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Utah John

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  1. That's six players who would have to displace returning vets to get a roster spot. Not counting the massive FA turnover on the D line and O line, since none of the six you mentioned are linemen, which six players from last year's strong team would you drop in favor of one of these rookies? Levi Wallace left as a FA so that opens up one job, and Cole Beasley was cut so that might open up a receiver position -- but we have receivers from the last couple of drafts already waiting in the wings. Araiza might beat out the incumbent punter, so that's at least one that's not a problem. My point is that it's going to be really hard to hold on to all six of these players AND to keep the core team together for what we all think is a SB year.
  2. I move around a lot. Just left Fairbanks Alaska, now in Memphis. Not sure about the water level in the Mississippi, I'll have to check.
  3. Thanks for posting, Mrs. Hodgins. Your son did quite well yesterday. Mrs. Kumerow already called about her son, saying he's a lot better on STs.
  4. I'm wondering if he's going to be a bigger problem for the Titans than for the rest of the league. Flashes like these highlights coupled with poor performance in other plays will just tear the fan base and possibly the team apart. Many of the fans will cling to Tannahill, and there's nothing like a QB controversy to wreck a team's season.
  5. The problem for McAdoo was that he was playing center, against the more-massive traditional centers of the day. As a power forward today, McAdoo would indeed have been Durant-like in his production. He was a great shooter and a good defender. As for the OP, it's a shame the Bills lost out on those two players. Bringing them into the fold would have gone a long way to helping keep the 60s good times rolling, instead of having too many players get old at once.
  6. Coo, coo, ca-choo, Mrs. Robinson Deshaun loves you more than you will know Whoa, whoa, whoa God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson Heaven holds a place for those who play Hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey The announcement of this incredibly light sentence justified it on the grounds that it's in line with similar sentences. Sure, ask Gruden about that. Or any player caught having smoked nearly-harmless weed. You're coo coo indeed, Mrs. Robinson.
  7. See if any of them are injured during training camp, which makes the tradeoffs moot. And if a player in another position is injured, it could be that McKenzie is trade bait for a team lacking speed/quicks.
  8. Saffold injured ribs. The unfortunate car was totaled.
  9. The thing about Kyler and the Cardinals is that the Cardinals seem to really think Kyler is worth that kind of money. They remember a couple of his excellent plays (which almost all QBs have, sooner or later) and forget about all the mediocre-to-bad plays he keeps making. Instead of the little dots showing up on his sunglasses, there should be dollar signs.
  10. The OP makes it sound a little like Allen got rolled by Beane. I think he realized he's going to be fabulously wealthy for the rest of his life, and to squeeze every last penny would make it harder for the Bills to maintain a strong team around him. He wants to be rich AND he wants to win.
  11. Sometimes I think Belichick screws up as a GM just so he can seem more impressive as a HC. "Look what Bill did with that garbage roster! He must be a genius!"
  12. Poyer and Hyde are both terrific players, but they started to really shine only when they got to the Bills and Frazier built his defense to take advantage of what they do well and to minimize the impact of what they don't. It's hard to separate the value of the player from the quality of the scheme. The Bills have had several DBs over the years who were great here, signed big FA contracts, and were never as good with their new team. (Antoine Winfield being a notable exception.) These are professionals who want to maximize their lifetime earnings while they still can. You can't blame them for seeking top money, but no one should imagine that Poyer would necessarily be as good if he changed teams.
  13. About not having top-level depth behind Diggs and Davis -- I think the Bills would have used their second round pick on a WR if the RB from Washington hadn't backed out. When he did, the Bills needed to spend a second on a pass-catching RB.
