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Paul Zimmerman
September 03, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bills
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September 03, 2001

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bills

I think that most of the teams on the Bills' schedule are glad they'll be facing Rob Johnson instead of Doug Flutie. Johnson's kind of skinny, and I'm not sure he'll be able to stay healthy....

The rhythm offense will take away the skills of their best offensive player, Eric Moulds, one of the top deep threats in the game....

But with that line, maybe that offense is best for them. It's not a very talented group. When Ruben Brown came in as a rookie [in 1995], I thought he'd be All-Pro every season, but he's been slipping ever since. Losing Jerry Ostroski [out indefinitely after breaking his right leg], their right guard, is really going to hurt them. All he does is get people blocked....

They don't have a good blocking back to pick up the blitz. If they leave Jay Riemersma in to help with protection, they're losing what he's best at, third-down receptions, especially in the red zone. If they leave Larry Centers in, well, then what did they sign him for?...

I'm curious to see how Pat Williams does. Everybody knew he was better than Ted Washington last year, but Williams was playing for the big contract. Now that he's signed long term, will he have the same intensity?... I respect Phil Hansen and Henry Jones, even though both are on the downside, and Sam Cowart is a good enough athlete to excel as a 4-3 linebacker....

I love Antoine Winfield, just as I loved him in college. His durability might be a problem, though, because he plays so hard.