As training camp creeps closer for the Bills, the coaching staff is not only keeping a sharp eye on the talent they currently have on the field, but also on a talented veteran that they hope will be returning to the field.
Two-time Pro Bowler, Aaron Schobel, has made it clear during mini camps that he was leaning on calling it a career. “At this point I doubt I’m coming back,” Schobel told Buffalobills.com last month. “ I’m not ready to say I’m retiring yet, but if Buffalo needs to move on without me they sure can. I would understand. Don’t wait on me.”
Schobel admits that being part of a losing program for the past nine years has played a role on whether or not to join the team for the 2010-11 season. But as the team comes together to prepare for the season, Schobel is now giving mixed signals, “If September rolls around and Buffalo wants me then maybe I’ll play,” said Schobel. “But I doubt it.”
While Coach Gailey isn’t pushing the issue with Schobel, it will definitely take a team effort to overcome the presence Schobel had on the field. Over his first seven seasons with the Bills, Schobel has led the team in sacks and currently ranks second on the Bills’ all-time sack list with 68.0, behind Hall of Famer Bruce Smith. Schobel has also shown no signs of slowing down, totaling ten sacks last season (his 9th season with the Bills).
Filling in for an absent Schobel will be Aaron Maybin, the 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft. While Aaron Maybin didn’t record a single sack during his rookie campaign, it would only to be fair to point out that he was given little to no playing time under the Dick Jauron regime. This year, Maybin will be given every chance to be successful under the new 3-4 defensive scheme.