New D-wrinkle sparks Bills

The Bills broke out with an unusual three-man front against the Dolphins, with linebacker DaShon Polk lined up over the nose. Upon the snap, Polk dropped back into coverage, watching Miami quarterback Ray Lucas and making sure he didn't scramble when he inevitably found that nothing was open under the Bills' coverage-heavy scheme.

It was a wrinkle that Jerry Gray worked into the game plan that Buffalo hadn't shown previously, and it was easily the most effective scheme modification the defense employed in a game all year.

"Every week Jerry Gray's doing something new," said left end Chidi Ahanotu. "He does a great job of game-planning and scheming against teams and seeing what their weaknesses are."

Ahanotu added that this particular wrinkle works best against mobile quarterbacks, but the Bills don't really play one until Kansas City's Trent Green in Week 11 or San Diego's Drew Brees in Week 15. Miami's Jay Fiedler is also mobile, but he's got a broken thumb and may not be available when the teams play in Week 13.

Ahanotu said, "We were daring Lucas to beat us in the pocket, so we felt comfortable with that kind of (two-man) pass rush. Against any quarterback like that, we feel like that can work … We didn't do it every time either. I don't think that's something that Jerry will do over and over again. He mixes things up. That was definitely an obvious wrinkle: Two guys pass rushing and Polk dropping back – it worked. The guy didn't have anywhere to throw and he starts to run and Polk got him."

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