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  1. Obviously so much depends on injuries for every team each season. Still, top five defense and offense moves to top 15 with Digs. Jets 7-9 W @Dolphins 5-11 W Rams 9-7 W @Raiders 7-9 W @Titans 9-7 W Chiefs 12-4 SB champs L @Jets L Patriots 12-4 no Brady W Seahawks 11-5 L @Cardinals 5-10 L Chargers 5-11 W @49ers 13-3 L Steelers 8-8 W @Broncos 7-9 W @Patriots W Dolphins W 11-5 Division AFC East Division Champs. This seasons record could be better depending on how the Bills O line, pass rush plays. JMHO
  2. Dak might be the more polished NFL QB, passer at this point. However, Allen has an infectious burning desire to win that elevates the entire team around him the likes of which reminds me of some of the great ones. I wouldn't trade that for anything at this point because we haven't seen that in decades...and even then.
  3. Article from Nov 2019, there is also a reason for the deep ball misses. Besides Robert Foster being injured the first part of the 2019 season. "A year after consistently struggling to place intermediate throws, Allen has been one of the league’s most accurate passers in that area of the field. He’s completed 64.7 percent of his throws between 10 and 20 yards this season—a jump of nearly 16 percentage points from his first season. Allen’s biggest gains in 2019 have come where he faltered most as a rookie." Yet for all of Allen’s strides forward this season, his efficiency on deep balls has taken a drastic step back. He enters Week 12 ranked 22nd out of 25 qualified quarterbacks with a 30.2 adjusted completion percentage on passes of 20 yards or more, and he’s routinely sailed throws well out of reach of his receivers. But Allen contends that he’s comfortable with how the process is playing out. He’s OK with his deep ball accuracy coming together last; just like his golf swing, he knows that as long as he’s hitting the ball straight, the length will eventually come. “I’m 100 percent OK with an overthrow compared to a pick under,” Allen says. “I’ll take that 100 times out of 100.” https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2019/11/21/20975461/josh-allen-buffalo-bills-quarterback-perception Good article.
  4. Jim Haslett and Jerry Butler were signing autos at a local JC Penny. Got a Johnny Unitas auto in person. Got Cal Ripkin Jr's auto at red wing stadium when he was a pup in 1981... he had hair back then.
  5. Whats interesting is that the Bills played the Titans in week 5, 2019, with their ground and pound running attack and Henry had 20 rushes for 78 yards which held him to 3.9 yards per carry which was below his yearly 5.1 YPC average. Of course that was with Mariota at QB. The Bills out gained the Titans 313 to 252 that game too. I'm more worried about the 49ers run game, this years Titans game, the Chiefs passing game and of course the hated Patriots 2x.
  6. 1st Round, No. 11 overall | Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville Instant grade: B-plus Analysis: Of the top four offensive tackles, Becton was the largest at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds. He will have to refine his pass protection technique, but boy will he push around ends and linebackers in the run game at left tackle. Yowsa !! 6'7'' 364 I guess he is a mountain! https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/04/23/new-york-jets-nfl-draft-picks-tracker-2020/5159502002/
  7. OG Greg Van Roten, This much we know: The Jets coveted Van Roten from the start of free agency. Let's not get carried away, though: He's a journeyman player (four NFL teams, one CFL team) who didn't break through as a starter until 2018. The 6-foot-3, 303-pounder is tough and smart (only three accepted penalties in 2018-19), but he's not a difference-maker. It also should be mentioned that he missed the final five games with a dislocated toe. Center Connor McGovern, McGovern didn't come cheaply -- a reported $18 million in guarantees. If he bombs or gets hurt, they can't cut him for two years, depending on how the deal is structured. You also have to wonder why the Broncos didn't make a stronger effort to re-sign him. He's a tough player with weight-room strength, but he doesn't always play to that strength. He can get wobbly at times. But for the most part, this is a safe investment. The Jets hope he can galvanize their O-line. OT George Fant, What's the risk: Ideally, you want a sure thing to protect your franchise quarterback -- and Fant isn't a sure thing. Alex Lewis OG, Whats the risk: Plagued by injuries throughout his career, Lewis never has played a full season. He started 12 straight games last season before going on IR for the final game with an ankle injury. After a strong start, his performance wavered at times because of wear and tear on his body. So, yes, durability is a concern, but it's mitigated by the size of the contract. The Jets didn't break the bank. Lewis also must cut down on his penalties; he had six, too many for an interior lineman. Center Josh Andrews, What's the risk: None, at least not from a financial standpoint. The knock on Andrews is that he hasn't played a lot of football. He came into the NFL as an undrafted player in 2014 and has played 98 offensive snaps in his career, mostly at center. He was on the Eagles' practice squad in 2018. Jets GM Joe Douglas was an Eagles executive at the time, so he's familiar with Andrews. He appeared in six games (57 snaps) for the Colts last season. Fun fact: He has no penalties in his career, albeit a very small sample size. https://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/82501/new-york-jets-2020-nfl-free-agent-signings-ot-george-fant-a-big-gamble opps forgot to link I don't know If i'd categorize the NY jets O line as road graders.
