Maybin speaks out about benching

October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 6:13 PM EDT

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Maybin speaks out about benching

October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 6:13 PM EDT

Orchard Park ( Bills Linebacker Aaron Maybin called being benched against the Ravens on Sunday "The most frustrating experience since I've been here" on Wednesday. Maybin addressed reporters with the Bills getting ready for Sunday's game in Kansas City.

The 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft was inactive for the first time when the Bills played in Maybin's hometown of Baltimore on Sunday.

Here is the transcript from Wednesday's Maybin interview, along with Head Coach Chan Gailey.


On if he understood why he was inactive for last week’s game against Baltimore:
At first not really. But it was something like you said, I didn’t really know anything about it until it happened so it wasn’t really something I was expecting. So, I wasn’t really aware about why it was at first but we had an opportunity to talk a little bit later on where he kind of explained what his reasoning was for doing it.

On how frustrating it was to be inactive against his hometown team:
That’s probably been the most frustrating experience since I’ve been here. But still it’s a tough spot that we’ve been in and that I’ve been in this whole year. We’ve had to deal with a whole lot of things that I wasn’t necessarily happy with and that the team wasn’t necessarily happy with, so it was frustrating. But we still have to move forward.

On why he hasn’t had much of a role on special teams:
Really, it’s hard for me to tell you that. In the beginning of the year there were some teams that I was pretty heavily involved on and at this point things are a little bit different. We’ve got some personnel now that we didn’t have before but it’s hard for me to explain that to you.

On how he can get back on the field:
All I can do is go out and play every day. I can only affect what I do when I’m on the field. As far as my opportunities to get on the field that’s up to the coaching staff. All I can control is what I do out on the practice field every day.

On what the coaching staff has been telling him he has to do:
The direction I’m getting is that they want to see me be more of a productive player, more of an every down contributor and things of that nature. But with all that kind of stuff it comes with experience. You need game time experience in order to make those kinds of transitions happen, so in order for me to get those game time opportunities there is obviously something more that they need to see from me on the practice field. I have to do my best to give that to them.


On if the challenges Kansas City has faced the past few seasons are similar to his challenges now:
I think that they haven’t been to the playoffs in a while and [they’re] just trying to change some mindsets. That was one of the biggest challenges. So, they’ve done a good job of getting their team to where it is today. We’ve got that same challenge to turn the mindset around to get back to having an opportunity to go win a championship.

On if LB Aaron Maybin wouldn’t be on this team if he wasn’t a first-round pick:
He’s done some good things. He’s just not producing enough right now to get on the field. He has good talent and we work with all those guys that have got talent to try and continue to bring them along as football players.

On if it has anything to do with the investment made in Maybin:

On if he feels Maybin is over-matched during the games:
You can put yourself in a position to get over-matched by not taking advantage of what you have – the quickness, speed – that kind of stuff. If you’re locked up, then you’re at a disadvantage. You’ve got to play a little differently when you’re not as big and strong as the guy you’re playing against. So, yeah, he puts himself, sometimes, in a position where he gets over-matched, but that’s one of the things that productive players do, they don’t put themselves in that position.

On if this game vs. Kansas City means any more to him with his ties to the Chiefs:
No. I’ve been at some many places. I’ve got plenty of opportunities to want to win games, but that’s not why you play the game. That’s not why you line up and try to compete week-in and week-out.

On if there is any admiration for what Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley has done with his team:
Oh yeah. They’ve done a good job, they really have. They’ve started putting pieces together and it’s starting to pay benefits for them.

On if he understood why Haley wanted to take the reigns as head coach coming from the offensive coach:
Yeah. I understand that completely.

On his thoughts on WR Steve Johnson and his play thus far:
Steve has made a ton of progress this year. He started in the off-season and OTA’s. He made every one of them. He learned the offense. He’s a lot better than I had been told he was. That was been a pleasant surprise and a benefit to our football team. He’s made a lot of progress. I’ve seen him grow from not knowing anything to where he is today. He’s done a great job. I’m not going to say I’m surprised because you could see that it was there, you just didn’t know if it would come to fruition. You could see it there. There’s a lot of guys you could see it there and it doesn’t come to fruition. For him it has.

On what he might have been told about Johnson before he was head coach:
Not going there.

On letting up a lot of points on defense and if he thinks this challenge is a little more than Defensive Coordinator George Edwards signed up for:
Well, first of all, we all have responsibility for that. Turnovers have a responsibility for that. Field position has a responsibility in that. Everything is responsible for that. It’s not just one area. It’s easy to say that and pick on that and point at that, but it’s wrong. Teams win and lose as teams. Statistically, you look at Washington’s defense – they’re not very high, but they’re winning football games. They’re offense isn’t turning it over and they’re playing good field position ball and they’re doing a good job in the kicking game. So, it’s a team thing. You can’t just look at statistics. I have a lot of faith in George [Edwards] and the type of football coach he is and the type of defensive mind he is. It’s been a tough battle thus far, but I think he’ll get it squared away.

On the running game of the Kansas City Chiefs with RBs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles:
You don’t want to tab them ‘mister inside and mister outside’ because they both do a little bit of the other, but I’m going to tell you that they’re pretty good at what they do. Jamaal [Charles] can bounce it outside and he’ll be gone if you don’t coral him and set the edge. Thomas [Jones] has got a lot left. He’s playing very well this year. He is a strong, strong inside runner. That’s worked out to be a very good duo for them.

