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  1. They're building for the long haul. They intend to win for a long time. The Patriots won for a long time, and they weren't immune from players aging, contracts expiring and injuries. They won anyway. That's the objective. So, no, a sense of urgency is not required. You're right, we don't know yet. And we might not know by the end of 2020, either. But as others have said, if they're growing and improving, that's the objective. Not only perfection, but perfection immediately! We're all exercising our imaginations, seeing the 2020 Bills in advance. When they start playing games for real, our imaginations go out the window, and big, strong, tough men go to war. Just as you say.
  2. I think what 716 said in response to you is correct. Phillips wasn't worth $10 to the Bills, because he didn't commit himself fully to the program. Different teams value different skills and styles differently. If I recall correctly, Stevie Johnson had a receivers coach in Buffalo who insisted on Stevie running precise routes. Stevie didn't like it and wasn't good at it. The Bills changed coaches, the philosophy changed to "Stevie, you line up here and you figure out how to get from here to there at the time the ball is supposed to arrive. We don't care how you get there." Stevie thrived. Well, those are two different approaches, and each approach works for a certain kind of player. If McDermott's approach doesn't mesh well with Phillips' skills and attitude, then he's worth less to Beane than he's worth to another GM who has a coach who wants his tackle free lancing.
  3. I see someone else just piled on this comment, and I will, too. You say it like this has been some great failing of McDermott's - he hasn't been able to beat the good teams. Well, duh, that's the definition of bad teams. Bad teams first have to start winning games, and then they have to start winning big games. It's always been that way. Beane and McDermott have a system for building a championship team. The system involves getting the right players, teaching them the right things, rinse and repeat. In order to implement the system, the first thing he had to do was clean house. Then he had to build the team the way he wanted it. In a process like that, the first thing that happens is that you have a bad team (2018), then you start winning games (2019), then you start winning big games. So you're right, McDermott's record in big games isn't good. It isn't good because he hadn't reached that point in the development process. But the fact that he hasn't won big games yet doesn't mean he can't. It just means it wasn't the objective, at least not until now. As I've said before, the Diggs deal made a statement. The statement was, in effect, "it's now time for us to win big games." So, yes, he has to win big games. Everything I've seen so far tells me that whatever it is that McDermott and Beane decided to do, happens. They work until it happens, and they learn whatever they need to learn to make it happen. We're just looking at the next step in the process.
  4. I'm 73 years old, and I'll tell you that there's a reason cliches are cliches. Watching McDermott for three years has allowed me to see, maybe better than ever in my life, how those cliches actually work. I can see the genius of an approach that makes those cliches more important than anything else. It's a powerful motivating force, for everyone in an organization to believe that stuff. So good, in fact, that it's worth repeating what Victory Formation wrote: I think you stick to what you know and what got you there. You stick to the process, focus on your ways and what you’ve been doing to get you up to this point. Don’t get caught up in what other people are doing or saying. Stay true to your vision and your plan. Don’t believe the hype, good or bad. Stay in the present, don’t put added pressure on yourself, one opponent at a time, week by week, day by day. Stay mindful. McDermott's regime demands that you live the cliches. We've seen the results, and I have no reason to believe that we will continue to see this team getting better at everything.
  5. You're correct. The problem is with the rule. The rule wasn't written with kind of play in mind. It was designed to protect players in a different situation. It's a problem with rule making. Rules are general and situations are specific. That's just the way it goes. In an ideal situation the official recognizes the play as outside what was intended by the rule. Still, it's the player's responsibility to know the rule an stay within it. My problem with the play was that he may have been within it. He really didn't hit the guy, and the rule requires that something like a blow be delivered. It was more like Ford said to the guy "I'm here and I'm going to make contact just to be sure you don't get back into the play. " Unfortunate.
  6. I'm expecting Ford to be the right tackle. I'm expecting he will be much better this season. They drafted him because they believe he can be a special player, and they're going to work really hard to help him become one. But they also believe in competition, which is why they signed Williams. They're willing to let the competition determine who plays. I don't think they signed Williams because they think Ford can't do it.
  7. Absolutely true, but I think McDermott's answer to you would be that he wants a versatile guy and McDermott will train him to handle the edge rusher. I think McDermott doesn't want a guy specially suited to handling edge rushers. I think his logic is that edge rushers will change, evolve, do different things, and McD wants tackles who can evolve, too. I don't know. As I said, I've always thought there prototypical guards and prototypical tackles and very few people were good at both. I just think McDermott thinks differently.
