Tag:Aaron Maybin
Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:18 pm

Aaron Maybin is frustrated

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve already talked tonight about what happens when a first-round pick fails to live up to expectations. As Derrick Harvey can tell you, that player gets demoted to the second team.

Or, as Bills LB Aaron Maybin can attest, you don’t get to play at all.

Maybin Coming off his healthy deactivation last Sunday, the Buffalo News caught up with the former first round pick (No. 11 overall in 2009).

Maybin, like Harvey, wasn’t pleased with the move.

"I wouldn't call it a wake-up call, but it's definitely an eye-opener," Maybin told the paper. "That's probably been the most frustrating experience since I've been here."

Lately, Maybin has seen his playing time cut more and more. According to the paper, he’s played a total of 10 snaps in the past three games, and in 21 games as an NFL player, he’s yet to record a sack.

Coach Chan Gailey talked about how Maybin, at times, puts himself in bad position on the football field. He’s not using his speed to bypass the players who will lock him up and render him useless. The other problem for Maybin: the Bills have scrapped the idea of playing a 3-4 defense and are back to playing a 4-3.

That also might be a reason Maybin didn’t play this weekend. The Bills simply didn’t have a need for him. Since they're paying him $17.6 million during the length of his contract, that's not a positive development.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: October 24, 2010 12:06 pm

Week 7 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the players who ARE active today:

Jaguars QB Todd Bouman (who will get the start; Trent Edwards will be the backup); Titans QB Vince Young (see below); Chargers TE Antonio Gates; Ravens TE Todd Heap; Titans WR Kenny Britt (who got into a bar altercation late this week).

David Garrard, QB, Jaguars: This will be the first time since the season finale in 2007 that Garrard won't start at QB for Jacksonville. He suffered a concussion last week against the Titans, and he's not going to play this week.

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs:
He's been dealing with a finger injury, but coach Todd Haley has said that wasn't the reason he was inactive last week (and probably the same reason he's been deactivated today). Mainly, he hasn't been very good. Chambers, by the way, wasn't on the injury report this week.

Vince Young (active), QB, Titans: He was a gameday decision after sustaining a high ankle sprain last week. He tried to work out this morning, but apparently, it didn't go well enough for him to get the start. Kerry Collins will be the signal caller today.

Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals: This is a big loss for the Bengals. Joseph, who's been dealing with a bad forearm, is one of the best young corners in the NFL. This news should make Falcons WR Roddy White a happy boy.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers:
It's unfortunate for Floyd that he's dealing with a hamstring issue. The Patriots, the team San Diego is playing today, is succeptible in its pass defense. This could have been a big day for him.

Tom Zbikowski, FS, Ravens: It's a good thing Ed Reed will make his season debut today.

Aaron Maybin, LB, Bills:
He's been a disaster this year, playing 13 or fewer snaps in four of Buffalo's five games this year. As coach Chan Gailey says, Maybin is simply struggling to make plays. Which is not good for a 2009 first-round draft pick.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:59 pm

Gailey rips fans, gets respect from Bills

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Credit Buffalo coach Chan Gailey with one thing: he’ll stick up for his players. Even if it means alienating some of the Bills fans.

After practice today, following a brief address to the team, Gailey walked over to the stands and ripped some of the spectators sitting there who were heckling a few of Buffalo’s players, most notably QB Trent Edwards.

The Buffalo News wrote that Gailey refused to sign autographs, refused to have his team sign autographs and declared, “You dog one of us, you dog all of us.”

Afterward, Gailey explained to reporters why he did what he did.

“They said some things during practice that were derogatory to a couple of our players, and if you say something derogatory to one of us, you’re saying it to all of us,” Gailey said. “So I told them don’t go sign it for that crew.”

His players, not surprisingly, appreciated that approach.

“That’s the kind of guy that Coach Gailey is,” LB Aaron Maybin said. “He’s a team-first guy. He’s really big on the team supporting itself and sticking together. When you have a coach like that, as a team you kind of have that support behind you, it really makes you want to go out and give your all for a guy like that. And in spite of the fact that we’re out here working, it causes us to push ourselves a little more knowing that we have a coach like that behind us.”

