Bills Defense Will 'Live and Die' with the Front Four, and Other AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer INovember 2, 2012

PITTSFORD, NY - AUGUST 08: Dave Wannstedt, Assistant head coach/linebackers coach  of the Buffalo Bills talks to players during Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College on August 8, 2011 in Pittsford, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt has come under fire for his vanilla defensive scheme, which has made a physically talented Bills defense much easier to attack.

The Bills had two weeks to figure out the ails of their defense, and if they decided to get more aggressive, Wannstedt isn't telling.

According to Howard Simon of WGR 550 Sportsradio, Wannstedt says the defense will "live and die" with the front four, who he called their "bread and butter".

When you've got two rookie corners, every time you blitz you're leaving those corners alone. We blitzed Brady, and he came out there in the third quarter and he threw a touchdown pass right down the sideline. You can blitz the bad ones, you cover the good ones, and that's the way it is on defense, the way I think.

So it looks like, if Bills fans wanted their defense to get a little more aggressive in their pursuit of the quarterback, the main guys who will have to get more aggressive are the front four.

A lack of effort has also been a big topic of discussion over the past two weeks, and Wannstedt touched on it early on in the interview:

If you know and really understand what you're supposed to do, and you give fanatical effort, you play good defense every week. And then depending on how talented you are is the determining factor in if you play great defense or good defense.

He highlighted good performances against the Chiefs and Browns, a great first half against the Patriots and another good game against the Jets. He gave some positive notes from the Jets and Titans games, and pointed out that consistency was one of the keys for the Bills defense to focus on going forward..

Here is some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

Hoo-boy, such a wide range of Aqib Talib reaction yesterday, all of it good to read. Usually we keep it to three or fewer links per team, but the lone major move at the trade deadline warrants a little special attention.

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe says the trade was a desperate move, but one that could be the final piece that puts the Patriots over the top for a Super Bowl run.

Tom E. Curran of says the Patriots are adding a headache to address a headache, and that the end justifies the means.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston says the Patriots were smart to gamble on Talib because he addresses the most glaring need on the team.

ESPN analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi says this is a sign of frustration on behalf of Bill Belichick with players who are becoming "error repeaters."

Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times gives us a timeline of Talib's troubles.


New York Jets

Joe Caporoso of delivers his Week 9 viewing guide from a "Jets playoff pipe dream" perspective, pointing out that the Jets overcame worse odds to make the playoffs in 2009.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York delivers a midseason review of playing time on offense and defense for the Jets.


Buffalo Bills

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News writes about Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's ugly record in fourth-quarter comebacks.

Chris Brown of says that right tackle Erik Pears has seen a specialist for his hip issue, while defensive end Mark Anderson is out for Sunday's game against the Texans.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post notes that Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill took first-team snaps in practice on Thursday while wearing a brace and compression sleeve over his left knee.

Daniel Monardo of gives us his game plan for the Dolphins to beat the Colts.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.