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  1. Mines a moniker I've taken on online recently, after finally deciding to have an actual presence in forums and the like (I identify as a lurker..)


    It isn't much fun for a football message board but here goes. It's an homage to Hermes Trimegistus. A figure who, to me, represents the transformation of oneself into the greatest version of oneself. By way of self reflection and discovery, simple spiritual practice, and attunement with the natural laws. 


    Thanks to @Coldfronts for the inspiration to post mine. I was contented to enjoy everyone else's until I saw what you had posted.

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  2. 8 hours ago, HappyDays said:

    I've said this for years - they need an offsite officiating crew that watches games live and makes calls when the refs miss them.....


    ....I don't get angry at the refs for missing things, they have an impossible job. I'm angry that the league doesn't take steps to fix an obvious problem with an obvious solution.


    Exactly. It's a problem that should have a fairly easy solution,yet it seems like every year it gets worse and worse

  3. 17 minutes ago, TheCockSportif said:

    I can't believe this thread exists.  And I'm not pointing fingers at the OP.  Last week it was, "what if Singletary fumbled?".  So, really, the only outcome is the one that took place today, and thank goodness that it was a W.


    It stems from a frustration at the officiating league-wide. There have been countless plays this year where I watch the Bills (specifically) and think to myself how lucky they got on a call or non-call.


    It's not just the Bills, it's the NFL as a whole. How many times do you see the media darlings getting timely penalties to keep them in the game? I'm sure you could do a deep dive and look to see if the better teams truly do get more calls for or against them but that would just turn out to be an exercise in futility. 


    C'est la vie

  4. 6 minutes ago, TheCockSportif said:

    No doubt that officiating, as is par for the course, is bad at best.  Every single game, even if you're not watching the Bills, is like that.  It's infuriating, frankly.


    So the only way to counter is to put points on the board, and to power on.  Early in the game the Bills just missed opportunities, and when you play these tough games and rely on officiating, you shouldn't.


    (Otherwise it was an incredibly satisfying win, make no mistake.)


    Talk about cathartic! I'm so happy the Bills pulled out the W! Regardless of any other factors. Beating KC at Arrowhead is huge for team morale/confidence and seeding purposes. 


    4 minutes ago, Billsfan1972 said:

    And then 5 minutes reviewing the final interception from 15 angles to see if there was anything they could call to give the ball back to KC.  


    Hahah right!? It's like 'oh, this play could potentially end the game, better scrutinize it ad nauseam. Don't worry about the calls earlier in the game. Those don't really matter (unless it affects the spread)'

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  5. 9 minutes ago, mikemac2001 said:

    I kind of agree


    if you watched every play I’m sure they held just as much but we called for like 5 def holding and 3-4 on third and longs 


    it was annoying go bills


    I think that's the worst part.  It's not just on a run of the mill 2nd down, it's when the cards are on the table the refs control the flop.

    I mean, the big play doesn't reach home..  just look for the flag. Marquee team/players generally get the calls to keep the game alive. It would be nice to just watch the players play and not have to worry about a great defensive stop or offensive gain negated by a redundant penalty.

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  6. Seriously. 


    How much do the Bills win by without numerous (2-3) drives extended by penalties for 1st downs, or non calls that would've obviously changed the outcome of a play.


    It's not just this game and not just against the the Bills. The Refs clearly show bias and it's getting more and more obvious to even the common fan.  The Bills have been fortunate in this regard since Allen but the overall officiating is horrendous.  There have been a handful of times where the bills should've gotten penalties or non calls against them and it worked in our favor. 


    IMO the Bills have been on the "right side" of these calls this season but it still points to the inability of the NFL to have capable Refs. How ridiculous is it that a multi-billion organization can't at least be impartial when it comes to the rules that govern the game!?


    I don't care if the Bills get more calls against the weaker teams in the league, so long as the overall game is called consistently and fairly for every team. 


    How many times have you seen a flag and then the network doesn't show a replay or there's a convoluted explanation why the call was right.. 


    TL:DR, Refs suck, Bills didn't benefit tonight, but overall they have.