  8. Man, I feel badly for you if look at Josh Allen and see another Tyrod Taylor.
  9. I fully agree! I think about Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen who all had a full four seasons in a big time college program to help in their development. Allen basically had only two seasons in a small time college program that has never led to a developed a top NFL QB. Allen spent his first season in the NFL running like crazy behind a bad offensive line. Which is not very conducive to helping develop a pocket QB. Allen still only has 27 starts out of 32, so I expect him to continually improve over the next few years. The upcoming 2020 season looks to be much, much more difficult over the 2019 season in which they had the 8th easiest schedule. The Bills also faced a bunch of podunk QB's along that journey. The 2020 schedule is rated as the 5th hardest. The only good thing about that is that the Patriots have the #1, the Jets #2, the Dolphins #3, the 49ers #4.
  10. Even if Allen had hit on a few of those deep passes the Ravens MO is to still blitz 50% of the time. Allen wasn't that godawful in that entire game...despite being under extreme duress most of that game. 6 sacks, 12 QB hits, 15 QB pressures, 3 harries!" Trailing 24-9, Allen showed resolve in mounting a seven-play, 78-yard touchdown drive capped by his 3-yard pass to Cole Beasley, who dived inside the left pylon. The same two then hooked up on a 2-point conversion. Buffalo also fell short with a chance to at least force overtime, facing fourth-and-8 at the Baltimore 16, Allen stood in the pocket and sent a pass over the middle intended for John Brown only to have Ravens CB Marcus Peters break it up at the goal line. "I have to make more plays. I should've made that last play," Brown said. https://www.espn.com/nfl/recap?gameId=401127868 The game plan concocted by Ravens Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale was simple and brutal – attack, attack, attack. Almost every time he dropped back, Allen was chased and harassed. The Ravens came in with modest pass-rush stats but registered six sacks and 12 quarterback hits. Matthew Judon set up a touchdown with a strip-sack. Buffalo's offensive line was overwhelmed. Allen and his offense still made some plays, left a few on the table and rallied late. But Buffalo didn't sniff the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter, and it's hard to complete a rally when your quarterback is running for his life. Tight end Dawson Knox dropped an on-target throw that would have extended a dangerous-looking drive in the third quarter. Drops by Devin Singletary and Cole Beasley ended another drive in the third quarter https://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/eisenberg-breakdown-five-thoughts-on-ravens-vs-bills Why don't you, (in your debunking mode) comprehend that it wasn't just the QB that failed in that particular game. The offensive line failed... the run game failed... the receivers failed to get separation, dropped balls. The Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator failed in finding a way for the O line to do a better job of picking up blitzes, find plays to get the run game working, find plays to make the pass game work better. The QB is just one part of an offense. He doesn't call the plays, set up the game plan, block for himself or catch his own passes. Feel better about Josh Allen... go back and re-watch that week 13 Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving game where the Bills win in Dallas 26-15. You know, the game in which the Bills O line picked up the cover 0 blitzes. The game that the Bills receivers got separation and caught passes and where the run game was working. Despite being sacked four times Allen had a career game 19 of 24 for 231, 1 passing TD, one rushing TD and a rate of 120.7. Not bad for the 7th overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft.
