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On 11/15/2020 at 11:13 PM, Gonzonzo said:

I didnt see a lot of holes to run AND the RB get hit once they get the ball, so I believe  the problemes are in the OL.

Even after said that, I think Singletary and Moss need to hit the holes faster.

I honestly haven't seen the all 22 as my mind is trained to think they will randomly plant the last 34 secs of the game somewhere in the middle lol. But I can say that when I usually watch it, there usually, not always, but usually, are creases that open and close fast. I notice Winters is a putz but can pull and the left side with Ford and Dawkins is usually the go to. If you promise they won't manipulate were they put that ending ill try it again

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On 11/15/2020 at 11:26 PM, Richard Noggin said:

At some point we need to consider that play-calling tendencies, in-game sequencing, might be to blame for some of the blown-up or walled-off runs.

 

Some of those unsuccessful plays seem dead on arrival, which cannot be blamed on the running back. (Of course, there are also examples where the RBs don't hit it up in there.)

 

Increasingly I'm seeing Daboll as a strong teacher and strategist, but a really inconsistent play-caller. He catches defenses off-guard at times, especially early in games. Tends to stall-out, though, as the game progresses and his counterparts can adjust to his usually brilliant gameplan. When something is working, he often goes to the well once too often. 

 

Economists call it diminishing returns, I think. 

 

Other times, like today's 2nd half, he seems to abandon important elements of his own offense. (Did the play-action and creativity diminish for a stretch leading up to that last TD drive? The QB draw, I recall, excited me because it wasn't just a traditional drop-back that I felt we'd been calling for a couple drives. Same thing happened last week when the offense was feeling the Seahawks blitz. They get stuck in a rut.) 

Hell of a thought

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On 11/15/2020 at 11:29 PM, LABILLBACKER said:

Neither RB is great but Moss is clearly the better back. He attacks the gaps better and doesn't go down easily like 26. And as we keep having this discussion Yeldon sits doing nothing. Unbelievable. 

Lack of Yeldon is criminal. He plays his best game and you sit him. I swore they were gonna move him at the deadline. 

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30 minutes ago, Agent 91 said:

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. 

 

OK, but what's your point there?  He's had 7 out of 10 games this season where he's gone for an average of 3 ypc then 3 where he averaged over 5 ypc.

So that's still worse.

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1 hour ago, Hapless Bills Fan said:

 

OK, but what's your point there?  He's had 7 out of 10 games this season where he's gone for an average of 3 ypc then 3 where he averaged over 5 ypc.

So that's still worse.

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My point is he wasn't really a 5.1 ypc back last year either. He did his best work in big chunk plays he wasn't getting you a consistent 5.1 a carry. The same way he's not getting you a consistent 4.1 this year. Give him a few big chunk plays and he will be right up there at the same average. We can massage the numbers as you have definitely done research but the point is at this point he's on pace for 150 less yards in 12 games with less carries than he had last season. But he more than makes up for the void in the receiving game. Thats why I say he's par for the course. As a feature. Thats bound to happen. But I THINK you can agree, we need more back there

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10 hours ago, Hapless Bills Fan said:

 

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.

 

 

 

It just feels like every run to the outside is getting blown up.  2nd and 3 becomes 3rd and 7 etc.  They can't be THAT slow - hell, arian foster was slow and he made his money on outside zone.  Whatever is happening on the backside isn't working. 

 

They're also running into like heavy fronts with guys all over the LOS.  I don't think you can run inside zone with 2 LBs in the a-gaps - you should want to get outside since the linebackers are inside, and yet they always seem to end up in our backfield.

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On 11/15/2020 at 9:18 PM, thenorthremembers said:

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

 

WOW where has the excitement gone when both were drafted every one was all excited at the running game possibilities & now neither is very good ? 

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On 11/16/2020 at 1:21 AM, GunnerBill said:

 

Correct. For two third round picks the production isn't there. They are both complimentary backs for me. 

 

We still need a true #1 back with acceleration and speed. 

 

And we don't run the football because when we do so it is so ineffective. It becomes self perpetuating.

I couldn’t disagree more. Both RB’s are solid. If you recall Singletary average 5+ yards a carry last year.  OL and lack of commitment by BD. We are throwing and scoring but we need some balance. I expect after they bye and full OL we will see a better run game. 

