The Buffalo Bills have been dialing up blitzes more often in recent weeks. But it's not about the amount as much as when they are used.
The Bills used the blitz to great effect during Sunday's 17-14 win at Miami. Here are some examples:
On second and 10 from Miami's 46-yard line, the Bills countered the Dolphins' three-receiver formation with their nickel package in the first quarter. The four-man front consisted of Chris Kelsay at left end, while end Alex Carrington lined up inside next to nose tackle Kyle Williams with outside linebacker Arthur Moats in a stand-up position on the line of scrimmage. Posluszny and Bryan Scott were the interior linebackers.
On the snap, Kelsay, Carrington and Moats rushed upfield. Williams was initially met by center Joe Berger and left guard Richie Incognito, but Posluszny moved up and drew their attention away from Williams. Williams held his position, but saw running back Ricky Williams drift into the left flat. Kyle Williams showed his quickness by racing to that side of the field and dropped Ricky Williams for a six-yard loss.
"We had a blitz on, and the two guys I was over typically on pass plays had been real aggressive and doubled me and kind of jump on me real quick," Kyle Williams said. "I was supposed to go to the backside A [gap]. When they kind of pulled back, I stopped and looked and saw Ricky step up. When he stepped up, I just took off out there and was able to make the play."
Early in the second quarter, the Dolphins faced third-and-eight from their 22. The Bills showed a three-man front with Kelsay at right end, Marcus Stroud in the middle and Moats on the left side. From that side, nickel cornerback Reggie Corner and strong safety Donte Whitner blitzed.
Running back Ronnie Brown picked up Corner and Ricky Williams picked up Whitner, but before Henne could get the ball off to open receiver Brandon Marshall, Moats used a spin move to beat right tackle Lydon Murtha and took Henne down as Whitner made a late assist.
"We had a great call on it," Moats said. "We saw it earlier in the week. Stroud had told me about it that the guard and tackle are going to set a certain way and he said 'When you see that make sure you beat it.' "
The overload blitz worked on the left side, so the Bills tried it on the right late in the first half. Kelsay, Williams and Moats made up the three-man line. To the right of Moats was Corner, and cornerback Drayton Florence were lined up next to each other in front of Marshall and Dolphins receiver Davone Bess, who was flanked outside of Marshall. Just before the ball was snapped, Whitner moved up to the line of scrimmage and blitzed along with Corner.
This created confusion with the offensive line. The indecision allowed Whitner to beat tackle Jake Long off the edge and chase Henne up into the pocket where Whitner and Moats fell on top of the quarterback for the sack.
Free safety Jairus Byrd delivered the Bills' third and final sack in the third quarter. Byrd walked down toward the line of scrimmage and rushed from the left side of the defense. He was met by Ricky Williams, but Byrd fought Williams off to drop Henne for a three-yard loss.
-- Allen Wilson