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12 hours ago, BillsFan4 said:

GTFOH Giants. 

 

I’m glad the Bills denied it. There’s no reason to let Daboll interview for a lateral move unless the Bills are trying to get rid of him (which quite clearly they’re not). I want continuity for Josh and the entire offense. Daboll has been good for Allen’s development so far and there’s no reason to mess with that IMO.

 

People like to assume a new OC would be better for Allen but the opposite could also be true. If most of us agree that Josh is developing pretty nicely so far, why do people want to mess with that? I’ve been a Bills fan (and a sports fan in general) long enough to know that the next hire isn’t always automatically better than the previous one. 

You had a problem with Jauron and Rex?

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13 hours ago, BuffaloBills1998 said:

Why deny them go ahead and give him away, his play calling has set this offense back

Sarcasm or not , ppl feel this way. 

I am now fully on board with him staying, glad actually. He did much better in the booth , he's open minded , getting players thoughts and ideas on play calling . He'll have at the least , Allen , Motor,Knox,Brown,Beez , majority ,if not all the same OL and likely a huge upgrade at RB,WR and possibly TE to pair with Knox. Players , especially Allen, love him.

Love the continuity, while I hated his play calling at Hou and other games, I feel he'll learn, grow, evolve from it. 

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1 hour ago, Hapless Bills Fan said:

 

I'm having trouble parsing this.

If we need to "drastically rehaul" the skill positions and tweak the OL, what does "meat and potatoes is there" mean to you?


I hope our offense will improve under Daboll next year. 

By meat and potatoes I mean our OL and core players. By upgrading RT we can move Ford to LG and our line is above average. Two birds, one stone. Dawkins, Feliciano, Morse, Ford, Knox, Brown, Beasley and Allen Is a great base for a stew but I think RB and WR will look a lot different after April. Could use another RB and a few WRs but the nucleus is still there.

 

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5 hours ago, Dopey said:

We can blame the players who dropped a ton of passes and missed a ton of blocks, along with an OC who was learning how to use a whole new group of offensive players. Nine new players is not an excuse, it's a reason. 

This is a year and a half for Josh playing under Daboll. I don't think anyone is satisfied, but we did see Josh progress. I think the people that want him back saw the progression of the offense and look forward to more. Next year, Daboll won't have the excuse of all new personnel. I don't think he'll need the excuse though. Our offense will be a lot better and you'll get your wish, Daboll will be a HC after next season.

 

OK, so it's not the offense itself, or Dabol, it's because we had 9 new players on offense in year 3 of the rebuild. 

 

If you are a crack GM/talent evaluator, why after 2 years of rebuilding, do you have to flush 82% of your offense and start over?

 

Oh well, Beane himself said he did a bad job of getting offensive talent together or 2018.  Well, he did exactly the same in 2019 AND 2017.

 

If the excuse/reason is Dabol's offense stunk because he had all new players and they screwed up a lot, then it's on Beane and he needs to get his act together offensively and find better players that can run Dabol's complex offense.  His whole philosophy of moving up to draft a QB with the 7th pick in the draft and NOT adding a lot of talent to help him succeed is odd.  now in year 4 allegedly we are finally going to get some top notch WRs.

 

These guys obviously know Defense but I seriously question their knowledge of Offense.   After 3 years of rebuilding you're 24th in Offense.  OK, stay the course.  It's working.

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5 hours ago, Billsfan1972 said:

If we can't blame Daboll, then who is to blame?  I am so sick of people happy with an Offense that struggles to put teams away, put up 20 points & incapable of passing for 300 yards.

 


The QB who still needs to make big strides, the below average right tackle play, and the below average offensive personnel that led the league in drops and was bereft of game-breaking playmakers?

I'm not saying that Daboll should be COMPLETELY absolved of blame, but to say that he should be the SOLE object of blame is silly. 

It's much easier to point the finger at the offensive coordinator than to admit that your quarterback didn't play well enough and your offensive personnel wasn't good enough.

Sometimes its the Xs and Os, sometimes its the Willies and Joes. There's blame to go around. Personally, I'd like to see what Daboll can do with some legitimate offensive personnel and better QB play before I'm ready to let him walk away.

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8 minutes ago, Logic said:


The QB who still needs to make big strides, the below average right tackle play, and the below average offensive personnel that led the league in drops and was bereft of game-breaking playmakers?

