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What is the one thing you'd do to upgrade the Bills' defense, if you could only do one thing?  

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  1. 1. What is the one thing you'd do to upgrade the Bills' defense, if you could only do one thing?

    • Upgrade the defensive line
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    • Upgrade the LB corps
    • Upgrade the defensive secondary
    • Upgrade the defensive coaching


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If you were put in charge of the Bills for a time, and if you could upgrade just one thing about the defense, what would it be? Please be realistic in your responses.

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The Guy In Pants

The first thing I’m doing is taking Leslie Frazier to Golden Corral. About halfway through dinner; I’ll excuse myself for the restroom. I don’t come back. I take the car and drive away.

 

I’ll call Edmunds on my way out of the parking lot and tell him I’ll pick him up in 20. We need to talk. After he gets in the car; we will drive around aimlessly for 6 hours. After he asks me for the 25th time “where are we going?”; I’ll let him know that this little exercise was meant to show him how he looks to everyone else when he’s on the field. I drop him off at his home.

 

Beane calls me:

 

”Did you leave Leslie at the restaurant?”

 

”Did I?”

 

(End of conversation.)

 

The entire secondary is over at Poyers house playing Madden and listening to music. I release 47 large pigs into the home with their belongings taped to their stomachs. In order to get their stuff back; they have to tackle the pigs. Good luck bitches.

 

Mcdermott calls me. I don’t answer. I text him back “trust the process”.

 

I call all of the defensive lineman and line backers into my office for a meet and greet with Mr. Pressure. Once they enter the building and find that I’m not there, the lights go out. A faint red bulb emits low light from the far corner of the film room. It’s like a scene from a horror film as 48 raccoons are released and began to scurry toward them. In panic; they must bust through a wall of sand bags in order to survive. I decide to give them a little more motivation so I play “I will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor on the speakers.

 

The draft comes and I trade back into the second and take 2. A corner and a OL. I’m very active in FA too. 2 LB, a RB and a WR.  I somehow convince the Rams that Aaron Donald is a carrier of some rare genetic disorder that causes fingernails to fall off.

 

Frazier is still sitting at the restaurant because he struggles to adjust to change.

 

 

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51 minutes ago, The Guy In Pants said:

The first thing I’m doing is taking Leslie Frazier to Golden Corral. About halfway through dinner; I’ll excuse myself for the restroom. I don’t come back. I take the car and drive away.

 

I’ll call Edmunds on my way out of the parking lot and tell him I’ll pick him up in 20. We need to talk. After he gets in the car; we will drive around aimlessly for 6 hours. After he asks me for the 25th time “where are we going?”; I’ll let him know that this little exercise was meant to show him how he looks to everyone else when he’s on the field. I drop him off at his home.

 

Beane calls me:

 

”Did you leave Leslie at the restaurant?”

 

”Did I?”

 

(End of conversation.)

 

The entire secondary is over at Poyers house playing Madden and listening to music. I release 47 large pigs into the home with their belongings taped to their stomachs. In order to get their stuff back; they have to tackle the pigs. Good luck bitches.

 

Mcdermott calls me. I don’t answer. I text him back “trust the process”.

 

I call all of the defensive lineman and line backers into my office for a meet and greet with Mr. Pressure. Once they enter the building and find that I’m not there, the lights go out. A faint red bulb emits low light from the far corner of the film room. It’s like a scene from a horror film as 48 raccoons are released and began to scurry toward them. In panic; they must bust through a wall of sand bags in order to survive. I decide to give them a little more motivation so I play “I will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor on the speakers.

 

The draft comes and I trade back into the second and take 2. A corner and a OL. I’m very active in FA too. 2 LB, a RB and a WR.  I somehow convince the Rams that Aaron Donald is a carrier of some rare genetic disorder that causes fingernails to fall off.

 

Frazier is still sitting at the restaurant because he struggles to adjust to change.

 

 


Thats pretty funny.

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Alaska Darin

I've said it far too often:  I hate this style of defense because you can't get stops against top QBs.

 

1.  A different scheme.  Something that looks like what the Ravens do - fast, physical, pressure-oriented.

2.  1-Tech DT who is available.  Likely a depth guy there as well.  I know we're stuck with Star for yet another year, which is probably fine with a different DC.

