Losman Learning From His Earlier Mistakes

Not much was expected from the Buffalo Bills this season. However, two wins in their last three games - an upset at Miami and a home victory over Minnesota - have the rest of the NFL taking notice. Quarterback J.P. Losman spoke with the Chicago media via conference call at Halas Hall on Wednesday, and Bear Report was there to hear what he had to say.

Most football fans are surprised after four weeks that the Bears are fourth in the NFL in scoring offense at 29 points per game. On the other hand, absolutely no one is shocked to see that they once again lead the league in scoring defense, surrendering just 7.3 per contest.

The Chicago defense will certainly present a challenge for Buffalo quarterback J.P. Losman on Sunday at Soldier Field, but based on what he sees on film, every team has weaknesses that can be exploited.

"You always learn from other people," Losman said. "Good things and bad things from all the games that they've played, not just that game in particular. But I think there's a lot of games there that we're going to try to focus on and see what they do in certain personnel groupings and certain third-down plays. When do they like to blitz? All those things. Just like any other game, you have to focus on all those things."

Perhaps the biggest headline for this weekend's game is the return of former Bears head coach Dick Jauron, now the man in charge for the Bills. Jauron was always popular among his players in Chicago, and Losman sees the same in Buffalo.

"It's been great," he said. "It's been a joy to play for a coach who's very cool and calm in all situations and never rattled. And I think that wears off on all the players. Everyone seems to be cool and calm underneath the fire. He never seems stressed out or anything like that. (He's a) very positive guy, motivational-type guy. But also, if he feels like he needs to say something to you or address something in that way, he doesn't hesitate either. But for the most part, it's a very positive atmosphere."

The Buffalo roster is littered with former Bears, including tailback Anthony Thomas, offensive tackle Mike Gandy, and offensive guard Chris Villarrial. Losman was asked if it helps having a few former Jauron soldiers on the roster.

"Yeah, I think so," he said. "I think the other guys obviously feel very, very comfortable with him. When the decision was made and Coach Jauron came to Buffalo, a lot of guys were happy to be playing for him again. So I know that a lot of his players are really happy to be with him, and I think that's definitely rubbed off on a lot of guys, and we're starting to see why they liked him so much in Chicago."

Jauron has never been much of a yeller, but he had a reputation for throwing a piercing stare toward a player that just made a mistake. Losman is yet to see it.

"Fortunately, I don't think I've seen that look yet. I don't know if it's a mean look or what. I think it's just a 'Let's get the job done' look."

In all seriousness, Losman appreciates Jauron's business-like mentality that has brought some accountability to the Buffalo locker room.

"This isn't a time to horseplay," he said. "This is a job, and this is a game where we need to critique every little situation. We need to try to perfect everything. So from that standpoint, yes. I think that by the way he carries himself on the field, and like I said, it's very positive though. It's a very positive way of getting across (that) this is a very serious thing. All the little things count. (We're) just constantly reminded of what he feels is most important."

Hall-of-Famer and former Buffalo head coach Marv Levy is back with the organization as the general manager, and Losman likes the fact that the four-time AFC champion makes an appearance in the locker room periodically.

"Sure, he comes in every once in a while," he said. "He likes to say a few words to the team, which is cool. (It's) just different, changing up the mood a little bit. (His style is) a little bit different than Coach Jauron's, so we're getting both sides of the spectrum there."

Whether or not the contrasting styles of Jauron and Levy translate into success at Soldier Field on Sunday remains to be seen.


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