Dolphins Spying Won't Work On Bills

The Bills say they aren't worried about the Dolphins' practice of studying audio of opposing quarterback's cadence and signal calls, something that caused a mini-stir following Miami's 21-0 victory over New England last Sunday.

Miami sacked Tom Brady four times and held him to 74 yards passing, and several players said after the game they had a very good read on what he was trying to do when barking out signals at the line of scrimmage.

Coach Nick Saban said he regularly provides audio clips, gleaned from a TV copy of NFL games, to his players to they can study and pick up the nuances of a quarterback's cadence. Saban said he's been doing that dating to his days as Cleveland's defensive coordinator "100 years ago. All teams do it."

Coach Dick Jauron said he prefers to have his coaches study an opponent's protection schemes and what clues they can find in how they line up, that sort of thing. Studying audio may help in preparing for quarterbacks like Peyton Manning or Brady who do a ton of changing plays at the line.

But Losman doesn't operate that way, and Bills center Melvin Fowler is also responsible for making protection calls.

"I think it's impossible (to figure us out)," Losman said. "I do different things, and the necessary checks come from Melvin and myself. They don't really know which one is right. Melvin might say something and I'll say something different. We'll see what happens."

Said Jauron: "We, like every other team, spend a great deal of time on protections and on pressures so we don't spend a whole lot of time at the line. If you felt like they had some insight into what you we're doing, you can easily cross that up. So we won't spend any more time on it than we normally do, but we normally spend a great deal of time on protection and pressures."

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