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  1. As to the first - Davis had a much better season in 2022 than Sanders had in 2021. Sanders wouldn't have been a disappointment in 2021 if he had the season Davis had in 2022. As to the second, we already know Shakir can handle Allen throws, and we know Diggs, Knox, and Davis can. I really am comfortable. As to your last point, I really think that we as fans tend to magnify the problems in our mind. Allen threw plenty of deep balls last season, even with the lousy pass protection. Yes, the offense needs to be better, but the offense was not far away from where it needed to be last season. As I keep saying, improve the line and get a quality job out of Dorsey.
  2. This is fun to talk about, but I think you're playing with words a little bit. Going into the season in 2020 I was really excited. I thought the Bills have proven, natural 1, 2, and 3. The reality of what we had was different, at least with respect to Brown. Brown rarely had seasons where he was a really solid, versatile 2, and I didn't think he did in 2020. How would I compare now to then? I'd give the edge to 2020, but not by so much that it matters. Davis is a better 2 than Brown was, able to get deep surprisingly well - not in Brown's class, but quite good, a better possession receiver and a better blocker. Beas that season was hard to beat. 2021? Proven wide receiver talent? Well, of course, Emmanuel was proven, but he turned out to be not so good. He looked like an upgrade over Brown, but he wasn't. And 2021 Beas was showing his limitations, particularly in the deep game. I'd say right now, Shakir and what I've heard about Sherfield, some combination of them will be better than Beas turned out to be in 2021. Plus each of those two fit more naturally into the wideout role than Beas, when the Bills want to put Diggs in the slot. Do I know all that for sure? No. But I'm quite confident they have a room full of receivers who can make more than enough catches. I also think that in making the comparison, you also have to consider the running backs. Bills could have their 1, 2, and 3 on the field AND have Cook and Hines. Or Harris and Hines. If Harris runs anything like he has, he's going to force defenders into the box, and the Bills definitely have the talent to attack deep and on the perimeter when that happens. Bottom line, I think the Bills have the skill positions covered. Work on the line. And it's a make or break year, in my mind, for Dorsey. The oline is his job, and utilizing those skill players is his job.
  3. I wouldn't go that far. The Bills ranked well in both sacks and pressures, and I wouldn't say abysmal, but if you could put together a compilation of my posts for the past couple of weeks, you'll see I agree completely. O line has to be better, and Dorsey has to be better. And I don't think it has much to do with any skill position. If the O line does what it has to do, and if Dorsey does what he has to do, then the current collection of skill position players is more than good enough. I like that the running back room has gotten more diverse. Cook and Harris offer an interesting and difficult change of pace, because as someone said, Harris runs like we hoped Moss would run, and Cook runs with the juice that was just beyond Singletary's reach. Even Hines offers something a little different. Diggs and Davis offer two different styles, and Shakir and the new guys, too, all seem to offer a different mix of talents. Point is, the Bills' attack could be as diverse as you want to make it - they could play ANY style. Allen can run ANY style, and contribute. It all depends on the offensive line and on someone creative enough to use the different styles against different opponents. O line and Dorsey.
  4. I can't say I've been following what you and Alpha, have been talking about, but from what I can tell, I think Alpha's largely right. I mean, I agree with you that Smith Schuster is a fine #2. I wouldn't take him over Davis, but that's a different discussion. From I can tell, people have been arguing about getting a "1B" to be the #2. A 1B is a lesser #1, a guy you really don't want to be your number 1, but he can be useful in that role. Stevie Johnson was 1B. Doesn't strike fear in anyone, but makes plays for you. Stevie, like JuJu, is a very nice #2. The real point is that JuJu is NOT some kind of magic remedy for the Bills offense. He's just a guy who's going to get you 900 yards, thank you very much. (Which is what Davis gets you.) Is it possible that JuJu will get you 1200 as #2? Maybe, but if he does it won't be because he's JuJu, it will be because the offensive coordinator know how to run a passing offense. (By the way, he WAS, as you point out, the #1B to a #1, and he DID play for a great passing offensive coordinator, and he got 933 yards, which is essentially what Davis got.) And I think you misperceive who Kelce is. Yes, he posts #1 receiver numbers, and yes, he's their go-to guy and he delivers. But he's a very talented, including very smart, tight end playing in a system designed for him. He does not run tight end routes to make his money. He does not split wide and run 13-17 out patterns to the sideline. Why not? Because he can't get separation out there. He lives over the middle. Tight ends and slot receivers are NOT the most physically gifted receivers on the team, so the team gives them the advantage of lining up in the middle of the field, which allows them to attack deep and to both sidelines. Wideouts start with a disadvantage, because the defenders know that they have help from the sideline. But good wideouts, including Diggs and Davis, can get open despite lining up wide. Kelce is a #1 because Reid made him a #1 with his offensive design and with a talented QB pulling the trigger.
