"You have to talk out there," Reed said late last week. "If you're not talking, something's wrong. In order for you to talk, you have to know your job, what you have to do in order to get guys lined up. If you're not talking, we're not going to be successful. If you watch the film from last year, you saw a lot of confusion, a lot of not communication and guys not giving effort. So with that in mind, there couldn't have been too much communicating out there. Some of the offensive guys even said it. 'You could hear a pin drop at practice last year, Ed.' For that to be effective, for us to be effective we have to be communicate. To see those guys commenting like that, we're getting better. From where we were last year, from what I heard, we've gotten a lot better."
Communication has increased at mandatory minicamps according to coaches and players. Coaches have told Reed that players weren't asking questions last year, but this year they've seen a significant increase.
"It's going well I think," Reed said. "I can only comment off of what coaches have told me about last year. It wasn't like this last year, Ed. I promise you. We didn't have guys coming upstairs wanting to ask questions or asking questions to coaches. I can count on my hand how many guys came up here last year to ask questions about the defense. Now we're having guys wanting to meet and want to understand what's going on. Totally bought in to what we're doing as coaches."
It's hard to imagine the defense not improving this year, but communication will be the key to their success. If the defense bounces back this year and the offense picks up where it left off, the Bills may finally end their long-standing playoff drought.