Tag:Aaron Schobel
Posted on: September 14, 2010 10:52 am

Bills LB corps suffers another blow

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Posluszny Losing LB Paul Posluszny for a few weeks to a right knee sprain isn’t the most devastating news possible for the Bills – it could have been an ACL, after all. But it’s certainly not very helpful.

Before Posluszny hurt himself while helping tackle Miami RB Ronnie Brown during the third quarter of Sunday’s game, Buffalo already was pretty thin at LB. Which isn’t good news when you run a 3-4 scheme, especially for a team that had to use 13 different LB combinations last year.

To replace him, the Bills used Keith Ellison against the Dolphins, but as the Buffalo News points out, Akin Ayodele, who was signed by the team last week after parting ways with Miami, also could contend for Posluszny’s starting job.

Still, it’s worth noting that after Posluszny broke his arm last year, the Bills gave up nearly 500 rushing yards in the next two games. Paging Aaron Schobel, STAT.

"Give us a couple of days to work on the game plan and see how that all pans out," Chan Gailey said in his Monday news conference. "(Who starts) depends on the packages Green Bay wants to throw at us. That will have a lot to do with it. The personnel groupings that they bring might depend on who we play."

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 1:15 pm

Aaron Schobel says he will retire

Posted by Will Brinson

Aaron Schobel's departure from Buffalo was bizarre (and "dumb" if you want to talk about the Bills' side of things ) but it was always presumed he'd end up with another team pretty quickly.

Turns out, Schobel is just going to retire. That's according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle , who spoke with Schobel today.

“Obviously, it would have been a great place to play, but at point of my career, I’m not going to sit here and tell you how I would have performed,” he said today. “I’m not saying I could or couldn’t have played at my best, but I’m just not 100 percent sure.

“I want to be done with it. I’m going to leave it as is. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play, anyway. I’m going to be 33 in two weeks, and I’m leaving the game on my terms and nobody else’s. I’m just going to leave it alone and retire.”

There's always a chance Schobel can change his mind -- after all, nothing's "official" until he files the paperwork.

But if he's telling McClain this, it certainly seems like he has no plans to join his hometown Texans, considered for some time to be the favorite for Schobel's services after Buffalo let him go.

And, hey, if you're going to walk away from doing what you love for a living (never an easy thing to do), doing it on your own terms is a pretty good way to go out.

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:06 am

Texans speaking with Schobel but no firm news yet

Posted by Andy Benoit

A week after being released by the Buffalo Bills, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Schobel remains unsigned. This isn’t a surprise, necessarily; Schobel was released because the Bills became disenchanted with his vacillation between playing and retiring. Before his release, Schobel indicated that if he were to return to Buffalo, it would be in late August.

Schobel will likely join a team near the end of training camp. The question remains, Which team? Many suspect the Houston Texans. Schobel lives in Houston. He’d fit the 4-3 scheme. And, he’d finally be playing for a postseason contender.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been in touch with Schobel but remains mum on the soon-to-be 33-year-old’s prospects for 2010. "Nothing has changed with Aaron,” Kubiak told reporters yesterday. “I talked to him the other day, had a great visit with him. I think it's just a matter of what does Aaron want to do, where does he want to do it."

The Texans are the favorites to land Schobel, but the Patriots – who sorely need help in the pass-rushing department – are very interested, as well. And we’ll assume the Broncos have also considered Schobel, given what happened with Elvis Dumervil.

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 10:02 am
Edited on: August 9, 2010 10:32 am

Hot Routes 8.9.10: 'Drew, Barry. Barry, Drew.'

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Rough morning for the Saints, huh? 9:05 AM -- sharp! -- is their arrival at the White House to "honor their 2009 season." Did you know that on the new Madden 11 (review coming soon!) if you win the Super Bowl you get to meet Barack Obama? Pretty awesome. Also, Gus Johnson does a monologue about "how far this team HAS COME!" Or something to that effect.  
  • In not-so-shocking news, Marvin Lewis says that his offense's performance was 'not what I wanted.' Really, Marvin. A rookie running back a punt 63-yards for a first-and-goal to set up your only points of the entire preseason game isn't something you like? REALLY. I'd be more interested in his answer to the question, "What happens if Carson Palmer gets hurt this year?"
  • The Cowboys won last night and their defense was spectacular, but it's absolutely worth discussing what the mess went on with the red zone offense , particularly in that four play nightmare that was the the first drive, starting with Felix Jones' fumble on the one. The logic behind throwing the ball three straight times is apparently "We don't want to show the stuff we're using [in the regular season]" according to Tony Romo. Uh, Tony, I think you just did.
  • Rave reviews are floating out of Pittsburgh for Mike Wallace's transition from slot receiver to split end. OC Bruce Arians points out that last year "he had a role for a rookie that was very easy: Go deep, clear the field ..." Now Wallace has the full receiving tree package to manage, in addition to bumps up in the opposing cornerbacks coverage he'll theoretically see. (Although my pal JJ Cooper did a superb job of pointing out that Wallace has already faced elite coverage and handled it well.) Still think he has a breakout year.
  • Cool profile at the KC Star on Dexter McCluster , who, as I told Matt Moore on our AFC North Podcast Preview, I think could end up being a beast this year. Apparently, he's already blown out four pairs of shoes so far in training camp with his explosive feet. There's a line in there that involves something about "The next Dante Hall except also effective on offense."
  • Aaron Schobel is a popular dude. The Patriots have 'strong' interest in him and Seahawks GM John Schneider joined John Clayton's radio show last week to point out that if he doesn't sign with the Texans (who are also very interested, duh), the Seahawks would be a contender for his services. Clearly, this is the type of guy that you want you cut from your team as quickly as humanly possible. SMH at the Bills.
  • Would you like to see Jerry Rice shoot the entire football-watching world the bird during a nationally televised football game? Excellent, I have just the YouTube link for you !
  • If you'd like to break your brain early on a Monday morning, I highly suggest reading J.J. Halsell's Rookie Contract write-up at Football Outsiders . I tried to logically comprehend everything he's saying two minutes after waking up from a post-brunch Sunday afternoon nap and dude, brah, let me tell you. The buzz was amazing . (Seriously though, if you have some free time today, read it. It helps in understanding why you should hate lawyers and agents so much.)
  • If I'm ever in a nationally televised commercial about my blog during halftime of an NFL game and a bunch of my blogging "friends" don't post a link to it, regardless of what network it's being aired on, I will be very disappointed. So, here's a link to Mike Florio's PFT commercial that aired last night .

