During the radio broadcast of yesterday's 30-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Brent Axe of the Buffalo Bills radio network passed along this little tidbit: John Murphy and Mark Kelso had mentioned on-air that Dave Wannstedt, and not defensive coordinator George Edwards, was calling plays yesterday.
I was listening to the broadcast, and didn't hear Murphy and Kelso say anything about Wannstedt. If Axe said it, though, it's trustworthy. And, obviously, the news created a few intriguing waves in an otherwise routinely dull day watching and discussing a Bills game.
When Axe tweeted during the game that Wannstedt was calling plays, I was floored. Not because it was surprising that Wannstedt was taking a more active role defensively - that possibility still exists (I may even call it a probability), and it's certainly warranted - but because I found it so surprising that Chan Gailey, who's big on continuity, would make such a drastic change in-season.
Now Florence says that Edwards retained his play-calling duties. It's hard to imagine Florence having a reason to lie about that - and he's not the player that would lie, anyway - so for now, I'm inclined to believe the player. But this is still the first time that we've heard of Wannstedt potentially having a more influential voice in Buffalo's defensive game planning and execution on Sundays. If you weren't convinced that Edwards' proverbial seat is balmy, you should be now.