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  1. I agree, Morse was a good - if pricey - signing at the time given our needs. But he's not an elite center. In fact, after being a healthy scratch last week and McB's vague comments about him recently ("He's in the mix"), it's uncertain if he's even a starter any more. 20 Buffalo Bills thoughts before final 6 games: Unpacking Mitch Morse situation - newyorkupstate.com
  2. Good points. Maybe I overstated my position but... Morse was signed to an inflated contract because - if I recall correctly - we didn't have a valid option for the center position at the time. Again, if I recall correctly, PFF had Morse graded as something like the 14th best center in the NFL prior to us signing him. So while we ended up with the highest paid center in the league, we certainly didn't end up with the best. I truly appreciate that Beane has built a better/deeper line than Whaley. I guess I should have said that Beane's given us some solid starters and strong depth but failed to create an elite line. The OL is better at pass pro than run blocking and I guess that makes sense. Still, I'd like to see more holes for backs to run through and more push on 3rd or 4th and short. At 4.0, the Bills rank in the bottom ten in ypc. Even in pass pro, the Bills have given up 20 sacks - roughly the NFL average despite having an elusive QB who's not easily sacked. Pass pro could be better too. We have outstanding wideouts and - let's celebrate - an outstanding QB. But our backs and OL are lagging behind. And seeing this, I'm guessing Beane prioritized passing game skill positions.
  3. My prediction is that Josh Allen beats Jim Kelly's record for most yards in a season.
  4. I don't have good facial recognition skills or a good memory for numbers. In short, I suppose I'm just not very bright. But even I could recognize this Bill.
  5. I always thought if I was an offensive coordinator, I'd make the OL a priority. I'd want two Pro Bowl quality linemen and three solid other starters. QBs throw better and last longer behind a good offensive line. And RBs produce more. In 1971, I watched Willie Ellison run 26 times for 247 yards through the biggest holes ever seen. Willie broke Jim Brown's NFL record and Cookie Gilchrist's pro football record that memorable day. Even good backs struggle with bad offensive lines. An average back like Willie runs like OJ when the holes are big enough. Beane has improved the OL with a bunch of journeyman but there are no real dominant stars on this line. It's a curious thing. Bean spent a lot of draft capital on a QB and a lot of money on WRs. But he hasn't invested much - money or draft capital - in his RBs or offensive line.
  6. I once read something from a former NE coach - I wish I could remember exactly who. In any case, he said that Daboll would make an excellent OC even though he was much smarter with passing game concepts than run game concepts. All NFL OCs use the same running plays. But there are little nuances in play design and play calling that make a difference. Greg Roman knows how to produce rushing yardage. Gailey did a nice job in 2012 - with CJ and a little bit of Freddy - despite not having the best OL. Daboll, it seems, still has a lot to learn.
  7. Although I aspired to be a WR, I loved watching great RBs when I was kid. OJ was the best back of my childhood - arguably the best back of all time (apologies to Jim Brown). But Floyd Little was also a great joy to watch. "Tackling Floyd Little is like wrestling with a bag of flour open at the top. He just spills out all over. And you're left holding the bag."
  8. Yep. I know zero about any of our other long snappers. But I know about Jon: the thing with his parents (very sad) and then his second career as a magician (very cool)!
  9. This is weird but overstated truth. JA was a liability his first year and a sometimes-liability his second. Now he carries the team. Meanwhile the strength of the team - the defense - has become the liability. Without JA, we're not Jets bad but we're not good.
  10. Yes, sir. I always loved his Hungarian surname. And, if I'm not mistaken, he was pro football's first soccer style kicker. A trend was started.
  11. Agreed. If you read up on Pete Carroll and listen him talk, particularly about defense, he's clearly an intelligent man. I can't recall who exactly said this, but a DC was talking about how NFL DCs all run the same schemes - some get their squads to execute better or simply have better players. He said there were just two guys in the NFL who were truly innovative - I think he used the word "genius" - Belichick and Carroll. That's why Carroll's remark about having a good plan for the Bills run attack so odd. We ran hard at NE but have otherwise been a passing team. I suspect that if the interview had been more in-depth, Carroll would have explained, like Hapless suggests, that he expected the Bills (after the recent success against the Pats) would be more balanced and not throw the ball almost exclusively. It was such an odd (and, admittedly, stupid sounding) statement, I'm surprised there weren't follow up questions at the presser. And like GunnerBill & Buddo both said, Carroll just didn't have DBs who could cover our WRs. Scheme only goes so far. A defense needs talent too.
  12. I've only seen Jim Brown in highlights - and they're impressive. His stats are impressive too. So it's fair to say he's the best ever. But OJ is the greatest RB I've ever saw play. Better than Barry, Walter and the rest of them. I'd go so far as to say he was the greatest football player I've ever seen. He was so far ahead of his peers - moreso than Brady is/was ahead of Brees, Rodgers, etc. In his time, OJ was on another level. A unique blend of speed, strength, vision, and elusiveness.
  13. A few come to mind... Kelly's rushing TD against Miami. Roland Hooks' diving catch prior to the Hair Mary to beat the Patriots. Many of OJ's runs. They often didn't mean a lot but they were sheer joy to watch. One in particular: I don't recall the opponent but OJ's breaking free and the safety (?) is obviously pooping his pants because he's got to make the tackle. OJ does a couple of dekes and the safety trips over himself. OJ scores. I have never enjoyed watching an athlete more than I enjoyed watching OJ. He was preternatural. Here's one I didn't see but I wish I had. Cookie, a violent runner, turns the corner and intentionally hammers into Patriot CB, Chuck Shonta, knocking him out cold. Other Patriot defenders gather around their fallen comrade. Cookie angrily growls a challenge at them: "Which one of you mother******s is next?" Duly intimidated, the Pats lose to us in a rout.
  14. I realize some very talented statisticians work at 538. And I know their game predictions are pretty good. But if their model says the Bills should have 4.7 wins, their model is wrong. We didn't get 7 wins off of unearned turnovers or weird bounces. We outplayed our opponent 7 times this year. Sometimes I watch a game and feel like the better team lost. I never had that feeling so far watching the Bills this year. I think it's interesting 538 attributes the Bills good record to luck rather than to a flaw with their "Pythagorean expectations." They can't possibly believe their predictive model is perfect, can they?
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