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  7. 2 hours ago, Chas56 said:

    I’m not with the talk that missing Davis won’t be a big deal. That undervalues Davis. The Bills can definitely overcome it, but he will be missed.

    Exactly, The Bills might actually have to punt in this one

  8. 9 minutes ago, ToGoGo said:


    The media is to blame. 


    Even after Beane cut him, they were going after him. The media even sent the females out to ask questions.


    "Why now?" "Why not cut him in July?"


    The subtext being "do you hate women?" "Why didn't you immediately believe the accuser?" "Why didn't you immediately assume he was guilty?" 


    Sleazy sleazy sleazy. They're all desperate for a purpose and to APPEAR intrepid. 


    If the media is so ethical and fearless why won't anybody ask the Bills why La Nova Pizza owned by the HEAD OF THE BUFFALO MAFIA CRIME FAMILY is licensed to sell food at the stadium. It's a rhetorical question. It's because they're phonies. Let's listen to Wawrow put his betters on the judgement chair instead. 


    Exactly. Its why Beane said how many times it's to give Matt space to work things out. I wouldn't rule out the Bills bringing him back after the dust settles if he's cleared of any wrongdoing. 

  9. 4 minutes ago, MasterStrategist said:

    Honestly, it could be as simple as they sat back down with Matt after receiving the "actual 11 page" civil suit allegation and began to ask him specifics.  Perhaps they got a feeling he wasn't being truthful, perhaps his story was changing from before, but at the end of the day...Beane and McD had to make a decision RIGHT NOW.  It's unfortunate, because it's always better to let more info come out but they got as much info as possible to this juncture and were at a crossroads.  Very serious allegation and if they weren't 100% convinced (again as of now), that he was innocent then they needed to move on.


    As far as the team getting past this, I'm not concerned. Each new day will now be a focus on week 1, not Matt Araiza, and we have great leaders in the locker room and coaches, where a situation like this could blow up for another team...I think we can "find a way" and move past it, we have great team camaraderie.


    Finding a punter, I'm optimistic that we will at least be better than Matt Haack from a yr ago...lots of current options and potential cuts.  That to me is good enough, for an explosive offense.






    The Bills had no choice to drop him regardless. Even if they knew with 100% certainty thay he was innocent. The media circus that would plague the team would be an absolute nightmare. Worst case scenario is that they keep him on and then he does get charged and arrested. How much does that derail the season, and what does that do to the reputation you've built?


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  10. I've had this thought for a while; that the Bills are holding him back "from football activities" intentionally.  They have the confidence to roll with Elam, and/or Benford because of the talent/scheme around them. 


    They're going to season the rookies until they want Tre White to come back and then ease him back into the fold. Then you have Tre, Jackson, and the rookies splitting time until the playoffs.  Which is when you send Tre and Elam (or whoever shows the best) locking it down in crunch time.

  11. 9 hours ago, corta765 said:


    This is probably the two boldest so far

    Its easy to see the ways that the Pats or Dolphins make the playoffs but I don't think they both do. One of them sweeps the series between them and that's the difference 


    The Jets are going to end up being a team that's always in contention for a wild card but never is a real threat to the top teams.


    Daboll is looking to right the ship and Dan Jones does just enough to get tagged in the off-season.


    Riverboat Ron gets Carson Wentz going in a short yard passing offense and relies on YAC and Mclaurin keeping the defense honest. 


    Baker shows he isn't done in the league and (with a lot of help from McCaffrey) the Panthers turn out to be a surprisingly dangerous offense.

  12. The Bengals prove they're here to stay and win the first seed in the AFC, beat the Chiefs after the bye, and host the AFC championship game.


    Chase and Higgins both go for 1500+ and 10+ tds.


    2 of the following 3; Giants, Panthers, Commanders, make the playoffs 


    Brady wins MVP and the Bucs get the first seed.


    Rodgers and Brady have an all time great battle in the NFC Championship game. Where Rodgers pulls out a miracle on the last drive to lead the Packers to the Super Bowl. 


    Mahomes and the Chiefs struggle to stay atop the AFCW and are a wildcard team. 


