OBR Daily Blog 12/10

Browns, Bills bracing for a cold, snowy December game? What else is new?

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@millrtime30 We won’t have anyone there Saturday night, so we don’t know the hotel at this point. The Browns don’t publicize it.

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Brian Daboll Press Conference Transcript, Dec. 10
Don Delco on December 10th, 2010 AT 5:33 PM

(On the Bills' Reggie Corner)- "He's got good quickness inside. He plays in their sub package as the nickel back. He does a nice job on those quicker receivers that he sees inside, but I think he's got a good change of direction. He matches routes well, can play man to man and is a decent player inside at what we call the star, the nickel position."

(On if he has to have several game plans in place because of the different possibilities of weather conditions)- "You have certain bad weather plays just in case. If it's a swirling wind, it really doesn't matter which way you are going. If you have got the wind, then here is a nice game plan and a couple of plays that you want to use with the win. If you're against the wind, you make the game a little bit longer when you are against the wind. You have to have some things set in play based on what you may get and you don't know what that is until you get there."

(On if his play calling sheet is different because of the potential weather conditions)- "No, I think it's just segmented. You really don't want to run a few of these plays and put the ball in jeopardy or risk a different ball handling-type of deal. You just kind of eliminate those. You don't know, you might wake up and it might be sunny and 30 degrees. Who knows?"

(On if he gets as detailed of a weather forecast as he can before and tweaks his game plan accordingly)- "Living in the northeast your entire life, you kind of know that it might not necessarily be what they say it's going to be the next hour, let alone the next day. You have your game plan and you practice. We practice out here in the elements and if you get something that maybe you didn't expect to get, you have something prepared if you need to get to that. Whether that be more runs, less passes or different types of passes, you have all of that stuff prepared for it already."

(On how Jake Delhomme passes in cold weather)- "We've practiced out here the last however many months and we haven't had great days all of the time. Particularly the last few days in this, he's done fine."

(On Peyton Hillis approaching 1,000 yards rushing for the season)- "As everyone knows, he has done a really good job with the opportunity that he has had, a really good job. Not just in the runs, but in the passes and the pass protection too I don't think gets talked about enough for the guy. I think he's one of the better pass protecting backs I've been around in 12 years. He does a great job against the linebackers or if we are sliding and he has got to get a defensive end. He's been really good for us, hopefully he just continues to have success because his success really helps all of us."

(On some critics saying in the past that one of Hillis' weaknesses was his pass protecting)- "I can't speak for the Denver deal. I know since he's been here, since OTAs, he's been really good at it. He gets up, fits the window, stones the linebackers and he's been really good at it. Hopefully he continues to do it, but like I said, I think that's really a strong point for him. I know you guys see the number of carries and the yard and the catches, but I think he's a compete back in terms of being able to do that, which is not always the easiest thing to do. That's a hard thing to do."

(On Hillis' receiving skills)- "I think he has got 53 catches, which I think is first in the AFC if I'm not mistaken for backs. He has very good hands."

(On if Hillis' hands are like those of a wide receiver)- "No, I just think as a skill player, all of the skill players that are out there, one of the requirements that they are going to have to have is they are going to have to be able to catch the football because at any time, it could come to them. He has hands that are the framework of the body. You have seen some of the catches that he's made. We have thrown him a couple of downfield balls. He's got good tracking judgment, soft hands and he can catch the ball well."

(On if the Wildcat is ideal for bad weather like it was when they played Pittsburgh last December and if Joshua Cribbs; foot affects the Wildcat)- "It affects it a lot. You take a look at some of the Wildcat teams in the league and one of the reasons it's either successful or not successful is because of the guy that's running it obviously. In that game, he was great. I think there are certain elements that can help you if you choose to go that route, whether you get an extra blocker, but it's going to depend on how Josh is doing and how comfortable he feels."

(On if they have been able to practice the Wildcat this week because of Cribbs coming back from injury)- "We practiced a little bit of it."

