Layin’ it on the Line, or “Mike’s First Blog Entry”



It’s cool, Mario. I’m new here too.

Hello folks! I’m sure right now you are probably confused, asking yourself, “Hey! Who is this new guy? What’s he doing here?” My name is Michael Hannel, and I’ve come on board to talk (ramble on) about the Buffalo Bills. I have been a Bills fan for about as long as I have been alive, and even though they’ve had a series of unfortunate seasons (or, rather, an unfortunate decade onward), I still love them all the same. Last season’s let-down made me hope for something more from our Defensive Line, which was marred by a seemingly endless array of injuries. Hence, much like the rest of Buffalo, I was very excited when the Bills signed Mario Williams this offseason.

Dave Wannstedt takes over as Defensive Coordinator for the Buffalo Bills this year after the Bills let George Edwards go following a 2011 season that saw the Bills start 5-2, and finish 1-8 over it’s last nine games. Not that the D is totally at fault- there were many other factors that also led to that decision- but we lost some pretty close games that were easily winnable (we also lost three in a row where we lost by a combined score of 106-26 from Week 9-11). Wannstedt has the coaching experience and I think the players should respond well to him.

Now, our Defensive Line is a seemingly unpenetrable force. You have Mark Anderson, who had 12.5 sacks for the Patriots in 2011, on one side. Mario Williams on the other side. And in the middle, you have two absolute beasts in Kyle Williams (a Pro Bowler in 2010 whose 2011 season was cut short) and Marcell Dareus, who is coming off of an amazing rookie season where, despite injury, he started all 16 games and had 5.5 sacks, which was the most by a Buffalo Bills rookie since Aaron Schobel had 6.5 sacks in 2001. I think if Kyle and Mario can remain healthy, you will see a vast improvement in our Defense from 2011, a season which saw costly errors turn the tides of multiple games for the Bills.


2 thoughts on “Layin’ it on the Line, or “Mike’s First Blog Entry”

  1. Have the Bills back as not only division but conference contenders is a great thing for the league. The defensive line is certainly impressive, but I’m interested in how far Fitzpatrick can carry the offense after his off and on success last season. Looking forward to seeing how it all plays out this year.

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