I'm not saying that Daboll should be COMPLETELY absolved of blame, but to say that he should be the SOLE object of blame is silly. 

It's much easier to point the finger at the offensive coordinator than to admit that your quarterback didn't play well enough and your offensive personnel wasn't good enough.

Sometimes its the Xs and Os, sometimes its the Willies and Joes. There's blame to go around. Personally, I'd like to see what Daboll can do with some legitimate offensive personnel and better QB play before I'm ready to let him walk away.

And I blame Daboll more then Allen & that is the conundrum.  I wanted to really see Allen's progress this year and what he can do & felt the offense, the playcalling & schemes didn't allow that.  

 

Geez 24th ranked offense in the NFL & people are knocking on his door?  To me that says Allen is terrible & Daboll was so good at hiding his flaws that he's a genius.  

 

If I'm looking for an Offensive Coordinator, I'm interviewing those looking after a top 10 Offense, not #24......

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13 hours ago, Reed83HOF said:

 

Trade Daboll for their 1st Round Pick. :)

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21 minutes ago, Logic said:


The QB who still needs to make big strides, the below average right tackle play, and the below average offensive personnel that led the league in drops and was bereft of game-breaking playmakers?

I'm not saying that Daboll should be COMPLETELY absolved of blame, but to say that he should be the SOLE object of blame is silly. 

 

 

Hmm, almost like it's a TEAM sport, and everyone affects each other's success or failure... WEIRD!

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The players speak highly of Daboll, particularly Beasely and Allen.  For the sake of Allen's development I would like to see him and Daboll have on more year together before making any judgement.  So often we see young QBs go through a carousel of OCs each with a different playbook and philosophy.  I want Allen to have another year to learn to play QB in teh current system with a consistent voice rather than see him learn a brand new playbook.

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1 minute ago, Jauronimo said:

The players speak highly of Daboll, particularly Beasely and Allen.  For the sake of Allen's development I would like to see him and Daboll have on more year together before making any judgement.  So often we see young QBs go through a carousel of OCs each with a different playbook and philosophy.  I want Allen to have another year to learn to play QB in teh current system with a consistent voice rather than see him learn a brand new playbook.

I don't want Allen to worry about learning to play in another offensive system.

 

I want him to worry about actually playing the position of QB and being able to make reads, call correct audibles and get the ball to the WR/TE/RB accurately and on time...

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43 minutes ago, Bill from NYC said:

Would you explain what Daboll should have done differently with this personnel?

 

The Bills just didn't seem to be able to put up large numbers of points. It looked to me that they needed more accuracy in the passing game and more talent at wide receiver.

 

I am not saying that you are wrong, just wondering what should have been done if you agree that these 2 issues were problems.

 

 

I look at it like this.........in McD's first year he brought 10 offensive starters to camp from an offense that under Rex....with Lynn at coordinator.....had lead the NFL in rushing AND big plays AND had scored a lot of points and turned the ball over at a record low pace.    And the two starters they lost(Watkins/Woods) had been in and out of the lineup all thru 2016.  They had very little passing offense in 2016 but were still very effective.

 

By the time the 2017 camp was over and the season started it was still 9 returning starters from 2016.............but a mere change of scheme and play caller created a totally impotent, pathetic, unwatchable offensive attack.

 

So we know from recent history that a good play caller with a good scheme can elevate talent and the reverse can mute talent or worse.

 

So when I look at what the Bills have done under Daboll I wonder why they didn't try to create a running game similar to what the Bills did under Roman/Lynn and a vertical passing attack to complement it.

 

In adding Brown and Beasley I believe Daboll moved deeper into his complex scheme............which had the consequence of making the previously dynamic Robert Foster,  who failed to grasp the complexity of the 2019 offense,  a non-factor.

 

Why not add to Foster and remain more vertical as they were late in 2018 after they had been historically bad during the first half of that season?

 

Because Daboll wants to run HIS scheme........whether it works or not.

 

Now WITHIN the scheme there were fixes as well, IMO.  

 

After the Cleveland game I made the very simple observation that they need to get the athletic Allen into a rhythm by increasing the tempo of the offense.

 

Days later "play fearless" became a thing and with a clearly more comfortable Allen they proceeded to pick up the pace and the offense improved greatly.

