Bills Use Bye Week To Reshuffle OL
Bye Week Blues: Today the Bills are on a bye so it gives fans a chance to re-connect with family or to watch good football for a change. Plenty of good games are on the docket today to take in, Indianapolis at Denver is the highlight game of the day. Atlanta at Cincinnati is also a very good game to take in. In the division, New England takes on Minnesota on Monday night. The Jets battle the Browns today and the Dolphins are also on the bye.
Friday October 27, 2006
Players Off To Monday: The players are getting a well needed rest as they are off for three days, today through Sunday. Many players went back home and many said they will watch NFL games on TV this weekend to see what other teams are doing. The team had four hard practices this week and resume their normal weekly schedule on Monday. They could have used another practice or two to help the new look offensive line jell but that isn't possible or wanted. Dick Jauron concedes the players need a break mentally and physically and under the collective barganing agreement these days off are mandatory.
Thursday October 26, 2006
Losman Takes Blame: J.P. Losman spoke to the media yesterday about the offensive line shakeup. He said he was excited by the play of the original line and that he deserves some of the blame for it not working out. He knows he didn't get the ball out fast enough at times and that he drifted a bit on other occassions that hurt the guys up front. He said it is as much on him as it is on the line since he's had his share of mistakes. He feels ok about the new line and figures the coaches know what they are doing and he's excited because the changes are about moving forward and will be interesting.
Wednesday October 25, 2006
Injured Players Get Chance To Heal: There is no reason for the Bills to push their banged up players to practice this week because of the bye. Ryan Neufeld, Ryan Denney, Sam Aiken, Roscoe Parrish, and Jabari Greer all did not practice yesterday. Aiken and Denney pulled hamstring muscles against New England. Greer was also banged up in that game. No word on what is ailing Neufeld. Parrish was resting his tender hamstring as well. Injury Page.
Bye Week Right Time For Changes: If a team is going to attempt such wholesale changes on the offensive line, which the Bills obviously need to do, the bye week is the right time. Most of the effected players say the two weeks will go a long way in developing the all important continuity needed to jell together to perform at a better level then the line has all year. Chris Villarrial said it is his job as the veteran to get the younger guys ready to play, specifically Terrence Pennington who will line up next to Villarrial. Pennington said that he will do extra film work with Villarrial to get ready. He feels he's ready to assume a starting position and will use the bye week to work on his mechanics. Villarrial said he's shocked by the moves but has confidence in the coaches to make it work. He does believe there will be mistakes by the young linemen but they will get them prepared to grow up and learn fast. Jason Peters said he's comfortable on the left side and felt good there in practice yesterday. He worked there last season.
Tuesday October 24, 2006
OL Changes: The Bills are using the bye week to make wholesale changes to the under performing offnesive line. The Bills have moved Mike Gandy to left guard and moved Tutan Reyes to the bench. Jason Peters flips over to protect J.P. Losman's blind side at left tackle. Peters' right tackle spot will now be manned by rookie seventh round pick Terrance Pennington. The only members of the line that stay in their spots is center Melvin Fowler and veteran right guard Chris Villarrial. This type of wholesale changes are rare during the season because continuity is stressed on the line but the Bills didn't have much choice. Jauron said sending Reyes to the bench was tough because he has played alright but the move was made to strengthen the line on the inside. Gandy is more suited for guard since he can't get out at tackle quickly enough. Jauron called Peters a terrific player and said the time is now for his move. It has been widely assumed he would move to left tackle next year. The team is higher on Pennington then fellow rookie Brad Butler who was taken two rounds ahead of Pennington. The move also gives the team a look at the future of the line with Pennington and Peters as possible bookends. What do you think of the moves? Take our poll on our homepage. Depth Chart.
Jauron Sticking With Losman: In his press conference yesterday, Dick Jauron said that he "absolutely" is sticking with J.P. Losman as his quarterback. He said he believes he will be a good quarterback and they need to push through this tough time. As far as making a change, he said that would come when he feels it but at this point he still believes in J.P. and knew there would be some struggles. Marv Levy agreed with Jauron's assessment that Losman will be a good quarterback and said he's seen some good things from him. Do you think it's time for a QB switch? Let us know by taking our poll on our homepage.
Bye Week Schedule: The team practices today on what would be a day off during a normal week. They will also practice hard on Wednesday and Thursday before getting a three day weekend starting Friday. They resume their normal work week on Monday with next Tuesday getting their regular day off.
Monday October 23, 2006
McFarland Was On Bills' Radar: Many thought that when the Colts traded for DT Anthony McFarland from the Bucaneers that he would have been a great fit for the Bills. He did play in the Tampa 2 which the Bills defense is based on. As it turns out, according to a report from the Sporting News, the Bills were interested in him. The report says the Bills were looking at trading Nate Clements to Tampa Bay for McFarland. When the trade fell through, the Bucs sent him to Indy for a 2nd round pick. The Bills would not part with such a high draft pick since there 2nd will be much higher then the Colts pick. They were probably willing to part with Clements since he is most definitely gone in the offseason as a free agent when they agreed to not use the franchise tag on him again. The Bills then went to plan B and traded for Anthony Hargrove who was in on two tackles in his Bills' debut yesterday.
Foolish Mistakes Kill Team: Dick Jauron talked to the media after yesterday's loss. He called it a long day and they continued to make foolish mistakes which they can't make against a good opponent. He said the roughing the passer call was an unbelievable play when they were still in the game. The long kick return also hurt them. They have to stop making the foolish mistakes and the coach took the blame. He said he has to do a better job getting to the guys and getting them ready. They also need to find a way to score points. They need to get over those hurdles and the bye week will give them an opportunity to step back a bit and get where they are going in a hurry. It will also allow them to allow the injuries to heal. There are things that J.P. Losman needs to do better like making quicker reads and getting rid of the ball faster. It isn't just J.P. though according to the coach, the team is really struggling on offense and they need to get some things figured out. The reason he started Aaron Merz instead of Duke Preston was because Preston took all his snaps this week at center because Melvin Fowler was hurt. He called this loss particularly disappointing because it was at home and because of what the fans have been through with the snow storm. He is sure Losman can't feel too confident right now since they've lost three straight. He still thinks the team works hard and just don't get it done on gameday and it is discouraging. He thought Terrence McGee made a lot of good plays and solid tackles in the game but took him out because he needed a break.
Losman Confidence Not Shaken: J.P. Losman began his post mortem press conference yesterday with a statement that said he is not hanging his head and hasn't lost confidence in his abilities despite the struggles he has had recently. He said he's frustrated and upset but he's ready to roll. He knows there are tough times to go through regardless who is at fault for the recent struggles. He knows it is a process and there are all kinds of factors going into the way they are playing. The team needs to stay together and do it for each other the QB said. He said the only thing he looks at it is himself and he will critique what he did wrong. He knows he has things to do to get things done, especially holding on to the football. On the interception, he said it looked like the right play but he needed to get it further outside and out quicker. The team will get next weekend off because of the bye and it gives them a chance to watch other teams, get a fire back in them. They are moving the ball but they need to play smarter football and figure out a way to punch it in the end zone. He said it starts with him since he has the ball in his hands on every play.
Aiken, Greer Banged Up: Besided the previously reported injury to Ryan Denney, the Bills appeared to suffer two other injuries in the loss to the Patriots. Sam Aiken also suffered a hamstring injury in the game on the special teams coverage units. Jabari Greer left the game shortly after taking over for Terrence McGee with an undisclosed injury. He had been beaten by Doug Gabriel for a 31 yard completion. Injury Page.
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