Bill Polian was back talking Buffalo Bills’ football when he appeared on the John Murphy Show recently. He talked defense, Tyrod Taylor and offensive line.
Former Buffalo Bills‘ general manager Bill Polian has had a lot of kind words for his former team as of late. Most recently, he appeared on the John Murphy Show to talk Bills’ football and he discussed some things he liked — Tyrod Taylor — and some things that need work — pass protection.
At the beginning of the offseason, or more realistically Week 17, all of the talk in Buffalo was that Tyrod wouldn’t be returning as the Bills’ starter next season. Fast forward a couple months and Tyrod Taylor will most definitely be the Bills’ starter next season.
The two sides agreed to a restructured contract that included a $10 million paycut for T-Mobile. It showed how loyal he truly is to this franchise and fanbase, most of whom believed he would be greedy from the start.
Not only did the Buffalo Bills bring him back, they brought in a new offensive system that looks to be a much better fit for the most mobile quarterback in the NFL. Even Bill Polian, who is currently an NFL front office Insider for ESPN, stated just that:
“That system, by the way, is perfectly suited to Tyrod Taylor’s talents,” said Polian on the John Murphy Show. “.. and will get Charles Clay more involved than he has been in the past. It’s suited well to his talents too,” he added.
Polian also touched base on the Buffalo Bills‘ defense, assuring fans that it might not be quite ready yet, but will start to figure it out rather quickly. Here’s what Polian said on that:
"“I have no question that the defense will come together. It just might take a while. It will come more sooner than later because (the scheme is) so similar to what Jim Schwartz did there. You’ll see them get cohesive relatively soon.”"
When Jim Schwartz was in town (2014), the Buffalo Bills had a dominant defense that not only led the league in sacks, but also ranked third in takeaways, fourth in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed per game.
That dominant defense brought the Bills to their first winning season in ten years, finishing 9-7. It was also the end of a short run, with Rex Ryan taking control in 2015.
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Bill Polian does think the Bills could work on their pass protection, which struggled last season finishing with the second highest sack percentage in the NFL. “I want to see how the offensive line performs. That’s an area where I think there are some question marks as to how well it can perform,” said Polian.
He continued, “The offensive line protecting the passer is the issue, and how they adapt to the system.”
Definitely some wise words from Bill Polian, one of the more brighter minds in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills brought in one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL, Juan Castillo, to help that offensive line start to take shape.
Excitement continues to build around this new-look Buffalo Bills and it will hopefully continue through training camp, which is set to begin late next month.
Get ready, football is right around the corner.
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