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On 11/15/2020 at 10:17 PM, LABILLBACKER said:

Singletary is pissing me off. More drops and easily tackled. Moss should be officially RB1. Not impressed anymore by rebuilt motor.

Tbh, neither is RB1 material...look around the league...both of our running backs are EXTREMELY mediocre...what’s most frustrating is that we probably wasted two 3rd round picks on the type of talent we could’ve gotten near the bottom of the draft imo...

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He isnt a very good runningback.  There was a lot of green and blockers in front of him.  Neither runningback is very good.

Needless to say we need a true number one RB

Alright I'm ready. 🙄

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Yes, the running attack has been way sub-standard, and Singletary should have caught that pass.

 

But Singletary is a much better back than he has been showing lately, and better than those in this thread who want him gone believe. 

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1 hour ago, HOUSE said:

Was this in the 3rd quarter?

 

The Bills don't do much in the 3rd

 

It’s all part of the process. We are saving ourselves for the 4th quarter! Josh SHOULD have had yet another 4th quarter comeback. But freaky stuff intervened.....buggers! 

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15 hours ago, billsfan_34 said:

Blocking has not been good at all. Hopefully Morse comes back and we can slide Feliciano back to guard. It seems Cody Ford just doesn’t have the feet/speed to pull or get on the edge- mildly disappointed but he is year 2 so not ready to throw in the towel on him.

 

back to the backs- we need a back with more burst that can throttle to the second gear for a home run. We have to take some pressure off Allen.

 

I dunno that foot speeds whats killing the run game.  I know the rankings for the last 2 years show a solid running team, but them (and this team for that matter) are propped up with a scrambling QB. 

 

Without Allens scrambles this is probably among the worst rushing attacks in the NFL - and that's with a game against NE where the backs put up about 160 yards.  Whatever they saw from Boettger made them consider wanting to keep him in the lineup, but they didn't do nearly as well in this one.

 

Singletary averaged 5.1 a carry last year, and moss definitely has more burst than gore did.  The blocking hasn't been as good, and it has probably affected RB's timing and vision.  So basically everythings outta whack and nothings really working.  

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54 minutes ago, dneveu said:

 

I dunno that foot speeds whats killing the run game.  I know the rankings for the last 2 years show a solid running team, but them (and this team for that matter) are propped up with a scrambling QB. 

 

Without Allens scrambles this is probably among the worst rushing attacks in the NFL - and that's with a game against NE where the backs put up about 160 yards.  Whatever they saw from Boettger made them consider wanting to keep him in the lineup, but they didn't do nearly as well in this one.

 

Singletary averaged 5.1 a carry last year, and moss definitely has more burst than gore did.  The blocking hasn't been as good, and it has probably affected RB's timing and vision.  So basically everythings outta whack and nothings really working.  

I know the numbers don't show it, but Moss looks pretty good to me. Interestingly, here's what Albert Breer, who I really like, wrote in his SI MMQB column on Monday:

 

1) I think Zack Moss needs to be the bell cow for Buffalo coming out of the bye.

 

https://www.si.com/nfl/2020/11/16/arizona-cardinals-hail-mary-kyler-murray-deandre-hopkins-believable 

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29 minutes ago, dave mcbride said:

I know the numbers don't show it, but Moss looks pretty good to me. Interestingly, here's what Albert Breer, who I really like, wrote in his SI MMQB column on Monday:

 

1) I think Zack Moss needs to be the bell cow for Buffalo coming out of the bye.

 

https://www.si.com/nfl/2020/11/16/arizona-cardinals-hail-mary-kyler-murray-deandre-hopkins-believable 

 

I have to agree.  His single cut style is better suited to the offensive line's play currently, he can also run through some of the arm tackles a bit more.  Singletary is someone you want in 1x1s in space... right now we aren't getting those.  Teams aren't playing as much man coverage, and they're crowding the LOS. 

 

In man coverage vs. a LB, i love a swing pass to singletary because i think he can either get the edge or force the LB to miss.  With guys swarming the LOS, one cut styles will work better since you want to try and attack the 2nd level with speed.

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Not sure what to do with, or what the deal is, with Devin Singletary.  He doesn't look dynamic at all this year and has already muffed two big plays, both coming at crucial times in games we lost.  

 

On the other hand, Zack Moss looks impressive, both in his one cut - power running ability and as a receiver.  

 

I'd be tempted to move on from Singletary after this season, if he doesn't figure it out, and pair Moss with a speed back.

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48 minutes ago, SCBills said:

Not sure what to do with, or what the deal is, with Devin Singletary.  He doesn't look dynamic at all this year and has already muffed two big plays, both coming at crucial times in games we lost.  

 

On the other hand, Zack Moss looks impressive, both in his one cut - power running ability and as a receiver.  

 

I'd be tempted to move on from Singletary after this season, if he doesn't figure it out, and pair Moss with a speed back.

 

I'm more inclined to figure out why we've sucked at running the ball for 3 years under daboll.  It can't just be the backs, is it the plays?  The line?  etc.

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11 hours ago, dave mcbride said:

I know the numbers don't show it, but Moss looks pretty good to me. Interestingly, here's what Albert Breer, who I really like, wrote in his SI MMQB column on Monday:

 

1) I think Zack Moss needs to be the bell cow for Buffalo coming out of the bye.