  11. First off, I never said it's always on the OC. What I said was, the buck stops with the OC and it certainly does no matter what you think or say. If the offense continues to fail the OC will get fired! I'm thinking if the 2020 Buffalo Bills offense stays north of 20th in yards this season. Daboll is a goner! I also never said the QB isn't partially to blame every game. It's not just all on the QB as it is a team sport and he has a job to get done too. The QB does get most of the blame though. If he fails at that job over many games, then yes, the QB might be the problem. Look back to the previous Dallas game where everything was clicking, run game, pass game, offensive line protected the QB when the Cowboys ran a cover 0 scheme, the receivers caught balls. Allen had the very best game of his career with a 120.7 rating. Guess what, Dak Prescott threw 49 times for 355 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT in a losing effort. However, in this particular Ravens game Allen was continuously put under the gun because the OC failed to get the run game working. Like others have said, Gore at this point shouldn't have even been dressing. And like I've said, Singletary was very much underutilized all season. So, the RB gets stuffed the first play, do you give up on the run game after that in that series, as It sure looks like that's what Daboll did again and again in the second half of that Ravens game. Yes, teams need the QB position to lead them. Just not attempt to or be asked to do it all by themselves. The late great 49ers HC Bill Walsh stated it generally takes four full playing seasons for an NFL QB to develop. Allen has had two seasons and that first one he really had little time in the pocket to develop as a pocket passer. He is learning and getting better the more he plays. That link I provided showed that and it also showed that he is more than fine with overthrowing a deep ball rather then seeing it get intercepted. The run game doesn't work, it doesn't work in the red zone...is that the QB's fault too? In my view Daboll needs to find a way to get that running game working in every game! He sure doesn't have a problem attempting to work that passing game no matter what.
  12. From my view when the offense fails for whatever reason it's on the coordinator to find a way make things work. The Bills play the Patriots 2x a season and they run that very same cover zero defense that the Ravens used. The Bills need to learn a way to beat that defensive scheme!! The Titans found a way to beat it last season. The NFL is a "team" sport and it shouldn't all be on the young, inexperienced QB to make the offense work. The definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same thing over and over when its clearly not working. Why is it all on the QB to make things work? Yes, the O line couldn't get it done in pass block, run blocking, the receivers had difficulty getting open, catching balls. "A year after consistently struggling to place intermediate throws, Allen has been one of the league’s most accurate passers in that area of the field. He’s completed 64.7 percent of his throws between 10 and 20 yards this season—a jump of nearly 16 percentage points from his first season. Allen’s biggest gains in 2019 have come where he faltered most as a rookie." "Yet for all of Allen’s strides forward this season, his efficiency on deep balls has taken a drastic step back. He enters Week 12 ranked 22nd out of 25 qualified quarterbacks with a 30.2 adjusted completion percentage on passes of 20 yards or more, and he’s routinely sailed throws well out of reach of his receivers. But Allen contends that he’s comfortable with how the process is playing out. He’s OK with his deep ball accuracy coming together last; just like his golf swing, he knows that as long as he’s hitting the ball straight, the length will eventually come. “I’m 100 percent OK with an overthrow compared to a pick under,” Allen says. “I’ll take that 100 times out of 100.” https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2019/11/21/20975461/josh-allen-buffalo-bills-quarterback-perception A lot of Bills fans seem to forget that Allen didn't come from a big time college program and he only spent two seasons in a small time program that has never produced a top NFL QB. Allen was very raw out of college and has come a long way since then. Just remember the kid only has 27 NFL starts out of 32 going into his third season as a starting NFL QB. Also, It should never all be on the QB to win games as it is a team sport. Even experienced NFL QB's like Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers fall on their face without a proper supporting cast. Watching those guys throw 40 times a game in a losing effort looks all to familiar.
