Bills Quotes - Wednesday September 14th

September 14, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM EDT

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Bills Quotes - Wednesday September 14th

September 14, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM EDT

Head Coach Chan Gailey
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On the strengths of the Raiders defense:

Front four is very strong penetrators. They really get after you and create. They try to disrupt the running game by penetrating and they try to create pass rush by penetration. I know they lost a good corner but they got corners still. And (Michael) Huff’s been a good move for them getting him at safety he’s a good blitzer. He is the leading blitzer they have defensively and makes things happen. (Rolando) McClain in the middle has been very strong for them.

On McClain’s pass coverage:

Yeah he’s good at all of it.

On the Raiders smash mouth style:

They’re trying to run the football and throw it vertically down the field. That’s who they are. And last week was evidence that they’re very good at it. Last week was a challenge in the run game but this will be a bigger challenge in my opinion because they’re so massive upfront and their backs are big and strong and run downhill. Last week it was edge, hitting a crease, dip, dart, this is right at you and here we come see if you can stop us.

On seeing where the team stands:

That’s why you play each week. You get to find out. We’ll have a better idea. We won’t have an answer, but we’ll have a better idea this week of where we are. But you don’t get answers in week two.

On the offensive line:

I’m not a button pusher. I’m a guy trying to do what’s best for our football team and if that’s pushing buttons then yeah that’s what I do. But I’m just trying to do what’s best for our football team with every decision and every move that we make. And I don’t care who it is if they aren’t getting their job done then we see who can maybe get the job done.

On how the offensive line responded Week One:

I think they have a lot of pride. I think they’re hard workers, I think they’re tough guys and I think they want to play well and right now they are playing and communicating well together.

On bringing LB Nick Barnett’s attitude to the team:

We knew that but that wouldn’t have been the deciding factor. He has to be a good player, too. But I think we do need to or create an edge on the defensive side of the ball. I think you need to have a little bit of that mentality and I think we are a little bit better at that. Marcell (Dareus) has some of that in his own quieter way, but he has some of that.

On being more physical at the line of scrimmage throughout the game:

I haven’t sat back and evaluated that. I take each week at what it’s worth. You look at the game and say this is what we did well and this is what we did poorly and how do we build on what we did well and how do we eliminate what we did poorly. That’s all I do. I don’t get into the psychology of stuff. You get to write and talk about that. I just want to make the team the best it can be.

On if WR Marcus Easley’s illness is career threatening:

I don’t know that.

On making the decision to place Easley on Injured Reserve:

It’s hard for our football team but it’s hard for him after what he went through last year and then getting right on the cusp this year and not being able to do it. We sat and talked yesterday about it. It hurts him and I hurt for him.

On signing WR Ruvell Martin to the 53-man roster:

He was a good special team’s player. That was a big part of it, he can play special teams.

On how the Raiders secondary will play:

We’re going to see man-to-man for the most part but you used to be able to depend on the Raiders to be about 85-percent man. They’re not as high in man coverage as they used to be so they’ve altered their identity a little bit but they’re still enough man coverage to go around where you’re going to have win the one-on-ones in order to win the game.

On bringing CB Reggie Corner back:

He’s knowledgeable in the system. It was hard to make that decision in the first place and he knows what to do. He can get on the field, he can play this week and that was important for us.

On kicking off to the goal line and not into the end zone:

Yes and if things don’t change drastically I would see us, if we win the toss, differing most times. We didn’t win it the other day. They won it and took the ball which we were going to win and differ anyway so I see that happening more. If you can put the other team, a lot of kicks are going to go into the end zone or back of the end zone then you have a chance to keep them at the 20 or inside. And if you can do that I think they averaged the 20-yard line for the game last week field position it’s hard on an offense when they average the 20-yard line taking over.

On how the Bills will address kick returns:

I think that’s a game by game. I think you look at their coverage team and ask do they have the speed? Is the matchup what you want then take the shot? Its risk-reward, so you make a decision each week based on the risk-reward factor.

On a cutoff in the end zone for returning kicks:

Yeah, and that changes each week. Is the guy a line drive kicker, or is he a high kicker? If he’s a line drive kicker it might be five or six deep. If he’s a high kicker it might be two or three deep. It depends on the kicker and it depends on the wind. You still have all those decisions you used to have but it’s probably backed up three or four yards.

On neutralizing Oakland DL Richard Seymour:

I think if you start trying to neutralize him instead of them you get in trouble because as soon as you start focusing too hard on one guy you spring a leak somewhere else. I think our guys need to work as a unit to protect this week. If we work as a unit and chip and help each other out I think we have a chance to be hopefully as successful as we were last week protecting the passer.

