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  1. Wide receivers are now like CBs in that a team can only afford to have one great one on a second contract on the roster because the position cost it too high. Teams will pay their #1 WR big bucks and then churn through rookie WR and hope one of them hits on a cheap contract for four or five years to pair with their #1. No team can afford to pay two #1 WRs market value on a second contract if they have a franchise QB on the books.
  2. @Shaw66 Great write up. The biggest thing is to just keep making it into the playoffs and then it's anyone's ballgame. You can't account for the odd bounces that occur during a playoff run. It takes a talented team and a lot of luck to win a Super Bowl. If the Bills can keep making it into the tournament they will eventually have luck break their way and they will win one. It's Beane and McDermott's job to keep that roster competitive so they keep making it into the final eight. If they can do that eventually lightning will strike.
  3. I think another big problem is that people wonder how much of the Bills' defense is Frazier's and how much is McDermott's. It's the same issue with Bieniemy in KC with Andy Reid there.
  4. I wouldn't hate this... https://www.nbcsportsedge.com/football/nfl/player/9403/lou-anarumo
  5. Diggs has been frustrated as the season came to an end about his lack of involvement in the offense. Diggs had another monster season and is more than just another WR1, he is a top three WR in the NFL. Diggs finished 4th in the NFL in receptions, 5th in receiving yards, and tied for 3rd in TDs. He did that playing only 16 regular season games. The Bills played 18 games (if you throw out the Damar Hamlin game) in the 2022 season including the playoffs. That gives us two 9 game halves of the season to compare. I divvied up the stats to see if there was a significant difference in the two halves. There was definitely a big drop in production over the second half of the season. First 9 games; Average targets per game; 11 Average receptions per game; 8 TDs; 7 Average yds per game; 109.4 Last 9 Games; Average targets per game: 8.2 Average receptions per game; 5.2 TDs; 4 Average yds per game; 65.8 The question is why did Diggs production drop off? There are a couple of things that were a factor, Josh injured his elbow near the end of the 8th game of the season and that injury seemed to linger well into the second half of the season. The other issue was a few bad weather games where conditions were not ideal for an efficient passing game. I'm not sure if Josh's elbow and weather can account for all that drop off though. That leaves 5 possibilities for Diggs 2nd half decline; 1. Defenses did something different later in the season to slow Diggs 2. Dorsey moved away from Diggs-centric offensive game plans 3. The O-line play deteriorated and the passing game suffered 4. Allen regressed in the second half of the season 5. Diggs regressed in the second half of the season It could be combination of some or all of them, but I think #1 and #5 are the least likely. Every defense tries to take Diggs out of the game and I think Diggs was still getting open late in the year. Even when Diggs is "covered" he still seems to catch the ball. This is something that Dorsey is going to have to figure out this off season. We have a tight cap now and the answer on offense is probably not going to be adding more weapons for Josh, but rather getting more out of the weapons we already have.
  6. Not as much as I think 17 points wasn't enough for a Josh Allen led offense. The Bills defense gave up 0.9 points more than their season average that game. The Bills offense scored 11.4 points less than their season average that game. Which side of the ball under performed? Take your time, I know it's a tough one and it involves math. I'm done with this ridiculous argument. It's like talking into a dead phone.
  7. The fact remains that the defense gave up 20 points that game, seven of them on a short field turn over by the offense that handed the ball to the Jets already in the Red Zone. It was the offense that couldn't get out of it's own way that game. The Bills' offense is what lost that game, not the defense. I don't know how you can look at that game and not cede that point unless you're just going to be argumentative for the sake of being argumentative.
  8. The Jets offense only scored 20 points that game. One of the Jets' TD drives started at the Bills' 19 yard line after Josh was picked. The defense did not lose us that game. 🍻
  9. @Billever76 Let's see that stat for points and yards allowed in the last three playoff wins. I would expect the stats for three games when the Bills lost to look bad. I'm like you trying to figure out what happened against Cincy. It was the worst Bills' game of the entire season, maybe the last three seasons. I think the defense as a whole for the Bills is a solid unit that had a really bad game at a really bad time. I'm not ready to throw out the baby with the bathwater yet. 🍻
  10. The defense really played well all year. They didn't show up against Cincy, but neither did the offense. The Bills defense finished 4th in the NFL giving up an average of 19.1 points a game. That's the only defensive stat that matters. That is a fantastic average. I'll take Josh Allen scoring 20 points to win a game any week, and that's why the Bills only lost 3 regular season games all year. I'm not sure what happened against Cincy. The team just collapsed on both sides of the ball. That one performance doesn't mean that the Bills' defense is broken. I'd sign up for another season where the defense gives up less than 20 points a game in a heart beat.
  11. But If that happens you wouldn't be able to go to any games. Doesn't McCaffrey have a restraining order on you??? ☺️
  12. Hey khlax I was with you until the very end, I think they rework Hines but go the rookie route with a solid RB in the middle rounds to round out the RB room. They should resign Duke to keep a veteran presence in the RB room. His cap hit was only $300K this year. If there is an injury mid-season there always seems to be middle of the road / serviceable veteran RBs out there waiting for a GM to call. That would keep the total cap hit for the RB position at around $5mm. That $3mm in cap savings can be spent on the O-line or elsewhere. 🍻
  13. Cook isn't going anywhere. He has looked better as the season progressed and still has three years left on his rookie contract and has a cap friendly hit of $1.3mm in 2023. I don't think Beane is going to keep both Singletary and Hines. It is going to be one or the other. Nyheim's contract is not cheap, his cap hit in 2023 is $4.79mm, and in 2024 it is $5.48 https://overthecap.com/player/nyheim-hines/6989 Singletary is an unrestricted free agent and according to Sportrac his projected free agent contract should be right around $5.5mm annually for three years. https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/buffalo-bills/devin-singletary-29110/market-value/ Hines is great in the return game and has stand alone value in that respect. He has more speed than Motor and is probably a better receiving back than Motor. We haven't seen him carry the ball much. In his five years in the league the most carries he's had in a season was 89 in 2020. That year he averaged 4.3 yds per carry. His career average is 3.9 yds per carry. The most receptions Hines had in a season was 63 in both '18 and '20. His career average yds per reception is 7.4 yds. Across his career, Hines catch percentage is 77%. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/H/HineNy00.htm Singletary had 177 carries this year and averaged 4.6 yds per carry. He had 38 receptions this year with an average of 7.4 yds per reception. The most receptions he's had was 40 in the '21 season. Across Motor's career, his catch percentage is 75%. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SingDe00.htm The question is which back, Motor or Hines, compliments Cooks the best? In Cook we have a speedy / receiving back. That is the same skill set that Hines brings to the table, plus his return skills. Does it make sense for the offense to have their two primary RBs with essentially the same skill set? Also, are Cook and Hines able to soak up the 170 plus carries Singletary has a season? Cooks has looked good running the ball but has a smaller frame. Can we expect him to hold up carrying the ball 100+ times a year in the NFL? Singletary's projected free agent contract isn't much more than what Hines is under contract for now. What does Beane decide to do? The problem is I don't think Beane can afford both. Beane's last option is to release both of them and build around Cook with new faces.
  14. Let's keep the masochism going! Which was worse? When your surgeon amputated the wrong leg? OR When you caught your wife sleeping with your best friend?
  15. Josh has been papering over deficiencies on this team the last couple of seasons. It caught up with them last Sunday. If the Bills are going to win a Super Bowl he is going to need some more help.
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