  13. We've had this very argument before. You can't run once a series and expect great results (even when Singletary broke off a 5 yard run in the 3rd quarter in one series, the Bills OC went right back to calling pass plays). Especially when the opposing defense is sending more rushers than defenders almost every offensive snap. Besides, there are more ways to beat a cover zero blitz other than attempting 4-5 deep throws at the start of the game. "Max protect", which means keeping RB's and TE's in to block and if the defense plans on sending 6-7 to rush then go to a dense formation and block with 6-7 as this will give the QB more time in the pocket to find an open receiver. This is what most teams use to throw deep but it also limits the amount of receivers. Another alternative is to spread the defense out, send everyone out and operate out of an empty set. With five receivers to cover the defense has a limited amount of players that they can rush, otherwise somebody is wide open. More receivers in the field means more chances to beat a defender one on one. This also puts the emphasis on the defense to protect because now that running QB has openings to run thru, the RB usually only has one defender to beat and its off to the races. It seems to me that you like defending Buffalo Bills OC Brian Daboll. It's like it's okay with you to put that 2nd year QB under the gun all game " 6 sacks, 12 QB hits, 15 QB pressures, 3 harries!" You act like Daboll is the 2nd year NFL guy who only had two seasons in a podunk college and it is Allen who has 11 years as an offensive assistant with the Patriots, a season with Alabama as their OC under Nick Saban. Two seasons as an NFL QB coach. Five seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator. That's 18 years of NFL experience! With all this wealth of NFL experience this man can't figure out how to stop a cover zero blitz from either the Ravens or Patriots? Yeah, that's right, this bothers me is that the Patriots also run a cover zero blitz against Allen and Daboll had no answer for it against them either. Or, perhaps as a long time Patriots assistant Daboll... Anyway, the Bills were in the Baltimore Ravens red zone four times and came away with three field goals, one TD. Why was it all on Bills QB Josh Allen to make that offense work? The Bills run game stalls or fails and the Bills OC has no answer but to keep asking that young, inexperienced to throw thirty nine times. Brian Daboll might have that New England Patriots play book, but he keeps putting the QB under the gun far, far to often while not working that run game. The Bills don't have scrubs on the O line like they had in 2018 and four of the five have been upgraded. There really shouldn't be any excuses for that Buffalo run game to fail like it does at times in the red zone. Bottom line here is the Buffalo Bills offense failed against both the Ravens and the Patriots 2x. Player execution at all positions, QB, O line, TE, RB, blocking, catching, drops. When the offense fails in so many areas it all falls on one guy, the offensive coordinator! What I find kind of funny is Titans OC Arthur Smith has 10 years of NFL experience as an assistant and only ONE season as an NFL offensive coordinator. This man drew up an offensive game plan to not only help beat the New England Patriots in New England in a 2019 WC game! He also drew up the offensive game plan to help beat the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore in a 2019 divisional playoff round. Is that Titans offensive line 'that' much better than the Bills O line? Is their run game "that" much better than the Bills run game? Both Devin Singletary and Derrick Henry finished the 2019 season with 5.1 yards per rush attempt. 303 attempts 1540 rush yards vs 151 attempts for 775 yards "Motor" vastly underutilized all season in my view.