 

Then after all but clinching a playoff spot in Dallas and facing a tougher schedule...........the offense went back to what wasn't working before and proceeded to be awful and the team lost 4 of their last 5.

 

 

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14 hours ago, JR in Pittsburgh said:

Can’t they get around this by interviewing him for “assistant head coach?”

No. How is this still a thing? Head coach and other coach (coordinator) are the only 2 categories 

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1 hour ago, Reed83HOF said:

 

I genuinely had these thoughts during the seasons. Your first point has some challenges associated with it:

 

1.) Have Allen get more reps against live defenses

2.) This could be one of the reasons we (IMO) stubbornly kept playing Ford at RT

 

Are they willing to sacrifice winning a game and even costing ourselves "the season" in the name of development?

 

3.) Still doesn't explain the reliance on Gore and Yeldon being inactive once it was very apparent Gore was toast - Why take Devin out of the playoff game for Gore? It doesn't help his development

4.) With the season on the line in Houston why the hell are DiMarco and Lee Smith out there? Neither of them are going to make a play for Allen, rightfully so hero ball Josh came out in that instance...

 

I get that it is a fine line and where you could maybe make a case for development over the long run -  we do stupid things that fly in the face of that as well.

 

Your last point I don't think anyone can argue about that. Making Allen play like Brady is not who he is and is a skill/scheme mismatch. But to a degree it makes sense if they are developing him for the long haul, since those are areas of weakness that he does need experience with. Again, we didn't really use what Josh is good at that much as well (conjecture as I don't feel like going to look up particular stats on plays)

 

 

I think it's possible that they saw a very smart young player and thought THEY could achieve the highly inadvisable:

 

Teach him a highly complex offense when he was coming from very inexperienced, basic background.......all on the fly at the NFL level as a rookie/year 2 QB with a mediocre supporting cast.

 

If it fails...........in retrospect it will seem to have been absurd idea from coaches with a bit too much confidence in themselves.

 

If it works then maybe he becomes a star QB while other young QB's who have operated dumbed down offenses more efficiently as young QB's struggle to adapt.

 

The thing is.........there is a reason that the formula is to load the offense with playmakers  and adapt the offense to what the young QB can do............because it's been working.

 

You could argue that it worked for the Bills this year but realistically it was a very lopsidedly defensive team.

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40 minutes ago, Jauronimo said:

The players speak highly of Daboll, particularly Beasely and Allen.  For the sake of Allen's development I would like to see him and Daboll have on more year together before making any judgement.  So often we see young QBs go through a carousel of OCs each with a different playbook and philosophy.  I want Allen to have another year to learn to play QB in teh current system with a consistent voice rather than see him learn a brand new playbook.

 

And I think that's a fair argument.  My ideal situation would be, as I said, Daboll and McDermott sit down and do some honest self-scouting on offense - Daboll gets some tips on the "defensive viewpoint" on his play selection and sequence - and come back with improved talent and execution all around.    If we can expect Allen to improve, can we reasonably expect Daboll to improve?

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6 hours ago, MAJBobby said:

And by promotion it means HC. Because every other position can be blocked. 

Pretty much. However, I’m okay with a team requesting an interview for a coordinator position from a LBer or WR coach before the playoffs start.... Those guys, if successful, will broaden the coaching ranks we can hire from later. Key is “early and substantial”. Being too late to find a quality replacement should be a non-starter for all requests unless they’re offering draft picks as compensation. 

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11 minutes ago, Like A Mofo said:

Obviously Daboll was interested, so why not let him go?

 

I don't agree "obviously", see above

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14 hours ago, SCBills said:

At some point, even the haters of Daboll might start to wonder why teams are interested in him?...

 

That's what I was thinking. 

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1 hour ago, Reed83HOF said:

 

I genuinely had these thoughts during the seasons. Your first point has some challenges associated with it:

 

1.) Have Allen get more reps against live defenses

2.) This could be one of the reasons we (IMO) stubbornly kept playing Ford at RT

 

Are they willing to sacrifice winning a game and even costing ourselves "the season" in the name of development?

