Thad Lewis is listed as doubtful due to sore ribs and was not able to throw in Friday’s practice. Coach Doug Marrone said the team would give him more time to see if he can be ready. But the more likely scenario is undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel will get the start. He got more snaps in preparation this week than No. 3 QB Matt Flynn.
Hackett says that is no indication of how well the offensive line is playing.
“Not at all,” Hackett said. “I’d say about 15 of those sacks are truly on the quarterback.
“Young quarterbacks need to get the ball out. Young quarterbacks need to throw the ball away. Thad had two where he slid and got minus-1 yard. It’s just him trying to make a play not realizing where he’s at and not throwing it out of bounds.”
By The News’ count, the Bills’ offensive line is responsible for 12 of 28 sacks. Six of those sacks are by offensive linemen no longer on the team (four by Colin Brown and two by Sam Young).
Left tackle Cordy Glenn has been outstanding in pass protection. He has allowed only one sack – or 1.5, depending on how one grades. Right tackle Erik Pears has received a bit more help with the presence of a tight end on his side. He has allowed more pressure overall than Glenn, but Pears still has only allowed two sacks, by News count.
Edited by San Jose Bills Fan, 02 November 2013 - 10:22 AM.