(On Robert Royal doing more for the offense than catching passes)- "We'll just start with him as a guy. Exceptional veteran leadership. I think he's been really good for Ben (Watson) too. He's a guy that's been around the league, he's great in the meetings, he can see the game and he's very helpful. Him and guys like Vick (Lawrence Vickers), guys that don't get a lot of catches or whatnot, they can see the game really well and are very good communicators. He's a good in-line tight end that can make his blocks, a good communicator with the tackle, understands the running game, understands pass protections and understands the passing game too if you ask him to run a route, but he hasn't done much of that here. We got into the game at Miami with him. Evan (Moore) went down, but we decided we were going to go a different route. Rather than three receivers, we just went with Robert in there when we had that little drive going. He's able to plug right in and is just a good, veteran presence. The guys really like him in the huddle, when he's in there. He's one of those vocal leaders for everybody. He's been around the league a while, he knows the game."

(On Royal being serious when it comes down to business)- "He is. He's one of those guys who knows how to keep it light too. I don't know if you ever see him at the beginning of practice when you guys are out there, he's quite the dancer."

(On going to Watson frequently last game against Miami when the running game wasn't working well, why that didn't happen in Jacksonville)- "You're getting different coverages sometimes. Miami does a pretty good job, they have some big guys up front that played very, very well I think. I think they are a very, very good defense. Sometimes you get an extra guy down in the box where they load the middle of the field and there's a safety in the middle of the field and then there are some extra guys in the middle of the field and then they bring another guy down. Miami wasn't so much bringing another guy down, so you get two safeties back deep a little bit where you hope you can get some running lanes. Miami's a heck of a defense, they held the Raiders back to, I think zero yards rushing the week before, 13 yards total rushing against the Raiders rushing offense, which is one of the tops in the league. They're good. The middle of the field was open and Ben does a nice job working in between those hash mark throws against the guys that have to cover him. I think he's sometimes a little bit of a mismatch for some of the guys that have to deal with him when they leave two safeties in the middle of the field open."

(On if Watson an injury at Jacksonville)- "He did, early on he had it so he was fighting through it."

(On if the throw to Mohamed Massaquoi was a little off)- "No, it was a good throw, he jumped. He was jumping instead of just stopping and coming back he just miss timed his jump and it was right off his finger tips. If he had to do it again he would not have jumped, because it was right on the money, back shoulder. It would have been good."

(On if Massaquoi was down on himself at halftime)- "Yes, in the passing game the whole entire game against the Dolphins Jake (Delhomme) was 19 of 22 on first and second down throws, two of them were throw aways. One on a screen, one out of bounds, the other incompletion was the one to (Chansi) Stuckey in the end zone. Those were the three that he had, but we missed a couple opportunities there so I was a little hot there at intermission but Jake's a good veteran calmed it down and said, ‘Let's just start throwing it.' That catch he made to come back and made that catch was a huge play in the game which was good to see after that first back shoulder, he came back made a nice catch on the deep over."

(On how it was a good catch)- "Oh it was a heck of a catch and the guy was draped on him too coming down and he actually held it so good to see that he came back. He made another couple other plays too for us and he's been doing that consistently the last few weeks."

(On if they are facing the same Bills defense that they have in the past)- "They do a couple different things spacing wise up front. A little bit more multiple with some of the fronts that they play. Some of the guys that they have are obviously the same. I really think Kyle (Williams) is a very good interior player and they've got (Marcus) Stroud in there who's big and always been a challenge tall, lengthy guy, bats down a lot of balls. (Paul) Posluszny's doing a good job in the middle making a lot of tackles. (Donte) Whitner, I think he's heck of a safety and then outside they have athletic guys. Drayton Florence I think is an underrated corner. He's got good quickness, can match routes, physical. There are some guys that I'm familiar with but they definitely have their own twist to how they play it."

(On Josh McDaniels and his reaction to what happened)- "You're kind of in your own little world when you're here. He's a good friend and you'd never like to see that happen to anybody whether it's this profession or any other profession, particularly people that you're friends with."

