Vincent allows Bills to be more aggressive

Updated: August 6, 2004, 11:26 AM ET
By Steve Muench | Scouts, Inc.
It's no coincidence four of the five teams that finished with the worst turnover differential in the league last season also finished in the basement of their respective divisions. Protecting the football on offense and creating big plays on defense is critical to success in the NFL.

As a result, each of those five teams has made changes in an effort to correct that fatal flaw, aiming to force more turnovers and commit fewer.

Defensively, these teams want to do a better job of pressuring opposing quarterbacks into making poor decisions, then take advantage of those mistakes. They also want to generate more fumbles and optimize the production of their playmakers, but it's difficult to gamble on the big hit or go for the strip without sacrificing fundamentals.

Adjustments will need to be made on offense, as well, where quarterbacks need more time to set their feet and find the open receiver and ballcarriers need to put a premium on protecting the ball over stretching for one more yard.

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.