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The Bills are all kind of confusing on defense. I don’t think they know what they want to do this year. Although George Edwards has extensive background shoring up poor linebacker play, it seems that Assistant Head Coach and Linebackers Coach Dave Wannstedt is going to have more of the say on who lines up where.
The Bills lost fan favorite Paul Posluszny to the Jaguars this off-season, but may have gotten an upgrade with newly acquired Nick Barnett set to take over for Poz. It was expected that rookie Kelvin Sheppard would have an opportunity to play inside linebacker this year, but instead it seems the Bills may use one of their promising outside rushers to take that role instead.
Arthur Moats is considered to be the team’s best pass rusher, which would mean he would play OLB; instead he is the one lining up next to Barnett. The Bills must have some faith in Aaron Maybin and Shawne Merriman that we don’t. We also haven’t been a fan of Wannstedt’s personnel decisions in the past either, so it’s come full circle.
The secondary on paper looked great, but their stats may have been inflated thanks to their porous run defense. This year the Bills lost Donte Whitner to the 49ers and rookie Da’Norris Searcy probably won’t crack the lineup until next season.
Rian Lindell will return because, well, he may be the only person that can kick in the Buffalo winters. Lindell is pretty accurate, but he won’t get too many chances in this offense.