(On how his and McDaniels responsibilities changed after Charlie Weis left for Notre Dame)- "We pretty much did the same things. We'd meet, we'd do the passing game and then we'd go from there with the game plan. We'd all kind of work together during those years that he was gone and then Josh got named coordinator and he was responsible for it."

Rob Ryan Press Conference Transcript, Dec. 10
Don Delco on December 10th, 2010 AT 5:23 PM

(On if it is fun to coach in bad weather games)- "Yes, I like coaching all the time but I love the bad weather. I'm a bad weather guy, built for it. Really, it's fun. Someone just told me we're in December. The great thing is in the NFL, December it's always the toughest guys win and the best coaches win so (shoot) we're going to be great. Our defense is as tough as there is, our players are tough and we got the best coaches so we're looking forward to this month."

(On his he has a plan for what he wants to get done with his defense in the last quarter of the season)- "The good thing about it and I found this out a little bit last year, being here in Cleveland the last month, it's great to be the defensive coordinator because the weather's just beautiful. Wind, snow, we've got it all out here so we're looking to make jumps statistically, absolutely. I feel there are no fluke things that happen in this month, it's all about the toughest guys, they win this month and the best coaches. Last year I think it's well documented how we did. I think (Eric) Mangini, although he's lighter, I think he's just as tough and just as smart as he was before so I feel great about our chances. I know one thing you can't work harder than our defensive staff is working. Ben Bloom there's a rumor he's been in hibernation, the guy's upstairs all the time, never goes home. The guy's a phenomenal worker, what a huge upgrade this guy is for us on defense he does a lot of great things. We're still working, we're just we're just beginning this fight. We've got a lot of things on this opponent coming up. Last week, honestly I thought we'd shut that team out and the reason is because our preparation was a lot better than obviously theirs was. I was surprised, I think they have a great offensive coordinator, but I never saw any wrinkles there, never saw anything new so our team beat the (heck) out of them and we should have. We gave up a touchdown in double coverage which is unfortunate but this is the time now that the toughest guys stand up front and be counted and that's what our defense staff does and that's what our head coach does and that's what our players are going to do. Starting this Sunday we're looking forward to every game we play on this schedule and we can't wait to get after them."

(On how the weather will be an advantage for the defense because the Bills like to throw the ball)- "I know throwing the ball doesn't make a whole lot of sense out there when it's windy like 50 mile per hour winds and snow and all that, but last time they had a team there when Jim Kelly was quarterback and they used to throw that thing all over the yard so I guess that kind of never made sense. They were just fantastic at it. I'm not sure what they think over there on offense, what their philosophy is. I think that quarterback from Harvard is doing a great job. He'll skip the ball off your helmet with his low delivery. We ought to take advantage of that, we will. He's a real fine competitor, he stands in there. I've never seen anybody take as many hits as this poor guy has, but he's one (heck) of a competitive guy. I've really got a lot of respect for him. I love the back Fred Jackson, always have. He's been a featured guy this year finally, it's taken a while he's always had to share the limelight with somebody. I know they have C.J. Spiller who's an outstanding prospect but to me he really is a (heck) of a back. Runs hard, he's tough he can block, he catches the ball well. He's really a special guy. I don't think that's necessarily the electric company blocking in front of him but (heck) this guy does a lot of great things on his own."

(On if Buffalo throw to their tight ends)- "I think it's a rule they're not allowed to. I don't think so (joking). It's weird, they do so much spread they have a lot of four wide receiver sets and empty, they're in empty a ton. The tight ends haven't been a big weapon for them so far, but they got a good one. That (David) Martin will block and he's caught a touchdown pass against the Jets on one of those fall down throw back screens that most people don't see the tape but of course we watch every tape."

(On how Martin only has five catches)- "Yes, that's not a misprint. It's how they play, it's their style of play. They do the old spread offense, the run and shoot, there's a lot of names for it. We just want to line up and beat it."