Posted on: August 7, 2010 4:12 pm

Texans definitely interested in Schobel

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While Andy has been pretty relentless in calling out the Bills front office for releasing DE Aaron Schobel and not getting anything in return for him, the Texans might be the ones who are the recipient of Buffalo’s gift.

Houston owner Bob McNair has said he’s interested in obtaining the lineman who, mind you, recorded 10 sacks last season.

“(General manager) Rick (Smith) is talking with our coaches, and they’re evaluating things and trying to determine exactly what role a player like Aaron would fill,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle . “We all respect him. He’s a good player, and I’ve always admired the way he plays the game. He’s certainly played hard every time he’s played against us. He’s got a great reputation around the league. I think anybody would be happy to have him.”

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 7:43 pm

Bills make their dumb move with Schobel official

THIS is why the Buffalo Bills haven’t reached the playoffs since 1999. The Associated Press is reporting that the Bills have officially released defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Schobel. The Bills grew tired of Schobel’s waffling on retirement. Instead of staying patient, they took a hard stance and went public with their intentions to move on without the veteran. A. Schobel (US Presswire)

This was foolish both on the surface (Buffalo desperately needs Schobel’s pass-rushing prowess), and beneath it (had they not spoken publicly, the Bills likely could have traded Schobel for at least a late-to-mid-round pick). Now, Schobel is a free agent. If he doesn’t wind up in Houston (his current hometown), he could wind up in New England, where he’d aid a thin Patriots pass-rush and, oh yeah, face the Bills twice in 2010.

"If he chooses to retire, he will do so as a Buffalo Bill," Bills GM Buddy Nix said. "This move allows him the opportunity to play somewhere else if he so choses. And we felt that was a fair thing to do for a guy who has played hard for us the past nine seasons."

It’s possible Schobel told the Bills he’d only play in 2010 if it were for another team. But if that’s the case, why wouldn’t Buffalo call his bluff? Why would they potentially strengthen another AFC team like that?

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: August 2, 2010 1:00 pm

What is Buffalo thinking?!

Instead of playing the Brett Favre Game with defensive end-turned-outside linebacker Aaron Schobel, the Bills have decided to release the Pro Bowl veteran. The team's website wrote:A. Schobel (US Presswire)

In a statement released to the media Monday morning Bills GM Buddy Nix stated that the team is moving forward without Schobel.

“Aaron has been contemplating retirement for the past seven months, but we are at the point where we are moving forward and have informed his agent of our plans,” Nix said.

“Aaron has been a very good player for the Bills and we wish him and his family the best, but there comes a point where we have to move forward and that point is today. We are focusing on the team’s best interests.”

This move is nothing short of shocking. The Bills are installing a new 3-4 scheme and have minimal pass-rushing options on the edges. They’re hoping Chris Kelsay can transition from defensive lineman to outside linebacker. Even if he does, he’ll be extremely average (reason being, he’s been extremely average his entire career). Buffalo’s other starting outside ‘backer will be Aaron Maybin, a first-round pick last season who has had a tough time acclimating to pro game. In fact, Maybin may not even play ahead of journeyman veteran Reggie Torbor, who is a more natural inside linebacker.

UPDATE: Schobel wants to be released so he can talk with other teams. Doesn't sound like a guy who is at all interested in retiring.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 5:58 pm

Schobel eases nerves of Bills brass...sort of

A story that has flown well under the radar all offseason is the planned retirement of Bills Pro Bowl pass-rusher Aaron Schobel. The soon-to-be-33-year-old has battled foot problems in recent years. A. Schobel

Schobel spent the offseason at his home in Texas. He eschewed a $2 million roster bonus in March and said in June that he was likely calling it quits. However, as all great athletes tend to do, he kept himself in decent shape just in case he has a change of heart. Sure enough, yesterday, Schobel told the Buffalo News , "I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me [to make a decision], but I'm thinking about it."

The Associated Press contacted Schobel today. He didn’t change his tune, but didn’t say he has made up his mind either. "I'm thinking about it, but I'm not ready to make a decision," Schobel said. "I'm not saying yes. I'm not saying no." If Schobel does play, he’ll report in mid-August.

The Bills desperately need Schobel. They’re christening a new 3-4 scheme and have no other bona fide outside rushing linebackers (second-year pro Aaron Maybin should be better in the new scheme, but he’s still unproven; veteran Chris Kelsay is more equipped to play on a four-man defensive line).

In all likelihood, Schobel will play one more season for the Bills.

--Andy Benoit

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