  14. This game is a big point of contention for me simply because, for me, it highlights the inability of the current Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator to adapt and make the proper offensive adjustments on game day. The Bills had played on Thanksgiving day, Thursday previous and had extra time to rest, prepare for the Ravens. Anyone with a brain could research the Ravens defense in previous game to see that while not having one, two outstanding pass rushers they make up for that by blitzing almost 50% of the defensive snaps each and every game. Extra time to prepare, knew what to expect! First series Ravens game, 3rd and 4 deep middle pass incomplete for John Brown, PUNT. Second series, 3rd and 12 deep left pass incomplete for Robert Foster, PUNT. Third series 2nd and 10, incomplete deep left for Dawson Knox. 3rd and 10, pass incomplete deep left John Brown, PUNT. So, In the Bills first three series the answer for all that Ravens blitzing was to have Allen attempt four deep throws when the down and distance were not favorable. Then basically give up on the deep throw for most of the rest of the game. NOW, when the Ravens saw that Allen couldn't hit that deep pass which would have really hurt them with all their blitzing. The Ravens defense stepped up their blitzing from 50-55% of the defensive snaps to 65% or more. This put Allen under tremendous pressure the rest of the game. How much pressure you ask? The Ravens defensive players came on a blitz 96 times that game for 6 sacks, 12 QB hits, 15 QB pressures, 3 harries! For the fourth series in the second quarter the Bills went to the run game. After a 15+ yard penalty on the Ravens for roughing the passer the Bills reeled off seven straight runs from the Bills 42 to the Ravens 14 yard line. Four first downs by running with both Singletary and Allen. Result, FG. So, up until this point the Bills drives went, PUNT, PUNT, PUNT, FUMBLE, FG. With a score when the Bills finally decided to commit to run the ball. Now, the Bills know that they can run on the Ravens to stop all that Blitzing and yet the next series swap out Singletary for Gore. After a 1st down Allen is sacked on third down, PUNT. The Bills went back to the pass for most of the rest of the game with some on and off success. So, in a nutshell, after a few deep passing attempts to thwart the Ravens blitzing the Bills OC literally had no answer to stop that ferocious Baltimore Ravens Blitz! Just keep putting that 2nd year, inexperienced QB under the gun for 39+ drop backs. The Bills offensive line didn't do the job in stopping those blitzes, the receivers didn't do the job in getting open, getting separation. The Bills OC had no plan "B" or anything to effectively counter the Ravens defensive scheme. I also feel this was a game the Bills should have won in 2019. For 2020 the Bills have the 5th toughest schedule in the league and won't be facing bums at QB or many bad teams like they did in 2019. The offense will need to get it together and start scoring points ...and lots of them.
  15. I agree! Lets face it, Brian Daboll drew a ton of interest as a possible head coaching candidate after that Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving game. The entire NFL world was watching the only game on TV at that time. The Buffalo Bills offense and QB Josh Allen looked amazing during that game 356 yards of offense, 34 rushes for 124 yards, 1 TD. Allen 20 of 25 for 259 yards, 2 TDs passing, one TD running and a rating of 120.7. The play calls were great and the Bills had the better ToP 33:18 to 26:42. Dak Prescott threw 49 times for 355 yards, 2 TDs, one INT. Carolina had made it known that they were interested in Brian Daboll as their next HC after that Dallas game. Then came the Baltimore Ravens game the very next week with the Ravens blitzing 65% of their defensive plays and the Bills offense having literally no answer.. all.. game.. long! Josh Allen sacked 6 times and really nowhere to go with the ball as the Baltimore DB's covered Beasley and Brown very well. Allen went 17 of 49 for 146 yards, 1 TD and a rate of 62.6. That game Daboll calling 39 pass plays into a ferocious Ravens blitz with only 23 run plays. Needless to say that after this game Carolina lost interest in hiring Daboll as HC as they didn't even interview him. The only team that did interview Daboll for a HCing job were the Cleveland Browns. The 2020 season schedule looks to be much more difficult at #5 whereas the 2019 schedule was the 6th easiest and looking at the bums at QB they faced it was far easier than that. Darnold with Mono, an aging Eli, Dalton without his best receiver, Brady 2x both losses. Mariota 2-4 who was benched for Tannehill 7-3. Fitz 2x both wins. Wentz loss. Rookie Dwayne Haskins who clearly wasn't ready. Brandon Allen 1-2 who was replaced by Drew Lock 4-1. Baker Mayfield loss. Dak Prescott win. Lamar Jackson loss. Duck Hodges! Deshaun Watson playoffs, loss. No gimps this season. Yea, now with Diggs and Zack Moss Bills on the roster, Bills OC will have no excuses about a lack of talent this season.
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