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  1. This is pure, unbridled speculation, possibly completely unfounded. But I came across this morning and thought it was mildly of note, especially since Allbright has a reasonable track record of getting things right. As for as the Bills are concerned, he was absolutely right about us having essentially zeroed in on Allen last year, but league-wide he's a decent twitter follow for his sources:
  2. Midwest1981

    PFF's view so far

    Phillips’ PFF grade is low but a lot of, if not most of, that is a result of his time in Miami- his grade was in the mid-40’s before he got here.
  3. If we three or four more, sure, I could see us drafting around 10th or 11th. But "a couple" typically means two and if we're only winning two more games then chances are we'll remain about where we drafting right now. A 2-4 finish isn't going to appreciably dent our draft position, not when its winning percentage (2-4 = .333) is nearly what our winning percentage already is at 3-7 (.300).
  4. I never said we were taking a QB next draft- I stated that if Allen is a clear-cut bust that we’d take another QB with our (very likely high- if Allen’s bad enough to be declared a bust that soon) 2020 1st, which by inference of what you just wrote is what you think would/will happen too. Allen will get through next year but in the new CBA gone are massive top-10 rookie contracts that meant QB’s get 3-4 years and 40-50 starts, no matter what, because it’s so much $$$ spent for organizations to come to the clear conclusion they’re simply sunk costs.
  5. A more apt description for my 'worse-case scenario" is realistic worse-case scenario- and it still isn't any good: Allen busts, McBeane still can't recognize offensive talent, and the Bills' offensive ineptitude perpetuates laughingstock status, which we clearly presently own, into another full season. But I suppose it isn't the WORST-case scenario, as you outlined. But yours seems more implausible. Who would the Bills be trading our 2020 1st for in this draft? Which offensive talent would be so tantalizing to rationalize it? The Bills will already own a very high 2019 1st- they don't need to trade for one, like in middling years' past. And Buffalo will already struggle to justify taking an offensive player in the top-5 as it is- the only current justification is how wretched our offense is, not because there won't be a defensive player whose true value warrants the pick more than, say, Jonah Williams. The Bills may reach for offense with their own high 1st but it's unlikely they'd look to acquire another 1st to do the same, if Pegula would even let them. And yes, their seats are warmer now than last draft. But McBeane was so resistant to parting with future picks. You consider that, too, and I don't think it's very likely Buffalo is trading its 2020 1st in April's draft. I'm not sure you read what I wrote because made clear is that if the 2019 offseason is a dud then McBeane won't be making the decisions any further. Yes, it would be unfortunate if the Bills blow through $50 million dollars worth of cap space and the next regime wants to rid itself of the additions. Still, shockingly enough it wouldn't be crippling- a league-high $131.6 million in 2020 cap space underscores how the Bills have such little cap room currently committed. And God knows Buffalo hasn't drafted well this whole millennium but an emphasis on this decade. That's awful but at least it means that internally we won't be spending much on our own guys; they won't consume much- or ANY- cap room, at least not until 2020/2021 when we try to extend some 2017 draft picks (White, Dawkins, Milano, and maybe Jones).
  6. With the Bills' offense actively trying to turn back the clock to an era it STILL would've been demonstrably awful in, it is admittedly difficult to own much optimism for the future, especially the immediate future. However, if there's any imaginable way (and maybe there's not) that we can field a semi-competent offense next year (i.e. something BEFORE this year) the projected 2019 schedule doesn't seem too daunting, right now, since it involves many QB's with uncertain QB situations. Not as uncertain as ours but still: Home: New England New York Jets (How much offseason help with Jets equip Darnold with?) Miami (Tannehill finally gone? Gase too?) Baltimore (Flacco's likely out; Jackson's likely in) Cincinnati (Dalton's up and down... but he's almost always 'up' for us) Philadelphia Washington (Smith has been a poor man's version of his KC self) Oakland (Carr traded? They're also a mess, anyway) Road: New England New York Jets Miami Pittsburgh Cleveland Dallas (Dak is only top 20-25) New York Giants (likely a rookie QB) Jacksonville (Bortles' cap hit makes him still likely in place as starter)
  7. I don't believe he physically went to see Dr. Andrews but his MRI results were sent to him for a second opinion/examination after one of Dr. Andrews' former students- a member of the Bills' medical staff- recommended rest for Allen's UCL sprain. Dr. Andrews saw the results and corroborated that opinion.
  8. Midwest1981

    Who Would You Want To Play On MNF in 2019?

