Brown's Best Week 2
September 15, 2008
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 1:40 PM ET
BROWN'S BEST WEEK 2: There was a host of player contributions in Buffalo's big Week 2 win at Jacksonville. Here's the rundown.
BEST HOLE: Bills O-line – Buffalo's men up front opened up a great hole for the quick trap play that sprung Marshawn Lynch for his 11-yard touchdown run.
BEST SPECIAL TEAMS WRAP UP: Ko Simpson – On kickoff coverage Simpson had a solid takedown on Jaguars return man Brian Witherspoon on Jacksonville's first kick return of the game.
BEST DISPLAY OF TOUGHNESS: Donte Whitner – After losing his helmet and making a tackle Whitner's left eye was almost completely swollen shut and needed three stitches, but he came back in the game and finished tied for second in tackles.
BEST PASS DEFENSE IN A SERIES: Jabari Greer – The right cornerback forced an incompletion on the first play of a late first quarter Jacksonville series as David Garrard tried to hit Matt Jones. He then forced the Jaguars to settle for a field goal when he broke up the last play of the drive on another pass intended for Jones in the end zone.
BEST BLITZ BEATER: Trent Edwards – The Bills QB was solid in recognizing pressure and getting rid of the ball. Completing 80 percent of his passes was a strong indication as to just how effective he was even while under duress from Jacksonville's pass rush.
BEST RUN AFTER CATCH: Fred Jackson - The back's ability to slip away from the first tackler was instrumental in him racking up a good amount of yards after the catch over the course of the afternoon.
BEST TACKLE FOR LOSS: Chris Kelsay – Kelsay corralled Fred Taylor in the offensive backfield for a four-yard loss on a 2nd-and-4 that put Jacksonville in a 3rd-and-long.
BEST ADJUSTER: Langston Walker – His flipping back and forth from right to left tackle, sometimes during the same series in Sunday's game, required supreme concentration mentally. And with the oppressively hot conditions making the task more challenging Walker came through with flying colors.
BEST HANDS: Marcus Stroud – He tipped a pair of passes. The first came on an attempted pass by Garrard to the end zone that led to an interception by Terrence McGee to preserve a seven-point lead at the half. His other came on a 3rd-and-1 near midfield to start the third quarter.
BEST FEET: James Hardy – As nice as his touchdown catch was getting both feet down in very limited space in the back corner of the end zone was the more impressive feat (no pun intended).
BEST OPEN FIELD TACKLER: Ashton Youboty – His takedown of 6'1" 245-pound David Garrard out in the flat on a 3rd-and-7 for just a one yard game was a textbook tackle and huge play. It forced Jacksonville to settle for another field goal allowing the Jaguars to only go up by three. Youboty also had another big tackle when he held Reggie Williams to just a two-yard gain on a 3rd-and-4 to force Jacksonville to punt the ball back to the Bills with eight minutes left.
BEST ACCURACY: Trent Edwards – Starting off hot going 6-for-6 on the opening touchdown drive, Edwards was locked in for most of the day hitting on 80 percent of his passes good for the fifth most accurate passing day in team history.
BEST ROUTE: Lee Evans – The Bills top wideout set up safety Gerald Sensabaugh perfectly gaining separation at the perfect time allowing Trent Edwards to deliver a well timed pass for a huge 37-yard gain on a 3rd-and-7 to set up 1st-and-goal.
BEST TIMING: Kyle Williams – His sack of Garrard on 3rd-and-10 from the Jaguars 20 with 4:01 left on the clock forced Jacksonville to punt allowing the Bills to kill almost all of the remaining time in the game while adding three more points on the board.
BEST DEAL SEALER: Rian Lindell – His 45-yard field goal provided big insurance points knowing there would be time on the clock for the Jaguars to try to put together a last ditch effort. Putting Buffalo up by four all but secured the victory.
Jauron on contract extension
September 15, 2008
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 1:19 PM ET
JAURON ON CONTRACT EXTENSION: Bills head coach Dick Jauron is reportedly in talks with the front office on a contract extension. But Jauron adhered to team policy when asked about any progress on that front.
"You are familiar with us," said Jauron. "We don't talk about contracts in any way, shape or form so that's what I make of it."
When asked if he wants to stick around Jauron and if he'd be open to an extension offer the Bills head coach said.
"I like sticking around."
Mortensen reports Jauron extension talks
September 15, 2008
Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 9:14 AM ET
MORTENSEN REPORTS JAURON EXTENSION TALKS: ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Bills and Dick Jauron are having
"substantive discussions" on a contract extension for the Bills head coach.