NFL Beat

Marv Levy optimistic about Buffalo's future.

By WILL BENDETSON
September 12, 2006 03:41
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New season, same OLD STORY: The resilient New England Patriots find ways to win while the hapless Buffalo Bills collapsed after playing well for three quarters. Patriots coach Bill Belichick still speaks in monotone during his press conference and like his players he is more than careful about revealing secrets to the NFL media group that grows exponentially on a weekly basis. After the Pat's 19-17 win on Sunday, running back Kevin Faulk joked that New England players were "well-trained" at handling the media while Pats center Dan Koppen noted that his hurt shoulder was "the one without the wrapping." That is life in the NFL game of chess where players are not supposed to talk about their injuries. While Patriots players were in mid-season form when it came to handling the media, they were anything but when it came to their offense. "It is incredibly frustrating when you work the whole preseason and you play the way we did on offense," said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Buffalo general manager Marv Levy is a member of the tribe and after the game he sat down with The Jerusalem Post. Levy who coached the Bills to four straight Superbowl appearances in the 1990s said he was happy with the improvement of his team. "We are getting better, but in football it comes down to who blocks and tackles better," said Levy. "People always talk about the West Coast offense or a specific scheme. Every coach in the NFL has a good sense of schemes. It is who executes the fundamentals better that wins the game." Levy realizes the Bills are a young team and will need to spend hours watching tape in order to get better. "There is a reason that Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL," said Levy. "He probably studies more tape than anybody I know. Losman will have to do the same." With any young team there is always the question of how quickly they will recover from a loss. "I always say there is a 24 hour emotion period. You feel the despair and then you have to get on with the next opponent," said Levy. Levy admitted that it is tough for him to critique his team while watching in the press box after coaching all these years. "When you review the tape you can roll it 15-20 times and see what each individual player is doing right or wrong," he said. "That is how you know which players are doing their jobs and which ones are not." Levy noted the difference between being a general manager and a coach. "As a coach you have to make 200-300 decisions in the course of a game. Up here in the press box it is much more relaxing. I just note important things and make observations." Asked about the Patriots receiving troubles, Levy stressed: "We got enough of our problems here in Buffalo. I can't worry about another team." Levy grew up an immigrant neighborhood in Chicago and says that being Jewish in the NFL has never been a problem because of an early lesson his father taught him. Although he is not observant, Judaism remains apart of Levy's identity. "My father told me that if I have complained that I did not get something because I was discriminated against, he would kick my rear end, kick it again until I learned my lesson," said Levy. He added, "After that I never made excuses for myself."

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