  8. I'll add to that a couple things. First, the running back position is the easiest position to transition into from college, and even the college running backs don't have a lot training. It's largely an instinctive position. So if there's a position where superior talent can rise easily, it's running back. Second, he's now had a full-year to learn. That year probably was sufficient to teach him everything running backs have learned through college. He's learned how to line up, how the play starts, that performance is based on learning the script for the play and doing it. He's learned all that. And it was easy to learn, because although rugby has different rules, he's lived in the same kind of environment. Where do you line up, where does the play start, all that. So it's not like learning to talk, it's more like learning a second language. This season was going to be like a college guy's rookie season. He's now sort of caught up to the rookies, so he has, I think the same kind of likelihood of success that a rookie does. In other words, possible success. Third, the little we saw of him last season suggested that he has refined ball carrying skills - his speed, power, change of direction, quickness all look like they are NFL caliber. Again, this isn't surprising, because he's been playing rugby at a high level for a long time. His position in rugby required him to be a broken field runner. Why wouldn't he look good doing it in football? As I said, I think this season he will be the functional equivalent of a rookie from college. That's why I don't dismiss him.
  9. You know, this is an interesting point, and I've always believed the same thing, but I think you and I aren't thinking about the offense that way that I think McDermott and Beane think about it. One thing they keep talking about is position versatility. They really, really like guys who can play multiple positions, and they don't like them because that means they can serve as the backups to multiple players. It's true, they have that backup capability, and it's useful. But it's more than that. McDermott wants to be able to play any kind of football. Run dominant, pass dominant, balanced, hurry up, call control. He wants to be able to do any and all of it. Because the roster isn't big enough to have specialists in every style, its important to have guys who can do a lot of stuff. Its important to have guys who ran run block, who can pass block, who can handle complexity, etc. etc. In that kind of environment, guys who can do multiple things are sometimes more valuable than guys who have specialized skills. Take a guy like McKenzie. Obviously, they like the guy. I've never been quite sure why. The only thing I see him do really well is the jet sweep. Everything else, he looks like he can do it but he just isn't quite there to be an impact player. Not quite a good receiver, not quite a good punt returner. What makes him valuable is that every time you put him on the field, you can count on him to a solid job, not enough to start, at whatever you ask him to do. Block, catch a pass, run the ball. That is, he makes himself an impact player just by being good enough at a lot of different things that if he gets playing time, he contributes. And I think that's true about the oline. I think that that concept, that the more a football player can do on the field, the more valuable he is to McD, can be seen in their drafting guys who are in between - guys who don't look quite like your stereotypical tackle or guard, as the case may be. I think McD's ideal offensive linemen - two guards and two tackles, all have the same body types, quickness, skill sets. Centers are different, but the other four, I think McD wants them to be able to anything a lineman can be asked to do regardless of whether they're next to the center or not.
  10. This is really well said. That's exactly what I think. He's constantly asking himself and others around him what he needs to do to improve, and his game management is just one of those things. Not only is he asking what needs to be done, but he actually does it. He's an amazing combination of heart, drive and teacher and learner. I have never been too upset with his game management, other than abandoning the run a few times last season. But whatever each of us may think of his game management, it's a craft that he understands is critical to the success of the team. In fact, maybe that's why he's so driven. Just like he wants his right tackle to be motivated by the chance to contribute to the the success of all his teammates, McD understands that the success of 100 other people depends on his doing his job. Among things his job requires is game management, so he is motivated by the fact that 100 people need him to do it.
  11. I get the premium argument, but I think Beane has signaled that short term need is what matters. Otherwise he would have kept his first round pick.
  12. Actually, I think it's all about Allen. McD's game management style will work fine. As he get more leads, and as his offense gets more productive he will evolve They are NOT going to decide on style of play. Their objective is like Belichick's. They want to be good at all styles. The th want attack every way, on offense and on defense. Different styles on different days. That's what we're gonna get.
  13. I dont agree. I agree with OP. If the season started today, the Bills have a d line they're happy to play with. Yea, they still need to add edge talent, but it osnt a true hole for 2020. RB is a true hole. A starting quality RB is needed to complete the roster. Yeldon and Wade cant re counted on to do the job. Yeldon might come through, but you cant count on It. In other words, DE is more for the future, and RB is for now. The Diggs trade already announced that Beane is thinking now. Beane is shopping hard for a running back.
  14. As others have said, Allen has to handle the blitz. That's up to Daboll scheming properly and Allen executing. I agree that the possibilities are almost endless. Once you have quality speed in two receivers which the Bills have in Diggs and Brown, everything opens up. You can have Foster or McKenzoe on the field. You can have Knox and Beasley roaming all over the empty spaces. You can have Singletary threatening every part of the field. In a different thread I was talking about Wade, who has the potential to be like Sproles. Line him up as the sole rb with four wide, then shift him to empty the backfield. Like Siingletary but probably better speed. Now you have to defend the bubble screens and the rubs. And as others have said, the field is now wide open if you have a QB who can run. Oh, right. Check that box too. Oline has to perform. Skill positions collectively are a really tough group to defend.
  15. I've had the same thought. I think he's been studying and working on skills. The problem is he will be limited to certain kinds of things that he really understands. He may be a liability in blitz pick ups, for example, and teams might automatically send a blitzer when he is in the backfield. That limits the play calling. But he looks like a natural ball carrier, and he is tough. He is a fighter. Think Sproles.
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