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Barnett on 83-yard TD run

By Mark Gaughan

Bills linebacker Nick Barnett acknowledged today he needed to contain Tennessee running back Chris Johnson from bouncing outside and breaking away on the speedy back's 83-yard touchdown run in Sunday's game.

Barnett charged the gap between left tackle and left guard and met the Titans' fullback in the hole on the play. But Barnett allowed Johnson to bounce to the outside. If Johnson had bounced up the inside part of the gap, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard would have been there to make a tackle.

“For me it definitely was a wrong shoulder, No. 1," said Barnett, referring to where he attacked the fullback. "The technique I was trying to do, which I had done earlier for the first two plays that I wrong-shouldered it, I pushed the fullback in there and got around the outside. This time he kind of bear-hugged me, and I don’t care what you say, it was holding. The first time, Shep got over fast, too, and the safety was down (near the line of scrimmage). I kind of was trying to do that technique at the wrong time. I knew that I was supposed to be the hammer but just tried to make the play as well.
So I’ll correct that. That won’t ever happen again. But I’ll still try to make plays. I can’t do that. I can’t be a robot."

 

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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