 

3.) Still doesn't explain the reliance on Gore and Yeldon being inactive once it was very apparent Gore was toast - Why take Devin out of the playoff game for Gore? It doesn't help his development

4.) With the season on the line in Houston why the hell are DiMarco and Lee Smith out there? Neither of them are going to make a play for Allen, rightfully so hero ball Josh came out in that instance...

 

I get that it is a fine line and where you could maybe make a case for development over the long run -  we do stupid things that fly in the face of that as well.

 

Your last point I don't think anyone can argue about that. Making Allen play like Brady is not who he is and is a skill/scheme mismatch. But to a degree it makes sense if they are developing him for the long haul, since those are areas of weakness that he does need experience with. Again, we didn't really use what Josh is good at that much as well (conjecture as I don't feel like going to look up particular stats on plays)

A few games come to mind with Josh Allen being thrown into a raging torrent to see if he sinks or swims.

 

Against the Browns with Myles Garrett the leading or near leading pass rusher at the time and asking Allen to throw 41 times in that game. Meanwhile, Singletary gets only 8 carries. Daboll stated after the game that the Browns were stacking the box.  What utter Bullcrap!   With 18 passes by Allen in the first half and only 3 runs in that first half by Singletary. Those three runs by Motor, 1st for 4 yards, 2nd for 9 yards, 3rd for 8 yards. 

 

The Broncos week 12 and the Denver strong point at that time was their run defense which was top 5. Daboll calls for 47 runs against them?? The Bills answered with 244 yards on the ground, Singletary 21 rushes for 106 yards. Gore had 15 rushes for 65 yards. 

 

Looking back its almost like Daboll purposely has his offense go against the strongest part of a defense. 

 

The Ravens, with it known that they run that cover zero blitz 50% of the time before the game. The Bills played on Thurs and had extra time to prepare, watch film. And here is Daboll asking Allen to throw a few deep at first while knowing Allen's deep ball placement has been off all season. He missed those deep throws so the Ravens defense went into a cover zero frenzy by blitzing 60%, 6 sacks on Allen. His stats, 17 of 39 passes for 146 1 TD. a QBR of 14.3. A great way to demoralize a young QB. 

 

The Texans game was the end of it with a 16 point lead and asking Allen to throw 48 times in that game is ludicrous!  The lead target in that game was Duke Williams with 10, which wouldn't be a big deal if the guy had been taking first string snaps most of the season instead of just the last two games. What the Bills should have done was worked that run game hard in the second half. Once they saw Gore was ineffective they should have run anyone but him, McKenzie, DeMarco, Allen, Motor...hell, hand it off to Knox. 

 

I don't know it for certain, but sometimes I get the impression that Daboll gets on the phone to Josh McDaniel's after some games so they can have a good laugh together on how he screwed the Buffalo Bills. He knows this is just a temp job with a former hated rival. If I were McD I'd fire his arse and see if Jim Caldwell wanted the job as Bills OC. 

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3 minutes ago, Hapless Bills Fan said:

 

And I think that's a fair argument.  My ideal situation would be, as I said, Daboll and McDermott sit down and do some honest self-scouting on offense - Daboll gets some tips on the "defensive viewpoint" on his play selection and sequence - and come back with improved talent and execution all around.    If we can expect Allen to improve, can we reasonably expect Daboll to improve?

You describe exactly what will happen in the off season. It's the process.  Study, evaluate, learn, improve. Daboll went be the same coach next season.  If McD didn't believe he would improve, Beane and McD would have moved on. 

 

Doesn't mean he WILL improve, but o think it's a good bet. 

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17 minutes ago, BADOLBILZ said:

I think it's possible that they saw a very smart young player and thought THEY could achieve the highly inadvisable:

 

Teach him a highly complex offense when he was coming from very inexperienced, basic background.......all on the fly at the NFL level as a rookie/year 2 QB with a mediocre supporting cast.

 

If it fails...........in retrospect it will seem to have been absurd idea from coaches with a bit too much confidence in themselves.

 

If it works then maybe he becomes a star QB while other young QB's who have operated dumbed down offenses more efficiently as young QB's struggle to adapt.

 

I think it's possible that Daboll is a guy who places too much weight on what goes on in film sessions, meetings, and practice.  One line of evidence for this POV is Peterman.  By all accounts, Peterman was a wizard at the whiteboard and with film.  Great understanding, saw everything on film.  Couldn't make it work in live action.

