Bills DC Dave Wannstedt Is 'Unimaginative, Uninspiring' and More AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 30, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 7: Defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt of the Buffalo Bills encourages his team before a game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 7, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 45-3.   (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Bills defensive coordinatory Dave Wannstedt made his reputation as the defensive coordinator for the great Dallas Cowboys teams of the early '90s.

In the minds of some, he is still living off that reputation.

In an interview on WGR 550 Sportsradio, Yahoo! Sports Jason Cole says Wannstedt is "not a leader of men" and wonders whether he is fit for the job. 

Dave is probably one of the worst coaches I've seen who rose to that level. There are a lot of position coaches who are not very good who I've seen around this league, but they never get into positions of authority. Dave is very unimaginative, uninspiring guy.

He was a great foil in Dallas for Jimmy Johnson, because Jimmy would come in and play the bad cop role, and then Dave would come in and be the nice guy ... but Dave has no ability to inspire people to play harder. I think he's a very unimaginative guy.

There's enough blame to go around for the Bills' woefully awful defense, which has been historically bad against the run, but with so much physical talent on that side of the ball, it's easy to wonder what the result would be under a different coordinator.

Just look at how vanilla the Bills have been. They blitz less often than the New England Patriots, for crying out loud, and they're one of the most conservative teams in the league. That works when you have an elite front four, which the Bills do, but that front four isn't playing up to the level as advertised (probably also a function of vanilla schemes from Wannstedt), so some creativity is in order.

The Bills have a tall task on their hands to shut down Arian Foster, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and the rest of the Houston Texans offense. How they perform this week could be the difference in pitch forks and pitching a party for the Bills and for Wannstedt.

Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault explains the differences between the 2011 and 2012 versions of the team.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston outlines the Patriots base defensive snaps vs. their snaps in the sub package.


New York Jets

Joe Caporoso of lists 25 problems with the Jets.

Steve Politi of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger writes that the mess that is the New York Jets is all general manager Mike Tannenbaum's fault and that he's the one who needs to go.


Buffalo Bills

According to Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 Sportsradio, Bills guard Kraig Urbik will play on Sunday against the Texans after missing a few games with an injury.

Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News says Bills head coach Chan Gailey is concerned about the recovery time for cornerback Terrence McGee.


Miami Dolphins

Sean Barry of looks at the performance of the Arizona Cardinals since their loss to the Miami Dolphins and wonders whether Miami exposed their flaws.

Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald has an update on the status of Ryan Tannehill's knee and says the MRI came back negative for structural damage, but the franchise quarterback has a bruised quadriceps and a bone bruise in his left thigh.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.