Said QB Trent Edwards: “It’s nice. Obviously, I’m going to get some criticism. Hopefully there’s more people praising me, but that’s nice that you have a coach that will fight for you. We have fans that want to win. I want to win and they’re more than willing to say what they need to say. I’m a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they’re not playing very good baseball right now and I could probably go off on a couple of their players. I probably wouldn’t say [anything] to their face, but If I did I would expect Joe Torre to come after me and say something to me. It’s nice that I have a head coach that will do that, but they’re more than willing to say whatever they want.”

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: August 2, 2010 1:00 pm

What is Buffalo thinking?!

Instead of playing the Brett Favre Game with defensive end-turned-outside linebacker Aaron Schobel, the Bills have decided to release the Pro Bowl veteran. The team's website wrote:A. Schobel (US Presswire)

In a statement released to the media Monday morning Bills GM Buddy Nix stated that the team is moving forward without Schobel.

“Aaron has been contemplating retirement for the past seven months, but we are at the point where we are moving forward and have informed his agent of our plans,” Nix said.

“Aaron has been a very good player for the Bills and we wish him and his family the best, but there comes a point where we have to move forward and that point is today. We are focusing on the team’s best interests.”

This move is nothing short of shocking. The Bills are installing a new 3-4 scheme and have minimal pass-rushing options on the edges. They’re hoping Chris Kelsay can transition from defensive lineman to outside linebacker. Even if he does, he’ll be extremely average (reason being, he’s been extremely average his entire career). Buffalo’s other starting outside ‘backer will be Aaron Maybin, a first-round pick last season who has had a tough time acclimating to pro game. In fact, Maybin may not even play ahead of journeyman veteran Reggie Torbor, who is a more natural inside linebacker.

UPDATE: Schobel wants to be released so he can talk with other teams. Doesn't sound like a guy who is at all interested in retiring.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 5:58 pm

Schobel eases nerves of Bills brass...sort of

A story that has flown well under the radar all offseason is the planned retirement of Bills Pro Bowl pass-rusher Aaron Schobel. The soon-to-be-33-year-old has battled foot problems in recent years. A. Schobel

Schobel spent the offseason at his home in Texas. He eschewed a $2 million roster bonus in March and said in June that he was likely calling it quits. However, as all great athletes tend to do, he kept himself in decent shape just in case he has a change of heart. Sure enough, yesterday, Schobel told the Buffalo News , "I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me [to make a decision], but I'm thinking about it."

The Associated Press contacted Schobel today. He didn’t change his tune, but didn’t say he has made up his mind either. "I'm thinking about it, but I'm not ready to make a decision," Schobel said. "I'm not saying yes. I'm not saying no." If Schobel does play, he’ll report in mid-August.

The Bills desperately need Schobel. They’re christening a new 3-4 scheme and have no other bona fide outside rushing linebackers (second-year pro Aaron Maybin should be better in the new scheme, but he’s still unproven; veteran Chris Kelsay is more equipped to play on a four-man defensive line).

In all likelihood, Schobel will play one more season for the Bills.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:07 pm

Schobel has more thinking to do

A. Schobel is thinking about returning to Buffalo for another season (Getty). About five weeks ago, longtime Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel thought about ending his career. He said he was leaning toward not playing but that he wasn’t 100 percent sure.

Now, as training camp approaches, he appears to be having second thoughts. According to the Buffalo News , Schobel, a two-time Pro Bowler who’s coming off a 10-sack year, is thinking more seriously about returning for his 10th NFL season.

"I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago," Schobel told The News. "I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me (to make a decision) but I'm thinking about it."

If he does return, it’ll be interesting to see where he fits into the lineup. Last year, playing a 4-3 defense, the Bills finished 30th in the league in rushing defense, despite the same DL lineup starting 13 of the 16 games. This year, Buffalo has installed a 3-4 scheme with former DT Marcus Stroud lining up at left DE and DT Kyle Williams at the NT. At right DE, the projected starter is former Ravens DE Dwan Edwards.

Schobel most likely would play outside linebacker, which is probably why he thought about retiring in the first place. At 6-foot-4 and about 240 pounds, Schobel would be the right size to play at his new spot.

If he doesn’t return, his spot probably would go to Aaron Maybin – Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2009 who made very little impact last season but who has plenty of upside.

--Josh Katzowitz

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