 

By all accounts, Allen is also very smart and has worked hard.  And I'd wager that the throws that abandon him under pressure in game situations, are hitting 3-2-1-liftoff in practice, when he knows he isn't gonna get hit.

 

So Daboll goes for the abstract "best" solution to the problems posed by various defenses, instead of looking for the most foolproof, highest probability of success under pressure solution.

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5 minutes ago, Nihilarian said:

A few games come to mind with Josh Allen being thrown into a raging torrent to see if he sinks or swims.

 

Against the Browns with Myles Garrett the leading or near leading pass rusher at the time and asking Allen to throw 41 times in that game. Meanwhile, Singletary gets only 8 carries. Daboll stated after the game that the Browns were stacking the box.  What utter Bullcrap!   With 18 passes by Allen in the first half and only 3 runs in that first half by Singletary. Those three runs by Motor, 1st for 4 yards, 2nd for 9 yards, 3rd for 8 yards. 

 

The Broncos week 12 and the Denver strong point at that time was their run defense which was top 5. Daboll calls for 47 runs against them?? The Bills answered with 244 yards on the ground, Singletary 21 rushes for 106 yards. Gore had 15 rushes for 65 yards. 

 

Looking back its almost like Daboll purposely has his offense go against the strongest part of a defense. 

 

The Ravens, with it known that they run that cover zero blitz 50% of the time before the game. The Bills played on Thurs and had extra time to prepare, watch film. And here is Daboll asking Allen to throw a few deep at first while knowing Allen's deep ball placement has been off all season. He missed those deep throws so the Ravens defense went into a cover zero frenzy by blitzing 60%, 6 sacks on Allen. His stats, 17 of 39 passes for 146 1 TD. a QBR of 14.3. A great way to demoralize a young QB. 

 

The Texans game was the end of it with a 16 point lead and asking Allen to throw 48 times in that game is ludicrous!  The lead target in that game was Duke Williams with 10, which wouldn't be a big deal if the guy had been taking first string snaps most of the season instead of just the last two games. What the Bills should have done was worked that run game hard in the second half. Once they saw Gore was ineffective they should have run anyone but him, McKenzie, DeMarco, Allen, Motor...hell, hand it off to Knox. 

 

I don't know it for certain, but sometimes I get the impression that Daboll gets on the phone to Josh McDaniel's after some games so they can have a good laugh together on how he screwed the Buffalo Bills. He knows this is just a temp job with a former hated rival. If I were McD I'd fire his arse and see if Jim Caldwell wanted the job as Bills OC. 

I like these arguments, but I'm guessing there's more going on than you think.  I mean, what you say sounds correct and is consistent with what I recall from those games. 

 

But if you were right about all this, McD would have fired Daboll at the end of the season.  That tells me McD has a different take on that scenario than you.  I can't tell fou what that is, but I know McD isnt slow to let go of people who aren't getting the job done. 

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17 minutes ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

 

I think it's possible that they saw a very smart young player and thought THEY could achieve the highly inadvisable:

 

Teach him a highly complex offense when he was coming from very inexperienced, basic background.......all on the fly at the NFL level as a rookie/year 2 QB with a mediocre supporting cast.

 

If it fails...........in retrospect it will seem to have been absurd idea from coaches with a bit too much confidence in themselves.

 

If it works then maybe he becomes a star QB while other young QB's who have operated dumbed down offenses more efficiently as young QB's struggle to adapt.

 

The thing is.........there is a reason that the formula is to load the offense with playmakers  and adapt the offense to what the young QB can do............because it's been working.

 

You could argue that it worked for the Bills this year but realistically it was a very lopsidedly defensive team.

 

It also could be as simple as, you have a smart QB with all of the athletic tools he'd ever need - you try to harness them all.

 

Contrast that to what Arthur Smith is doing with a more limited passer - sometimes keeping it simple is the best approach and sometimes coaches get too enticed by athletic ability.  Put another way, sometimes I think it's better for everyone, including the coaches, if you're boxed in by an athlete's known ceiling because it forces you to conform your system to it...

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27 minutes ago, Like A Mofo said:

Obviously Daboll was interested, so why not let him go?

How it that obvious?

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3 minutes ago, MAJBobby said:

How it that obvious?

Well, their QB threw for 300 yards in his first start. He's clearly better than Allen.

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