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  1. 12 minutes ago, GoBills808 said:

    Which is correct, and has very little to do with your assertion that ‘it’s not my place or the government’s to force this vaccine on someone who doesn’t want it’.

     

     

    You deliberately take things out of context and argue just to argue.

     

    You are the first poster in over 3 years on this website that I've decided to block.  You're not worth the aggravation.

     

    Cheers

     

     

  2. 1 minute ago, Capco said:

     

    Inigo, I've always been a big fan of your posts but I cannot count this to be one of them.  Vaccination is not a highly subjective or personal issue unless you have a genuine medical reason to avoid vaccination. 

     

    Vaccination is a broader public health issue that goes beyond the individual.  

     

    Hey Capco,

     

    I can't think of anything more personal than what you allow someone else to put into your body.

     

    Cole Beasley should have no say in what you choose to put in your body and you should have a say in what Cole puts in his.  Ultimately, that how I see it.

     

    I agree with you that vaccinations are a public health issue, but I don't believe that a public health concern trumps your right as an individual to say what happens to your body.  Remember that in this particular instance, we are talking about a vaccine being used under an emergency use authorization. The usual process to get FDA approval for a vaccine takes over a decade.  I looked at the data as we understand it today, and decided that getting the vaccine was the right choice for me.  It's not my place or the government's place to force this vaccine on someone who doesn't want it.

     

    We'll just have to agree to disagree on this one.


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  3. There are people for and against getting the vaccine who are perfectly reasonable.  Neither side is objectively correct.  It is a subjective decision people make as individuals about whether or not to get the vaccine.

     

    Let people do their own thing and give them the benefit of the doubt that they might know what is best for them better than you do.

     

    I personally took the vaccine.  I'm over 50 and I work in the ER.  I'm in a high risk environment almost daily.  If someone else chooses against the vaccine, that's their choice.  It has no bearing on me, I'm vaccinated and protected.  

     

    Agree with Cole or disagree with Cole, but it's his choice not to get the vaccine just like it was my choice to get the vaccine.

     

    People need to be civil and not attack someone for coming to a deferent decision about this highly subjective and personal issue.

     

     

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  4. 1 minute ago, BornAgainBillsFan said:

     

    Sorry to prove my ignorance, but can you give me some detail on this? What kind of bleeding are we talking about? External, like it thins the blood and prevents clotting? Or does it cause some risk of internal bleeding? I appreciate your knowledge in advance, BBF.

     

    Aspirin works by stopping the platelets in our blood from sticking together and starting to form a clot to stop bleeding when an injury occurs.  Theoretically Toradol could do the same. I think the risk of bleeding is very small with taking aspirin or Toradol.

     

    Coumadin, Eliquis, Xarelto, Lovenox are what most people call a blood thinner, and also Plavix to a lesser extent.  Plavix works on platelets too, more so than aspirin does.   The others work by interfering with the liver making coagulation factors that help stop bleeding.  They are very strong medicines and you will bleed more even with minor injuries if you are taking these medicines.  Playing football on any of these meds would be life threatening.

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  5. I’ve worked in the ER for 24 years and I use Toradol (ketorolac) daily. You can put it through an IV, use it in a shot, there’s a pill, and there’s even an eye drop for inflamed eyes.

     

    There is a theoretical risk of increased bleeding with any medicine related to aspirin, which Toradol is.  I think the risk of bleeding is very small.  The major benefit is that almost every other pain medicine we have is a narcotic, and obviously regular opiate use opens the door to possible addiction issues.

     

    Toradol is the best non-narcotic pain medicine we have.  Bruce Smith said playing in the NFL was like being in a car wreck every Sunday.  These players are going to take something for their pain.  Looking at the big picture, if it were me, I’d choose the theoretical risk of more bruises or bleeding with Toradol over the very real risk of addiction with opiates.

     

     

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  6. 6 minutes ago, Hapless Bills Fan said:

     

    I don't think that's true. 

    The contract does hold that players need to show up for certain things - mandatory workouts, mandatory training camp, meetings, games.  He can lose salary and be fined.  He can be asked to return amortized signing bonus for the games he doesn't play.

     

    As far as I know.  Contracts are guaranteed for injury and sometimes skill, but not for "I ain't gonna show up, and pay me regardless".  That would be nuts.

     

    I said that Star could show up out of game shape, never get on the field all season and still make his guaranteed money.  I'm pretty sure you're right that he just can't quit the team and still get paid.  The issue is that Star could show up out of shape and unmotivated to play this year like Albert Haynesworth did with the Redskins.  I think that's what McDermott and those guys might be worried about.  If they had been in contact with Star and knew he was working hard to stay in shape and he would be ready to strap them up for training camp, I don't think McDermott would have had any concern with Star not being there for the OTAs like a lot of the other vets. 

