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Bills defensive tackles hope to shed weight

Buffalo Bills Marcell Dareus celebrates his sack against the Washington Redskins during the first half of their NFL football game in Toronto Reuters

Former Bears, Dolphnis, and Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt now runs the Bills defense.  And he wants defensive linemen who will be able to run past offensive linemen.

Obviously they’ve got to be able to move and get off of blocks,” Wannstedt tells Chris Brown of the team’s official website. “Our defensive linemen will never hear the phrase, ‘Hey you’ve got to use up a double team or use up a block.’  We want them making plays.  I think that [Marcell] Dareus is an athlete, Dwan Edwards is an athlete.  All those guys are.”

And so the team’s defensive tackles plan to shed some pounds.  Dareus, for example, wants to drop from a 2011 playing weight of 325-30 pounds.

“I want to be a little lighter this year because I want to be able to fly around the field and run to the ball,” Dareus said.  “I want to be able to play every down.”

He plans to lose the bulk of his bulk in the coming weeks.  “I’m going to be thinning up more in the time between minicamp and training camp,” said Dareus.  “I’m not far off now, but I’ve still got to get down.  I’m putting on so much muscle because when you’re lifting hard and you don’t have much more body fat it makes dropping weight hard.”

(Who does he think he is?  Martellus Bennett?)

Torell Troup hopes to decrease from 327 to a svelte 315, and Spencer Johnson wants to push the needle down to 295 from 305.  (Given their starting and ending points, we suggest a dose or two of Ex-Lax.)

Regardless of whether they each can find the gas pedal, the defensive linemen regularly will be getting the green light under Wannstedt.

“It’s going to be a defensive-line friendly scheme, and by that I mean we’ll be as good as our guys up front play,” he recently said, via Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News.  “That’s how it was at Dallas, at Miami, every place where we’ve run this scheme.  The guys up front, it all starts there.  If we can get a good rotation going, keep some guys healthy, you know that kind of sets the foundation for what we’re trying to get done here.”

The rotation includes free-agent arrivals Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, giving the Bills one of the more potent collections of defensive linemen in the conference.  With the pro game leaning more and more toward passing the football, teams that can disrupt the aerial attack will be better suited to win.

And so it looks like the team in Western New York will be emulating a team from the other side of the state (and a bit beyond) that has captured two of the last five Super Bowls based in part on the strength of a relentless defensive line.

There are worse franchises to mimic.

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8 Responses to “Bills defensive tackles hope to shed weight”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2012 4:46 PM

    ” ‘Shed’ weight, you like it because they are the size of a shed. But otoh, they are about as mobile as sheds too, so…….”.

  2. pakmanjones says: Jun 5, 2012 5:11 PM

    ” ‘Shed’ weight, you like it because they are the size of a shed. But otoh, they are about as mobile as sheds too, so…….”.

    I bet this sounded a lot more clever in your head, didn’t it??

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 5, 2012 5:36 PM

    Actually, most nfl defensive linemen, despite their size, are much more athletic than the general population.
    Also, based off my 12 years of football experience, I can tall you pass rushing is the single most exhausting thing in football.

  4. EJ says: Jun 5, 2012 6:50 PM

    On paper, Buffalo has one of the best looking D-lines in the NFL, Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Shawne Merriman. I hope they come together and put fear into the Quarterbacks of the NFL.

  5. rabidbillsfan says: Jun 5, 2012 7:24 PM

    @EJ

    You’re right about those guys, but let’s not forget about Kelsay, Anderson, and even Spence Johnson. This already is the deepest defensive line in the NFL (Move over NYG), it’s the gelling and results part I hope comes with with it. I could care less about run defense this season, we showed last year that we can handle it when fully healthy, I just hope we can get alot of pressure on all opossing QB’s. Byrd, McKelvin and McGee are the most dangerous defensive players with balls in their hands, outside of Charles Woodson of course. If this team can finish 6+ games +2 in TO differential, Tom Brady and company may actally have to strain their necks and look up at somebody in the division. I’ll put my name on it now, unless key players like the William’s, Stevie, Fitz or Freddie/CJ go down for long periods of time, the AFCE is a 2 horse race. No offense to the Dolphins, but you’re rebuilding, kind of, so I’ts hard to say how your team will look, but I expect 5-11 6-10 atleast. Now, the Jets could be a suprise team, or a total flop. I’ll go with the latter. We all know Sanchize will be replaced with Teblow at somepoint, the Bills owned Tebow. It took some shoddy officiating, and some real uncharectersitic play for the Jets to beat the Bills at the Ralph, and, well, whether it was a shanked kick (It was) or a stupid celebration penalty ( It wasn’t) the Bills would have won the game in NY as well. 4-12 for Rex’s squad, maybe 6-10 if the same QB stays under center all season.

  6. buffalomafia says: Jun 5, 2012 9:06 PM

    @rabidbillsfan- you need to take a class in lets make a long story short 101! Damn dude get to the point!

    The Bills look great on paper! Hope they produce!

    The only thing we are missing is a WR that is 6′ or taller!

    Go Bills!

  7. buffalomafia says: Jun 5, 2012 9:54 PM

    @rabidbillsfan- you need to take a class in make a long story short 101! Damn dude get to the point!

    The Bills look good on paper! Now its time to produce!

    The Bills also need a WR 6′ or taller!

    Go Bills!

  8. randallflagg52 says: Jun 6, 2012 3:38 AM

    Dwan Edwards seems like another perfect example on why you don’t sign Raven free agents. Haven’t heard a word about him in Buffalo though, and I work with 2 Bills fans.

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