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This Sunday, the Cleveland Browns are on the road to take on the Buffalo Bills. To help preview the Week 15 contest, I reached out to Chris Trapasso from Buffalo Rumblings and exchanged five questions with him. Enjoy!
Pokorny: “Take your best guess of how the Bills' starting quarterback situation will look in 2017. Is there any outcry for Cardale Jones to see some action over Tyrod Taylor?”
Pokorny: “TE Charles Clay signed a decently-sized contract with the Bills in 2015. He seemed to have an OK year statistically in 2015, but his 2016 numbers are down. In a year where Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods were hurt for portions of the season, why wasn't Clay more involved?”
Trapasso: “Great question. I do think teams have been able to zero in on Clay this season more than they would have been able to if Watkins was on the field for the majority of the season. Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn spoke this week about Clay's lingering knee injury that's kept him out of just about every Wednesday practice (including this week) and how it's hurt the chemistry between he and Taylor. Also, Taylor is more apt to throw to the sidelines, which doesn't exactly help Clay's cause in terms of potential production.”
Pokorny: “Tell us about the Bills' offensive line -- where are the strengths, and who is the weak link?”
Trapasso: “It's a pretty solid unit. One of the better groups Buffalo has put on the field in many years.
Left tackle Cordy Glenn (who's doubtful) has quietly had a spectacular season. His replacement, Cyrus Kouandjio, isn't as dominant but has similar strengths (pass protection) and is a mountain of a man at 6'7" / 325. He's filled in admirably when Glenn's been hampered with injury. Richie Incognito hasn't been as good as he was in 2015, yet I feel confident saying he's still one of the best guards in the league. C Ryan Groy, who's filling in for the IR'd Eric Wood, has actually played respectably as a replacement, although he's not a road-grading run-blocker or brick wall in pass protection. RG John Miller was abysmal as a rookie yet has taken a huge leap in 2016. He is coming off his worst performance of the Steelers last week. He struggled early against Stephon Tuitt. RT Jordan Mills is by far the weak link on the offensive line. Bull rushes typically get him off balance, and he's not great at combating any type of counter move. This group has been together for a while now and has the intricate blocking scheme down pat. If there's a weakness, it's in pass protection, either at C or RT.”
Pokorny: “Who are the Bills' two weakest starters on defense?”
Trapasso: “Corey White, who's been playing a hybrid CB / S position over the past month, is the weakest defender who sees a decent amount of time on the field. He's not the worst cover guy but his awareness and ball skills are extremely lacking. DL Leger Douzable, an occasional starter, isn't brutal, but he doesn't make much of an impact, especially as a pass-rusher.”
Pokorny: “There is an outside shot of the Bills making the playoffs still. Are Buffalo fans still fantasizing about that, or is the doom and gloom of a potential coaching change the topic of conversation?”
Trapasso: “I'd say 95% of Bills fans are in (what's become typical) angry, clean house, who should the Bills hire, sign, draft, etc. mode. So, yeah, the vast majority is in doom and gloom mode right now.”
Thanks again to Chris for taking the time to answer my questions.