(On Abram Elam coming up with big plays the last few weeks)- "Abe's doing great, he's doing excellent and it really is fun to watch him play, watch him grow as a player and as a leader. He's really doing a fine job. His teammates respect him and of course everybody respects him that's around him. Being through the life that he's had, they ought to write a movie on him because he really is an inspiration to a lot of people. It's great to see a guy that's such good people play so well."

(On how Elam didn't seem to live up to expectations at first and what is different now)- "I'm not so sure about expectations. I'm not sure about any of that, how people are perceived and things. I know Abe's always been a real consistent guy, a real consistent player. I think he's just getting more experience as a starter in this league and it's probably really helping him."

(On why Miami kept throwing the ball to Joe Haden)- "We had anticipated Brandon Marshall playing the X so we had a lot of double coverage over there. A lot of times people when you lean coverage one way they'll try the other guy, but we just kept the same coverage because Haden was killing the guy. It was like, ‘We'll just stay leaning over here and we'll be okay.' I don't like changing when you don't have to change. I know somebody said I'm not a good game day coach what a dumb (person) but anyway I'm a great game day coach probably the best coach, been coaching a long time. That's okay. It was somebody on the talks show. I always listen to it after the game just so my kids will get pissed at me, they get so mad. ‘Why are you doing that dad?' ‘I don't know I just want to hear someone dumber than me.' Cute story there. Our guys are really playing well. Joe Haden has been special though. If we did it all over again I'm sure we would have to trade up to get him with the first overall pick. He's been phenomenal. The kid works hard, he's tough, he gets better, he takes coaching. (Eric) Mangini's constantly on that guy and making him be great and so is Jerome (Henderson). The kid has just been phenomenal."

(On if he got involved in the draft saying who he wanted)- "I was actually watching the draft on ESPN going, ‘I wonder who we're going to take? Okay good,' (joking). They take our reports. I'm not sure how much they listen, they have their jobs. This is really the best run football organization I have been in in a long time with (Tom) Heckert and obviously with Mike (Holmgren) at the top. It's very well run, you see all the players in the draft they want you to see and you evaluate those guys. We have strong feelings as coaches because that's what you do, that's our type of personalities but they've got to sort through when you guys got ties and things like that and break all those ties. I knew all along who we were going to take just from the tones of those meetings and man I couldn't be happier with the guys we got at the top of the draft are just tremendous players."

(On if he told Joe Haden that he was "the guy" after Rex Ryan had inferred that he wanted someone else)- "Actually I did tell Joe that in a meeting because with my brother, he's a lot like me. He'll talk some (crap) and he doesn't care if it affects somebody else. I guess for whatever reason, we just don't care about that. I wanted to make sure the kid knew the truth. I worked out the (Kyle) Wilson kid and really thought he was going to be something special, but I don't think he's doing all that well for them. It doesn't look like it to me, but he's a good kid. I don't know what they are doing, they should have had (Eric) Mangini and Rome (Jerome Henderson) coaching the guy and he would be fine. I did want to tell him the truth, set the record straight and I did that."

(On if he thought Kyle Wilson would be something special)- "Absolutely, but I also got to work him out privately where I didn't work out Joe Haden privately probably because they didn't want the coordinator going down there and talking (crap) to everybody about who we are going to take. That was probably a good move on their part."

(On what Derreck Robinson has brought to the team)- "I tell you what, him and (Brian) Schaefering both, you could flip a coin on which one starts. They're both the same type of deal. They both came in and were fighting to be on the practice squad, they both get cut and we brought them back. They work hard, they do better, they improve their technique, they're big, strong guys. That guy is going to be a good player for a long time. I was talking to (Matt) Roth today on the sideline when he wasn't throwing snowballs at his teammates and he was bragging about that kid to me. I really do like the way he gets his hands on a lot of passes. He's got these great, long arms like his teammate Kenyon Coleman. I really believe he's the type of guy that's going to grow into a 3-4 end and play for a long, long time."

