Is anyone else in the Buffalo Rumblings community as concerned as I am around the Bills' ability to stop the run? It seems the team, its fans and the media are completely obsessed with Mike Pettine's new, attacking defense - while the real concerns should be the Bills' ability to clog the holes in the ground game.
Consider the facts:
- The Bills have been historically bad against the run in recent years
- Their defensive personnel hasn't changed dramatically in the offseason
- While the defensive philosophy has changed, this particular scheme hasn't proven to be great (or even good) against the run game
Additionally, regarding the season opener, here are some things we know:
- The Patriots have lost their top 5 receivers from last year (Gronk is projected to be out of the game week 1 with an injury)
- The Pat's run game has been steadily improving in recent years
- Bill Belichick is a cunning strategist. He will surely recognize the holes in the Bills' run defense - and the holes in his own passing game - and design a game-plan around leveraging his team's strengths (i.e. the run game) and the Bills' weaknesses (i.e. run defense)
I sincerely hope the Bills start recognizing the threat to their seasons that this "holy" ground game represents. And recognizing of the problem is the first step involved in fixing it. HCDM & Coach Pettine - I'm talking to you! I need you to recognize this is a problem.
Here's to hoping you can hear me...