    The Jets push for a playoff spot all season. If they make it in, 3 teams from the AFCE are in the playoffs. 


  13. 16 minutes ago, ScottLaw said:

    Realistically from where the Bills were sitting in the first two rounds I wanted Pickens or Moore and certainly would’ve traded down or traded up in the 2nd to take one of them…. But they were all in on CB in round 1 since February… honestly don’t think WR was even high on their radar within the first few rounds….


    Behind Diggs and a less proven Davis on the outside they have NOBODY…. But this point seems to be ignored or shrugged off….good thing is they have Josh Allen to carry the offensive load again when the receivers can’t get open or the offensive line is getting bludgeoned…. Just hope McD doesn’t get too run happy and take the ball out of the best players hands until late in the game when they need him to bail them out as always. 👍🏻


    I get Pickens, but Moore projects more as a slot receiver if I'm not mistaken. So had we drafted him Kumerow still would've been the defacto WR3  (which is hilarious)


    Do you think Pickens will have more total yards and tds than Cook this year? That's the big question. 

  14. 1 hour ago, The Dean said:



    First of all, you think Beane drafted someone in the second round when he had another player rated higher? Really?  I can see if that player was a DB, since he took Elam in the first round. But we see that doesn't even necessarily hold, by looking at last year's draft. 


    But I think we disagree on how the board is built to begin with. I believe it is built WITH team needs in mind. Putting aside this year, as it was a week QB class, do you think the Bills would have had ANY QBs on their board in the first few rounds?  Why would they when they KNOW they have no interest in drafting one?


    When drafting don't you think they consider whether the players style, strengths and weaknesses, character, personality mesh with this team as currently constructed?   This isn't a rebuild where the GM is simply looking for talent, when they don't necessarily know if the head coach will even be with the team in a year or two.  This is an established team with a terrific roster (I think some don't take that into consideration) and a HC who isn't going anywhere.  They are looking for (and I believe grading) players who fit THIS team. Not some hypothetical team. A very highly regarded MLB thumper who might rank high on many teams boards, might be much much lower on the Bills' board. Understand where I'm coming from?


    To your first point. I can't say he had anyone graded higher, although he probably had others in the same ranked grouping.  He may very well have had a player 'graded' slightly higher but was in the same grouping and in a deeper position so he picked Cook. There's too many factors the we don't know to come to that conclusion. However, I think it's far to say that he could have.


    I do believe the Bills would've drafted a QB if one of them dropped far enough. They aren't going to reach for a QB but they would be stupid not to draft one because they have Allen. Having a highly touted backup to the most important position on the field, that in no way threatens his standing with the team, is cost controlled for 4 years, and you can potentially trade for picks if he fills in and balls out is not a bad thing.


    (This thread has diverged to the concern of of outside WR depth, why not have the same concern for QB)


    Although your point about how the board is built is interesting. I understand ranking players based off of cumulative input from everyone involved, however you're talking about absolute rankings (i.e. player A is ranked higher than player B, so we'll always draft player A regardless of position). Whereas I believe there's a spectrum (players A,B,C, and D are all grouped together, so even though they play different positions they're all viable options).  


    I do understand where you're coming from in regards to player grades and evaluations, I just disagree that the absolute nature you're suggesting, is how things go when the team is on the clock.


    (Even drafting Rousseau in the first they knew Hughes, and Addison were likely on their last legs. Therefore a DE was still a need, hence Basham)


  15. 7 hours ago, ScottLaw said:

    A 2nd round picks worth? No I don’t. 

    I’d much rather that pick be for a potential stud outside WR. 

    If either Diggs or Davis are out or struggling for an extended period of time I have no doubt they’ll bring someone in because I’d be willing to bet separation and YAC becomes an issue.

    Shakir was a 5th rounder.


    The way the Bills operate organizationally, unless a true first round talent was sitting there, that pick wasn't going to be a receiver. It undermines the faith they're putting in Davis. Sink or swim he's their guy. Plus grabbing Cook gives another dynamic to the offense that wasn't there before. 


