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Would The Bills Have Won Super Bowl 27 w/ Frank Reich as Starter?

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This is something my good friend and I talked about this. Do you think the Bills would have won Super Bowl 27 if Frank Reich started the game?

 

After the big comeback game, the Bills were on a roll.  They scored a huge victory on the road against a Pittsburgh team who was favored to win.  The Bills ended up winning handedly 24-3 and were hot!  They seemed to be rolling with Reich as QB.

 

Also the Bills teams seemed to rally around Reich whenever he started. Reich never was the most physically gifted QB, but he was smart and it just seemed like the team played harder when he was in the lineup.  The offense seemed to be much more focused and determined.

 

As for Kelly, he wasn’t the same when he returned against Miami in the AFC Championship game.  The Bills got the victory, but that was largely due to a good rushing day and a strong defensive performance.   Most of Kelly’s yards came off screen passes, and he struggled in the redzone.

 

Then came Super Bowl 27....arguably one of Kelly’s worst performances as starter.  He ended up getting knocked out of the game and turned the ball several times.  Yes, Reich did come in the game when Kelly was hurt but by then it was too late.  

 

I’m not saying that starting Reich guarantees a win by any means.  But if he starts and put more points on the board early (which Kelly failed to do), we could see a different Super Bowl.

 

What does everyone think?

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No.  Loved Frank but we did not have the D to compete in that game

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8 minutes ago, BillyWhiteShows said:

This is something my good friend and I talked about this. Do you think the Bills would have won Super Bowl 27 if Frank Reich started the game?

 

After the big comeback game, the Bills were on a roll.  They scored a huge victory on the road against a Pittsburgh team who was favored to win.  The Bills ended up winning handedly 24-3 and were hot!  They seemed to be rolling with Reich as QB.

 

Also the Bills teams seemed to rally around Reich whenever he started. Reich never was the most physically gifted QB, but he was smart and it just seemed like the team played harder when he was in the lineup.  The offense seemed to be much more focused and determined.

 

As for Kelly, he wasn’t the same when he returned against Miami in the AFC Championship game.  The Bills got the victory, but that was largely due to a good rushing day and a strong defensive performance.   Most of Kelly’s yards came off screen passes, and he struggled in the redzone.

 

Then came Super Bowl 27....arguably one of Kelly’s worst performances as starter.  He ended up getting knocked out of the game and turned the ball several times.  Yes, Reich did come in the game when Kelly was hurt but by then it was too late.  

 

I’m not saying that starting Reich guarantees a win by any means.  But if he starts and put more points on the board early (which Kelly failed to do), we could see a different Super Bowl.

 

What does everyone think?

I think yikes. He wasn't the best qb on the team. Jimbo was. Maybe he was rusty, but it was the right choice

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Unfortunately no, we still would have lost.  Our Defense couldn't stop them!  May have been a closer game with less turnovers but we still would have lost.  Dallas had just beaten one of the best Niners teams on the road and we were overmatched once the game settled down in the 2nd qtr.  

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People fondly remember Frank Reich but he wasn't anywhere near the talent that Jim Kelly was.......and as is often the case with limited backups........more exposure was not good.

 

Nobody remembers Reich having to take over for an injured Kelly late in 1994 and just playing AWFUL down the stretch and costing the Bills a return to the playoffs.    

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That game was over when the refs let Ken Norton give Kenny Davis a full facial on 4th and goal from the 1.  Went straight downhill after that.

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Zero chance. The Bills were a big fish in a small pond (AFC). Dallas was a shark in a pond with other sharks (NFC). Look at the recent SB winners (NE, Denver, & Philly). Dallas would anihalate all of them. I mean dismember them. They were an unstoppable juggernaut.

 

Joe Montana could've been the starter that day for the Bills. It wouldn't of mattered. The Super Bowl was decided in the NFCCG.

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I've tossed that idea around many times.  I think we would've easily beaten Miami in the AFCCG but we would've still lost to Dallas, only not as bad.

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32 minutes ago, BuffAlone said:

I think yikes. He wasn't the best qb on the team. Jimbo was. Maybe he was rusty, but it was the right choice

 

It begs the question though - is Reich at 100% better than Kelly at 70%?  I would have to say yes.

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14 minutes ago, Billsfanatic8989 said:

Zero chance. The Bills were a big fish in a small pond (AFC). Dallas was a shark in a pond with other sharks (NFC). Look at the recent SB winners (NE, Denver, & Philly). Dallas would anihalate all of them. I mean dismember them. They were an unstoppable juggernaut.

