Bills defense aims to “lead the way” while offense takes shape

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There was no shortage of discussion about the shortcomings of the Bills offense this summer and the decision to go with Nathan Peterman as the starting quarterback hasn’t put them to bed.

Whether it is Peterman’s inexperience, the shaky offensive line or thin receiving corps, people have reasons to think the Bills offense is going to have a hard time once the regular season starts this weekend. That extends to members of the team’s defense as well.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander added it all up and said the defense needs to carry the team until the offense can take on a bigger share of the burden.

“Our goal is always to win and to do that you have to take the ball away. We want to be a top five defense,” Alexander said, via the team’s website. “We want to be the leaders of this team as far as giving our offense advantageous field position, short fields. The main reason why is because we understand we’re going to have a young quarterback in terms of experience. So, we need to help the offense out as much as we can. It’s going to take time until Nate is able to develop and really take the reins of the offense and make it his own and become that guy. So right now, we feel defensively we have the pieces in place to be the bell cow of this team and lead the way.”

Such an arrangement leaves little margin for error for the defense and safety Micah Hyde said the unit needs to “be more consistent and it starts with us not beating ourselves.” Sunday’s trip to Baltimore will be the first test of that approach to the 2018 season.

25 responses to “Bills defense aims to “lead the way” while offense takes shape

  1. >>Bills defense aims to “lead the way” while offense takes shape

    Translation:

    Bills defense will play hard while the offense, with no QB, goes three and out and punts, putting the defense back on a short field with little rest.

    I wonder how this will work out ?

  2. “Respect The Process”….even the players themselves know Beane and McDermott have stripped this team down to its bare bones…..and McDermott who is head strong and refuses to admit his BIG MISTAKE last year of starting Peterman when he was not ready will put the team in a hole this year as he tries to redeem that bad choice….but always remember….”Respect The Process”…..
    A Bills Fan…..

  3. .
    As Bill Belichick always says, “If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense”. The Bills have no offensive line.

    This is the year that the Bills “take their medicine”. Their roster is full of holes, their schedule murderous, their QB inexperienced and they have 60 million dollars in dead cap space weighing them down like an anchor. Next year they should be able to stop fighting with one hand tied behind their backs and start operating like a professional organization.
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  4. no offensive line, no WR’s, no QB’s…that defense will be on the field all day, were looking ate 4-12 with a top 3 draft pick

  5. Not even a snap of the ball and so much negative. 1. One game does not define a quarterback. Troy Aikman was 1-13 his rookie year. 2. Replacing Wood and Incognito is significant but Groy filled in for Wood and the offense didn’t skip a beat and Miller ranked high in PFF before being benched. Last I checked, Incognito is unhinged. 3. Trey Edmunds, Trent Murphy and Star L. should be upgrades. 4. Jason Croom and Logan will improve the passing game with timing throws and execution which will help the O’line.

  6. unclebluck says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:28 am
    “Respect The Process”….even the players themselves know Beane and McDermott have stripped this team down to its bare bones…..and McDermott who is head strong and refuses to admit his BIG MISTAKE last year of starting Peterman when he was not ready will put the team in a hole this year as he tries to redeem that bad choice….but always remember….”Respect The Process”…..
    A Bills Fan…..
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    As a Bills fan, you should know better than anyone how much Rex Ryan ruined this team. McDermott and Beane are still trying to fix Ryan’s mistakes, unfortunately, those things take time. Respect The Process.

  7. >>As a Bills fan, you should know better than anyone how much Rex Ryan ruined this team. McDermott and Beane are still trying to fix Ryan’s mistakes, unfortunately, those things take time. Respect The Process.

    Rex was there only 2 years, he couldn’t have done irreparable harm in that short a period. The former GM (Doug Whaley) bears more responsibility.
    But has the new GM done all that well in 2 draft classes?
    Signing AJ MacCarron, then trading him for nothing and going with Perman? And after he fails will Josh Allen be ready?

    Sounds liek a 4-12 season coming up.

  8. I’m a Bills fan but they are going to be outright terrible this year. How the team still doesn’t have a QB to start the season is beyond crazy to me… same old Bills different year

  9. 6ball says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:49 am

    As Bill Belichick always says, “If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense”.
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    So I guess the Patriots have don’t have an offense this year?

