MINNEAPOLIS MN - DECEMBER 05: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 5 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
In discussing Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood earlier this week, we commented on head coach Chan Gailey's previously-stated desire to get bigger and more physical along the offensive line. Ideally, Gailey would like line performances closer to their dominant performance against Cleveland on a consistent basis.
Gailey re-affirmed that desire in a weekly feature with lead journalist Chris Brown at BuffaloBills.com. In discussing the merits of new starting right guard Chad Rinehart (6'5", 307), Gailey talked about Rinehart's size and physicality as a blueprint for future iterations of his offensive front.
"He's a physical player," Gailey said. "He's a big man. When you stand next to him, you realize how big he is. He played very physical in the ballgame, and that's what we would like to do, is become a more physical offensive line. He gives us a step in that direction."
Buffalo has been busy adding size to the line it inherited from the previous coaching regime all year. Behemoth imports include Kraig Urbik (6'5", 323), Rinehart, and more recently Erik Pears (6'8", 305) and Colin Brown (6'7", 335). Expect Buffalo to continue this trend into the off-season, both during free agency and the 2011 NFL Draft.