Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ryan looks at Bills' O-line and sees Rushmore
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills' offensive line has surrendered the second-most sacks in the NFL and committed the most penalties.
If New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is drooling over Sunday's matchup, then he's doing so in private.
Ryan, acutely aware his blitz-happy defense is tied for last in the league with four measly sacks, is playing it cool.
"They remind [me] of the old Green Bay Packers: Fuzzy Thurston, Jerry Kramer and Forrest Gregg," Ryan said of the Bills' offensive line. "That's how we're looking at this team right now.
"We haven't gotten to the passer the last two weeks. So it's not about the teams that we're playing. It's about us."
The Bills have allowed 18 sacks, an obnoxious 13 in shotgun formations.
Their offensive linemen have combined to commit 21 penalties -- including 11 false starts and four holds -- for 89 yards. The Kansas City Chiefs' O-line is second with 18 penalties. The St. Louis Rams have been called for 16, and the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals 15 apiece.
"We've got to do a great job on the practice field working our pass-rush techniques," Ryan said. "We've got to be able to stop the run better than we have. That will hopefully open up some opportunities to get to the passer."
Ryan added: "You’ve got to keep working to that quarterback, and we've got to tighten our coverage up. You never get a sack in this league without great coverage, and you never get an interception without great pressure. It works hand in hand and, hopefully, we can get it going in both those areas."
If not against Buffalo, then when?