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  1. The problem is, they will emphasize illegal contact for 17 weeks (so we can watch all the passing records get broken)... and then completely ignore grabby/physical defenders once the playoffs start. In theory, focusing more on illegal contact will greatly benefit the Bills. Our WRs (which is on the smaller side) gets more room against physical defensive backs. Meanwhile our zone-heavy defense doesn't suffer quite as much, compared to teams that run mostly man-coverage. My issue is with the consistency, especially in the postseason.
  2. Agree with all of this. There seemed to be a couple consistent trends over the first week of training camp: - The offense has been lagging way behind the defense - Almost everyone on the D-Line has looked incredible - Almost our entire starting O-Line has been off the field Dawkins came back today, and it doesn't sound like the Saffold/Bates injuries are long-term. The guy to watch may be Spencer Brown. Back injuries can have a tendency to nag.
  3. The Bills will be ready this year. Trust me. Just like constructing a roster or developing a player... I believe an entire team goes through a mental process of transforming into a champion. When Beane/McDermott took over the Bills in 2017, there were players who believed they "could" win every week. But if they were honest, they really didn't expect to win against the better teams in the NFL. Gradually through the 2018-2019 seasons, the locker room began to gain confidence and started truly believing they could win each week. Shortly after that, came the mental hurdle of finally beating the Patriots and winning the division. Then came the grind of winning their first playoff game. After the Kansas City loss in the 2020 championship game, I think the Bills found themselves beat-up and physically tired. They still needed to learn how to pace themselves through a 16-17 game regular season, and then 3-4 games in the postseason. Overall, I think they handled that plan well last year - and really knew when to turn on the juice for the playoffs. But it also led to them dropping some winnable games (most notably Pittsburgh and Jacksonville). Which ultimately cost them homefield advantage and the bye. I truly believe this year they strike the right balance. With the Super Bowl champs coming to town Week 1, followed by the Titans (who have beaten them two years in a row), they have all the motivation in the world to start strong.
  4. Agree completely. Over the 13-year NFC streak (1985-1997), the two top franchises in the NFL were easily the 49ers and Cowboys. They accounted for 7 of those Super Bowl wins, and both are considered among the greatest dynasties to play the sport. The next best team during that same time period was almost certainly the Bills. At a distant #4, it would probably be the Broncos. Those two AFC teams also happened to account for 7 of those Super Bowl losses. Outside of San Francisco and Dallas, the two conferences were very evenly matched. And even then, 49ers and Cowboys didn't seem quite as dominant during the regular season. They just knew how to turn it up at the most important time...
  5. I don't agree with this. At all. I've never agreed with the premise the NFC was somehow superior to the AFC in those days. Both conferences had the same rules, pulled from the same crop of players, and played each other all throughout the season. The streak of Super Bowl wins was mostly a statistical anomaly, and a coincidence. The Bills did great in the regular season against the NFC teams, and regularly beat the powerhouses like Dallas and San Francisco. They could handle everybody in the NFL...until they reached the Super Bowl. They always seemed to save their worst performances for that game. And there are multiple reasons. In Super Bowl XXV (as many have pointed out), the Bills were cocky and arrogant. They were the vastly superior team, but they did a terrible job with preparation. Many have pointed out they partied too hard. When the Giants came up with a unique gameplan, they failed to adjust. Buffalo lost this game because of stupid mistakes, missed tackles and simply being overconfident. In Super Bowl XXVI, the Bills and Redskins were very evenly matched on both sides of the ball. The big difference was that Washington was more smash-mouth and Buffalo was more finesse. The refs let the teams get very physical, which favored the Redskins. Our offensive players (especially Kelly and Thomas) were an absolute mess that entire game. In Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, I'll agree the Cowboys were better. They whipped us the first time. And in the second, I think our players were absolutely crushed by the pressure of possibly losing again. They had that game in their control until Thurman's fumble, and then it was like their confidence just disappeared.
  6. Yeah. I don't really understand this argument. If Davis was going from the #3 guy to the #1, and replacing Stefon Diggs...yeah, that could be a concern. He would suddenly be the primary focus of the secondary and drawing the defense's top corner. But in the #2 role? We've seen him excel in that position each of the last two seasons. He filled-in great for John Brown as a rookie. He filled-in great for Emmanuel Sanders.
  7. This is exactly the problem. I'm sure the Bills would love to keep Jordan Poyer, and he certainly deserves the extension. But the timing on expiring contracts is going to force us into making some really tough decisions. And no matter which way you look at it, Poyer seems to be one of the odd men out. Considering age? Out of the guys coming up, Poyer is the second oldest guy on the list. Team value? Sean McDermott seems to prioritize the D-Line first, and secondary after. While the other guys were drafted/developed, both of our safeties were found (fairly cheap) in free agency. Not to mention, based on the agent change and his wife's comments, it really sounds like he's seeking top safety money. No hometown discounts.
  8. In the NFL, once you get down to the final 5-6 teams (meaning the Divisional Round), everything is really just a toss-up. Fans worry too much about who is the "overall best team" in the league -- when in reality the last few games usually come down to specific matchups, injuries, who is on a hot streak, and just a little bit of luck. That's why the recipe for a championship is... win your division, get at least one home playoff game and hopefully the chips fall the right way. Think about it. Add a squib kick, and remove a blocked punt... we easily could have gotten a Buffalo/Green Bay Super Bowl matchup instead of a Los Angeles/Cincinnati. That's how small the margin of error is.