    Of course it's a moot question because a 3/4 win team won't be "rewarded" with a Monday night football game. MNF games can't be flexed so inevitably you get some really bad games and matchups. But that is never the intent- just they way it works out in an unpredictable sport. Still, the expectation is that the Bills will still be bad because of an egregiously anemic offense.
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    Trade Deadline Updates - Official Thread

    Jeff Darlington‏Verified account @JeffDarlington FollowFollow @JeffDarlington More As trade deadline nears, one league source says it’s “highly unlikely” we see LeSean McCoy on the move today. Several teams reached out to Bills, but Buffalo wasn’t the ones making the calls. Teams are sensing Bills holding firm on keeping him... so far.
  10. Midwest1981

    Trade Deadline Updates - Official Thread

    With the Eagles trading a 3rd for Tate that assuredly takes them out of McCoy's market- they have neither the cap space nor are likely to be inclined to also trade a 4th after just trading a 3rd. We seem to have missed our window.
  11. Midwest1981

    Call your shot. Who goes today?

    Allison will be a RFA, for the record, and likely tendered at a 2nd-round level (though he was undrafted). But with the Packers drafting 3 WR’s, two of whom have shown real promise, I suppose it’s conceivable they tender him at his undrafted level and he’s obtainable.
  12. Considering the unprecedented offensive production we’re seeing, our impotent results are staggering and embarrassing. But we still won’t likely be the least productive offense of all time since the 1992 Seattle Seahawks, who went 2-14, only scored 140 points, the fewest in a 16-game season.
  13. There are many that believe that McBeane's seat ALREADY is warm and that they should be fighting for their jobs now, rather than at least waiting to see what they're able to do when we don't have an unprecedented $55 million dollars in dead cap (even if self-created) and when we have more resources to make a concerted effort to build up our offense (our 2018 cap space was limited and we spent five of our six 1st-3rd round picks this past draft on drafting Allen & Edmunds, the "QB's" of the offense AND defense). I don't agree with that. I'm fairly confident McDermott & Beane will get this offseason to try to shore up serious holes, particularly offensively. But if next season we're not only not winning but also struggling in staggering fashion offensively, which is the case right now with a modern-day defying 80 points in 7 games, and if we continue to commit errors that not only reflect badly on the Bills' front-office and public perception but are also plainly deeply, deeply embarrassing (Peterman's Chargers & Ravens' flops, being "forced into" starting Allen before he's ready because of said Peterman flop, signing a FA QB off the streets and then having to start him a week later, etc.)... McBeane will be and should be gone after year #3. I also never thought Pegula would fire Rex less than two years into a FIVE-year contract but that happened. I hope McBeane gets us on the right path but expect this offseason to be pivotal in deciding their fate.
  14. I'm not saying things are looking up as Bills fans right now- I can't pretend I have the most bullish outlook either. But I was thinking a little more deeply about our situation this week and realized that even if worst-case outcomes emerge the next 1.5 seasons (Allen can't stay healthy or doesn't show improve, McBeane still can't figure out offensive personnel, 2019 FA is a swing and miss, etc.)... there's some reason to take heart and be "hopeful" (dangerous, self-injurious concept as a Bills fan, admittedly): 1) Rightly or wrongly, Buffalo won't be taking a QB high in this April's draft. For a team that could- or should- replace half its starting roster, that means (at this rate) adding a top 5 1st-rounder, top 35-38 2nd-rounder, and a top-70 3rd-rounder, plus potentially seven other selections, on non-QB positions (maybe a mid-rounder is spent on developing a backup). Our total draft capital might not make the most appreciable impact as 10 total picks suggest since seven are day 3 picks. But armed with an early 1st, 2nd, & 3rd... that COULD make a big difference. And if Allen fails will also probably equip his successor with more