice, Stanford intercepted a Nathan Peterman pass intended for tight end Keith Towbridge; a play which ended the offense's effort to score a touchdown at the end of the two-minute drill. Stanford spoke about the play after practice and added that he is focused on consistency.

"Consistency is the most important thing, you try to be consistent day in and day out," he said. "We had man coverage on the play and I just played my coverage well. I saw the ball and I went and made a play."


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