  10. The Defense will have to lead the way the starters didn’t see enough time in the preseason to convince me they are up to the task. The team is OK at QB and the running game is going to surprise people. Kelvin Benjamin will shine but he can’t catch all the passes. I see an 8 – 8 season and it won’t be enough to make the playoffs.

  11. Nothing matters till week 1 and the real games start, and the bullets start flying. Remember at this time last year Sean Mcdermott was accused of tanking, but that team ended up breaking the 17 year playoff drought.

  12. unclebluck says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:28 am
    “Respect The Process”….even the players themselves know Beane and McDermott have stripped this team down to its bare bones…..and McDermott who is head strong and refuses to admit his BIG MISTAKE last year of starting Peterman when he was not ready will put the team in a hole this year as he tries to redeem that bad choice….but always remember….”Respect The Process”…..
    A Bills Fan…..
    *****************

    As a Bills fan, you should know better than anyone how much Rex Ryan ruined this team. McDermott and Beane are still trying to fix Ryan’s mistakes, unfortunately, those things take time. Respect The Process.
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    Jet fans also the know the pain of Rex Ryan. They are still recovering from him and Tannenbaum’s awful drafts. I still remember the Jets drafting John Connor, the fullback, mainly because Rex liked calling him “The Terminator.” The early returns had me excited. What a joke it all turned out to be.

  13. I love people pilling on nate peterman. coaches said open competition at camp for QB. peterman won. if he can’t do squat then let allen play. they’re not going to be good, so may as well see what you have.

  14. 6ball says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:49 am
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    As Bill Belichick always says, “If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense”. The Bills have no offensive line.

    This is the year that the Bills “take their medicine”. Their roster is full of holes, their schedule murderous, their QB inexperienced and they have 60 million dollars in dead cap space weighing them down like an anchor. Next year they should be able to stop fighting with one hand tied behind their backs and start operating like a professional organization.
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    If Belichick actually said this then he’s not following his own advice. The Patriots have a below average Offensive line this season, But do you know how you minimize those glaring weakness’? A 2 step drop and quick release, Which has been Brady’s signature style for years. Nate Peterman, Though no Brady, Has been mimicking the quick release all preseason and it’s worked wonders for him. Whether he was working with the 1st team offense or the third’s he put up nice stats in limited time… 33 of 41 (80%) for 431yds, 3 td’s, 1 int. The Bills Offensive line is terrible in pass protection, But do a good job in run blocking, So between Peterman’s quick release, McCoy’s elusiveness, Ivory’s bruising running style and a tough defense, The Bills shouldn’t be as bad as they are pegging them to be.

  15. Bills have a great secondary but that’s about it. No D line, and a rookie MLB who guesses too much. He’ll of course get better and I imagine will be a pro bowler soon, but until then it’s gonna be pretty painful.

    Good news is Ed Oliver will be coming out next year and there’s a ton of D line help to be had in this draft.

  16. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 5, 2018 at 9:47 am
    6ball says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:49 am

    As Bill Belichick always says, “If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense”.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
    So I guess the Patriots have don’t have an offense this year?
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    Belichick says “If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense” but means If you don’t have an offensive line, you better have refs throwing flags your way when it’s close ready to take the fall.”

  17. We’re going to suck. Bills fans know that. It’s the pain of removing the cap/draft stench of Doug Whaley/ and the buffoonery of Ryan’s decisions.. No problem going 2-14 if that happens. Lots of young talent and huge cap space for years to come.

  18. .
    Apparently I’m in error. The Bills offensive line is five blocks of granite while the Patriots offensive line will allow a league record number of sacks.

    BTW.. “Trump/Russia”… Go back to your 1-35 Cleveland Browns site and make predictions about them.
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  19. That “take the ball away” comment has McDermott’s fingerprints all over it. His turnovers-first approach ruins good defenses; mark my words, two years from now, maybe less, these guys will be terrible tacklers.

  20. This was always year 2 of a full rebuild. I’d rather be the Bills than a team like the Raiders who are building into an over 30 rec league squad.

  21. How hilarious!! Even other jills players know how pathetic the offense is and that the defense is going to have to play phenomenally well for them to even have a chance. If only the know nothing jills fans had that much clarity.

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