  5. It was one game. They were scoring consistently in the 30s prior to that one game. And you seem to want to overhaul the o line, get a new set of receivers, and can Dorsey. As I've said, I think your focus is 2/3 correct, but the solutions aren't very drastic. The Bills don't need any more or any better receivers. I mean, sure, I'd always like better receivers, but with Diggs, Davis, and Knox, the Bills had the seventh best passing offense in the league. They now have Shakir and Cook coming into their second seasons, and they have added two good receivers to the room. It ain't about the receivers. O line sure looks to me like it could be better, but have you looked at the stats? 8th fewest sacks (Bengals were 20th). 11th fewest sacks (tied with Bengals). Still, I would love to see at least on true stud on the offensive line - in my opinion there isn't one now, and that makes both running and passing less consistent. But when we look at the stats, the Bills are all over the top of all the right lists. Where they've fallen down is in - here it is, one of McDermott's favorites - situational football. And that is on the coaches. With Josh Allen and the skill players the Bills have, the offense should be able to deliver when it needs to. All they need is to be in the right play. Dorsey, Dorsey, Dorsey.
  6. Dorsey, Dorsey, Dorsey. As far as I'm concerned, it's all about Dorsey. If the Bills protect Allen, there are more than enough skill position players for them to attack all over the field. Dorsey has to understand what defenses are doing and adjust from week to week and in games. If he can do that, the Bills can be unstoppable.
  7. I really don't get the Davis stuff Really. 48 receptions, 836 yards, 7 TDs in a year, at least if we listen to the Davis bashers, that was a bad year. He had a bad year, and he got close to 1000 yards. One of the top 20 receivers in the league in TDs. A bad year. Can't separate? No one in the NFL can separate. or practically no one. Tyreek Hill can run away from people, and probably three or four other guys can do it with speed, and another three or four like Diggs can do with amazing agility? Everyone else? They don't create separation - they get open by running routes that are called that take advantage in weaknesses in the defense. If Davis isn't open, it's because the defense is covering him and not someone else. If Davis isn't open, it's because the play designs against the defense are failing. A couple of teams, like the Bengals, have been fortunate enough to have two number 1s at the same time, but that's almost an accident, and it won't last past the next contract cycles. Pure number 2 receivers, guys who aren't number 1s but are solid all-round guys to have on the field, Davis is in that category.
  8. He is one of those guys who has something that McDermott prizes in his players. Not sure exactly what it is - some combination of work ethic, leadership, competitiveness. I never saw much in him, either, but he is a McDermott guy.
  9. It's funny. I have no concerns about Davis. I think he's almost a model #2. I think it's all about Dorsey. I've never been impressed with Jeudy, as I've said elsewhere I don't think it makes sense to add a personality like Hopkins to the receiver room, and I feel the same about Beckham, plus his injury concern. I'd much rather spend resources elsewhere, namely the offensive line and middle linebacker.
  10. If he's effective as a special teamer, then he's a serious upgrade on the roster over Kumerow Seems like a nice signing.
