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Chan Gailey: Get ready to see the old Shawne Merriman

Oakland Raiders' Campbell is back to pass against Buffalo Bills Merriman during their NFL football game in Orchard Park Reuters

Shawne Merriman had 39.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons, but has had just five sacks in four seasons since then. That leaves many observers to conclude that Merriman is done as an effective NFL starter.

But Bills coach Chan Gailey has observed Merriman up close and says he looks as good as ever.

He works hard. He looks quick. He looks healthy,” Gailey told the Buffalo News. “That part of it has been refreshing for us, to see some what of I think we’re going to see is the old Shawne Merriman this year.”

Merriman just turned 28, so he would still seem to have time to return to his previous form. But knee and Achilles injuries have caused Merriman to miss 35 games over the last four seasons. And when he has played, he hasn’t looked much like the three-time All-Pro who played for the Chargers from 2005 to 2007. Merriman admits he has some rust to shake off.

“I feel very good,” Merriman said. “I’m still working out just little things. I’ve not been playing football for a long time and just getting back comfortable with the game. That’s one of my biggest keys, getting comfortable, especially playing a different position as well. I feel pretty good up to this point.”

Bills fans will feel a lot better than “pretty good” if Gailey is right that the old Shawne Merriman is back.

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32 Responses to “Chan Gailey: Get ready to see the old Shawne Merriman”
  1. effedinLA says: Jun 16, 2012 4:28 PM

    Did he say the old Shawne Merriman or an old Shawne Merriman?

  2. sowcrates says: Jun 16, 2012 4:28 PM

    He’s on roids again?

  3. DrunkenBlackmon says: Jun 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    Cue steroid jokes in 3…2….1…

  4. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 16, 2012 4:30 PM

    Wasn’t the same thing said last year?

  5. hawkalougie says: Jun 16, 2012 4:30 PM

    Get ready for a “random” drug test Shawne…

  6. seageo says: Jun 16, 2012 4:30 PM

    What? He’s back on steroids?????

  7. themiller7anthreequarter says: Jun 16, 2012 4:42 PM

    Weve seen the old Shawn merriman for the last 4 yrs

  8. bbking0420 says: Jun 16, 2012 4:48 PM

    I’m a Buffalo Bills Fan For Life,but to Shawne Merriman stay healthy for a season ,,,l.o.l. I have to see it to believe it!!! I believe Chan Galley said the same thing last season and the season before!!! We soon will see!!! Go Bills!!!

  9. jfinn5 says: Jun 16, 2012 4:49 PM

    He plays in Buffalo, so nobody will know what he did this year.

  10. rjblitz02 says: Jun 16, 2012 5:12 PM

    Like, sack-master old?

    Or like….old-man old?

  11. lgw91s says: Jun 16, 2012 5:14 PM

    The ‘lights out’ dance has had less sightings lately than the hustle.

  12. jessethegreat says: Jun 16, 2012 5:16 PM

    Chan been playing Madden 07 or something?

  13. Bubby Brister says: Jun 16, 2012 5:20 PM

    I seriously doubt he’ll be anything like he was during his first few seasons, but if by some miracle he is, the thought of old Merriman and Mario Williams is kind of scary.

  14. footballfan84 says: Jun 16, 2012 5:22 PM

    I’m sure Maurice Jones Drew would love to see the old Shawne Merriman!

  15. jarredhero says: Jun 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    Why do teams even say $hit like this? Just let them show it on the field when it’s time.
    Hint hint Rex Ryan.

  16. lightofkolob says: Jun 16, 2012 5:44 PM

    Same story every offseason for the last few years……

  17. jimiinpa says: Jun 16, 2012 5:51 PM

    he was a beast with Maryland , just like E.J. Henderson. must be a terp jinx for linebackers

  18. buffalomyhometown says: Jun 16, 2012 5:53 PM

    the season can’t start soon enough!

  19. bchapman2011 says: Jun 16, 2012 6:26 PM

    The “old” Shawn Merriman was loaded with HGH and Steroids. Does anybody think that it is a coincedence that his body started breaking down almost right after his susension for roids?
    Unless this guy started to juice again he will only be a shell of his former self.

  20. discosucs2005 says: Jun 16, 2012 7:00 PM

    Considering the improved DL I’m sure he’ll be better than he’s been lately. Not exactly a high bar to reach.

  21. 8drinkminimum says: Jun 16, 2012 7:43 PM

    He won’t make it to the bye week without breaking down.

  22. rajbais says: Jun 16, 2012 8:29 PM

    Four continuous years of futility!!!!

    He showed NO flashes of ANY brilliance from 2008-2012 and is an injury probe wreck!!!

    Buddy Nix can be a good GM, but he can’t coddle one of his former draft picks!!! It’s hard to say goodbye to those you have heart for, but goodbye should’ve been said to Merriman after 2010!!!

    He can’t play anymore!!!!!

  23. buffalomafia says: Jun 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    He will be injured by week 3!

  24. escoboltsfan says: Jun 16, 2012 8:56 PM

    I used to admire Jeff Fisher before he called for that cheap shot on Lights Out.

  25. nflhof says: Jun 16, 2012 9:25 PM

    Jefff Fisher sent a straight shot to Merrimans knee and that was the start of the injuries. Jeff Fisher hired Greg Williams funny isn’t it? Not to Shanwes knee I bet.

  26. gizzmonic says: Jun 16, 2012 9:31 PM

    are the bills in the same leage as terrell owens wranglers?

  27. catquick says: Jun 16, 2012 10:40 PM

    I dare any of you punks who cry steroids to say that to his face. How come I never hear that said about Brian cushing, or the dozens of other players who went tilt over the years? He can play and will, at a very high level, without injury. He had his achilles fixed sugically. He’s fine now. 80% of the league took steroids when he did, but small minds got to be vengefull.

  28. sirthorazine says: Jun 16, 2012 11:49 PM

    I’d like to see it happen, but I am not gonna set myself up for disappointment.

    Truth is, Chan is usually careful to say things like this. He’s a no B.S. kinda guy.

    I am looking forward to seeing what a lot of people in the NFL will have in the tank this year. Consideration to the fact that there was no real off season last year had a big role in a lot of different player’s performances.

    I am willing to come into the 2012 season with a clean slate. Merriman had the surgery, Fitz worked with a QB coach. I am looking forward to seeing my team emerge as a true contender again but I without hesitation say its time to put up or shut up Buffalo.

    Go BILLS

  29. 4evrnyt says: Jun 17, 2012 2:10 AM

    At this point “old” is the only version we get of him.

  30. joetoronto says: Jun 17, 2012 5:12 AM

    “Shawne Merriman had 39.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons, but has had just five sacks in four seasons since then.”

    That’s a hell of a fact and tells you all you need to know.

  31. Punk says: Jun 17, 2012 11:00 AM

    Merriman shows why it pays to do steroids. He has played poorly and been paid for it for four years. And he still has a job and gets publicity. He totally banked on roids.

  32. jolink653 says: Jun 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    the old shawne merriman? tila tequila just went into hiding

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