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  1. It's clear they've improved at individual positions, although to which degree remains to be seen. Yet, to go from 6-10 to a 10-6 or 11-5 is a big leap in the NFL requires an entire team playing well. The question is, how much have they improved and are the offensive improvements going to facilitate Josh Allen taking a big step toward becoming a top NFL QB.
  2. Or it could mean Rudolph is negotiating with the Vikings and isn't taking the Bills calls. Or, Buffalo doesn't want to spend on a guy who doesn't average 10 yards per reception. It could mean a lot of things. What I'm confident is, they're not confident in their TE starting or depth with Kroft out. What, is the strength and conditioning coach being given a requirement that he get another 50 pounds on his bench press and add another 20 in muscle by August?
  3. Injuries happen less for some players as opposed to others. Did you take the laptop with you?
  4. Nix deferred on the decision to take a QB high in 3 drafts (2010-12) which represented the worst decision of his tenure. Sure, 2010 may not have been a good year either, but it was inexcusable in '11 and '12 to leave Day 1 or 2 without a top rated QB. Ryan Fitzpatrick, while a good story, had not demonstrated the caliber of play in 6-7 seasons to warrant being a long term option. Yet, Buddy paraded himself around as a good talent evaluator, never acknowledging he needed more at the position. It's amazing that Buffalo found themselves picking QBs in two of the worst years in the past 15 years to find a QB. It's why you don't delay picking one when the opportunity presents itself. This is one of the most carefully constructed and tightly held narratives I've ever seen on this board. I have no doubt Brandon had already decided Whaley (or Whales as ole' Russ called him) would succeed a 73 year old GM. And there's no way on God's green earth that the outgoing guy would pick his successor's QB for him. Anyone who's worked in the corporate world knows that doesn't happen.
  5. Not to mention, Hackett was a rookie OC who (along with Marrone) eschewed hiring a QB coach for that raw 1st round rookie, who was backed up by journeyman Thad Lewis and UDFA rookie Jeff Tuel. The college game has a lot to do with players not being ready for the NFL. Someone mentioned above that EJ really only trusted himself on the field. It showed when he wouldn't throw receivers open and looked mainly for point targets. That works in the college game sometimes and with superior talent. Not so much in the NFL.
  6. Amazing that people still think the 73 year old GM on the way out of the building made that pick. I remember EJM stating at 2013 rookie minicamp how the playbook was easier than FSU’s. One way or another that wasn’t good. In his mind, I always saw EJM as the guy who thought he was better than he actually was. Well, except for the GM who hung his hat on the pick...XFL Doug.
  7. Lee Smith's penalty to snap count ratio was always around 1:2. I'd expect it'll remain the same on go-round #2 with the Bills. Signing him to that deal says a lot about how they feel about their TE group.
  8. You think that's obnoxious? I tone it down on Mother's Day.
  9. The people who brought us the Bills' 2018 offense are responsible for the 2019 version. It's likely going to be better, but when you're offensively bottom quarter of the league that should be expected given how much they spent. I'm sure their deep dive into UFA this year with what looks like 1-2 year deals is designed to get them good now while providing time to draft younger and cheaper replacements. That said, you've got plenty of teams in recent NFL history winning in the playoffs within 2-3 years of drafting their new QB. Philadelphia, Kansas City, Houston, Chicago, LA Rams come to mind. If Buffalo isn't competing for a division title this year it begs the questions: when will they? Too much changes each year and expecting anything to remain the same for long is absurd.
  10. I take it you're one of those who thinks McD is telling Daboll to do whatever the heck he wants to do regardless of their defensive plan. Correct? McD is aligning what they're doing on offense with defense. He's not telling the OC go with a pass first attack that risks more 3 and outs which places the defense on the field more. How hard is it to understand both sides of the ball are related to HCs like McD? And, is it that difficult to understand McD isn't all of a sudden gonna be a pass first guy?
  11. That quote comes across as basically out-execute your opponent, which is very Jauron-esque. I see far too much emphasis on the OC and his pedigree and not enough on the HC he works for. Sean McDermott creates the the game plan and the OC and DC implement that. It doesn't matter where Daboll or Frazier came from when it comes to what they want to do in a game. Nothing about McCoach screams to me that he's innovative or ready to throw the ball 35+ times each week. Sure, the offense may throw deep now and then, but the HC is a play it safe guy who's looking at field position, ball control, and the like. Former DCs turned HCs (cue the Belichick reference) typically tend to coach from their way of thinking and McD is no different. Dude isn't changing his spots in year 3. Maybe he does start the season throwing it all over the field, but the likelihood is he doesn't, and the offense remains predicated on the running game. The other factor is McD is in year 3 of his tenure. Think he's going to become a pass happy guy with more talent? Doubt it. He knows they need to show results and he'll go with what he knows - run the ball and get a strong defense.
  12. Loved how the news, specifically Pergament, pointed out in that article that the Athletic's website does not have the exposure the BN has. Yet, they banked on the BN Blitz which has failed miserably. Either way, sports journalism is changing rapidly and some outlets are slow to accept it, the BN being a prime example.
  13. I'm confident McBeane have been given assurances by ownership that their tenure will last at least 4 years. It's why they handled the cap in seasons 1 and 2 by shedding big contracts and taking the patient approach to rebuilding. They've identified their QB of the future, overhauled the roster, (save a few veterans) and spent big money on UFAs this off-season. McD has 3 1st round picks and multiple UFAs to staff his defense. He also has the same OC from 2018 to 2019. They need to show an ability to defeat good teams more regularly and beat up on the bad teams. One would think after 3 off-seasons of rebuilding they'd be ready for that.
  14. On one hand, you're highlighting the signing of UDFAs and then talking about 5th or 6th rounders not likely having a substantial impact. Foster may continue to improve. Zay could start producing when it matters and develop better chemistry with Allen. Brown and Beasley may play like they did with previous teams in their respective roles. The question is whether or not McBeane were confident in their WR group coming out of the draft. Apparently they are. We're going to see if they were right, but history being what it is, McBeane haven't shown a propensity for evaluating let alone developing offensive skill position talent. Lot of "ifs" and "hopefullys."
  15. Trust the Process...eventually it'll work!
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