    Let's say this year nobody steps up and Davis is having a solid yet otherwise unspectacular season. I'm sure the Bills brass is going to be looking very hard for an upgrade to the WR core during the year. They've been willing to make mid season trades before so why not again.


    Ideally they are looking to see if it's going to be worth extending Davis this year and then drafting Diggs eventually replacement and WR3 in the early rounds in next year's draft.  It gives you the potential to have the big contracts for these 3 WRs on a rotation and keep the cupboard stocked for Allen for the foreseeable future. 


    Every decision this organization makes is looking multiple years down the road so they can compete every year. Not just this year



    6 hours ago, The Dean said:



    So what you are saying (even if you didn't realize it) is you would have preferred Beane abandon the board and the teams' evaluations on prospects, and draft a player they didn't have highly enough ranked at that spot in the draft. As you know, Beane loves to trade too.  So even if they didn't like a WR at that draft position, had they been eyeing a WR they liked there they might have traded down---if the deal was right.


    So what did you want the Bills to do. Ignore their player evaluation?  Good thing you will never be a GM.


    Teams often have very similarly graded players available when it's their turn to pick.  What he's suggesting is that the Bills take one of the similarly graded WRs instead of Cook. I personally was hoping they'd have drafted a receiver earlier than they did. Who's to say they even had Cook rated as highly as he was picked?


    To suggest it's ignoring the player evaluation would be incorrect .Ignoring player evaluation would be to draft solely based off of the grade you have and not how they can contribute to the team. 


    Would you draft a punter who you graded as a second round talent over a DT who's rated as an early third?  Unless there's truly an outlier sticking out on your board it's all subject to who's going to work best for your team. 

  16. 11 hours ago, ScottLaw said:

    It still forces slot receivers to play the outside position and Kumerow to get increased reps…. Not a good thing…. Best solution is as you said in your last paragraph, sign Julio or someone like OBJ as a rental. 

    So long as Josh is at the helm it's a non issue. We had a WR by the name of Robert Foster who went on a tear with Allen and has done nothing since. I personally thought he was the second coming of Moulds. Turns out QB play can make lesser talent appear better than they are

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  17. 41 minutes ago, ScottLaw said:

    He’s the back up to both Davis and Diggs, so no, not really.

    But.. but... Aaron Rodgers wanted him back in GB so he's super good, and don't forget about his efficiency, he's called TD Jesus for a reason. 


    If either miss time I'd imagine the plan is to make up the difference by committee, rather than rely solely on one player for the job. So let's say they lose 15 looks to Davis over a game, they wouldn't expect Kumerow to probably take more than 1-3 of those. Knox gets more time outside and makes up another 2-3 maybe the other TEs 1-2, the RBs add 2-4 more, the rest of the WR room gets the rest of the targets. About 2 more looks each for Diggs, McKenzie, Crowder, and Shakir. Or they could 'feature' one of these guys and give more looks to them, think how McKenzie was used against NE last year. 


    While running Davis and Diggs together will be the go to in the clutch. The offense as a whole will be varied enough to not precipitate a major shift in overall offensive philosophy based off of an injury to either starter. Losing both for an extended period would change a lot but they might look to make a trade if something like that happens or pickup a player like Julio Jones, if any are still available, who can come in for a few games and wants a ring.

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  18. 16 minutes ago, BTB said:

    I’m not saying Von Miller has to play 100% of the snaps, but if he is getting in the same ballpark of snaps as AJE and the other DE’s, McD and Frazier are idiots.  You don’t pay a difference maker huge $$$ to just be part of a JAG rotation.


    He'll probably play around the same number of snaps as Rousseau and Ed.  While Lawson, Phillips, AJE, Basham, and Settle all see around the same number.


    I'd imagine the coaches and players don't care who's on the field as long as they're winning games. They understand their roles on the team and signed on to do whatever it takes to win a Superbowl. It's not about some divas crying to get more targets or play more snaps to higher higher sack numbers.  It's about putting all the other BS aside and putting your focus on a bigger prize. One that can only be obtained with the help of so many others. 



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