  11. I haven't read the entire thread, but I've been interested in this thread for a while. I think the OP is on the right track. We misperceive the reality of the NFL, largely because our fan mentality clouds our judgment. The reality of the NFL, like almost any other similar activity, is best understood by considering an ordinary bell curve. In any season there are a few very good teams, a few very bad teams, and a lot of teams that are in the middle. Over a few seasons, the bad teams generally improve to the middle group and the good teams fall back to the middle group, and other teams move down to the bottom or up to the top. But in any given season, the Lombardi winner is likely to come from the group of very good teams. Some posters here talk about the Bills as though they aren't in the top group. This is wrong with them, and that, and the coaches are stupid, and who knows what else? The fact is that the Bills are one of the very best teams in the league. That's true whether we examine statistics or we examine won-loss records or we ask coaches and GMs around the league. What about the Cincy game? Well, I don't think it matters. Whether the Bills got sort of blown out or lost a nail biter (which is exactly what happened the previous season), the reaction from a lot of people is the same - there are multiple things seriously wrong with this team and it's hard to imagine the Bills fixing them. That reaction simply doesn't jibe with reality. Yes, the objective is to win the Super Bowl. And yes, the Bills needed to do things differently in each of the past two seasons to win the Super Bowl, and yes, changes need to be made. But changes are being made on EVERY team every season, because their players age and the salary cap forces personnel changes, etc., etc. etc. There is a lot of luck that goes into winning it all, including injuries, weather, the schedule, etc. All that any team can team is the best they can restocking the roster, adjusting offensive and defensive strategies, and try again. It is very clear that the Bills didn't have to do much different to have won 13 seconds instead of losing. And I don't think they needed to do a lot different to beat the Bengals. Look at the team stats for that game. They are much closer than we remember the game. It felt like the Bengals dominated, but if the Bills had gained 60 yards more, especially if 50 of those had come in the running game, the game would have been a statistical draw, and the score would have been a lot closer. And/or, I would argue that if Micah Hyde had played in that game instead of Jaquan Johnson (he was, after all, the third string safety), the Bengals' passing attack would not have succeeded so much. In my view, Hyde was the most important player on the defense, and his loss changed the season. I've said elsewhere, I don't get people talking about the Bills' need at receiver. They have four good receivers, and Kumerow probably will again be on the roster, so they need one receiver who almost certainly won't see a lot of action. What they need is a well-planned and well-run passing attack, which is on Dorsey. And what the Bills need is some luck. Last season was an emotional train wreck, and I think it's foolish to deny it. It was mess. 2023 is a new season. The Bills quite likely will be at the far right end of the bell curve again, because they are well coached, they have a solid roster without holes, and they have Josh Allen. The question is whether they will do the things they need to do, and whether they will have some luck. The fact that they didn't it do it last season or the season before really doesn't have much to do with whether they'll succeed next season. Each season is a new season with a new team, and one or two teams will rise into the elite and one or two will fall from it. Could the Bills fall from the elite? Possibly. The Packers had Rodgers and weren't elite every season. It's not easy to stay on top. So, yes, the Bills could fall, but I don't see that as likely. The point is that the Bengals game was just one game; the judgment of a lot of people is colored by the how it felt for the Bills to lose that game. The reality is, however, that the Bills are an elite NFL team that will continue to try to win the Super Bowl.
  12. That's just wishing away the problems. As others have said, Henry is only useful if you give him a lot of carries. He has to pound away, play after play, and he is not a threat in the passing game. He simply isn't useful, and never has been, as an all-purpose back in a role like Motor's role. And if you think Hopkins and Diggs isn't a potential problem, you really haven't been paying attention to their careers. They both want the ball, and they're both vocal about it in their ways. Both expect to be the lead dog. To suggest that their personalities are going to change because they want to win the Super Bowl is ignoring reality. Another good point. Dorsey wasn't good enough with the cast of characters he had, and that cast of characters was good enough. Dorsey is the answer to the offense in 2023, Dorsey and the offensive line.
  13. I wouldn't. The offense can't give Henry enough touches. Cook and Hines need to see the field to be part of the passing game. Diggs is the team prima donna, and I wouldn't put another in the receiver room. The Diggs-Hopkins show would be a distraction. If I were going to stretch, it would have been for a stud offensive lineman.
  14. Well, I certainly wouldn't be tempted to draft him if he WASN'T there.
  15. Virg - What exactly does your title mean? Is there anyone here suggesting that the Bills should draft the second-best available at a position of need? It's a simple binary debate - BPA regardless of need, or need regardless of BPS.
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