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6 hours ago, QLBillsFan said:

I couldn’t disagree more. Both RB’s are solid. If you recall Singletary average 5+ yards a carry last year.  OL and lack of commitment by BD. We are throwing and scoring but we need some balance. I expect after they bye and full OL we will see a better run game. 

 

I was saying this about Singletary even last year in fairness. He had good production in 2019 but a lot came on some big early season runs his average declined as the year went on and teams got tape on him. He can make people miss in space, but teams know if they set the edge properly he doesn't have the burst to get outside and he is never going to be a dominant inside runner. 

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19 hours ago, Raleigh • √eff said:

I think Yeldon should get more pt. It's honestly baffling to me why he never sees the field. He's the biggest and fastest back on the roster. And he's the best receiver, by far. 

Really don't understand not playing Yeldon. It's mind boggling considering our struggling backs and Yeldons performances when he actually does get playing time.... McD is still pissed at him for fumbling against Cincy in Week 3 of last season. 

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2 hours ago, ScottLaw said:

Really don't understand not playing Yeldon. It's mind boggling considering our struggling backs and Yeldons performances when he actually does get playing time.... McD is still pissed at him for fumbling against Cincy in Week 3 of last season. 

someone needs to slam MCD for not playing Yeldon.

 

Absolutely baffling. He would have caught that screen pass for sure.

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8 hours ago, Bronxbomber21 said:

I would love to find a game breaking rb in the draft like  Kamara

 

Is it all kamara?  He's certainly a dynamic player and a great receiver out of the backfield... But Armstead-Peat-McCoy-Ruiz-Ramczyk is one of the best offensive lines in football.

 

Buffalo's is not.

 

Look at elliot - that offensive line was hurt with tons of injuries and sure enough - the game breaking RB looks borderline bad. 

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Not sure what the deal is with Yeldon -- other than I know that he missed some time earlier this season due to injury. Maybe he still isn't 100%?

 

The front office and coaching staff are clearly aware that the RB corps could be improved. Remember, they were reportedly interested in Fournette during the off-season, and they were one of 3 teams to make a push for L. Bell.

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26 minutes ago, dneveu said:

 

Is it all kamara?  He's certainly a dynamic player and a great receiver out of the backfield... But Armstead-Peat-McCoy-Ruiz-Ramczyk is one of the best offensive lines in football.

 

Buffalo's is not.

 

Look at elliot - that offensive line was hurt with tons of injuries and sure enough - the game breaking RB looks borderline bad. 

That’s the thing people are missing. Show me the running back who performs well on a team with a weak run game scheme and poor blocking. Elite running backs look very average when something is out of place. I don’t understand the harsh criticisms of Singletary around here either. I don’t see either of our backs as having elite potential, but where were all the critics to point out Singletary’s flaws last season ? In fact I recall posts claiming he could become one of the better backs in the league. Suddenly his game is remarkably flawed, and will never translate to the NFL. If you pointed those flaws last season, you probably would have been called an idiot. 
 

There are many successful late round running backs, and even undrafted free agents. Those guys are often able to be more productive than Moss and Singletary, especially with the advantage of a top notch passing game. That’s not a swipe at Singletary and Moss, but an acknowledgment that even if they aren’t great backs, the run game shouldn’t be this bad. That leads me to believe the problems run much deeper than just being the fault of our running backs. Singletary was a good football player in 2019. I had several fans of opponents tell me that we had a good one in Singletary last season. Singletary and Moss deserve some blame, but you also need to look at the line, play calling, and schemes. It’s not the fault of Moss or Singletary they aren’t speed guys. Maybe this spread offense doesn’t fit Motor the way last seasons occasional run heavy scheme did. I’m just not ready to believe that Singletary is suddenly a bad football player. 

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On 11/18/2020 at 6:54 AM, 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 

Don’t see it. Singletary has been the better back. Which isn’t saying much. Bad year for the running game.

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I would consider playing yeldon more in packages.  Hurry up, spread looks Yeldon is our best back catching and route running.  I feel like I have and many have been saying this since the first Pats game last year.  Idk what he does or doesnt due to lack in snaps.

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14 minutes ago, Jay_Fixit said:

Don’t see it. Singletary has been the better back. Which isn’t saying much. Bad year for the running game.

I feel like they have been flip flopping back and forth for a few weeks.  Singeltary has the better vision and ability to make a few more people miss.  If the play is perfectly called Moss has more juice through the hole.  Right now both are inconsistent.  Maybe its rythem, maybe its usage where neither can get going.  

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