 

https://www.si.com/nfl/2020/11/16/arizona-cardinals-hail-mary-kyler-murray-deandre-hopkins-believable 

 

Be nice if that wasn't the only thing he said about it

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Statistically Singletary is a better receiver  than last year and about on par with last year rushing. The difference is we don't have Gore to compare him to. And he goes north and south unlike McCoy. He is what we should have known he was. He just isn't an RB1. And that's fine, but you can't continue to use him like he is. We must do better. Its not all the line at all.

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12 hours ago, dave mcbride said:

I know the numbers don't show it, but Moss looks pretty good to me. Interestingly, here's what Albert Breer, who I really like, wrote in his SI MMQB column on Monday:

 

1) I think Zack Moss needs to be the bell cow for Buffalo coming out of the bye.

 

https://www.si.com/nfl/2020/11/16/arizona-cardinals-hail-mary-kyler-murray-deandre-hopkins-believable 

 

I saw this piece earlier and also tend to believe we'll see a shift towards Moss down the stretch with Singletary getting a reduced workload.

 

Either way I hope whatever they do can start to yield some positive results because it's simply not sustainable for Allen to carry the rushing and passing offense by himself.

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10 hours ago, dneveu said:

I'm more inclined to figure out why we've sucked at running the ball for 3 years under daboll.  It can't just be the backs, is it the plays?  The line?  etc.

 

2018 it was definitely the line.  I was trying to figure things out and I would watch most run plays 2-3 times trying to figure out what they were trying to do with the blocking.  Several guys on here were the recipient of late-nite PM pleas "will you look at this play on 2nd and 5, WTF?"

 

2019 was interesting.   The blocking improved, at least I could usually tell what they were trying to do without sending out an SOS.  Motor was actually pretty effective - a bit over 12 attempts/game, 5.1 ypa, 65 ypg.  It's not all world, but for limited action it's acceptable.  The thing we all wondered is why we insisted on running Frank Gore, who seemed to run out of gas mid-October, just after we played Miami and finished the season with almost as many attempts per game, but about half the yardage per game.  Sometimes it seemed to be on the blocking, though.

 

This year the blocking has been atrocious for the most part (except NE).  Early on, Motor seemed to be hesitating but he's doing better at that.  The problem is neither he nor Moss really have the speed to get outside, and we can't seem block consistently between the tackles.  It's not helping that the OL has been switched around so much I'm sure.  But I think there's more going on. 

 

When the coaches apparently challenged the OL's manhood to enable a run-first game against NE, they came through.  NE isn't that bad against the run.  17th in YPA.   But we had little glimpses dropped like Daboll saying they practiced 50 plays on Fri and only 2 were pass plays.

 

I think that's a clue.  I think the Bills offense may typically be focusing so heavily on the pass game in practice that run blocking takes a back seat, which doesn't work with the OL in flux.  I think the Bills wanted to keep the same OL that had played against NE and Sea because they were hoping some of the practice would hold, but I don't think it did.

There's a bunch of interesting stuff about the run game in this One Bills Live piece with Greg Cosell that just went up.  He talks about why he thinks it's important for them to run more, but about 9 minutes in he says a bunch of stuff about the importance of cohesion on the OL and reading between the lines, it seems pretty clear that he feels 1) the Bills run blocking has been poor 2) the Bills have perhaps been trying too hard for variety in the run game, when perhaps they should focus on a couple of things and just be able to execute them to perfection.

 

I think the Bills need to figure something out to get Allen the defensive looks and reps he needs in pass practice, but also get a decent amount of run practice in.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Agent 91 said:

Statistically Singletary is a better receiver  than last year and about on par with last year rushing. The difference is we don't have Gore to compare him to. And he goes north and south unlike McCoy. He is what we should have known he was. He just isn't an RB1. And that's fine, but you can't continue to use him like he is. We must do better. Its not all the line at all.

 

I disagree with you that it's not the line at all.  But I'm not an expert.  All I can tell you is what I saw on film against NE and what I saw on film against (say) Tenn or KC were very very different as far as the quality of OL play. 

 

Singletary is averaging 4.1 ypc and 40 ypg on about 10 carries per game.  Last year he averaged more carries per game - 12-13 - but he also averaged 5.1 ypc.  I don't think that's on par.

 

The difference between 4.1 ypc and 5.1 ypc is usually regarded as significant.   The top 10 or so backs in the league average >5 ypc.  4.1 ypc is down around 30th.

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24 minutes ago, Hapless Bills Fan said:

 

I disagree with you that it's not the line at all.  But I'm not an expert.  All I can tell you is what I saw on film against NE and what I saw on film against (say) Tenn or KC were very very different as far as the quality of OL play. 

 

Singletary is averaging 4.1 ypc and 40 ypg on about 10 carries per game.  Last year he averaged more carries per game - 12-13 - but he also averaged 5.1 ypc.  I don't think that's on par.

 

The difference between 4.1 ypc and 5.1 ypc is usually regarded as significant.   The top 10 or so backs in the league average >5 ypc.  4.1 ypc is down around 30th.

If you look at 2019 he only averaged 5 yds a carry 2 times when carrying the ball more than 10 times and then you have to factor in  the final 2 games where he averaged 9.5 on 4 carries against the giants and 17.5 on 6 carries on the jets. In the remaining 8 games he went for about an average of 4.3 per carry. 

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