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Bills Today: Why DC Leslie Frazier remains stoic in face of adversity


1. Why DC Leslie Frazier remains stoic in face of adversity

The Bills defense plays loud. They constantly turn to the crowd at home games to bring the noise so loud that Tremaine Edmunds admits that sometimes it's tough to hear the play call. But as much as the defense celebrates and yells on the field for their performance there's one member who always remains calm, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Bills players spoke consistently of Frazier's demeanor during the game on Sunday. Buffalo's defense looked human for the first time this season allowing 21 points to Miami. Things looked rough and Frazier kept a cool head.

"You can lose yourself if you're angry and are so mad about what just happened that you get out of sorts," Frazier said. "We tell our guys so much to just play the next play that's all that really matters. Our guys have been really good about that and we've had some adverse moments over the course of these six weeks and we're going to have more."

Frazier played in the NFL from 1981-85 and has been coaching at the NFL level since 1999 – that's 406 games he's seen from the sidelines.  Frazier has seen a lot of football and understands the ebbs and flows of a football game more than most. His calmness comes from confidence.

"For our defense, our team, they give you reasons to trust that they're going to execute their assignments," Frazier said. "There will be some hiccups along the way but they're usually going to get it figured out. You don't have to panic."

2. His nickname is 'Big Play Tre' for a reason

Tre'Davious White took over in the fourth quarter of Sundays game forcing two turnovers. One, a diving goal line interception to give Buffalo the ball back from a driving Miami team. And two, a forced fumble on the only reception he allowed all game.

White has done it before. His rookie season he forced two turnovers in the second half against Tampa Bay.

"I thought about that game after his plays because it was kind of like one of those games," Frazier said. "And that play he made then was a turning point, obviously, it sealed a game for us and really got us going as a team. And what he did yesterday was very similar."

Against Miami, White was targeted five times allowing one reception for five yards. He added five tackles on top of his two forced turnovers. In 2017 against Tampa Bay, White had a forced fumble and fumble recovery. He played 100% of defensive snaps.

Since his rookie season White has started every game for the Bills.

"But we've seen it in his three short years here, he finds a way to come up with big plays in some tough moments," Frazier said. "It just speaks to his intestinal fortitude, his heart, his desire and his confidence that he's a big play guy. He believes that and then he acts on it when he gets an opportunity. So, there's no situation too big for him, no circumstance that scares him."

3. Daboll: It's usually a good thing when you get John Brown involved

John Brown has the second-most receiving yard through a player's first six games as a Bill in franchise history. Brown is up to 473 yards this season and is just two yards shy of Bill Miller's 1973 record for most receiving yards in a player's first six games with the Bills.

Brown finished Sunday's game leading the team with five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. His sixth straight performance of 50 yards receiving or more.

"We kind of talk in between series, throughout the series. We were spreading the ball around to some different guys, maybe that hadn't gotten the ball quite as much early on in the game. Smoke's always a viable candidate, regardless of what play we called, had a lot of confidence in him," offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said. "Called a few things there to try and get him going, to help us get going in the second half. It's usually a good thing when you get him involved."

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