AFC Notes: Bills, Jets, Dolphins


Bills OC Brian Daboll believes their success on offense has to do with their coaching staff adjusting to the players they have. 

“Every year is different and that’s why we believe in having a fairly expansive playbook because you don’t know who the players are until you get them in, whenever it may be, free agency, the draft, undrafted however that sorts itself out,” said Daboll, via the team’s official site. “So we missed OTAs, and you’re not able to see some of those guys. So in training camp when you’re out there your job as a coach is to figure out who you want on the field, and then tailor that to the guys that you have. You’ve really got to see what you got. You’ve got to see them go out there and execute it and if you have good players you better find a way to use them. And that’s what we try to do.

Bills HC Sean McDermott reiterated that they are focused on putting their players in the best position to succeed. 

I would say we’re always going to put our players in position to be successful,” said McDermott. “That’s the job of a coach. And so whether that means in this case three or four wides or one or two wide receivers, two or three tight ends. I mean it’s really just a game plan approach. And so it may vary every week. But at the end of the day again that’s the job of a coach is to take what he has, and then put those guys in position. We’re trying to do what it takes to win.”


Dolphins HC Brian Flores likes the improvement they’ve seen from second-year DT Christian Wilkins

He’s definitely improved really from the day he got here through his rookie year and he’s continuing to improve,” Flores said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I’m really happy with that improvement. He just needs to continue to do the things that he’s been doing.

“Having played a full season, he’s much more comfortable with the system and how we want to do things, and he understands what type of players he’s going to see on a weekly basis. I know he works in a way that gives him an opportunity to improve and we’re happy with him.”


Jets QB Sam Darnold told reporters after Thursday’s game that he was “fine” after injuring his right shoulder during the first quarter.

Adam Gase later said that Darnold has a shoulder sprain, but it doesn’t sound like it’s anything serious.

“I’ve had something similar, so I wasn’t too worried,” Darnold said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “Once they told me I could go out there again, I started to get excited.

Gase then said Friday they’re evaluating Darnold to see how his shoulder responds. 

“We’re still kind of evaluating that, seeing what our options are, seeing how it’s going to be for practice, games. We’ve got a lot of questions to answer there,” Gase said, per Ralph Vacchiano

  • When asked if Darnold could miss time, Gase said: “I think anything’s on the table right now. We have to see what’s best for him, not only for next week, but long-term.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
  • Gase said that rookie LT Mekhi Becton pulled himself out of the game because his shoulder was giving him so many problems. (Charles McDonald)
  • According to Gase, Becton’s shoulder injury remains about the same and they’re hoping it will improve with more rest. (Brian Costello)
  • Jeremy Fowler reports that RB Le’Veon Bell plans to play next week and WR Breshad Perriman is hoping for Week 5 return as well. (Jeremy Fowler)
  • Jets rookie WR Denzel Mims is also set to debut next week, according to Fowler. 
  • If Jets HC Adam Gase is eventually fired, Matt Miller lists some of his top replacements as Chiefs’ OC Eric Bieniemy, Bills’ OC Brian Daboll, Ravens’ OC Greg Roman, 49ers’ DC Robert Saleh, Rams’ DC Brandon Staley, Packers OL coach Adam Stenavich, and Texans’ DC Anthony Weaver.

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