What You Need To Know About The Buffalo Defense
– The linebacking corps will be terrific – with a little time. Khalil Hodge dominated with a team-high 154 tackles, but he’s not going to be alone. Start with him in the middle, assume Jordan Collier will have another strong year on the outside after making 66 tackles, and the group that needs a third established starter and some key backups to emerge will be okay.
– Where’s the pass rush? Chuck Harris is one of the MAC’s best defensive ends, but he only came up with four sacks for a D that managed just 53 tackles for loss. Losing Demone Harris on the other side is a problem, and not having the reliable Chris Ford on the nose hurts. The line will be good enough to get by, but those great linebackers will clean up plenty of messes.
– The corner situation is great, the safeties will be a slight issue. Veteran Ryan Williamson and big tackler Tim Roberts have to be replaced, but Cameron Lewis is among the MAC’s better cover-corners when healthy, and Brandon Williams is a strong running mate on the other side. Now the safeties have to emerge.
Biggest Key To The Buffalo Defense
No, really. The pass rush. It’s been a problem over the last few seasons for UB, and the production just wasn’t there for long stretches. It took two games to get the first sack, and the D failed to get double-digit sacks six times.
The secondary was able to survive – for the most part – but no pressure meant way too many third down conversions. There’s too much talent to be this light in the backfield production.