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Maiorana's Report: Realism or Pessimism?

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Sal makes some good points here, but I can't help but be struck by the negativity regarding players and coaches all over the field. Is Sal giving us a needed wake-up call, or is he unreasonably pessimistic? Here it is: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/football/nfl/bills/2019/09/23/tremaine-edmunds-buffalo-bills-linebacker-struggles-in-win-over-cincinnati-bengals/2418753001/

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He could have balanced the piece out with more good points, but I can't argue with any of the criticisms.   It was a pretty sloppy performance all things considered.

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The worrisome part is it's his second bad game in a row. I thought he was worse vs. Giants. 

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Its early in the year but at this point all are valid points.  Every press conference McD says we have a long way to go. Him and players both say they are trying to get better every day. Time will tell if they actually are. 

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He's right about Edmunds.  

19 minutes ago, Tolstoy said:

Sal makes some good points here, but I can't help but be struck by the negativity regarding players and coaches all over the field. Is Sal giving us a needed wake-up call, or is he unreasonably pessimistic? Here it is: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/football/nfl/bills/2019/09/23/tremaine-edmunds-buffalo-bills-linebacker-struggles-in-win-over-cincinnati-bengals/2418753001/

Sal usually gives Sully a run for his money but this was a decent breakdown. 

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11 minutes ago, KD in CA said:

He could have balanced the piece out with more good points, but I can't argue with any of the criticisms.   It was a pretty sloppy performance all things considered.

True but one way to look at it. All things considered, the Bengals scored 17 points, had only 306 yards, the Bills got three turnovers (officially four), the Bills ran and passed decently, and won the game. If that is sloppy we go 11-5 or so with that performance.

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I always thought Edmunds would be better suited in a pass rushing capacity rather than MLB....he just doesn’t seem to have the natural instincts imo....

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Interesting to read this and consider that our defense has allowed by my count 8, 14, and 14 points respectively. Clearly someone on the D is playing exceptionally.

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"We all expected big strides from the 21-year-old in his second NFL season, but in these first three games, Edmunds has been a ghost. He has 19 tackles, only one for lost yardage, and two pass breakups."

 

That's a ghost? 5 tackles a game, pass breakups, and a tackle for loss?

 

 

 

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Realism. He’s not wrong that Edmunds had a rough go but I’m not concerned. His previous two games were stellar imo

 

This Bills team are still a bit of a mystery to me but a lot will be learned over the next 3 weeks. 

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14 minutes ago, Kelly the Dog said:

True but one way to look at it. All things considered, the Bengals scored 17 points, had only 306 yards, the Bills got three turnovers (officially four), the Bills ran and passed decently, and won the game. If that is sloppy we go 11-5 or so with that performance.

 

Yup.  On D it’s mostly nitpicking, though he made a good point about the pass rush (Brady will destroy them if they aren’t more creative).

 

On O, the turnovers, drops, and play calling will cost them games soon if not cleaned up.

 

But yes, we should be thrilled to have 3 wins with a team that is still a work in progress.

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2 minutes ago, Reader said:

Interesting to read this and consider that our defense has allowed by my count 8, 14, and 14 points respectively. Clearly someone on the D is playing exceptionally.

Secondary in run support has been exceptional to my eyes...granted I didn’t really go back and look at Bengals game yet

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Well to be fair as sloppy as it was the D held what was the 2nd best passing team in the NFL to almost nothing in the first half before giving up some plays and yards in the second once the Bengals went max protect for much of the time...still Dalton didnt even get to 250 yards and the Bengals barely got over 300 for the game...

 

More importantly they still only allowed 17 points and that was the high water mark through 3 games. Can't complain much about that.

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3 minutes ago, GoBills808 said:

Realism. He’s not wrong that Edmunds had a rough go but I’m not concerned. His previous two games were stellar imo

 

This Bills team are still a bit of a mystery to me but a lot will be learned over the next 3 weeks. 

 

Those bye weeks are educationalAF. Heyyoooooo

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Just now, NickelCity said:

 

Those bye weeks are educationalAF. Heyyoooooo

I almost wrote 3 games but now I realize I should have just drawn a picture 

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Just now, GoBills808 said:

I almost wrote 3 games but now I realize I should have just drawn a picture 

 

In crayon, if you don't mind. 

 

For my money, that Titans game is going to tell us a lot. Going to be tough sledding imo. 

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Edmunds strikes me as a better OLB.  He is good in coverage, but still struggling with MLB responsibilities.

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49 minutes ago, Tolstoy said:

Sal makes some good points here, but I can't help but be struck by the negativity regarding players and coaches all over the field. Is Sal giving us a needed wake-up call, or is he unreasonably pessimistic? Here it is: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/football/nfl/bills/2019/09/23/tremaine-edmunds-buffalo-bills-linebacker-struggles-in-win-over-cincinnati-bengals/2418753001/

I thought the beginning part about Edmonds was fair and well analyzed. You have to wonder about a guy who then proceeds to do nothing but point out anything he could to be negative. I mean the team won and is 3-0....how can there not be anything positive? When you reach that point its time to go

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2 minutes ago, NickelCity said:

 

In crayon, if you don't mind. 

 

For my money, that Titans game is going to tell us a lot. Going to be tough sledding imo. 

I know there isn't a ton to be read into results this early on but I am totally confused by that week1 Titans/Browns game...such a weird one

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In the context of the defense Edmunds is doing a good job imo.  He can cover and his ability to go sideline really prevents backs from getting to the edge.  This defense is all about every man playing their role.  I think there are a lot of defenses that you could drop Edmunds into and his stats would increase significantly.  He is doing exactly what he needs to in this defense.  Can anyone argue with the results?

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7 minutes ago, NickelCity said:

 

In crayon, if you don't mind. 

 

For my money, that Titans game is going to tell us a lot. Going to be tough sledding imo. 

Nah...the Titans suck. Flukey week 1 game against a distracted Browns team.

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15 minutes ago, MJS said:

"We all expected big strides from the 21-year-old in his second NFL season, but in these first three games, Edmunds has been a ghost. He has 19 tackles, only one for lost yardage, and two pass breakups."

 

That's a ghost? 5 tackles a game, pass breakups, and a tackle for loss?

 

 

 

Yes, he’s nowhere to be seen during commercial breaks! :flirt:

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8 minutes ago, Happy Gilmore said:

Edmunds strikes me as a better OLB.  He is good in coverage, but still struggling with MLB responsibilities.

I think people forget he just turned 21 years old in May...he is still young and learning things...the Bills defensive vets to a man believe he is a hall of fame caliber player so either we can believe their opinions or the opinions of some fat sportwswriter who probably never even played 🏈 past pop warner or high school...

 

I think Edmunds has everything you want in an MLB in this scheme and its only a matter of time before he becomes a force to be reckoned with.

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At 21 years old, you'd think he'd have the MLB position mastered by now at the NFL level. 

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