More from Wannstedt — on Mario, the Giants DL and more

WANNSTEDT

Here are some other nuggets from Buffalo Bills defensive co-ordinator Dave Wannstedt, after my exclusive post-practice interview on Tuesday. That’s my photo of him above.

(My previous reports from that interview here).

On how things went at Tuesday’s OTA:
“Today was the first day that defensively we weren’t as sharp as we need to be. I’ve been very, very encouraged up to this point. The effort was there, but we just weren’t as sharp mentally. And we’re putting in more stuff every day, but it wasn’t good enough today.”

On the switch to the 4-3, and players such as Kyle Williams and Chris Kelsay saying they love the switch back from the 3-4:
“The attitude is great, the effort is great. We’ve just got to bounce back and get some things cleaned up.”

On the impact Mario Williams will have, not only individually but in making the entire DL better:
“This league is too good. They’re gonna find a way to block one guy, and even two guys. The more that we can have, the better he plays, the more it’s going to help Kyle, and Dareus, and Kelsay and the whole group. As our D-line goes, so will our defence. We’ll try to play six, seven, eight guys a game — depending on how many we can get dressed. A lot of rotating.”

On defensive end Mark Anderson playing this week with the ones:
Mark and (Chris) Kelsay are rotating there. And really, Dwan Edwards and Spencer (Johnson) there. We’ve got a nice group that we’re very confident with. We’re not looking at ‘em as starters or backups. We’re going to try to keep them all fresh and get the most out of them. I think that’s the key.”

On the New York Giants’ defensive line:
“As I look back on some of the defences that I’ve coached — at Miami, Dallas, Chicago — that was probably as close of a picture that I could relate to. They mix in blitzes, and we’re gonna blitz — we’re going to play our man blitzes and zone blitzes and have the whole package — but they make their living on their front-four. And they gives you the ability to do a lot more from a coverage standpoint. So we’ll see.”

On whether hybrid defensive linemen who can play both inside and outside is the new rage:
“I don’t know. (Maybe) if you’ve got a guy who can do it. Sometimes you can do more of that and the guy becomes less effective.”

 

One thought on “More from Wannstedt — on Mario, the Giants DL and more

  1. Munchausen

    Hi John, you’re absolutely killing it with your Bills coverage here. Great stuff man, thanks a lot for providing it. Keep it up.

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