(On if he got Shaun Rogers' best effort last Sunday)- "He had a lot of great ones. If he can just get his big body out there, he's just tremendous. He blocked a field goal, sacked the quarterback and had the guy running for his life back there. He makes plays and if he was ever healthy, my God he must have been an unbelievable player. He's giving us everything he has got. I don't know if he was supposed to play in that game or not, but he willed himself to do it. That's the great thing about our defense and our players is these guys want to play. They're doing everything they can to play. Scott Fujita's injury, most people would have been on the shelf for the whole thing. He's working his (tail) off to get back out there and to fight with his teammates. At the end of the year, some people look at it different ways, we are just trying to win every (dang) game and see what we can get done. We are looking forward to the challenge. We are just beginning to fight on defense, I know that."

(On if he has ever had any issues with Rogers' effort)- "No, because when he's on the field, when he's out there playing between the white lines he's busting his (tail). He doesn't need to be in front, he doesn't want to be in front. There are some guys that like to be in front, if you don't know they'll tell you about it. There are guys like that and coaches like that, but some people like to sit back. He's fine he does that, he likes his teammates to get all the glory. If you let him do it he'll get put in a game where he gets three guys on him and another guy can come around for the sack when I'm trying to design where he can come around and get the one on one. He's not like that he's very unselfish which is impressive to me about a guy who obviously could be a superstar in the league and probably has been for a long time. To me I just wish we had him where he could practice all the time, where he could be healthy. It would be great to see because he really is a dominating force. He's won games for us just by his effort. By himself running through lines where three guys are in front of him, he gets through all of them, it's pretty impressive."

(On if he has heard from the Denver Broncos about their head coach vacancy)- "I've heard from the Broncos. I've got a great buddy of mine who is their defensive coordinator. Don Martindale and it's his first time coordinating and he's putting up numbers that are pretty god awful. The thing is as long as he knows that he's coaching his (tail) off and he's working there for the hours that he ought to be working and he ought to be preparing the way I taught him how to prepare so that team will be alright if they just keep him there. If they don't then they lose out on a (heck) of a football coach."

(On T.J. Ward and what's next in his career)- "I'm not some guy with a crystal ball but I think we all know where he's heading. That guy's a fantastic football player. He makes great tackles, he's a great hitter, he can cover really well. I know there were questions about how he can cover, that guy covers really well. He's an intense guy, he's fun to be around, I think the players really like him, they respect him and he's the genuine article. Everything you wanted in a strong safety he is. If you look at him at one time you mentioned that he and Joe Haden are short. Does anybody notice that? Honest to God I don't notice all of that. Their height doesn't do (anything) in the game, they play. There are taller guys but I guarantee none of them are like this guy in the draft. I don't care who they are, none of them are as good as this kid is. We might not have the tallest team but we got a pretty (dang) tough one."

(On how football analysts like Mel Kiper didn't have Ward as a high draft pick)- "I really respect Mel Kiper, I think he does a good job. If it wasn't for him, me and Rex wouldn't be in this league coaching right now. He came and convinced my dad to go back into coaching. He knew we were great coaches but we were in college and so he actually did so I was like, ‘Oh, he got that one right.' The thing is what did they see? I think the biggest thing is just stick the tape on and the kid jumped off. He played for a good defense, I thought they were well coached but this kid jumped off the tape. They had a safety there (Patrick) Chung the year before who's a good player as well. I think you line them up next to each other this other kid will rip everybody's face off and Chung will be there left to pick something up."

(On how Marcus Benard has evolved as a pass rusher)- "He's been hurt this year and that's the thing. This kid's got so much talent, so much wiggle as a rusher but he's been battling through so many things it's unfortunate. The guy's really a hardnosed kid, he works hard. His best ball is in front of him. Hopefully one day he'll compete to lead the league with sacks and I think he will if he is ever healthy. He's not healthy but he still does a nice job. He beats the tackle, they get rid of the ball quick. He forced a lot of bad throws but it would be great to get him in full speed one of these days."