  14. Boselli did have a great game against Bruce. In that game, he seemed like an indomitable mountain that Bruce couldn't scale. That fact, and the fact that the Bills lost (although perhaps there was a real argument that a fumble shouldn't have counted -- I don't remember that) are probably why Bruce is upset. Bruce was a very great player and it probably galls him to think about the games where he wasn't at his best. Bruce is right that a single playoff game shouldn't be the measuring stick for the HOF. But, it's not. Boselli was dominant for a few years. I personally think his career was too short to warrant the HOF but I can see how sportswriters might think differently. Maybe Boselli's HOF nomination mentioned the game against the Bills, but that wouldn't have been enough to get him in. I can't believe Webb isn't in the HOF. That's a disgrace. Year after year, the battle of the 78s was worth the price of admission all by itself.
  15. Yes I am a huge Ute fan although we moved away from Salt Lake City four years ago. I think Whittingham is one of the best coaches in college football, and he's starting to get some of those top recruits. There are now quite a few Utes in the NFL.
  16. This has been going on in one form or another for 30 years or more. When the Bills were in the Super Bowl, Dallas was making money hand over fist, and Jerry Jones used that cash to restructure contracts so the Cowboys could afford a lot more in terms of payroll. Polian and Butler were as smart as they come, but Ralph Wilson and his bean counter (whose name I have finally forgotten, thankfully, so please don't remind me, but you know who I'm talking about) would not play the game the way Jones did. So in the end the Bills couldn't quite keep up in terms of personnel. They lost some primo FAs during their glory years that would have helped a lot in their last two SBs. The Titans have figured out that in a pass-heavy league, a team that can run the ball really well will be a team that other defenses aren't prepared to stop. The Titans and Colts were the two teams that could go heavy and really give the Bills a tough time last year. This strategy lets teams win a lot of games in the regular season, but then struggle in the playoffs. The Titans are just sticking with their philosophy, and not paying a lot for talent that doesn't fit in. If the Titans had a great QB they'd have held onto Brown, but they see what Tannahill can and can't do, and they're making reasonable decisions based on his limitations.
  17. Without checking, I think it must be the first time. Ralph Wilson, who lived near Detroit, always wanted that game.
  18. Ken Dorsey looks like a bright young guy who has never had the responsibility to call plays during a game. He got the OC job at least in part because Josh Allen made it clear that's who he wanted, but that doesn't mean Dorsey really knows what he's doing. We all saw Daboll confusing defenses with his schemes, route trees, and play calls, but DCs in the AFC will have spent hours this year figuring out how to stop Daboll's schemes. Dorsey will need to come up with brand new twists for the Bills offense to return to its powerful state of late last year. Joe Brady is a former OC at Carolina and was on a fast-track career progression until Carolina crashed and burned last year, with Brady taking the fall for not working miracles with Darnold at QB and no CMC at RB. Brady is saying all the right things about working for Dorsey, but Brady's resume is actually much better than Dorsey's, except for the Allen relationship. The Bills' early schedule this year is pretty rough. I'm hoping as we all are that they crush that early schedule, cruise on through the rest of the year, get the top seed, etc. But they still have to play the games. Just wondering if anyone else has noticed that McDermott has a Dorsey replacement right there on staff, ready to go, if the Bills offense struggles through September and into October.
  19. What's surprising is that Miller was saying he never wanted to leave the Rams, but that the Bills situation and the Bills offer were too good to pass up. He made it sound like the only team that could get him away from the LAR was the Bills. Whatever. None of this matters. He's been a great player over the years and I think he's still got a lot left in the tank to help the Bills win.
  20. The next name up there is Butch Byrd, period. After that we'll talk. But I don't think Fitz ever makes it up.
  21. It's drafts like that the Bills DIDN'T have for many years, that was the main reason they weren't very good. When Polian and Butler were here they drafted well and traded well, but after that there just weren't enough good players. McD generally does a very good job, up to 13 seconds left, but Beane does great, with a much better batting average than we've seen here in decades.
  22. Two years from now, when these guys are starters, they'll look back and remember the good connection they got. Really nice one of the Bandits was there. I like the competitive attitudes of the players. He forgot his permission slip so he couldn't go on the field trip. Stayed behind in the classroom.
  23. Miller's impact as a leader reminds me of how Kyle Williams and Lorax affected the team's culture and chemistry. But of course, Miller is a better player, so the result should be even better.
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