On the amount of late round picks and undrafted free agents on the roster:

I don’t know if I say I like how they got here. I like guys who feel like they have something to prove. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, I think we all do. Me, too. I was a late round pick. Everybody does and everybody’s got something to prove. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first rounder or an undrafted guy, if you find you have something to prove I think that’s a good motivator.

On Reggie Corner’s playing time and role this week:

How much time he’s going to see I don’t know. I think that probably depends on what they play offensively. I can see him being in some of our dime packages if they create dime situations. Against the Raiders, there may be none this week.

On Raiders running on 3rd-and-13 on Monday night:

Scary was the better term. If they can do that, that makes you open your eyes pretty wide because it doesn’t allow you to just drop back and play pass defense like you can against some teams. You need to be able to stop the run on every down. First through fourth you need to be able to stop the run.

On NT Torell Troup’s health:

Better. He’s going to try and get out there and do some things today but it will be very, very limited.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On WR Marcus Easley being placed on Injured Reserve:

That’s tough. I feel really bad for him with all of the work that he put in to get back. He really showed some good improvement throughout the offseason when we worked out. Once he was healthy in training camp he really showed some improvement. It’s just unfortunate. I feel really bad for him and I know he’s disappointed that he can’t be out there with us.

On TE Scott Chandler and other guys who have proven themselves:

You look at everybody on our offense and I know C.J. (Spiller) and Eric Wood were first-round picks. Other than that Stevie (Johnson) and Demetrius (Bell) were seventh rounders. We have all those undrafted guys. We have Freddie (Jackson), he paid his dues for sure. It definitely helps. It motivated us. Also I think that a guy like Scott really appreciated the opportunity that he has right now. He understands how much he’s had to go through and how much he’s had to put in to get there. I think maybe sometimes when you take that road instead of being a guy where the job is handed to you, that you appreciate it that much more.

On having an option at tight end this year:

We’re running the same plays. It’s a matter if I think the guy’s open or not. I think it adds a dimension to our offense. We really didn’t use the tight end a lot last year. In terms of us doing anything different, we’re not doing much different. We like what Scott’s (Chandler) doing in the passing game. He’s doing a good job with it.

On planning for Oakland DE Richard Seymour:

Just in general up front, this may be the biggest and most physical team we’ll see. That’s going to be tough. That’s going to be a focus for us because all those guys have great size. They all have great motors. They’re going to be able to get some pressure on me. That’s something that we’re going to have to take in account. I don’t know if it’s one guy as opposed to the whole group because they’re all big and strong.

On the Raiders having a bunch of big guys on defense:

I have to stay on my game. I’ve got to be able to throw it away when the pressure is there. We have to be able to at times, as well hopefully getting those guys tired, get them switching in and out. There’s not a whole lot you can do other than me trusting my guys in front of me to block them. You saw the Monday night game with Denver, they are a disruptive bunch. They do some good things. They get a lot of pressure up the middle. They get a lot of pressure on the edges. (Kamerion) Wimbley’s a good rusher. It’s going to be a tough challenge for us. It seems like every week, it’s not always the same thing, but there’s always a challenge with those guys up front and this week it’s because collectively as a group they’re all so good.

On the offensive line’s success in Week One and moving forward:

I think they did a great job. I think everybody now is recognizing the job that they did. We’re done patting everybody on the back. We’re moving on to this week and they’ve got to come out this week and do the same thing. They’ve got to play well and they’ve got another huge challenge in front of them. In order to play well they’re going to have to do some really good things because of how talented they are up front. I know our guys are looking forward to the next game and continuing to get better every game. I think that’s the biggest things.

On where he sees the progress for an identity for the Bills:

We’re still searching to find it but I think what we’re trying to do on offense, I think we’re multiple. I think that’s part of our identity. It’s hard to put your finger on one thing that we’re doing because we’ve got a lot of different personnel groups and a lot of different people that we’re getting the ball to. With them, they went 6-0 in their division last year with an 8-8 record. They are a big, physical, fast team and I think that’s always kind of been the identity they wanted to establish. For us, it’s going to be how do we handle that? How do we handle the big guys they have up front and the speed they have on the outside?

On the Raiders’ pass coverage:

They play man coverage. They trust their corners out there and they’ve got some good ones. They’ll sprinkle in zone. It’s just like anybody else. It’s a mixture of the two. On the back end, they’ve got talented guys. We’ve got to be able to win our 1-on-1 matchups when we get them.

