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  1. It's not that simple. Good teams frequently replace their higher (or soon to be) priced veterans with lower cost rookies and the draft is the predominant method for that. Especially at safety, LB, G, RB, and perhaps DT. The draft is also where you find talent at the elite positions: QB, WR, LT, DE, and CB because it's rare to pick up someone in UFA on a team friendly contract at those positions. There is risk inherent to any process and mitigating that on draft day is impossible. But compared to the reward, draft picks used by competent front offices tend to work out at a higher rate.
  2. Main complaint with Daboll is how he calls a game. It lacks vision to me as evidenced in the WC game. That said, the offense is complex, which just seems like another coach who wants to run his system. It's not like what Baltimore did with Lamar Jackson identifying a scheme that he could run at this point in his career. All of this is why I suspect Buffalo loaded up with UFA offensive types last year. Of course the QB has to grasp the concepts, but the majority of their OL and top 2 WRs were guys with plenty of NFL experience and a RB who is the NFL's version of Methuselah (and I say this as a positive). Doesn't bode well if they're trying to involve younger players into the scheme.
  3. This thread was about top 100 players according to one NFL writer. Buffalo features 2 players, one drafted and one acquired via trade. Both happen to play on the outside at the premier positions. There are a few issues intersecting here. First is that you need elite talent at those premier positions: QB, LT, WR, DE, and CB. There's hope for Allen, Diggs, Tre, but then who at those positions on this roster is in-place as Pro Bowl/All-Pro worthy? Second, they have a lot of nice players, but no one that stands out aside from the 2 mentioned on Prisco's list. We can debate individual players ad nauseam. Point is that the 2019 Bills featured 1 starting Pro Bowl player and 1 alternate and they need a lot more than that to be successful in the post-season. And who's all of a sudden talking about quality of play on national TV? That isn't part of this specific conversation.
  4. You do know the Rams were in the Super Bowl the second year McVay was HC, right? Buffalo hasn't won a playoff game under McBeane. LAR may have some issues, but it's clear their HC understands offense in a way that McDermott/Daboll haven't demonstrated.
  5. Average or slightly above average overall talent typically delivers similar results. One can say there are no weaknesses, but what are the strengths? I would say the secondary is strong and the front 7 is stout. On offense, the receivers from 1-3 are very good, but the OL is relatively average or slightly above. I'm not concerned right now about the cap situation in 2021 and beyond. They will be handing out large contracts if their home-grown players can shed their label of having "potential" to those regarded as legit outstanding talent. Who really cares what their cap hit is anyway? It's not like the league is rewarding teams for saving.
  6. Buffalo has accomplished this by: 1. Not pursuing big name UFA's (nothing wrong with that) and 2. Not finalizing a contract with a player they drafted. The first likely will not happen under this regime and the second is almost guaranteed to occur multiple times over the next 2-3 seasons. There's still a lot of book to write about McBeane and whether they'll re-sign players to contract exceeding 12M per. Bottom line is that cap dollars saved is not a metric that should be lauded too much. No one gets extra draft picks or wins by saving there.
  7. The roster has been built to fit the coach’s strategy, vision, and to ensure a solid culture. I like that they’ve improved depth and probably better able to withstand injuries. My concern is their lack of top end talent will show up against better opponents. Depth is nice, but over the season those players will not consistently provide a matchup disadvantage. A good scheme and better in-game decisions may help offset this, but it’s a long season and their schedule likely will be more challenging in 2020. It comes down to Allen’s improvement to be a force multiplier on offense. Hopefully he is up to the task and can get the ball to Diggs and others to improve that side of the ball. I hope McD isn’t going to just expect the defense and a conservative offense will get them deep into the playoffs.
  8. TBD discussion that casts a player negatively for on or off field matters quickly becomes doctoral thesis level quibbling. Never fails to happen.
  9. Gotta believe Whaley's grammar was better. And that's considering his choice of words sometimes was underwhelming.
  10. I see a lot of Kelvin Benjamin, Invizayble Jones, Isaiah McKenzie, Robert Foster, Deonte Thompson, and a cast of several fringe NFL types in these lowlights. Good to see after 2+ years prioritizing more defense, they finally figured out those receivers were not starting quality. The 2017 and 2018 WR groups were among the worst in the NFL. The price to McD getting to build his defense first in order to steal some games by keeping them close was found on the offensive side of the ball. The OL and WR groups especially.
  11. The roster is better, the QB is more experienced and they have continuity at the coordinator and HC. Everything is aligned for Buffalo to beat their biggest adversary. Still, it should be noted that McD is 0-6 against BB and been out-scored by 85 points in those games. He's gotta be better because most games are decided by one score or less.
  12. I'd much rather have a dangerous offense than a dangerous defense. The first wins championships. The second wins over fans debating about pointless morning show rankings.
  13. Three drills do not nearly form the basis for comparison for a given player's best position. I'll give you one that isn't the whole story - Ed Oliver plays at (we're told) 285-290 on a 6''0-1 frame. Epenesa is 6'4-5 and has been listed around 275-280. Body composition notwithstanding, just comparing height/weight/speed is not telling anyone much of anything. Epenesa looks most like a 40 front LDE and was, in all likelihood, drafted to play there. After all, they signed 2 DT's this off-season, drafted Oliver last year, already had Phillips and Star from the year before. Let's not overthink this. Especially because he's not going to be a 1 technique if he played inside and could (underscore could) bump inside to rush as a 3 tech. Does that push out Oliver on passing downs? I'd hope not considering Oliver's a top 10 pick. Which situations does Epenesa move in?
  14. McD's job title needs to change from Head Coach to Chief Executive Officer.
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