Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey made a couple of big announcements yesterday. First, he announced that the team cut Shawne Merriman. The media covered that story ad nauseum. The other announcement that got very little press was that Cordy Glenn would be Buffalo's starting left tackle.
Glenn was a second-round selection from the 2012 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-5, 345 pounds, the former Georgia Bulldog will now be assigned to what Sandra Bullock called the second-most important position on the field: protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side.
Gailey feels that Glenn already possesses the tools to excel at the position. “Cordy’s got great ability,” Gailey told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “He’s not done great against the two good pass-rushers he’s faced [Brian Orakpo and Jared Allen], but he’s done OK. And I think that we see a great upside with him.”
What Gailey feels he needs more than anything is reps.
“Ability’s not the issue. It’s just playing time. He needs as much playing time as he can get. I think if he gets playing time he’s got a chance to be a really good football player."
Now that Glenn has beat out Chris Hairston for the starting spot, he'll have plenty of reps going forward. But he'll need to do better than be a "really good football player" in the Bills pistol-spread offense. Protecting Fitzpatrick is the key to the Bills' success.
Last season, the Bills were off to a start that had them headed to the playoffs. After Fitzpatrick was injured against the Washington Redskins in Week 8, the team went on a seven game losing streak and tanked the season. So Glenn will need to be great, not just "really good."