Originally written on Queen City Sports  |  Last updated 10/24/14
Disappointing.
That’s the only adjective to describe the play of the Buffalo Bills defensive line through five weeks of the NFL season.
After bringing in defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson through free agency, the Bills thought they had the makings of a dominant defense.
They anticipated M. Williams and Anderson getting pressure from the outside while allowing Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus to handle the interior as well as stopping the run.
Thus has not been the case to this point of the season.
While the Bills are averaging two sacks a game, that simply isn’t enough when your entire defense is reliant on how your front four does at pressuring opposing quarterbacks.
The Bills need to generate more pressure and soon.
Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt doesn’t like to blitz because he believes in generating pressure from his defensive line while dropping everyone else back in coverage.
In this strategy, linebackers can go back in coverage, thus lowering the chance that a quarterback will exploit you down the field.
The problem for the Bills though is since they can’t generate any pressure; their coverage schemes are negated since opposing quarterbacks have all day to throw.
Add in the fact that the Bills secondary is young and has been making plenty of mistakes; you can see why they’ve had some poor defensive performances.
Still, there is no reason that Buffalo should be playing as bad as they are.
There is a difference from playing poorly and not playing at all.
The Bills defense has been non-existent but are they really this bad?
I don’t think so but they have to change some things up. Buffalo must find a way to generate pressure.
It sounds like a simple concept but it can change the entire outlook of the Bills defense if they can start executing.
As bad as their defense looks right now, it could change overnight if the Bill front four could get in the faces of opposing quarterbacks, generating sacks and causing bad throws.
While all is gloomy for Bills fans right now, the only way we’ll know for sure if they’re capable of turning it around is if we give them time.
It’s unacceptable for a team that has spent as much money on their defensive line to have such poor play out of what was supposed to be a dominant unit.
With them facing adversity, we’ll see their true colors in the next few weeks.
If the Bills want to become competitive again, their defensive-line better up soon.
Or else, disappointing will be the adjective to describe the 2012 Buffalo Bills season.

Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images
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