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Monday, November 18, 2013
Upon Further Review: Bills Week 11

By Mike Rodak

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A review of four hot issues from the Buffalo Bills' 37-14 win over the New York Jets:

Bills' defense keeps it simple: The first matchup between the Bills and Jets this season, back in Week 3, was assumed to be a chess match between two defensive minds: Rex Ryan and his former assistant, Mike Pettine. Both coaches are known for a scheme that uses multiple defensive fronts, so this quote from defensive end Mario Williams stood out after Sunday's game: "We really didn't do anything too special. We lined up and played ball. We were in the same defense the majority of the time and that allowed guys to go out and put it on their shoulders and step up and make plays." For all the shifting and complexity seen from the Jets' offense early in the game -- they even threw in some "Wildcat" looks at times -- you have to wonder if the simplicity of the Bills' approach helped dictate the one-sided affair.

EJ Manuel
EJ Manuel wanted to have offensive coordinator Nate Hackett on the sidelines during games.
Trickle-down effect of Hackett move: When the Bills decided to move offensive coordinator Nate Hackett from the coaches' booth to the sidelines for Sunday's game -- and for the rest of the season -- it necessitated moving offensive quality control coach Jason Vrable upstairs. Quarterback EJ Manuel said after the game that the switch was "no offense to Vrable" and that Manuel simply felt more comfortable with Hackett on the sidelines. Vrable worked with Hackett and head coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse from 2009 to '10 before serving as the offensive coordinator at the University of Charleston (W.Va.) last season.

Meanwhile, in the Jets' locker room ... As much of a much-needed win this was for Buffalo, it was a significant setback for the Jets. Offensive lineman Willie Colon was among those who expressed his frustrations in the Jets' locker room afterward. "We're not a playoff team until we're in the playoffs," Colon said. "Right now, we just lost to the f---ing Buffalo Bills." On the other end of the spectrum, Jets wide receiver David Nelson -- who played three seasons in Buffalo -- took to Twitter to thank Bills fans. "Congrats on the win," Nelson tweeted. "[I]t was a pleasure playing in front of you today."

Bills on a bye: Monday begins a three-day stretch in which Bills players will report to the team facility during their bye week. It's the latest possible off week, and the Bills will join three other teams -- the Eagles, Seahawks and Bengals -- in a pre-Thanksgiving reprieve. You'd have to bet the Bills would've liked their bye week to come about a month or so ago, when injuries seemed to be hitting nearly every position. Right now, only receivers Stevie Johnson (groin) and Robert Woods (ankle) are sidelined with injuries. Their status for Week 13 will come into focus after the break.