On what QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has done in practice to elevate his game since being named the starter:
We had a big discussion last week about being a pro and I think that’s what Fitz is, he’s the consummate pro. He takes the game very seriously. He studies the game. He understands what we’re trying to do offensively. [Even] more so, he understands defenses and what they’re trying to do. He’s done a great job of understanding that. His preparation is extremely good week-in and week-out and I think that will continue to build and hopefully play dividends for us. I don’t (know) if we’ll have 500-yards every week, but that was a good game against a good football team and we need to try and continue to build on that.

On why the defense has struggled so much against tight ends:
I think that’s a very good question. Sometimes you pay so much attention to other people that you lose sight of that guy. Some of those guys are really good players and you hope to hold them down. You’re not going to stop them, but you hope to hold them down. We’ve faced some very good tight ends that have hurt a lot of people, not just us. They’ve hurt a lot of people. You have to continually scheme ways to keep that guy from making the big play. You don’t mind if they go and catch those four, five, six-yarders, but it’s those 20, 30, 40-yarders that hurt you. We continually try to keep those away from happening.

On his thoughts on the play of SS Donte Whitner:
Well, we’re asking Donte to do a lot. He has a lot of responsibility because he’s a good player. When you ask a lot of the player, sometimes it’s going to be good and sometimes it’s not going to be good. We’re asking him to do quite a bit, so he gets out there in the open where it’s seen a lot more than maybe some other people. To me, he’s a really good football player – a really good football player. As they all continue to grow in the defense, they’ll be less and less of, hopefully, isolated match-ups. We’ll have more people around the ball. We’ll have more people being able to be involved in a play instead of is being isolated on one guy.

On what he means when he asks more of Whitner:
Well, what we’re trying to do is, he’s a really good player that we depend on. We ask him to do a lot of run support and read run-pass [options] and get back out of there. When you’re asking him to, ‘Come on, come on, we’ve got to stop the run this week,’ and then that guy is down the field. There’s a fine line in there with being able to read all of that. We’ve got to continue to help him do his job. He’s got a lot on him.

On his thoughts on C Geoff Hangartner throwing his helmet down to get a 15-yard penalty vs. Baltimore:
The way I approach guys… If it’s an isolated incident we talk about it. He knew he was wrong. I knew he was wrong. The whole team knew he was wrong. Everybody has done stuff they regret. Everybody standing around here has done stuff in their life that they regret. He regrets it. Now, if it becomes a habit you’ve got to deal with it. But [with] isolated incidents, hopefully everybody learns from that, that that can’t happen again and then you become a smarter football team. I deal with it one-on-one and make sure everybody understands that that’s something that hurts the football team and I think everybody realizes that.

On how Kansas City’s defense approaches pressure:
They are a vanilla 3-4 team. They’ll sit right there and hit you in the mouth. There are no frails to this crew. They don’t blitz a lot. They’ll stunt some but they’re not a big blitz team. They say, ‘Come on, let’s play tight end to tight end and we’re going to whip you. We’re tougher than you are.’

On how much the middle three offensive lineman have helped keep the offense going:
That’s been good. We’ve been very fortunate that those guys have been able to hang in there. Eric Wood is coming off a bad injury. I wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to play as much as he has. He’s gutted it out. It’s great to have those three guys in there to be able to solidify things. They’re getting better each week, in my opinion. It’s been a plus for our football team.

On the growth of G Andy Levitre from year one to year two:
It’s almost not fair because if you change systems then your jump is not as big a lot of times. But he has made, in my opinion, very good progress in getting to where he needs to be. He’s played the best he’s played all year the past couple of weeks, and that’s been a real plus for our football team. I think he’s getting better and better each week and understanding exactly what we expect and what he needs to do to help us win games.

On if he is the most versatile linemen:
I don’t know, it’s hard to say, he could be. I think the one thing we’ve got is some versatility. Cordaro Howard has played a lot of spots in there. We’ve had a couple of guys – [Kraig] Urbik can play a lot spots. We’ve been pretty fortunate to have some guys that could play different spots if need be.

On if he expects CB Terrence McGee to practice today:
Not full, but he’ll be out there today. Hopefully, by the end of the week he’ll be going full. That’s the hope. I don’t know if it will be there, but that’s the hope.

On the status of DE Marcus Stroud:
Marcus should be on the field today. The only other guy… [Jairus] Byrd might not make it today, but he’s got a good chance for the end of the week to get back.

On his defensive line versus the Chiefs running game:
Well, the biggest thing in playing defense in general, you’ve got to whip the blocker and get off the blocker and make the tackle. You’ve got to do what you’re responsible for in your gap. That’s the one thing we’ve got to continue to get better at, is getting on the block so that they can’t knock you off the ball and then getting off the block and getting to the tackle. That’s the number one thing about playing defense. Can you get off the blocker and get to the ball without giving up your gap responsibility? That’s it in a nutshell. It’s not that easy, but it’s an easier explanation than it is to do.

On if that’s more attitude than defensive mentality:
No. It’s technique. [It’s] fundamentals. It’s all of that – knowing what you see because there’s a different blocking scheme every week. So, you have to be able to take what you know and apply it in a game, take what you’ve done in practice and apply it in the game at a faster pace with bigger people pounding on you

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