3.  A real MLB.  FFS, not taking Darius Leonard looks worse every time we play a good team.

4.  Another fast 3 down OLB.  Let's quit pretending playing small nickel 90%+ of the time is a good idea.  It isn't.

5.  More speed in the back 7.  I don't expect to find anyone who can single the cheetah because I live on planet earth but on defense speed has always killed and we don't have nearly enough of it.  Granted, having him score with a minute left on the clock was the reason we should have won the game but watching that dude be the reason they beat us every year is just annoying.

 

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Need a new scheme. We have seen how far this current scheme can get them.
 

Plus, the safeties they rely heavily upon aren’t getting any younger.

 

And I do believe that Edmunds (and Milano to a lesser extent) might look a helluva lot better when he’s not asked to cover two linebacker spots on every play. Edmunds has to think way too much on every play. He needs to get all that cleared out of his head to be better. 

 

A more traditional scheme with good tackling and jamming every TE off the line on every play will take them over the top. I don’t even mind the pass rush style — except to say that over the course of the season they should have thrown in a heavier dose of blitzes to keep opposing o-lines from getting comfortable. 

 

They don’t need to change much to do it, either. One LB and one big strong wide DT. 
 

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32 minutes ago, snafu said:

Edmunds (and Milano to a lesser extent) might look a helluva lot better when he’s not asked to cover two linebacker spots on every play.

 

Hasn't looked any different when we're in a 43.  And he's not asked to cover 2 spots...the nickel DB or one of the safeties is essentially playing the WLB spot.  Edmunds just lacks football instincts and even though he looks like a monster, he rarely plays with any physicality...

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TakeYouToTasker 2.0

There is nothing wrong with this defense that cannot be fixed with a scheme change, moving Edmunds to WIL, and drafting Jordan Davis.

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2 hours ago, The Guy In Pants said:

The first thing I’m doing is taking Leslie Frazier to Golden Corral. About halfway through dinner; I’ll excuse myself for the restroom. I don’t come back. I take the car and drive away.

 

I’ll call Edmunds on my way out of the parking lot and tell him I’ll pick him up in 20. We need to talk. After he gets in the car; we will drive around aimlessly for 6 hours. After he asks me for the 25th time “where are we going?”; I’ll let him know that this little exercise was meant to show him how he looks to everyone else when he’s on the field. I drop him off at his home.

 

Beane calls me:

 

”Did you leave Leslie at the restaurant?”

 

”Did I?”

 

(End of conversation.)

 

The entire secondary is over at Poyers house playing Madden and listening to music. I release 47 large pigs into the home with their belongings taped to their stomachs. In order to get their stuff back; they have to tackle the pigs. Good luck bitches.

 

Mcdermott calls me. I don’t answer. I text him back “trust the process”.

 

I call all of the defensive lineman and line backers into my office for a meet and greet with Mr. Pressure. Once they enter the building and find that I’m not there, the lights go out. A faint red bulb emits low light from the far corner of the film room. It’s like a scene from a horror film as 48 raccoons are released and began to scurry toward them. In panic; they must bust through a wall of sand bags in order to survive. I decide to give them a little more motivation so I play “I will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor on the speakers.

 

The draft comes and I trade back into the second and take 2. A corner and a OL. I’m very active in FA too. 2 LB, a RB and a WR.  I somehow convince the Rams that Aaron Donald is a carrier of some rare genetic disorder that causes fingernails to fall off.

 

Frazier is still sitting at the restaurant because he struggles to adjust to change.

 

 


That was awesome!


 

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24 minutes ago, Ann said:


He's being mocked to the Patriots. Is he worth trading up for?
 


100%
 

He’s game altering and generational.

 

He’s 6’6”, 350 and gets off like a man 100 LBs lighter. He has raw power and quickness that I haven’t seen since Albert Haynesworth in his early prime.

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1 hour ago, Alaska Darin said:

Hasn't looked any different when we're in a 43.  And he's not asked to cover 2 spots...the nickel DB or one of the safeties is essentially playing the WLB spot.  Edmunds just lacks football instincts and even though he looks like a monster, he rarely plays with any physicality...

 

I'm certainly no Linebacker analyst for sure.  It is the most difficult position for me to understand. In any event, it looks to me like the DB/Safety has to play WLB from ten or more yards off the line of scrimmage.  If there's a running play, then Edmunds has to guess right with which gap he wants to plug -- and it looks like there are three that he needs to choose from on every run play. 

