One big win sure has brought a lot of attention to the Buffalo Bills going into Sunday’s game with New England Patriots.
A day after ESPN announced that it will air a morning edition of SportsCenter from The Ralph on Sunday, CBS has announced that its noon pregame show ,“The NFL Today,” will feature interviews by Bart Scott with Bills Coach Rex Ryan (who Scott played for) and quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
In addition, CBS analyst Rich Gannon weighed in on Ryan, the Bills chances of stopping New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, and on Taylor’s debut in the Bills’ 27-14 season opening win over Indianapolis.
“He brings a high level of confidence, borderline on almost arrogance,” said Gannon of Ryan in a CBS press release. “I think the players will respond to it. This is a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 15 years. They are determined to right the ship. They have a great defense. Rex’s formula for success is to play great defense, run the football, protect the young quarterback and be sound in the kicking game. And if they can do those things, they think it will be good enough to get them to the playoffs. But they are going to have to play really, really, well defensively to have a chance on Sunday."
And what of the chances of stopping The Gronk?
“I don’t think there is a player on that defense, really a player in the league, that can cover Gronkowski,” added Gannon in the release.
Gannon, who will be the analyst alongside play-by-play man Kevin Harlan here on Sunday, praised Taylor.
“He really came out and handled himself well,” said Gannon in the release. “He controlled his emotions. Most importantly he took care of the football. And they really limited his exposure. He didn’t throw the ball very much. And the key to it is keeping his throws under 25. They want to be able to run the football. That’s why Rex went out and hired Greg Roman as his offensive coordinator. He’s an offensive coordinator, play caller, who’s committed to running the football.”