We could use a few of these to beat the Jets.....

By Jeff Nixon
Sep. 13, 2016

Takeaways - The number of interceptions and fumble recoveries a defense has during a game.

That word means a lot in the NFL. Teams that win the takeaway battle usually win the game.

We could use a few takeaways against the Jets this coming Sunday.

I'm not running for President, but we could use a few of these too......

The Bills offense and Tyrod Taylor are struggling, so the defense needs to step up their game and start shutting down the run and the passing game.

If the other team can't score.............the Bills can't lose!

That's sounds easy, but it's not. My coach, Chuck Knox always preached the six P's (Perfect Practice Prevents Piss Poor Performance). He had a lot of other memorable quotes that you can read here.

What a team does during the week to prepare for their next opponent is critical. Repetition - doing something over and over again - is the best way to learn something. Unfortunately, the Bills have a short week of practice, because they play Thursday night, so they better get focused because it's the little things that get you beat...........like jumping offsides at critical moments, or getting flagged for unsportsman-like conduct, or not being in position to make a play.

To give you an idea of just how important that last one (not being in position) can be, lets look at the Free Safety position. A Free Safety must cover half the field in Cover 2. If they line up too far inside they can get burned on short go routes up the sideline and if they're too far outside they can get burned on quick post routes. In Cover 1 the Free Safety must protect the middle of the field and be as deep as the deepest receiver (cornerbacks get really upset when it looks like the guy they're covering beats them on a deep post route in Cover 1, when in fact its because the Free Safety was not in the middle or wasn't deep enough. Good things can happen when you're in position and playing smart football. Check out these three clips of my "centerfield' play in this post: Bills vs Raiders Brings Back Good Memories.

If the free safety is blitzing, the cornerbacks will have no help inside, so they have to make sure they take away any inside quick slant routes. On this play, I fake the blitz and Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese thinks he can throw the quick slant. As a defensive back, I loved spiking the ball in the other teams endzone!

Go Bills..........Let's get some picks!