The outside linebacker

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Outside linebacker has been a point of talk amongst Buffalo Bills fans as the team signed starting outside linebacker Chris Kelsay to a contract extension and fellow outside linebacker, and former first round pick, Aaron Maybin has had trouble getting on the field.

So what are exaclty the responsibilities of a outside linebacker?

There are two types of outside linebackers , who are the all around and pass rusher/runstuffer.

The all around linebacker as you might suspect is the linebacker that has to take part in all three various facets. That being pass coverage, rushing the passer and defending the run.

The other linebacker for the most part defend the run, rushes the passer and very few times goes out into coverage. These are the linebacker that comprise of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and former Bills outside linebacker Bryce Paup, which Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Aaron Maybin would fall in.

Linebackers like Mathews and Maybin main responsibility is containment on bot pass and run plays. When the ball is snapped the first job is to find the football, then get as deep as the person who is holding it and then attack.

Maybin’s problem is that he disregarding his main responsibility when he stops his speed rush and tries to pull a move to the inside. This would then allow quarterbacks and running backs to break the play to the outside for a gain.

In the end, when Maybins stops trying his inside moves he will see the field more.

One simple thing will solve Maybin’s problems

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Coaches sometimes get caught up in showing how smart they are that they forget that the simplest answer

According to WGR 550, Gailey was asked Monday if  Maybin will ever see the field again and responded with this.

“He has to continue to improve his all around play, and that includes special teams,” said the Bills head coach. “And to be honest with you, it gets harder and harder because this is game plan, it’s not going out and practicing to see who wins spots right now. If somebody doesn’t play well, then you give him another chance. If somebody keeps playing well, he might not get another chance right now.”

Gailey was then asked on during his Wednesday press conference if Maybin would still be on the team if it weren’t for his first round status and said this, via the Buffalo News.

“Oh, I … he’s done some good things,” Gailey said. “He’s just not producing enough right now to get on the field. He has good talent, and we work with all those guys who have talent to bring them along as football players.”

However, this is where the answer lies for Maybin.

“You can put yourself in a position to get overmatched by not taking advantage of what you have the quickness, speed and that kind of stuff,” Gailey said. “If you get locked up then you are at a disadvantage and you got to play a little differently when your not as big and strong as the guys your playing against. Sometimes he puts himself in a position where he gets overmatched and that is one thing productive players do they don’t put themselves in those positions.”

Simply, when he stops and tries his inside move he gets locked up and cannot do anything.

So, all Gailey wants him to do is speed rush all the way through the whistle to the outside as even if just pressures the quarterback he did is job.

In the end, coaches forget this is football and the best rule of thumb when it comes to explaining things is KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!!!!

“Oh, I … he’s done some good things,” Gailey said. “He’s just not producing enough right now to get on the field. He has good talent, and we work with all those guys who have talent to bring them along as football players.”