     

    I hope this is all just a bunch of pointless off season message board speculation and Star is working hard and shows up in great shape ready to clog up the line of scrimmage again.  I just didn't get that vibe from McDermott when he answered that question.

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  7. One of the narratives in the national media about Allen and Diggs that irks me a bit is that Diggs is always bailing Allen out and that without Diggs Allen would half as good as he is today.

     

    Two points, Diggs is amazing and is hard to cover and he makes Allen's life way easier because he is open so often.  That is a given, and in that respect, Diggs does help Allen out a lot.  No argument from me.  Thank God we have Diggs, he is incredible.

     

    The second point, and the one that bothers me, is that the media pundits make it sound like Allen is throwing Diggs bad balls and Diggs is making circus catches all over the place saving Josh's hide.  I just don't think that is the case at all.

     

    Diggs gets open, and Josh puts the ball on the money.  There is no YouTube video on all of Diggs' circus catches from last year, because he didn't make many last year.  The overwhelming majority of balls that came his way were right on the money, on time, and where he could catch it and run.  Those were great  throws that Josh Allen made.  The insinuation by pundits that Diggs is bailing Allen out of bad throws all the time is simply false.

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  8. 2 minutes ago, dneveu said:

     

    Basically we spread salary into guarantee's to 2021 and 2022.  Then he opted out of 2020, so everything essentially pushes back.  

     

    He'll be here this year, and honestly I'm not super worried about it because the team needs him on early downs.

     

    Thanks for the interpretation.

     

    I know the Bills want him, I think the worry is that Star may not want to play football anymore after taking a year off.  His money is guaranteed this year whether he plays or not, and he wouldn't lose very much money if he decides to hang up his cleats after this year.  He can show up at training camp out of game shape and never play a single snap all season and the Bills are still going to pay him $4.5 million.  With his cap numbers the Bills are not going to cut him. This year's guaranteed salary of $4.5 million is the last big chunk of money he is going to make in his career. 

     

    I suspect the Bills have reached out to him about how he is doing and he either hasn't responded, or he has responded and the Bills have some reason to worry about his state of mind, and that is why they want him in OTAs to get a sense of where he is at.

     

     

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  9. Here is Star's contract summary. 

     

    https://overthecap.com/player/star-lotulelei/2282/

     

    I don't pretend to be an expert on reading these things but a couple things stand out to me.  The first is that the Bills take a huge cap hit if they cut Star this year.  If they cut him during the next two years of his contract the cap hit is manageable.  The second thing that strikes me about his contract is that this season is the last year he is owed any guaranteed salary.  After this year he is not guaranteed any salary.  He does get a part of his prorated signing bonus.  I'm not sure how that signing bonus would be effected if this ended up being his last year in Buffalo.

     

    My take away is that there is a good chance that this is Star's last year on the Bills. His salary of $4.5 million is fully guaranteed this year whether he steps foot on the field or not.  Star could show up out of shape and never play a single snap this season and it won't cost him a dime.  I think that is what the Bills are worried about and I think they would like to see Star and get a sense of where his mind is.   I think that is why McDermott seemed irked about the Star no show.

     

    I may be wrong on my contract interpretation, if some of you money ball guys get a different sense, please share.

     

     

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  10. I'm a Josh guy and here's why

     

    Mahomes has had the best offensive supporting cast in football since he took his first snap.  Great offensive coach, great O-line, great WR / TE corps, and a legit running game.  In the Super Bowl a couple of months ago Mahomes had to play behind a bad O-Line for the first time in his career and he looked pedestrian at best.  It was really the first time in Mahomes career that he was asked to overcome a deficiency on the Chiefs offense and he couldn't do it.  

     

    Contrast that with Josh who has been asked to win year one with no WRs, year two with an average at best O-line, and last year with no running game.  In all those situations Josh put the team on his back, overcame the shortcomings of the offense around him, and kept finding ways to win games on his own.  Even as a rookie Josh willed that horrible offense to victories.

     

    It's my opinion that Josh has done more with less.  I think Mahomes is the perfect QB to run a high octane offense like the Chiefs have fielded.  Josh doesn't need a high octane offense to win, I think Josh would have won 8 games with the Jets' offense last year.  That's the difference.  Mahomes plays fantastic football inside a fantastic offense.  I think Josh can play fantastic football with anyone.

     

     

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  11. I think Beane went out and got Trubiski as an insurance policy for a championship run this season if Josh goes down for 3-4 games.  If Trubisky can go .500 in any starts he has this season, I think we still make the playoffs and a healthy Josh can hopefully step back in and make the playoff run.  I don't think Beane will give up that insurance policy for any one year rental.

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  12. 1 hour ago, MiltonWaddams said:

    I wouldn’t even call them a sleeper contender. That team is extremely stacked on both sides of the ball. The only people ignoring them are media and that is because they are Cleveland and for no other reason.