On if he noticed anything different about the Raiders backfield now that CB Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t there:

We didn’t play them last year, so I haven’t really watched much film on last year so I don’t know. I know they like the guys they have and they’re not afraid to play man coverage.

On WR Ruvell Martin being back on the 53-man roster:

Really, I haven’t spent a lot of time with Ruvell. We got the brief practice time when he was here, but really I wasn’t practicing with him. There will be a little bit of an adjustment. But it is nice knowing that he’s a guy that’s been there and he’s a guy that’s not going to go out there and get too excited and looking, on game day, the bright lights or whatever it is. He’s a guy that’s going to go out there and do his job and that’s what we like about him.

LB SHAWNE MERRIMAN
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On how the Raiders personnel are put together:

Just like you said those guys are big, they’re strong and they get down hill. They have two good backs back there. We have to bring them down. They got a lot of yards after the first hit and you have to make sure a lot of guys are there.

On how the Raiders played Monday night and how they can adapt:

The way they adapt is by power. Like I said, they are big guys and they look to kind of maul you in a way. They have two backs who can run downhill and they even have a fullback who can catch the ball pretty good out of the backfield, so we have to keep in mind they can do both.

On being 1-0 and having and if he felt to calm the team down heading into Week Two:

No, I think we all took it in. After the win we had 24-hours to be happy about it. And come Monday it’s back to business. We have to do the same thing this week and we are playing against the number two rushing offense from last year. And you saw what they did Monday night against Denver, so we know what we have to do. We’re not overly excited about winning. We expect to win, but now we have another challenge coming in this week.

On how the win reinforces what the team thought they had before the season started:

We know we’re capable of doing it but we have to do it week-in and week-out. That’s going to be a task for us, to keep that going. You don’t want to be overly excited about what you did the week before against the rushing offense because now you have the number two coming in and just a different style. They’re more power, downhill and these guys are big upfront and we know that.

WR Stevie Johnson

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On getting prepared for the home opener and playing in front of the home fans:

We want to bring some entertainment to our fans. We know they checked us out on TV. We brought some excitement to the Bills fans in Kansas City but now we’re back home and it’s time to get the Ralph rocking.

On if scoring 41 points surprised him:

No, not at all. I know the guys around me. I know the receivers that we have, I know the backs, I know the defense is much improved and they completely shut them (Kansas City) down, which put us in great position to put up points on the board. Our coaches had us right mentally, so I’m not surprised about it at all.

On Oakland’s defensive backfield:

There still deep, this is the NFL. You’re not going to get any easy weeks. Even though it may have looked easy last week, it was still tough putting up those points. Without Nnamdi (Asomugha) they still have a lot of talent there and they have other guys, somewhat the same as Nnamdi. The same height somewhat, the speed is still there. They are a fast defense and I still have a lot of respect for the Raiders defense.

On the Raiders defense forcing the Bills offense to be sharp:

We’ve got to be on point every week, especially coming off of a game like that. A lot of people are probably looking; “Oh let’s see if they can put up another 40 or 30, the offense can move the ball.” This is going to be a nice defense to play against this week. I still have a lot of confidence in our guys. I have a lot of confidence in the Buffalo Bills.

On growing up in the Bay area:

It is special, but every week is special in the NFL just knowing that you’re here. Growing up I was San Francisco over the Raiders but whenever the Raiders played anybody else I was going for the Raiders. I’m basically a California fan.

On if he had a favorite Raider growing up:

Tim Brown was the man. I like how he ran his routes at his size and speed.

C Eric Wood
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On if the offensive line took the criticism in the preseason personally:

It’s been that way since I’ve been here. People have always gotten on the offensive line and now we got some experience. We got a bunch of big dudes in the room who come off the ball pretty well and at times in the preseason we had some breakdowns in pass protection. But when you’re not game planning for teams it’s tough as an offensive lineman. We listen to all the heat. We have a big challenge this week that we have to prepare for.

On handling the critics:

It’s not what we do and it’s not what offensive linemen do. A lot of times we’re kind of the unnoticed group and that’s kind of how we like it. We don’t get bugged as much in public and we don’t get as many front page stories. But when you’re not getting noticed as an offensive lineman that’s usually a good thing.

On changes being made before the season:

A lot of people thought it was a big problem but I thought it was for more good competition. Coach Gailey even said about Chad (Rinehart) stepping in at left guard that some it was more that he just earned a chance to start and get some looks than it was Andy playing bad and we’re going to try and get the best guys on the field.

