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Articles by Scott Pitoniak

Bills should pursue McNabb

Published: February 10th, 2010
He finished 2009 with 22 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 3,553 passing yards and a 92.9 quarterback rating. Compare those stats with the paltry numbers compiled by the Bills QB triumvirate of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm, who combined for 15 TD passes and 19 interceptions and just 2,463 yards.

Choosing Gailey was an underwhelming surprise

Published: January 19th, 2010
Because his name hadn’t surfaced on anyone’s radar screen or blog, Gailey’s hiring came as a complete surprise. But not a pleasant one. His coaching resume isn’t much more impressive than the Bills’ previous retread hire – Dick Jauron – and we all know how wonderfully that worked out.

Random thoughts from Ralph Wilson Stadium

Published: January 4th, 2010
I thought Perry Fewell did a decent job with what he had to work with during his seven-game audition, which resulted in a 3-4 record. The Bills were competitive in all but one of the games he coached – the 31-3 loss to Atlanta the week before.

Brohm’s debut is ho-hum as Bills fall to Falcons 31-3

Published: December 28th, 2009
Brohm did seem to find a little rhythm as the game progressed, but his final stat line – 17 completions in 29 attempts for 146 yards – was similar to the mediocrity we’ve grown accustomed to from Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Patriots extend streak against Bills to 13

Published: December 21st, 2009
This defeat – the 13th straight vs. the Patriots and 18th in 19 games in the series – dropped the Bills to 5-9 and officially eliminated them from playoff contention, meaning that for the first time in the franchise’s 50-year history Buffalo will have gone an entire decade without a playoff appearance.

Bills capture “pretty victory” against the Chiefs

Published: December 14th, 2009
A reporter used the term “butt-ugly’’ when asking Perry Fewell about the Bills’ 16-10 victory Sunday against a Kansas City team even more dysfunctional than Buffalo. But the interim coach who is auditioning like hell to hang onto his job was quick to offer a different perspective on beauty.

Offensive struggles doom Bills in Toronto

Published: December 4th, 2009
Thursday night’s 19-13 loss to the Jets saw Buffalo’s “O’’ regress to the ineffective level that has been the norm in recent years . In their two games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, the Bills have mustered just one touchdown and a total of 16 points. They are now 0-2 in Canada. So much for the home-away-from-homefield advantage.

Fewell’s new attitude Bills romp Dolphins 31-14

Published: November 29th, 2009
Just as the Bills of the past three-years-and-change took on Dick Jauron’s play-not-to-lose, ultra-conservative personality, the Bills of the past two weeks have wholeheartedly adopted Fewell’s enthusiastic, let’s-play-to-win personality.

Another Bills loss, but some encouraging signs in Fewell’s debut

Published: November 22nd, 2009
Instead of following the illogical tendency of his predecessor and deferring until the second-half kickoff, new Bills head coach Perry Fewell opted to take the ball right away. Yes, I know, Buffalo squandered that first possession when Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception, but I liked the aggressive approach Fewell took. It sent a message to his team that “we’re going to go for it right from the start.’’ He was playing to win instead of playing not to lose.

Bills should hire sooner, rather than later

Published: November 19th, 2009
'My feeling is the Bills shouldn’t wait until the end of the season to nab their guy. I think the ideal situation would be to get somebody in house as soon as possible – not to coach this season, but to evaluate from above the way Bill Parcells did when he arrived in Miami a few years ago.'

Firing of Jauron only first step on Bills road to recovery

Published: November 17th, 2009
Jauron leaves Buffalo with a 24-33 record – a dismal .421 winning percentage – and zero winning seasons and zero playoff appearances. He is, by all accounts, a decent man, but he never showed the leadership skills or the passion necessary to a successful NFL head coach, either here or during his time with the Chicago Bears. He clearly didn’t have what it took to lift this moribund franchise out of the doldrums that has seen it go nearly a decade without a playoff appearance.

Bills collapse again against Titans

Published: November 15th, 2009
“What’s new?’’ Terrell Owens responded Sunday when asked about yet another Bills meltdown – this one of epic proportions – in a 41-17 evisceration by the Tennessee Titans that saw Buffalo yield 24 unanswered points in the final 11 minutes.

Vick isn’t the answer in Buffalo

Published: November 10th, 2009
From a purely football standpoint, I wouldn’t take a chance on Vick because I believe he is washed up, and the truth is that although he was a dynamic performer before, he never was a great quarterback.

The Bills have become much too gracious hosts

Published: November 2nd, 2009
I remember a time when the stadium formerly known as Rich was a House of Horrors for visiting teams. A time when this was one of the toughest places in the NFL. But that seems like ancient history now. The Ralph has become a welcome wagon for visiting teams.

Jim Kelly sees question mark at QB

Published: November 1st, 2009
Jim Kelly endured his share of sacks and criticism during his Hall-of-Fame career, so the last thing he wants to do is pile on a fellow member of the quarterback fraternity. But when asked to assess the state of the Bills, the man who set the standard for Buffalo QBs can’t help but start with the position he knows best.

Jairus Byrd was the solution to the Panthers in a 20-9 win

Published: October 26th, 2009
Following Sunday’s 20-9 victory against Carolina Sunday, Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd told reporters: “I want to a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.’’ Not to worry, Jairus.

Bills win ugly in overtime against Jets

Published: October 18th, 2009
Admit it Bills fans: Like me, you were expecting the worst. When Rian Lindell’s potential game-winning field goal attempt from 46 yards at the end of regulation sailed wide right (Is it just me, or are all the Bills misses in that direction?) and the Jets won the coin flip to receive the ball in overtime, you thought, “Un-Bill-lievable. Here they go again. Ready to lose another freaking game they should have won.”

Let the rebuilding of the Bills begin now

Published: October 15th, 2009
Let’s be honest, this season isn’t salvageable, so the Bills should plunge themselves into a full-fledged, rebuilding mode. Besides jettisoning Dick Jauron, I would also find competent football personnel people to replace the underachieving Tom Modrak and John Guy.

Pathetic Bills lose to woeful Browns

Published: October 12th, 2009
I guess it’s somehow fitting the Bills were whistled for 9 – you read right – 9 false starts in a 6-3 loss to the equally inept Cleveland Browns Sunday at the Ralph because this season so far has been one, big false start for Buffalo.

Bills need to stop the status woe

Published: October 9th, 2009
I’ve been covering this team since the mid-1980s and following it since the late 1960s, and I can’t recall too many periods where the fans were this frustrated. Yes, the Bills certainly have had teams worse than this one, but the franchise has never been through a longer stretch of dysfunction.

Time for some Cowher Power in Buffalo

Published: October 7th, 2009
Enough already. If I’m Bills owner Ralph Wilson, I pull the plug on Dick Jauron now. I put fiery special teams coach Bobby April in as interim head coach and immediately begin negotiations with Bill Cowher. And, yes, I prepare to turn over a king’s ransom and complete control of football operations because if I do otherwise neither Cowher nor Mike Shanahan nor Jon Gruden nor any other big-name coach will be coming to Orchard Park and the Bills will continue to be stuck in this quagmire of mediocrity that has stymied them for nearly a decade.

A nationally recognized sports columnist and best-selling author, Scott Pitoniak is pursuing new challenges after 35 years in the newspaper business. He hopes one day to write the great American novel and hit a baseball over the wall at Yankee Stadium. In the meantime, he runs his own website – ScottPitoniak.com – and blogs about sports and life’s other adventures.


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