One After Another After Another, Buffalo Comes Up With Complicated Sack Dance
TORONTO – After going the first seven weeks of the season without much pressure on opposing quarterbacks, Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey thought it should be a priority yesterday against the Washington Redskins.
“That would be the biggest understatement of the year,” Gailey said after the Bills sacked John Beck nine times in Buffalo’s 23-0 victory. “That was amazing to go get nine sacks against that team. … I don’t think anybody expected that. I’ll be honest with you – I didn’t expect that.”
The nine sacks was the most the Redskins have allowed since 1978, when they also surrendered nine against the then-St. Louis Cardinals. Buffalo hadn’t sacked the quarterback that many times since 1964, when it had 11 against Denver.
Beck didn’t know how to begin explaining what happened. All but two of the sacks were for more than five yards; three of them came on third down, and another came on a crucial fourth-down conversion attempt with 3:50 remaining in the third quarter and the team already down 20-0.
“They did some good things with their stunts, and they have a talented front – some guys that make some plays,” said right guard Chris Chester. “It’s not necessarily protection. That’s a factor, but something else to consider is that we put ourselves in a place where we had to throw it quite a bit. In this league, there’s always going to be someone good rushing [the quarterback]. That makes it tough on our offense when there’s no balance.”
Washington allowed 13 sacks entering the game. Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, a rookie, had 2.5 sacks, while defensive end Dwan Edwards was credited with 1.5 and six others had a hand in at least one.
“[We wanted to] get in his bubble a little bit,” Dareus said, referring to Beck’s mobility in the pocket. “You could tell in the game he got a little frustrated. He was throwing balls all kinds of ways. We just kept at it, kept chopping wood and eventually it gave.”