     

    Careful there Milton...

     

    Folks 'round these parts don't take too kindly to anyone saying somethin' nice about them Brownies...

     

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  13. It you get into Tonawanda I'd recommend a Sahlen's hot dog at Ted's (burgers are great too) and then some frozen custard at Andersons just down the street. It's a great inexpensive lunch.  Both are on Sheridan Dr.   Duffs for wings, Bocces for pizza.  

     

    Wegmans is a grocery store chain in WNY and if you see one you should drop in.  I know, I know, a grocery store?  If you need to get any food or drinks for the room at night and you see a Wegmans, take a minute and drop in and check it out.  

     

    Hope you have a great trip!

     

     

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  14. On 5/10/2021 at 1:58 PM, gjv001 said:

    It appears the Bills will once again in 2022 be at a strong disadvantage to there major AFC competitors for Free Agents. According to Spotrac, here are the salary cap projection for 2022.

    Miami   59m

    NYJ      53m

    Balt       42m

    NE         23m

    KC         13m

    Buf          1m

     

    Perhaps it makes some sense to gamble a little more on improving our roster for this years Super Bowl run, seeing it could become more challenging next year.

     

     

    Thanks for taking the time out of your day to post those cap numbers here for us to look at and kick around.  This is a tough time of the year for football fans, not much going on to talk about.  Appreciate the thread.

     

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  15. He was a good signing for the Colts.  At this point in time, after the bulk of free agency and the Draft, Fisher was probably the best option out there for them.  Now we just have to see if he has had enough time to recover from his injury and regain his form.  He's a solid NFL tackle when he's healthy.  I'm imagine getting to line up next to Quenton Nelson on every snap will help a bit too...

  16. 1 hour ago, jangalang said:

    Mac Jones - Coming to the NFL

     

    He also had the respect for coach Saban, but at the same time the no-fear aspect of it.”

     

     

    I think this is the biggest reason Jones is going to succeed in New England.  Mac Jones is used to hard nosed coaching under Saban and nothing is going to change in New England.  Jones isn't going to wilt or pull a Wentz and start to sulk when Belichick routinely puts a boot in his azz in practice in front of the team to make him better.  And just like when Brady took the abuse from Bill for years, it gives Bill license to treat everyone else that way too.  If the QB is going to take it without complaint, everyone else better just shut their mouth and fall in line too...

     

    It was one of the reasons Brady excelled in New England because he was that rare QB to become an elite level player and still be willing to accept that hard coaching.  Look at Rodgers pouting right now just because his team didn't draft the people he wanted.  Imagine a young Rodgers in New England getting nuked in every practice in front of the whole team.  He wouldn't have excelled with Bill, he'd have been out of the league in 5 years. 

     

    It's a fun parlor game to debate Tom vs Bill, but the truth of the matter is that they were perfect together, and better together than either would have been without the other.   A coach who could craft a great QB with hard nosed coaching, and a QB with the ability to be great who could accept that style of coaching.

     

    I see that same quality in Mac Jones.  I think he is going to be really good in New England. 

     

     

  17. 17 minutes ago, Rigotz said:

    Page 5 of this thread and nobody has mentioned that the Patriots lost their best O-Lineman and best run blocker this year, Joe Thuney?

    The Chiefs gave him an $80 Million contract over 5 years. That's how good he was.

     

    It's a huge loss and all of these flashy signings don't counteract the massive loss they took. They got worse, not better.

     

    Hey Rigotz,

     

    Just a few links / articles to check out on Onwenu who replaced Thuney when Thuney slided to center last year.  Admittedly, I didn't hear a lot about him last year but this off season I have been looking at the Pats, Jets, and Phins a bit closer and Onwenu was a steal in the 6th round for the Pats last year.  I think Onwenu's play was one reason they felt comfortable letting Thuney move on.

     

    I think you make a valid point, losing a lineman like Thuney can be a challenge for any team, but it looks like they already have someone on the roster to help mitigate that loss on a cheap 6th round rookie contract.  That will help take some of the sting out of it.

     

     

    https://www.patspulpit.com/2021/1/8/22220216/patriots-michael-onwenu-pro-football-focus-2020-all-rookie-team

     

    https://www.pff.com/nfl/players/michael-onwenu/27357

     

    https://www.si.com/nfl/patriots/news/onwenu-biggest-surprise-2020-draft-class

     

    https://chowderandchampions.com/2020/10/09/new-england-patriots-michael-onwenu-dominating-best-rookie/

     

    https://patriotswire.usatoday.com/lists/projecting-the-patriots-starters-on-offense-for-2021/

     

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  18. 2 minutes ago, NoSaint said:

    One point I’ll call out- playoff teams often have higher percentage of run plays because once you have a solid lead you end up bleeding clock. A team playing from behind most weeks will air it out more than planned on the opposite end. 