(On Benard working on more moves)- "I love the kid. I see exactly what you see. You see a young player that's going to be a (heck) of a football player one day. His work ethic is to the point where it's like the Nnamdi Asomugha's. The guys that you see working every day that do the extra, they make themselves. I always said that Nnamdi made himself great and it's because of his work ethic. This kid comes from the same type of background and as I see them as players, I see this kid really getting better and developing and getting better and better and I think the sky's only going to be the limit for this guy. It really is I just wish he had a shoulder and everything else that's been going on with this poor guy."

(On what he said to the team leading up to the Miami game after a bad week of practice before the Carolina game)- "We had two games that I didn't feel were winning performances. I think we could have won every game on our schedule based on how we play and how we prepare. I thought Carolina we didn't play that well, we didn't have any guts, we didn't have our usual stroke. I think against Baltimore and I know we could have won that game and all that but I never felt very well during the game. I thought their coach outcoached me in those two games. Other than that I think we played (darn) good defense and I think we've played more improved defense than anybody else in the league, it isn't even close. I think this last month is stand up and be counted time so we're looking forward to it."

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Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Dec. 10
Don Delco on December 10th, 2010 AT 3:12 PM

(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. A couple of guys that would be able to make it today will be Scott (Fujita), Titus (Brown), Evan (Moore), Floyd (Womack) but he'll be fine for Sunday and Colt (McCoy) will practice here today in a limited capacity. That's progress and I think that's everybody. In terms of what we will be doing today is third done, red zone. We will review the third down, do the red zone, goal line and really what I'm looking for is a crisp finish to our week."

(On if Marcus Benard is back)- "Yes, he's back."

(On how much McCoy can do and what the possibility is of him being third quarterback for Sunday is)- "He'll be limited in terms of percentages of plays, he'll participate in here today and then depending on how that goes and how he feels tomorrow will really dictate whether or not he can be the third for Sunday."

(On how the other injured guys are looking for Sunday)- "I want to see where we are tomorrow. It's harder when you miss the full week, but they're in the meetings, they're getting the information. We've had this situation before and we'll really just see where we're at in the morning."

(On if Titus Brown has been around all week)- "Yes, Titus has been here all week. It's just going through the protocol making sure we're at a good spot when he does participate."

(On if he checks the weather for Buffalo frequently)- "Brian Daboll is from there so he talks to his grandparents all the time. His grandfather gives him pretty steady updates on what the projections are. It's changed pretty much every single day but Brian's talked to him. You just don't know, you don't know. It's like here, you get the one forecast and then you go outside and it's a little different than what you had anticipated and you just adjust."

(On if there was a conception that Benjamin Watson wasn't a big time blocker)- "I had played against him for three years and had also been in New England when he was there and I think he's gotten better at it each year. He works at it and he's pretty consistent with the way that he works at it. It's a nice combination of the things he can do in the passing game as well as the running game, it's a really good combination."

(On how Watson never leaves the field and if it allow them to do some things that he might be able to do with a tight end that's as multi-dimensional)- "Sometimes you get the tight end that's a really good blocker and isn't a threat in the passing game or the guy who is a huge threat in the passing game but is a liability in the running game, so the goal is to get that guy that can do both. When you have that it's a different threat that you present to the offense. It's really always what you're hoping to have in that position."

(On what precautions they are taking with dealing with the cold weather)- "The way that we're dealing with it is being out there and experiencing it and going through the plays as close as we can get to those conditions, which Cleveland is a pretty good place to be able to do that. You try to explain it to guys how the footing will be affected, how the wind will affect the ball, how the cold will affect the way the ball carries but you can't do it. It's something that has to be experienced. Each guy has a different way of adjusting to it and preparing for it and having the opportunity to work in it I think is the best way to prepare to play in it."

(On if they are freezing the balls)- "No, it pretty much takes care of itself here so we don't have to do that."

