Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Looking Inside: Bills turn to themselves

Mario Williams has been playing with an injured wrist that the Bills never reported given them a 20,000 fine.  Williams has now had a procedure on his wrist but is expect to return by next week.  With the Bye week at hand there is a lot of issues that need to be taken into consideration and corrected if the Bills want to have any hope of salvaging this season and, with the still possible hope of making it to the playoffs, make it to the playoffs.  The defense is the glaring issue that seems to be on everyone’s mind, with Fitzpatrick being second.  It took the Bills seven weeks but there is finally a player that is calling out the defense and their lack of effort.   Really, this took seven weeks for someone, especially with the leadership on their defense, for someone to call the entire squad out.  Don’t get me wrong but this should have occurred after the 49er game.  Kelsey makes a good point in that “Coaches coach and players play”.  The defense needs a kick in the butt.  It has been more than just this past week in which the defense is taking plays off.  It was evident in all the games, but two of the three wins, at least in my eyes were against weaker teams, and the Cardinals game was just luck.  I think it is good for the defense to look inward and begin this process.  It needs to be done.  There is a two week span before their next game and major improvements need to be done having one of the last ranked defensive squads in the league in just about every category.  You can win games by scoring 34 points every week but you can’t win games if your defense is leeting in 35 points.  Basics need to be reviewed; tackling would be a good place to start and make sure everyone is giving 100% every down. The bye week coming at week 8 is good for the Bills to stop a slide that could be similar to last year’s 1-8 performance at the end of the year.

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