  9. I grew up during the 1990s Super Bowl run. So I understand the stage their fans are in.... (denial). Back then, the Patriots (along with the Jets and Colts in the AFC East) were the absolute definition of irrelevant. They pretty much only existed so that we could get 6 free wins each season, and rack up extra stats. The only divisional team that even slightly kept my attention was the Dolphins. And even with Don Shula/Dan Marino, I had zero concern about them actually taking first place from us. Things gradually started changing after Bill Parcells became the coach, and the Patriots drafted Drew Bledsoe. They finally had a good team, and we were no longer a true powerhouse. Following the Music City Miracle and the emergence of Tom Brady, the switch was finally complete. They were the kings of the AFC East, and we were just a checkmark on their schedules. While we got excited about Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor, nobody in the Boston area was actually taking us seriously. Since the Patriots run lasted so long (20 years!!!), many of their fans simply don't understand how the NFL cycle works. They know absolutely nothing of struggling, or even getting stuck in the endless 6-9 win mediocre purgatory. The writing is on the wall. But they fail to see it, because they've never experienced an average or bad team. Personally, I'm getting a pretty good laugh out of watching them drool over Mac Jones. Or them still believing that Bill Belichick can make a champion out of a below-average roster. It reminds me of what we experienced for two decades.
  10. Even if we banned a "specific type of rifle"... or even banned ALL guns - would that have stopped the shooter from obtaining one? If a person doesn't care about murdering children, murdering his own grandmother, and then either getting killed by police or spending his life in prison... they aren't the type of person who really cares about legal vs. illegal. I don't believe anything can be done to totally prevent these types of incidents from happening. There are wicked and evil people in this world. My opinion is that all schools should have a single point of entry, which is locked and secured at all times, with two armed security officers on-duty at all times.
  11. I think it's important to separate the different kinds of "gun violence" in order to get a better handle on the solution. People tend to throw ALL the gun numbers into a giant pot, when different cases may require a different remedy. For instance, 97% of gun violence in America is done with handguns. Not the high-powered rifles everyone is concerned about. Around 80% of gun violence is done with illegally-obtained firearms, where existing laws were already ignored and disregarded. The vast majority of gun violence is confined to a small number of large urban cities (New York, Chicago, Baltimore, etc.). Also, most people don't realize that FBI gun violence statistics usually include suicide, which account for bout two-thirds of cases. Gun violence is a huge problem in America. No doubt. But incidents like Uvalde and Buffalo don't even account for a tiny sliver of that. Even if you take away suicide (which is clearly a mental-health issue), most of the gun problems in America stem from street violence poor in poor inner-cities, committed by criminals with illegally obtained weapons. Banning certain rifles and installing extra background checks will do absolutely nothing to stop any of that. This country would still have (by far) the worst gun violence numbers in the entire world.
  12. Agreed. If we are going to get anywhere on this issue, the first thing that needs to stop is the political finger-pointing. It took about 5 minutes (after the news broke yesterday from Uvalde TX) for the anti-gun establishment to start calling the other side "murderers" and "child killers." Which immediately put the 2nd Amendment supporters on the defensive. Same thing happened a week earlier in Buffalo. Do gun-control advocates honestly believe that people on the other side don't care about little children being slaughtered by a maniac? Do they honestly believe that 2nd Amendment supporters care more about their NRA membership and hunting than the safety of their own families? That is utterly ridiculous. Here is the truth. The people who are against stricter gun-control DO NOT BELIEVE more laws will make the country safer. They believe the maniacs and criminals will still be able to obtain weapons illegally, while the innocent will have LESS means to protect themselves. When a racist bigot shoots up a grocery store... they aren't thinking, "We should get rid of guns." They are thinking, "I need to make sure I have a gun on me at all times." We can disagree over which side is right. But claiming the other side is somehow responsible for these horrifying incidents is only going to put people on the defensive, and then shut-down any productive solutions.
  13. Listening to Brandon Beane's press conference, it's clear they liked Trent McDuffie. But it's total speculation to say whether he liked McDuffie more than Kaiir Elam. Beane has admitted a few things: - He was worried about not getting a cornerback in the 1st Round, because of missing out in 2021. - Kansas City's trade-up (to get McDuffie) was the main reason he was scrambling, and decided to trade-up a few picks as well. - When the Bills got on the clock two picks later, Beane says Elam was the only 1st Round grade they had left. Based on all of this, it's pretty safe to assume that when Pick #21 was on the clock... the Bills had both McDuffie and Elam as their only remaining 1st Round grades. It's possible Quay Walker was on that list too, but I find that unlikely. If McDuffie wasn't on that list (as some are saying here), Beane would have tried trading up earlier. Until the Chiefs move, Beane seemed comfortable letting either of them slide to Pick #25. But when McDuffie came off the board, he was very worried about another team trading ahead of them to get Elam. This tells me he had similar grades on both.
  14. Makes the most sense. - Last year's Super Bowl winner, versus the (Vegas) favorite to win it this year. - Two premier Quarterbacks with premier offenses - The added storyline Von Miller switching teams
  15. It's fair to question AJ Epenesa, since it's been two years. But the rest of this post was ridiculous. Everyone knew from the start that Greg Rousseau and Boogie Basham weren't going to play much last season. We already had solid vets in front of them. Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison may be past their prime, but I would hardly call them "talentless." Rousseau did great in the run game, and hardly played on third downs last year. Even though he technically started, the team is clearly bringing him along very slow as a pass rusher. Ed Oliver took a huge step and played very good last year. Don't be surprised if he's playing at a Pro-Bowl level in 2022. The only other "top end pick" Beane has spent on defense was with Tremaine Edmunds, who has made two Pro-Bowls and continues to be a valuable piece of the #1 defense (scoring and yardage) in the NFL last year. People expected him to be Ray Lewis or Luke Kuechly, which was unfair. He's a solid starting middle LB, and if the Bills are forced to let him walk next year, he will be a very coveted free agent.
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