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Why Derek Anderson should start the rest of the season...

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or at least until he gets hurt.

 

The Bills have dropped an enormous amount of capital to acquire their first true blue chip QB prospect in decades. They then proceeded to surround him with a large pile of sub-par players who simply have no business starting in the NFL. If they continue to trot this kid out there every week, he is going to get hurt.  It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when and how.

Maybe they get lucky and he just gets a couple ribs busted up or cracks his left ulna; but if they don't get lucky there is a real significant chance that he's going to get his plant knee torn up, take damage to his throwing shoulder or suffer any of a myriad of injuries that is going to negatively affect him for the rest of his career.

And for what? This team is not going anywhere this year with any QB available to them. The staff is desperately trying to scheme around an insurmountable lack of talent but there is only so much you can do and this kid cannot learn jack in that kind of environment. There is virtually no upside into continuing to put him out there and if there is, it is massively outweighed by the downside of him taking permanent damage for no good reason.

 

The Bills should put a headset on him the rest of the year and let him gain experience standing next to coaches and working with a veteran QB 6 days a week. Use a pile of draft picks and cap space to build aan NFL O-line this offseason and put some legitimate skill players on the field around him next year and then see what he's got. Risking this kids long-term health for the sake of letting him gain a little bit of dubious experience in a modified NFL offense is an inexcusable manner in which to risk the kind of prospect which comes around rarely and to which you've devoted a tremendous amount of resources.

 

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Keep playing Allen if he’s healthy.  Outside of the Bears, we’re basically past the worst of the pass rushes.

 

 

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Considering that the first few of you gents responded in less than a minute, perhaps you should consider actually reading the post and considering its merits before chucking it  😃

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Anderson last completed a pass in the NFL on 9-24-17.  He was not in any team’s camp this summer.   From 2011 through 2017 he was with the Panthers and threw 168 total passes for those 7 years.  That means 24 total passes per season. His last TD pass was in 2016.

He’s getting $760,000 this year for the Bills.  A J McCarron is getting $2.1 mil in Dead Cap money from the Bills.

Are we really expecting him to start an NFL game for the Bills in 2018?  He’s basically been in retirement for the past 7 years!  I think it’s pretty crazy.

** I posted this before but another Moderator said it should be merged with another Anderson thread??  I don't see any other Anderson thread but yours.  **

Thank you for keeping this great board going!

 

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Nah B 

 

No one was saying this after the Vikings game 

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Just now, PUNT750 said:

Are we really expecting him to start an NFL game for the Bills in 2018?  He’s basically been in retirement for the past 7 years!  I think it’s pretty crazy.

 

 

 

In this particular scenario, he's likely no worse an option than Peterman or a green rookie from the Mountain West

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13 minutes ago, Simon said:

or at least until he gets hurt.

 

The Bills have dropped an enormous amount of capital to acquire their first true blue chip QB prospect in decades. They then proceeded to surround him with a large pile of sub-par players who simply have no business starting in the NFL. If they continue to trot this kid out there every week, he is going to get hurt.  It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when and how.

Maybe they get lucky and he just gets a couple ribs busted up or cracks his left ulna; but if they don't get lucky there is a real significant chance that he's going to get his plant knee torn up, take damage to his throwing shoulder or suffer any of a myriad of injuries that is going to negatively affect him for the rest of his career.

And for what? This team is not going anywhere this year with any QB available to them. The staff is desperately trying to scheme around an insurmountable lack of talent but there is only so much you can do and this kid cannot learn jack in that kind of environment. There is virtually no upside into continuing to put him out there and if there is, it is massively outweighed by the downside of him taking permanent damage for no good reason.

 

The Bills should put a headset on him the rest of the year and let him gain experience standing next to coaches and working with a veteran QB 6 days a week. Use a pile of draft picks and cap space to build aan NFL O-line this offseason and put some legitimate skill players on the field around him next year and then see what he's got. Risking this kids long-term health for the sake of letting him gain a little bit of dubious experience in a modified NFL offense is an inexcusable manner in which to risk the kind of prospect which comes around rarely and to which you've devoted a tremendous amount of resources.

 

He did get hurt and many other QB's get hurt as well.

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Nope.

 

They can't be playing hot potato with the QB anymore.

 

It's Allen's team, for better or worse. This is how he's developing now. You can't be scared of injuries.

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I'm fine with Anderson starting while Allen is injured, but after that he needs to get back on the field.

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It’s great that he’ll watch Derek Anderson prepare like a starting QB a whole week.

There has to be a different DA in that scenario...like a true glimpse of intent starting game prep.

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1 minute ago, LeGOATski said:

Nope.

 

They can't be playing hot potato with the QB anymore.

 

It's Allen's team, for better or worse. This is how he's developing now. You can't be scared of injuries.

 

No hot potato; you put Allen next to the coaches and leave him there.

If you're not scared of this kid taking long-term damage in this offense, I think you're whistling past the graveyard.

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I was for pulling a Mahomes with Allen and letting him sit this year, but now that he’s got a few games under his belt, he needs to play.   No point in sitting him now.  

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17 minutes ago, Simon said:

. If they continue to trot this kid out there every week, he is going to get hurt.  It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when and how.

 

 

 

Really going out on a limb there, huh?   :)

 

But fully agree with the rest of the post.  Allen has been pressing and not learning or improving.

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I do think this could be a blessing in disguise for the long run to let Josh take in an NFL vet running the offense for a couple games. Then when Josh is healthy he can get back in there after hopefully learning a thing or two and Anderson can be of even more help having actually played in our offense in a live game.   

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Agree and have been saying it for a few weeks.  Given the abysmal level of talent on offense, the plan should be to shelve Allen and let some middling vet take the beating.

 

But honestly, this is a disgrace to the fanbase, all of it.

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4 minutes ago, GG said:

 

Really going out on a limb there, huh?   :)

 

 

Yeah, impeccable timing.

I was actually going to post something similar about keeping him on the sideline this year, then about 4 hours after I had come to that conclusion he took a ferocious beating in one of the preseason games and I just figured it was redundant at that point.

Although in hindsight, I have no idea why it isn't also redundant now 🤤

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