It's a good thing too, because with all these corners that Buffalo plays we need guys like Winfield. Uninteresting note for every reader, I was more upset about losing Antoine Winfield more than any other Bill that i've watched. I saw Thurman go to the Dolphins, Reed go to Denver etc... but I loved watching Winfield play corner. He's only 5'9 185 lbs but he played corner the way it should be played. Excellent in run support and in coverage. He is an all star at his position still in Minnesota, fortunately for us; his Zombie still lives in Buffalo.
Winfield's Zombie is an interesting theory. When you watch Terrence McGee and Nate Clements play CB you immediately get reminded of Winfield on the football field. Good tackling, good run stuffing, good screen recognition. These are traits that both McGee and Clements exhibit to this day. So is Winfields Zombie his teaching McGee and Clements how to play corner?
The other Winfield Zombie candidate is Buddy Nix. Interestingly enough Buddy Nix was a regional scout for the Bills in '99 and his region was a stones throw to Ohio State (Winfields college). Then Clements was drafted from Ohio State 4 months after Nix went to San Diego. So is Buddy Nix's corner scouting ability Winfields Zombie?
It's tough to say who Winfields Zombie is but either way it works for the Bills. If Winfields Zombie is Winfields play being taught to Clements and McGee then (and I expect this anyways) Williams, Gilmore, Brooks and Rogers stand to exhibit that type of play if they take to teaching well. Wilfield->Clements->McGee->Williams, Gilmore, Brooks, Rogers?
If Winfields Zombie is Buddy Nix's ability to scout corners then we should be excited to see what Gilmore, Williams, brooks and Rogers do. Especially considering what we've seen from Williams and Rogers in their rookie seasons with very early reports of Gilmore and Brooks looking good in OTA's.
So one way or another us Bills fans should be happy that Winfields Zombie lives in Buffalo.