 

Yes, he's not physical enough to shed blocks.  I think some of that is a "walk and chew gum" problem.  You can see the gears turning in his head while he's playing.  It slows him down and makes him less aggressive.  If they want him to play like a monster, then just let him play and get someone else to do the thinking.

 

 

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Uncle Joe

A lot has been covered already. (mumble, mumble Tyreek)

 

1) Get that big 1TDT. We obviously have Star one more year. 
2) Get an instinctive, physical MLB. Someone like Josh Allen or Roquan Smith. Move Edmunds to OLB - he likes to set the edge and seems good at it. Let him chip TEs.
3) Get a cornerback that can play man to man.
4) Alternate schemes depending on the team you play. It shouldn.t be too hard to make tweaks and disguise looks.
5) Get that cheetah.
6) Find some Guy in Pants for Life Coach.

 

2 cents

 

ps I would also keep Hughes in a reduced role. Did anyone else notice he wasn't fooled on a couple of trick plays in the playoffs? Let Butler and Addison go.

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17 minutes ago, Uncle Joe said:

ps I would also keep Hughes in a reduced role. Did anyone else notice he wasn't fooled on a couple of trick plays in the playoffs? Let Butler and Addison go.


Yes. He's been around so long there is little new to him. Now, if he could only teach that knowledge to the youngsters.

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Core Four

1. Get a new DC.  Frazier will never be competitive against teams like KC, Tennessee, LAR; the game is too far beyond him.

  1a. New defensive scheme.  Enough with this base nickel, heavy d-line rotation, drop the MLB into coverage crap.

  1b. New D-Line coach, someone who believes the dline is there to get to the QB, not just contain/collapse the pocket.

2. Acquire a 1TDT.  Do it.  Even if you have to trade up, do it.

3. Acquire a real MLB.  Edmunds isn't a MLB.  Try moving Edmunds to OLB, could help.

4. Acquire a CB that can play man.  It would we nice if this guy has the speed of Tyreek Hill, but that is asking a lot, maybe ball-park speed.

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28 minutes ago, Uncle Joe said:

A lot has been covered already. (mumble, mumble Tyreek)

 

1) Get that big 1TDT. We obviously have Star one more year. 
2) Get an instinctive, physical MLB. Someone like Josh Allen or Roquan Smith. Move Edmunds to OLB - he likes to set the edge and seems good at it. Let him chip TEs.
3) Get a cornerback that can play man to man.
4) Alternate schemes depending on the team you play. It shouldn.t be too hard to make tweaks and disguise looks.
5) Get that cheetah.
6) Find some Guy in Pants for Life Coach.

 

2 cents

 

ps I would also keep Hughes in a reduced role. Did anyone else notice he wasn't fooled on a couple of trick plays in the playoffs? Let Butler and Addison go.

 

While not a bad idea, I'm not sure Hughes would go for a reduced role contract and salary.  I think he's looking for one more 2-year contract that pays him like a top 10 edge rusher.  He's not worth that at this point in his career; Hughes certainly isn't Vonn Miller.  I do agree with letting Butler and Addison go.  Wish we could let Star go.

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McD and Frazier style D clash IMO. Frazier being the more conservative.

 

I have mixed feelings about changing anything. Two elite QBs in a shootout. I'm not sure any D was going to stop them. Growing in the process is ideal combined with continuity.

 

Still voted a change at DC...🤷‍♂️

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Scheme change? Bah! What the Bills need is more defensive linemen. Too many of the ones they have just don't get enough rest and aren't fresh enough to make those game altering plays.

 

Hear me out.

 

The active game day roster would include:

  • 11 absolute baller offensive players
  • 2 special team specialists: K and LS. They don't need no stinking punter.
  • 5 defensive backs
  • 2 LBs
  • 26 defensive linemen

What about injuries to the non-defensive linemen, you say? Well, those men must cowboy up and play through it, as well as learn to better hide those concussion symptoms. The Bills must protect the amount of rest that the defensive linemen get on game day, as it is paramount to success. 

 

And:

  • The non-active game day roster spots: all defensive linemen (getting extremely good rest days, so they can be fresh enough to rest the following week)
  • Practice squad: all defensive linemen (who can be properly taught the way that they should rest on game days)

Grown men, who make their living playing football, should not be expected to be well enough conditioned to play more than 10 snaps per game. Any of you who think otherwise are monsters.

 

 

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