 

Joe Montana could've been the starter that day for the Bills. It wouldn't of mattered. The Super Bowl was decided in the NFCCG.

 

Jimmy Johnson did put together an awesome roster.  I do agree it’s a different game if Reich is starter but that it would be an uphill battle to win.  Then again, who knows.

29 minutes ago, Freddie's Dead said:

That game was over when the refs let Ken Norton give Kenny Davis a full facial on 4th and goal from the 1.  Went straight downhill after that.

 

Perhaps, if Reich is QB in that game he gets the Bills in the endzone before 4th-and-1

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Kelly played the entire second half with a concussion He couldn't remember he was supposed to meet his family after the game..

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7 minutes ago, Wacka said:

Kelly played the entire second half with a concussion He couldn't remember he was supposed to meet his family after the game..

What are you thinking?  Kelly went out with around 7 minutes left in the 2nd quarter & never played again in the game.

 

As far as the OP's question.  Reich entered the game with the score 15-7 & the drive concluded with A FG to make it 15-10.  With the score ending up 52-17, that means the Cowboys outscored the Bills 35-10 AFTER Reich came in, so the answer is to his ? is NO (or more emphatic if there were no censors)

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1 minute ago, Albany,n.y. said:

What are you thinking?  Kelly went out with around 7 minutes left in the 2nd quarter & never played again in the game.

 

As far as the OP's question.  Reich entered the game with the score 15-7 & the drive concluded with A FG to make it 15-10.  With the score ending up 52-17, that means the Cowboys outscored the Bills 35-10 AFTER Reich came in, so the answer is to his ? is NO (or more emphatic if there were no censors)

Sorry, wrong Super Bowl. That was SB 26 in Minneapolis where he had the concussion vs Washington. My bad.

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51 minutes ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

People fondly remember Frank Reich but he wasn't anywhere near the talent that Jim Kelly was.......and as is often the case with limited backups........more exposure was not good.

 

Nobody remembers Reich having to take over for an injured Kelly late in 1994 and just playing AWFUL down the stretch and costing the Bills a return to the playoffs.    

Sad but true. 1994 is right up there with 2003 with me for most annoying season. :thumbdown:

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1 hour ago, BillyWhiteShows said:

 

Perhaps, if Reich is QB in that game he gets the Bills in the endzone before 4th-and-1

 

Perhaps, if the Queen had balls, she'd be King.  :devil:

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I guess the world will never know...

 

Next question.

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1 hour ago, BillyWhiteShows said:

 

It begs the question though - is Reich at 100% better than Kelly at 70%?  I would have to say yes.

Hell no. Jimbo had an attitude, drank too much, womanizer, but was by far the superior QB. This is not even a question is it??

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2 hours ago, BillyWhiteShows said:

This is something my good friend and I talked about this. Do you think the Bills would have won Super Bowl 27 if Frank Reich started the game?

 

After the big comeback game, the Bills were on a roll.  They scored a huge victory on the road against a Pittsburgh team who was favored to win.  The Bills ended up winning handedly 24-3 and were hot!  They seemed to be rolling with Reich as QB.

 

Also the Bills teams seemed to rally around Reich whenever he started. Reich never was the most physically gifted QB, but he was smart and it just seemed like the team played harder when he was in the lineup.  The offense seemed to be much more focused and determined.

 

As for Kelly, he wasn’t the same when he returned against Miami in the AFC Championship game.  The Bills got the victory, but that was largely due to a good rushing day and a strong defensive performance.   Most of Kelly’s yards came off screen passes, and he struggled in the redzone.

 

Then came Super Bowl 27....arguably one of Kelly’s worst performances as starter.  He ended up getting knocked out of the game and turned the ball several times.  Yes, Reich did come in the game when Kelly was hurt but by then it was too late.  

 

I’m not saying that starting Reich guarantees a win by any means.  But if he starts and put more points on the board early (which Kelly failed to do), we could see a different Super Bowl.

 

What does everyone think?

I remember wanting reich to start against Miami in that years afc championship game and in the super bowl against Dallas. I love Kelly, but we were on a roll with reich and I felt we should have stuck with the hot hand. Thanks for this thread

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The backup QB is always perfect. No INT’s, no fumbles, always know where the blitz is coming from. I actually had a dream about the perfect backup last night. But then I woke up. 

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