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What defensive wrinkles might the Bills use with 2 starting LB's out?

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You might be onto something. I was thinking maybe a 5-1-5, with an extra safety. I think Sean and Leslie will mix it up a ton. They aren’t going to confuse Fitz, just can’t let him get comfortable. Chan’s offense is short timing passes. Need to press receivers at line and throw them off their routes.

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The Bills currently run a ton of 4-2-5 - Nickle looks as it is.  My guess is that they run a bunch of 4-1-6 Nickle/Dime looks using Marlowe and Neal in the Milano role to cover the TE/RBs.

 

They will most likely rotate Klein and Dodson as the single backer depending on down and distance.

 

I also expect to see some 5-1-5 personnel on early downs, but using Addison or Hughes as a OLB to give some size and stoutness to prevent runs and using them and/or Dodson on Blitzes to get some pressure on Fitz.

 

I expect from the All-22 the overall Scheme will run similar to their standard Nickle package just using 1 LB and filling that second role with either a smaller faster DB for coverage or a larger DE for run stuffing and blitzes.  
 

I also expect them to try and use some standard 4-3 looks, but again using just Dodson and Klein (both with positional flexibility (MLB/OLB) to dictate the Dolphins strong and passing sides.  They will fill the 3rd position with an extra coverage safety to again help get through the game.

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I don’t know about a wrinkle but as a game plan I’d say we play almost zero man coverage or if we do play man my guess is we see Klein blitzing a lot with 5 man pressure. 

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24 minutes ago, oldmanfan said:

My guess is you see 1 LB with Marlow and Neal on the field together a lot.

 

Agree, and Jaquan Johnson

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1 hour ago, CSBill said:

 

Agree, and Jaquan Johnson

Is he on the team? I thought he was cut?

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36 minutes ago, westside2 said:

Is he on the team? I thought he was cut?

 

No chance.  They love that guy.  He's a also a core ST player

 

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Everybody keeps saying they'll switch to 1 linebacker but I disagree, I think they have enough confidence in both Klein and Dodson that we'll see them on the field together plenty. I was telling my Dad last night though that I don't think they'll play three LBs at all, they'll use Neal or Marlowe instead of the third LB.

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I dont think much will change.  Maybe some more big nickel with Neal,  they play nickel 85%...

 

Epenesa should be active. 9 dlineman for the heat

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2 hours ago, maryland-bills-fan said:

We will be down two starting linebackers and lack quality depth there.  Might the Bills use a 5-2  https://footballadvantage.com/5-2-defense/  scheme to cover that or cover 3 with a safety replacing a linebacker?(rip/liz)?

 

Patriots had no problems and they have no starters as LBers.

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3 minutes ago, AirAllenPower said:

I dont think much will change.  Maybe some more big nickel with Neal,  they play nickel 85%...

 

Epenesa should be active. 9 dlineman for the heat

100%. They will be in a nickel or dime the majority of the time. Pass coverage between the hashes on quick throws is all Fitz will get today on his reads. I think it's still EZ money. As long as the D-line stays healthy, this defense should be quite resilient. I even expect one of these back-up LBrs  to get a pick today.

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I think they’ll play the 4-2-5, and they run the ball a ton.  I hope Moss and Singletary ate their wheat ties this morning, as well as Allen.  Just hold onto the darn ball Josh.

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14 minutes ago, machine gun kelly said:

I think they’ll play the 4-2-5, and they run the ball a ton.  I hope Moss and Singletary ate their wheat ties this morning, as well as Allen.  Just hold onto the darn ball Josh.

Wheat Ties? Lol

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With the new LB's taking Edmunds & Millano's place this week they will try to make them think they are slow and not as athletic and bait them into throwing against them then they will have them right where they want them !! 💪

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9 minutes ago, Clyde Smith said:

Wheat Ties? Lol

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The oldest trick in the book: if you have a backup defender on the field, blitz him. The one thing just about any defender can do is cause a disruption on a QB if he comes free.

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3 hours ago, atlbillsfan1975 said:

You might be onto something. I was thinking maybe a 5-1-5, with an extra safety. I think Sean and Leslie will mix it up a ton. They aren’t going to confuse Fitz, just can’t let him get comfortable. Chan’s offense is short timing passes. Need to press receivers at line and throw them off their routes.

 

Was thinking something like this too, maybe lineman all standing so make it hard to know who's actually rushing.

 

But my one fear is with anything meant to confuse him the biggest plus for Fitz is he's a very smart QB

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13 minutes ago, Ed_Formerly_of_Roch said:

 

Was thinking something like this too, maybe lineman all standing so make it hard to know who's actually rushing.

 

But my one fear is with anything meant to confuse him the biggest plus for Fitz is he's a very smart QB

 

Yes better to attack Fitz's body with players he cannot physically react fast enough than his mind until he gets behind where unlike SOME QBs will not take chances trying to win.

Unlike fans he only cares about wins rather than QB stats.

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