On the playing experience of the offensive line:

Yeah, and obviously we need to continue to get better and continue to progress. But at times before I’ve said when you’re really young and you’re playing against guys who are starting their 50th game it takes a few plays to get going. That can kill you, especially on the offensive line you give up a sack early in the game and that can set you back for awhile. And if you’re down 14-0 and now you’re in the two-minute offense and the defensive line just tees off on you. We can’t have those anymore and in the last game there weren’t as many.

LB Nick Barnett
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On bringing more of an edge to the team:

We never talked about it, but I think it’s understood that in order to be a defense you have to have an attitude. You have to have swag, especially coming from where we were last year. You have to have a chip on your shoulder. You know I’ve always been like that in my career where you have to play with a chip on your shoulder and play rough and play tough. So you know that’s what we have to continue to do and we’re still growing at that and continuing to get our identity. It’s the second week of the season and we’ll start establishing it.

On what he expects from the home crowd this week:

I expect it to be loud out there. I expect it to be fun. I haven’t been here for a regular season game as a Bill so it’s going to be fun. I think the fans are going to be out there.

On how he plays and being underestimated:

I don’t know. I think I have mental problems (jokingly). I always think I’m underestimated so I always have a chip on my shoulder. But I kind of have a Napoleon complex about everything, but it’s kind of just how you play with a chip on your shoulder. If you talk to any coaches who coached me, I don’t care what people think but at the same time if you can use it as a motivation tactic, use it. I think that’s the way you have to play.

S George Wilson
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On the defensive play calling in Week One and preparing for Oakland:

We were calling plays that we were confident in playing that we knew inside and out and guys could line up and just play the game without doing a whole bunch of thinking. And we made some adjustments based on what the offense was giving us. It’s off to a good start. We have to do it again this week with just as tough a test in the running game. They’re a physical football team. Their running backs run the ball very tough and with (Darren) McFadden and (Michael) Bush, two completely different running styles. It’s been very effective and efficient for their offense.

On everybody being on the same page on Sunday:

Just coming into camp we weren’t necessarily working on our preseason opponents as much as we have been in the past with a full offseason in place. But this year we came into camp working on Kansas City and being ready for opening day from day one of training camp. Now that we have that game out of our way, and have a good taste in our mouths being 1-0 we have to come home and protect the Ralph this week against another AFC opponent.

On how he’s able to “freelance” in this defense:

It allows us to freelance a bit but for the most part on any given defense everybody has a responsibility. When everybody is where they’re supposed to be and doing what they’re supposed to be doing, it allows guys to be able to get off of blocks, beat the man that’s in front of them and make plays when given the opportunity. That’s what last week was for us and we have to go out and have another good week of preparation this week because I truly believe that made all the difference in the world. The preparation, our film time, our practices and walkthroughs and making our necessary corrections in the breakdown of the film of the practice so we would all be on the same page and be comfortable and confident in executing our assignments on game day.

DE Marcell Dareus
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On what he has seen out of the Raiders:

They’ll fight every play and they’ll fight every down. The offensive lineman like to give a little extra after the play, so we have to be prepared for that, have our heads in the game. Not so much thinking about just the moment, but thinking about the game.

On Oakland RB Darren McFadden’s style:

Just downhill, really doesn’t care who’s in front of him. His plan is to run him over or run around him. Either way, he’s going to get the job done.

On facing two really good running teams in back-to-back games:

It really gives us a chance to test our guns. We were one of the worst run stopping teams and we want to set a standard that we can stop the run and we can stop the pass, oto. So, we are going to go out there and do the best we can all around.

CB Aaron Williams
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On getting on the field in Week One:

Definitely, you prove people wrong. Whoever thought a rookie could go out there on the second play of his first game. I like being thrown out there because they like to pick on rookies and force you to be able to make plays.

On his size being a factor:

I think that’s key to my advantage is my size and the way I play physical. And I love to tackle. I take pride in my tackling. I don’t think I missed a tackle this week and I’m going to work on not missing any tackles this week. It helps my size a lot just to not be small and be thrown around like smaller cornerbacks.

On playing against Raiders S Michael Huff:

I haven’t talked to him yet, but I probably will talk to him after today’s practice. He’s probably already talking this on my phone right now as we speak but Michael and I go at it for a while and it’s just brotherly love.

On Huff talking trash:

It’s funny because it really wouldn’t have mattered if he was in Oakland. His choices were either Miami, Dallas, or Oakland so either way I would’ve played him sometime this season. I told him whatever team he goes to, to be prepared for me to go after him.

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