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  1. The devoted fans of Mantle, Ford, Yogi etc are long gone and have had little relevance for the fans for quite awhile. Those fans are from a bygone era. I agree with you that they are an important part of the history of that illustrious franchise but those past players mean little to this texting generation of fans. What is generating excitement and new fans in NY is the resurgence of success with a new generation of players. My point is that success breeds success and refreshes and invigorates the market with a new generation of fans. I don't want to come off as a grouch but I have little interest in looking back especially because the product was for so long tarnished. Bill Polian is a HOF GM. He was most responsible for creating a dynasty in our most glorious era. But when I hear him commenting on today's game he seems so out of touch. As I said before I'm excited about the now and the future. That is where my focus is directed.
  2. Time passes on and the nostalgia for the good old SB days becomes less meaningful because a large segment of that population involved in that exciting era has passed on to another pasture. Those who have not passed have become very weathered and are less likely to attend such nostalgic festivities. The reality is that more than a generation has passed since that successful era and thus there is a smaller population of gray beards attached to those players associated with that very memorable period. I'm less interested in looking back and more focused on watching the building of a franchise that creates its own successes and memories. A generation of fans have withered because the team was so irrelevant for so long. It's better not to look back and focus more on the future and reconnect with this younger and lost generation of fans. For me the Polian era was exciting and enjoyable. However, I have little interest in looking back. I'm now very hopeful and excited about the present and the not too distant future.
  3. JohnC

    Shaq Lawson on roster bubble

    As you noted the real issue wasn't so much about his injury status as it was how he was evaluated. To a lesser extent than with EJ Manuel he was over-valued as a prospect. This regime has demonstrated that they are not committed to the players that the previous regime brought in. Signing Trent Murphy may indicate that this staff has a replacement player already in place if Lawson doesn't elevate his game. Where I disagree with you in this discussion is that I don't believe that the injury issue that plagued the player in college was as influential in other teams bypassing him in the draft. It was simply a case that there was simply a case where their evaluations were different from Whaley's evaluation. If Lawson can improve his game to the point where he becomes a dependable rotational lineman then I will be more than satisfied.
  4. JohnC

    Shaq Lawson on roster bubble

    I doubt that Buffalo was the only team that cleared him that was interested in him. You are making an assumption based on what? There is no doubt that some teams bypassed him because of the shoulder issue. But that doesn't mean that every team that had an interest in him wasn't willing to select him at what they believed to be a reasonable spot. Whether he needed an operation or not doesn't bother me too much. What bothered me more is that it should have been done sooner rather than later. When all is said and done having a medical issue in his rookie year isn't the real issue. The issue is can he be a good player in this league now and in the future. That is what we are going to find out in camp. If he can't play at a contributing level he will be moved. While you have already seemed to have made a conclusive judgment on him I have not.
  5. JohnC

    Shaq Lawson on roster bubble

    As you well know medical opinions on players with an injury history are usually not clear cut. You are probably correct that some teams may have passed on Lawson because of shoulder concerns. On the other hand I'm sure that there were teams that were willing to draft him because their concerns were allayed based on their medical staffs' judgments. Judging a player with a medical history is not an easy call. The medical staff in Miami didn't clear Brees while the staff in New Orleans did. I'm sure there were dissenting views from the respective organizations. The book on Lawson isn't complete. Is he going to turn out to be a contributing player for the Bills or end up being dispatched? I don't know for sure but I wouldn't be surprised if he turns out to be a solid to good player for us. It that level of play materializes I will be more than happy.
  6. I agree with you that in the Charger game the rookie was simply overwhelmed. That game was last year. The issue of whether it represented his future play means little in comparison how he plays this year in camp and entering the season. My belief is that Allen is eventually going to start sometime this season. Even if the big armed rookie qb doesn't get much playing time this year it is recognized that he is going to be our franchise qb. I'm not as down on Peterman as you are. I still see a role for him as a backup this year. As far as his long term prospects with the Bills it is at best as a backup qb. If he attains that role then I will be more than satisfied with it.
  7. Taylor was a veteran qb where there was no progression to his game. What you saw is what you get. His limitations were such that he was not going to grow out of them. Defenses were adapting to his limitations and forcing him to do things that he wasn't very accomplished at. When you have a qb that isn't very accurate and can't go through progressions what options does your OC have at his disposal to work around those limitations? You don't think those same limitations will be exhibited in Cleveland? Is McCarron a better short term option to Taylor? I would say yes because I believe he can run a pro style offense, something the veteran running couldn't could do. Taylor was fortunate that for the most part he didn't have much of a backup to challenge him. In Cleveland, the qb behind him will be the first pick in the draft noted for his accuracy. How long do you think it will take before there is a loud chorus singing to replace him? I'm confident that before the season is over with Mayfield will be taking the starting snaps. It wouldn't surprise me that if Mayfield plays well in camp and preseason that the Browns have the rambunctious rookie as their on opening day. From a Buffalo standpoint the Taylor debate should be finished; it lacks relevancy.
  8. You just made my point with your last sentence. Just so you know I have never said that your opinions are invalid. It just seems that you have a tendency to challenge the person for an opposing position. Just an observation.
  9. I'm not saying this in a harsh way so I hope you don't take it as so but you have an inability to separate a person's critical opinions from the person. Too often you consider a critical comment, whether merited or not, as a personal assault on your favored object. Your instincts toward criticisms is a reflexive attack on whom it comes from. You are too worried about protecting the tribe rather than listening to what is actually being said. You can do better.
  10. My befuddlement is a raw talent that I have honed and refined over time. The raw materials were always there. It just took effort to master it. I don't want to brag but I am a natural talent. Josh Allen may have incomparable arm talent but my level of confusion is well of the charts. šŸ˜„
  11. JohnC

    Favorite Bills Packers game ever?

    A Packer and a good guy. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/packers-rb-aaron-jones-surprised-his-good-deed-at-airport-went-viral/ar-AAy5prT?li=BBnb7Kz
  12. Peddle to the metal. I'm a full throttle guy. Go hard and fast until your gas tank is on empty. Then fill it up again. Fear not!
  13. You are periodically astute, perspicacious adroit. šŸ˜‰
  14. I was confused about where the writer was going to because I didn't associate the Atlantic with sports.