surrounding talent than the talent-bereft situation Allen finds himself surrounded by now. What might contribute to Allen's downfall, if it happens, could aid the chances of success with who follows, since our draft capital WON'T be spent on a QB. 2) A lot of the talk lately related to the $85 million we'll ultimately have to spend in FA this year has been about downplaying- or pooh-poohing it- saying, "Who wants to come to offensively inept Buffalo, anyway!?!?" or because the projected class looks more diluted than most years. But the bottom line is that the Bills, even if they go on a legitimate spending spree, can't hope to spend more than half that total this offseason, anyway. What isn't spent can and will be rolled over into 2020. And while we're "only" third in projected cap space this March (behind the Jets and Colts)... the Bills presently have the most- and a whopping- $131.6 million dollars in cap space in 2020. Even the most pessimistic poster can't deny that could have a positive effect. 3) I haven't given up on Allen & have been encouraged by a couple of aspects of play... while also engendering pessimism because of other aspects. But whether he DOES or DOESN'T pan out... we won't be waiting 3-4 years to find out. McBeane's fate is tied to Allen's and if next year we're still at a point where we score 80 points in 7 games while some other teams are scoring 80 in 7 quarters... they're gone. And that ties in nicely with the 2020 Draft. Justin Herbert, who if he enters the 2019 Draft would safely be the presumptive top QB, purportedly will return to Oregon next year. So 18 months from now he'll hit a draft that also should include Dwayne Haskins & Tua Tagovailoa, among likely 1-2 others of note. 4) As an addendum to #3, just like we may let go of McBeane after next year... we're not perpetually tied to Allen either, despite taking him 7th overall just six months ago. In the new CBA (signed 7 years ago)... QB's are MUCH easier to move on from than before- the financial commitment/entanglement is just no longer there. We didn't sign Allen to a 6-year, $78 million dollar deal with $50 million guaranteed like Sam Bradford did in 2010 (or Matthew Stafford the year before... or Alex Smith four years before, who lasted 8 years in San Francisco despite mostly poor play until year #7). Remember in 2014 the outcry by many when Doug Marrone benched E.J. Manuel after week #4 of just his sophomore season? "You don't- you CAN'T- bench a QB after just 15-20 starts!? He needs at least 30." Well, we did, and he was effectively done here, even if still technically rostered. Additionally, two years ago the Broncos traded up in the 1st-round to draft Paxton Lynch. Well, a mere four starts later- those four starts were evidently enough- and he's not only not starting; he isn't even on Denver's roster (or anyone's). I'm not saying I expect this trajectory for Allen- I'm just saying that it's easier to move on from highly-drafted QB's than before if it doesn't appear it's going to work out, for whatever reason. This could tie into 'shooting our shot' again in 2020. And this operates with the premise that he WON'T work out. If he does... we still have impressive 2019 draft capital AND multi offseasons of more cap space than we could spend to fill out and build up our roster. I think- no matter what happens- we have a chance to be all right...
  15. This defense has demonstrated it's well beyond it's first 6 quarters of the season. Even non-Bills' fans are buying into that, but I guess you're not. I'll throw out Tennessee- they're devolving into a mess, offensively. But holding the Vikings to 7 points on the road is a very laudable effort- they're scored 133 points in their over 5 games (26.6). Holding the Packers to 22- with absolutely no offensive help and in fact the offense having a detrimental effect on its own defense- is notable as well. Finally, holding Houston's offense to 13 points on the road (that's excluding Joseph's pick-six but not discounting the special teams miscues which produced Texans' points) is a strong effort, too. It's not like we generally face too many dynamic, potent, and unstoppable offenses the last 10 games, not with the Jets, Dolphins, and Jaguars making up 5 games alone. I don't think we're suddenly good, overall, just not 1st overall or even top-3 bad. More like 5/6 win and top 8-10 win bad.