With the NFL playoffs in full swing I had an interesting conversation earlier this week with a friend from college that got me thinking. My buddy is originally from Seattle and is a die-hard Seahawks fan (I’m talking like he was rooting for the team back when Seneca Wallace was under center.) He knows all too well about the struggles I’ve gone through being a Bills fan as I inundate him with texts during the regular season when I need a neutral outlet. For someone whose team has had so much recent success, he’s remained pretty humble in terms of his bragging. When the Bills took EJ in last year’s draft, he was one of the first people to text me and say, “The right QB makes all the difference.” Whether or not EJ is the “right QB” remains to be seen, but how can you argue with a Seahawks fan on that one thanks to Russell Wilson?no comments
I'm often asked, "Who was your favorite Bills player growing up?" and the answer is, I didn't really have one. For whatever reasons, I never had allegiances towards one player. I guess I was your classic old-school coach who preached about the front of the jersey rather than the back.
However, sometimes I look back and think about who should have been my favorite player if I elected to have one. Jim Kelly? Everyone loved his moxie. Thurman Thomas? Pound for pound, the best offensive player in Bills history. Bruce Smith? Tasker? Hull?no comments
What’s a number one receiver? Is a number one receiver the guy that lines up on the outside or is he the best pass catcher on the team? If a number one receiver a huge, physical mismatch for opposing defenses, then the Bills don’t have one. If a number one receiver is just the highest receiver on the depth chart and has the most receiving yards, then Buffalo’s guy is Stevie Johnson.no comments
Part of being a Bills fan is understanding that changes will happen, usually on a yearly basis and not always will they be the most popular moves. When they released three quarters of the “Big 4”, Bruce, Andre and Thurman, the moves were wildly unpopular. As it turned out the only one with any real juice left in the tank was Smith, who hung on just long enough to get his 200 sacks.
In this day in age in the NFL every team undergoes changes, be it on the coaching staff, front office and obviously on the field. Hardly will you see on teams core remain the same for more than 3-4 seasons. So with that being said here are a few changes I think the Bills should look at making this offseason.no comments
For the last few years, I've written a piece in which I make 20 predictions about the Bills season and then check to see how I did at the end of the season. Well, it is the end of the season so let's get to it...
1) How many games will the Bills win? 4. Yes, this is a pretty crappy number, but realistically this isn't a good football team. I just think they have too many new parts to their game with a rookie QB, coach and offensive coordinator. Factor in their secondary being a tire fire and how the team has so many unproven parts, and you have a recipe for a disaster. The Bills are one of the youngest teams in the NFL and when Stevie Johnson is your 4th longest tenured player, it should tell you something about how much transition is going on here. I've said this before, if EJ Manuel or a few younger guys show flashes of being legit down the road, that's what you have to take in order for a 4-12 season to be a success. Pretty much what Carolina did during Cam Newton's rookie year.no comments
Throughout the season, we’ve been tracking EJ Manuel’s similarity to recent rookie quarterbacks. Now that the season is over and Manuel, who only played ten games in his rookie campaign, has been named the starter for 2014, it’s time to dissect his rookie season some more.
Since the merger (the 1970 season), 75 rookie quarterbacks have started at least eight games. Those 75 rookies combined for a 54.1% completion percentage and 6.47 yards per attempt. Manuel’s average yards gained per pass attempt (6.44) was on par with that average. When accounting for sacks, Manuel’s net yards per pass play were exactly the same as the rookie average (5.43 yards per pass play).no comments