(On if has taken a while for the team to be able to play without Scott Fujita)- "It's hard when you lose a guy like Scott or you lose a guy like Robaire Smith because they do so much defensively and there's that component of what they do on the field, and their versatility then it's the communication and the energy all of those things are difficult to replace but we've got a lot of people who have worked those spots. We got a lot of veteran guys with Eric (Barton), D-Bo (David Bowens) and with Chris (Gocong). They're guys that have tremendous experience and have been in leadership capacities and are versatile themselves. I think they've done a good job of filling that void. Even the young guys like Marcus (Benard) and Jason (Trusnik), they have more experience now and they've done a good job too. We're looking forward to getting Scott back when he does come back, I think it will help us."

(On how much Benjamin Watson will get double teamed and if that will free up the receivers to make plays)- "I'm not really sure how much he will get of that. Each team really has a different approach to how they want to handle the tight end spot. If that is the focus, it does open up a lot of things outside. There's that component of it and if you can run the ball effectively, that's an issue, you have to deal with stopping the run. If you want to double team that player as well, there are a lot of different things that you have to do to get both of those accomplished."

(On what he is looking for in Jayme Mitchell in order for him to be active on Sundays)- "With any of the young guys that have been inactive or any of the inactive guys, it's trying to make a case for yourself on special teams, that's one component of it. Then carving out a role on defense where you can go each week and contribute each week. That's what I'm looking for. I know Jayme wants to do that and we want him to do that. The same with Brian Sanford, him working to have some role or any of the guys that have been inactive. That's the jumping off point."

(On if Mitchell has been working mostly at defensive end or linebacker)- "End, mostly at end. The same thing in sub, mostly at end."

(On if the bad weather affects how much they can use the Wildcat)- "No, I think you could actually use it more if you wanted to because it's typically a running play and you tend to run the ball more than pass in those windy, cold weather games. You could definitely use it more."

(On if Jake Delhomme is starting on Sunday)- "What do I usually say on Fridays? Whatever I say on Fridays, yes (joking)."

(On Delhomme saying Robert Royal's play against Miami was underrated and if he thought Royal played well)- "Yes, and Robert contributes significantly every game. There were a couple of times where he opened up some things in the passing game with the way the that he ran his routes that sprung some other guys free. There's no statistic for that. The same thing in the running game, he plays a huge part of our offensive success even though his numbers won't necessarily jump off of the screen. Guys feed off of his energy, I really enjoy Rob. If he wasn't playing football, he could be a comedian. His ability to improve and find something funny in any situation is impressive."

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Cold, Hard Cash
Dave Kolonich on December 9th, 2010 AT 9:38 PM

‘Tis the season for political compromise.  That and frozen car doors – depending on your geographic location.  Anyway, in a nod to the cold, calculating world of billion dollar enterprises, it looks like NFL owners could be one step closer to making even more money.

NFL Focused On Having Full 2010 Slate

The head of the NFL’s negotiating team says it will be much easier to reach a new labor agreement with the players’ union if the accord includes an 18-game regular season.

"It’s something that both sides recognize the value of, and so both sides will work hard to incorporate it into the new agreement," NFL executive vice president of labor and chief counsel Jeff Pash said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press.

Of course, it's worth noting that both the league's owners and players union are merely posturing at this time.  The real details of what one would assume would be some kind of tangible give and take have yet to be revealed.

However, it's obvious that any financial concessions made by the owners in a prospective new deal would be leveled out by the revenue generated by two extra regular season games.

After all, the NFL is like a cash-stuffed snowball furiously rolling downhill. 

And naturally, this momentum is created by fans forking over their dollars to attend games – or the ones paying premium rates to watch on Direct TV.

But wait….

Did you hear about that likely ice storm that will overtake Orchard Park this Sunday?

Or how about the one where the 2-10 Bills couldn't sell out a December home game?

Just imagine the possibilities next year. 

The Bills could see their regular season extended into January – only this time they could feature a 2-15 team playing a completely meaningless game.  Throw in some freezing lake effect wind and a blizzard or two and suddenly the realization becomes clear.

The rich get richer….and wait for it….while the rest of us are left out in the cold.

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