1 - Scott Chandler on Bills new OC Daboll
Former Bills tight end, Scott Chandler, is extremely fond of the team's newest offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll. The two crossed paths during a stint with the Patriots in 2015.
"I just thought he was a really, really good coach. And not just a good tight end coach, but a good coach overall," said Chandler on the John Murphy Show. "I think he's a guy who's coached just about every position on offense now. He has a really good grasp of line play. He's coached quarterbacks. Obviously, he's coached tight ends and he's done a lot of stuff with receivers too. He has a really good grasp of offensive football and technique. I'd expect to see him put his players in a position to succeed."
Daboll has a pretty extensive coaching résumé in the NFL. He began in 2000 with the Patriots, where he was the defensive assistant from 2000-2001. He moved to the offensive side of the ball in 2002-2006, as he was New England's wide receivers coach. In 2007-2008 he made his way to New York to be the quarterbacks coach for the Jets. His first OC job was with the Browns, that stint was from 2009-2010. He would continue being an OC in the league for a few years, as he was with the Dolphins in 2011 and the Chiefs in 2012. He returned to New England in 2013 as the assistant coach and then became the TE coach from 2014-2016. He won his fifth Super Bowl ring in 2016.
Chandler was coached by Daboll in 2015, after spending 2010-2014 with the Bills. With the Patriots, Chandler had 23 catches, 259 yards, and four touchdowns. They only spent one year together, but that's all it took for Chandler to gain respect for Daboll. He took to Twitter to voice his excitement about Buffalo's newest hire.
The two shared a great bond on the field, but their relationship really blossomed outside of One Bills Drive.
"Well, he was my next-door neighbor, so no chance to be standoffish or anything," said Chandler. "He was great. Our kids would be running around in the yard, he's got a bunch of kids too, all there in Buffalo. He's a family guy. Great dude. I really enjoyed my time with him, both on and off the field."
Daboll most recently coached in college, as he won a national title as Alabama's OC less than 10 days ago. It would be hard for some people to walk away from such a sought-after position, but Chandler wasn't shocked by his choice, as he's a Western New York native.
"No. He gets to go back home. I think that's huge for family," said Chandler. "For him, he had a house in Buffalo, he lived in Buffalo, his wife and kids lived in Buffalo while we were in New England. He was going back and forth, especially in the offseason. His wife, Beth, was coming to visit us in New England on the weekends. I think that's tough."
"The opportunity to be able to coach for the Bills, live at home, and not have Nick Saban yelling at you when you're trying to call a play, those are all pluses."
2 - How Shady's receiving stats skyrocketed this season
This was the best receiving season for LeSean McCoy since coming to Buffalo. He utilized his hands out of the backfield brilliantly, as his numbers were among the best of his career.
McCoy reeled in 59 receptions for 448 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season. He led the team in receptions and was second in yardage. This season, he racked up the most receptions and yards since joining the Bills.
McCoy's 59 catches were the second-most of his career and his most in seven seasons. In 2010, he hauled in an incredible 78 catches with the Eagles. His 448 yards were also the third-most of his career and his best mark since 2013.
In nine regular seasons, McCoy has recorded 441 receptions, 3,378 yards, and 15 TDs. Not to mention, he ranks 29th on the all-time rushing list, making him the definition of a dual-threat RB.
In celebration of Bills running back LeSean McCoy hitting 10,000 rushing yards, here are photos from his illustrious NFL career.
3 - Next step is winning away from New Era Field
Under head coach Sean McDermott, the team developed a mantra of 'Defend Our Dirt.' The Bills bought into that, posting a 6-2 record at New Era Field, the team's best home record since 1999. However, the results didn't show during road trips.
Bills linebacker, Lorenzo Alexander, has his eyes set on a Super Bowl. But he knows the team has to perform outside of Buffalo to do so.
"Well yeah, that's the next step. I think even before getting there, we have to learn to win on the road," said Alexander. "We were 6-2 at home, which is pretty good. But 3-6 on the road this year and that's not good enough."
Buffalo's six wins at New Era Field were the second-most wins at home in the NFL. The road was a different story.
Their first road trip of the year ended in a 9-3 loss to Carolina. The final game of the season was reminiscent of that, as the Bills posted a three-point performance on the road to close out the year.
"If you want to be able to win your division, and have a home playoff game, you have to be able to go on the road and beat teams," said Alexander. "If we find out predicament in the Wild Card, we have to be able to travel and execute at a high level and not make mistakes and go beat a team in their house. That's definitely something we have to work on and build off of from this year. Learn from it and overcome that obstacle."
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