Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:19 pm
Those hoping that new Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey might offer up some insight as to where the team would be looking on draft day were disappointed with his non-specific answers.
"Every team in the league that doesn't have an All-Pro quarterback or somebody that got votes for All-Pro is looking to improve their position. I think if you look at every position on the field, you are always trying to upgrade your football team. We'll evaluate these guys, we'll continue to evaluate them. We'll evaluate what's available and if we can improve our situation, we'll try to do it. Everyone is trying to do that -- not just at quarterback -- but at every position."
When asked if he'd consider adding a veteran presence at quarterback, Gailey was at it again.
"I'm going to sidestep that, again, but again, we're always trying to improve our football team. If that will improve us, then we'll do it."
Gailey was similarly enlightening when later asked about offensive linemen, nose guards and pass rushers.
In a division featuring similarly media friendly personalities Bill Belichick and Tony Sparano, Gailey is going to fit right in...
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:45 am
As mentioned in a previous post, San Francisco GM Scot McCloughan and head coach Mike Singletary led off today's interviews.
They will be followed by:
Posted on: August 15, 2009 10:23 pm
With Matthew Stafford's review out of the way, I felt justified in moving on to where the real football is played -- along the line of scrimmage. The Chicago-Buffalo game presented several rookies to focus on, though with each in a position to start, I wanted to focus on the Bills' young guards - LG Andy Levitre and RG Eric Wood. With hopes to review Levitre later, I focused on Wood on this night due to his higher draft selection. Both started and played until late in the second quarter.
Eric Wood, Buffalo LG #70: Wood showcased his combination of agility and explosive hands in handling a revolving door of Bears' defenders. Primary opponents included DTs Dvoracek, Toeaina, DEs Anderson, Idonije. Good quickness off the snap. Good lateral agility to mirror the pass rusher. Good vision and aggression to help linemates when not covered up. Reacted decisively when presented with stunts. Explosive hands consistently hitting the defender's chest-plate. Was matched and at times beaten by DT Matt Toeaina's strength and use of leverage in the running game, but otherwise proved able to handle the jump in physicality of the league. A step late getting to Urlacher on two stretch runs, but showed burst getting to the second level and has the agility to block there. Chipped at the Ulacher each time, but was beaten to the point by the Pro-Bowler. Has the speed and will improve his blocking angles with time.
Posted on: April 12, 2009 7:50 pm
Sources within the league tell me that several more veteran trades could be on the horizon with talk between clubs "heating up" over the past few days.
Among the names being tossed about are Cleveland wide receiver Braylon Edwards and quarterback Brady Quinn, Buffalo offensive tackle Jason Peters, Kansas City running back Larry Johnson and Houston cornerback Dunta Robinson.
The Giants, according to the source, are strongly considering making an offer for Edwards as a replacement for Plaxico Burress. Speculation has it that the Browns expect a first and third round pick for the former #3 overall pick.The Giants own 10 picks in the 2009 draft, including two picks in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th rounds.
Speculation has been rampant that the Denver Broncos would be a possible destination for Brady Quinn, should the Browns elect to trade him, but I'm told that the New York Jets are another possible destination for Quinn. The Browns are thought to be enamored with USC junior quarterback Mark Sanchez and could be in position to nab him with the 5th pick of the draft.
With Terrell Owens already creating a distraction in Buffalo, the rumor in scouting circles is that the Bills are getting increasingly fed up with the antics of disgruntled offensive tackle Jason Peters and may be on the verge of shipping the young star elsewhere should they receive a suitable offer. Among those potentially interested are the Rams, Jaguars, Bengals and Eagles. The Eagles, owners of the 21st and 28th picks of this year's draft, are reportedly working the phones already in an effort to move up for one of the top young tackles, but may find the trade for the veteran more palatable.
The talk around Larry Johnson has been quieter than others, but call this one a hunch... Scott Pioli will not end the first day of the draft with only one player. The Chiefs currently own only one pick on the first day -- the 3rd overall -- due to the trade for quarterback Matt Cassel.
Finally, don't rule out a trade of franchised cornerback Dunta Robinson out of Houston, either. The discussions between Robinson and the team have been increasingly frosty, I'm told, and the Texans are in prime position, with the 15th pick of the draft, to take their pick of the top cornerbacks. Many, including I, have projected Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins with this pick, but there is increasing talk that Connecticut's Darius Butler is also a consideration should Houston elect to take a cornerback to either pair with or replace Robinson.