     

     

    Definitely a fair point NoSaint.

     

    I think that looking at the top five from last season, Baltimore, New England, Tennessee, and Cleveland really were run first offenses and weren't just salting away games with the lead in hand.  Admittedly I don't watch a lot of NFC football to know how the Saints offense looked week to week.

  19. Bill Belichick's coaching hallmark has always been game planning to identify an opponents' weakness and adjusting his offensive or defensive scheme week to week to exploit those weaknesses.  As offenses have transitioned to pass first philosophies across the league, defenses have begun to adapt by looking for defenders geared more towards stopping the pass.  LBs who have the mobility to cover in the flat seem to be overtaking the prototypical LBs of years past who were run stuffing thumpers.

     

    I think Bill is going against the grain and is returning to smash mouth football and trying to build an offense that will take advantage of defenses built to stop the pass.  He doesn't have an elite QB on his roster and he knows he isn't going to win a shootout without Tom Brady under center.  I think he knows that low scoring games are going to give his team as its currently constituted the best chance to win. He wants to run the ball, chew clock, win time of possession, get turnovers on defense, and win games like they did 20 years ago.  He wants to win games 21-17.

     

    The loss of Brady forced him to embrace this run first philosophy.  Last season the Patriots were second in the NFL in percentage of running plays at 51.28%.  That strategy can be successful, four of the top five teams in running percentage made the playoffs last year. 

     

    1.  Baltimore  55.04%

    2. New England  51.28%

    3. Tennessee 50.28%

    4. Cleveland 47.48%

    5. New Orleans 46.95%

     

    Bill always seems to have a great O-Line (one of the reasons Brady is still playing at age 64) and last year was no different.  According to PFF the Pats had the 4th ranked O-Line last year and Bill has tried to bolster the O-line even more heading into this season.  I linked below to a recent article about the Pats' 2021 O-line and the PFF O-line rankings from last year.  They will have Wynn and Andrews back for 2021 and they traded for Trent Brown who is a monster during the off season.  As it stands now, the starting O-line in New England is projected to be;

     

    LT: Isaiah Wynn
    LG: Michael Onwenu
    Center:  David Andrews
    RG: Shaq Mason
    RT: Trent Brown

     

    https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/03/19/andrews-brown-onwenu-wynn-patriots-offensive-line-depth-karras-mason-nfl-free-agency-cam-newton-belichick/

    https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-final-2020-offensive-line-rankings

     

    The O-Line will also be augmented by frequent two TE sets that put more beef on the line and enable the running game.  I expect the majority of their offensive snaps come out of two TE sets this season with their free agent signings of Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.

     

    The Pats used their 4th round pick to add RB Rhamondre Stevenson that Mike Reiss at ESPN described as "A big, physical back whose style sparks thoughts of LeGarrette Blount, the 5-foot-11, 227-pound Stevenson is an intimidating runner."   Stevenson will be joining James White their fantastic receiving back and Damien Harris who had an injury plagued but solid season, ending the season ranked 11th among RBs with an average of 69 yards a game.  There is talk that Stevenson will allow the Pats to move on from Sony Michel who has had trouble staying healthy.  They also have a young back in J.J. Taylor who was injured most of last season who will be back and add depth.  On the whole, it's not a very scary stable of RBs.   I think there is a widely held expectation that the Pats will add a veteran RB sometime this off season as teams cut RBs due to cap and roster concerns.  I was surprised Kerryon Johnson didn't end up in New England.  I'd be curious to know if they made a run at him.

     

    Cam is a obviously a solid running QB and adds a real element to their run game.  Even if Cam gives way to Mac Jones at some point in the season, Jones is likely going to be given game plans like Bill gave the young Tom Brady, more of a game control passing strategy, making short high percentage passes just often enough to keep defenses honest and stop them from stacking the box.  It sounds like that type of offense would play to Jones' strength, whose two main attributes are said to be his accuracy and his ability to read a defense at the line of scrimmage and find the weak spot and put the ball there.

     

    The two big questions are how successful can this run first strategy be across a 17 game season in today's NFL for New England?  Can they win enough games this way to challenge for the AFCE title and make a deep playoff run?  The other question as Bills' fans is, how will our defense stack up against this run first philosophy?   Run defense has been a weakness at times for McDermott and Frazier's defenses.  Bill knows the best way to beat QBs like Mahomes and Allen is to keep them sitting on the bench.  It will be interesting to see how Belichick's run first gambit plays out this year.

     

     

     

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  20. Ricky.jpg.fcea9f7a977b629fd97ce5e08ddd1be7.jpg

     

    When Ed Oliver is violating your new quarterback guy Ricky Schroder on another third and long, don't get too upset.  Just remember that there's a part of Ricky that likes it.

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