Here are your daily links on the Buffalo Bills. On tap for today is Jim Schwartz, Manny Lawson, the Sale of the Bills and the Bills offensive plan.
He is a former defensive coordinator and a forer head coach of five years. He has proven himself on the professional stage many times over. He now is back in the seat again as the Bills new defensive coordinator and has to “prove himself all over again”. Jom Schwartz, after a five year stint in Detroit as their head coach, comes to Buffalo to work on his specialty, defense. He needs to devise a defensive scheme to bring the Bills from the bottom of the barrel in run defense, 28th, and move them up closer to where their overall average laid last year, 10th in yards allowed. [Detroit Free Press]
The former Buffalo Braves, LA Clippers now, were just sold for 2 Billion dollars. That is a steep price. Contract negotiations can play a part in driving up others contracts in the NFL, but will the sale price of a basketball team, drive the price up for the Bills? As Tim Graham, from the Buffalo News said, “The Clippers’ sale influences the NFL as much as Cleveland housing prices matter in Seattle”. I don’t think that there will be much more of an impact on the Bills sale price. It will depend on what is included in the price, i.e. stadium an location that will determine the price for the Bills. [Buffalo News]
With the additions of Keith Rivers and Brandon Spikes in the offseason during free agency and the announcement that Kiko Alonso will be moving to the weak-side linebacker, Free Agent acquisition from last year, Manny Lawson is being moved as well.Lawson will be moving to defensive end, and playing opposite of Mario Williams. This will have both Lawson and Hughes splitting time at the right side defensive end. I like this move. Hughes and Lawson opposite Mario. Three similar players in stature and ability and with Lawson’s length and strength, he should be able to make an impact right away at DE. [KFFL.com]
The Bills are looking to create a faster offense from last year. Completing 69.8 plays a game, put them in third place behind the Broncos and Patriots. With this faster offense, they are also looking to put together the most optimal offense they can. Three points that Marrone is looking for are; Rely on the run game, Protect Manuel from opposing defenses (and himself), and Be creative with playmakers. [BleacherReport]