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3 hours ago, newcam2012 said:

I'd like to ask you when has a Fraizer defense stopped a quality playoff offense? I can't recall one time he has with the Bills. He has failed repeatedly and its resulted in multiple early Bills playoff exits. This year is no different. All teams have injuries and those excuses are just that excuses. Last year it was Tre. This year it was Hyde and Miller. Next year it will be...

There was only one game this year when I appreciated Frazier.  That was the KC game.  The defense he dialed up on the last play that resulted in Mahomes getting picked off by Taron was masterful.  Having said that, I think too many times he coaches scared.  There was not a DB within 10 yards of the Bengal receivers in this last game.  I'm so done with his passive defenses.  

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4 hours ago, jkeerie said:

There was only one game this year when I appreciated Frazier.  That was the KC game.  The defense he dialed up on the last play that resulted in Mahomes getting picked off by Taron was masterful.  Having said that, I think too many times he coaches scared.  There was not a DB within 10 yards of the Bengal receivers in this last game.  I'm so done with his passive defenses.  

Even when he dailed up blitzes they were gobbled up by the Cinci 2nd string offensive line. 

 

Look at what Anarumo dailed up. Timely exotic blitzes coming from various angles and getting to Allen. 

 

To be fair, I don't think any scheme or coaching up was going to lead the Bills to a win. They Bengals were and are better than the Bills by a lot. The gap is really big and even good coaching probably doesn't close it enough. Burrow looks like the next Tom Brady, their WR combo might be the best in the league, Anarumo is an elite D coordinator, Mixon and Perine are moons better than Singletary and Cook, their pass rush and Dline is better, and their Oline isn't great but it was vs the Bills. 

 

I'm done with Fraizer too. I've seen enough to know that his scheme and defenses are nice for regular seadon games. His stats will look great to very good. Come playoff time his defense will not get it done. Its really that simple. Sure it's not all on him. I'd rather go down swinging with an aggressive defense. Look at how Miami went ultra aggressive vs the Bills. 

 

Also, I'm not a believer in Dorsey either. I know Josh gave his blessings so that was likely the decider to hire him. However, why go with a rookie OC who had accomplished very little when you are in win it all mode? For most of the year the offense struggled to have an identity. Was it a quick  passing team?, a methodical march down the field and burn the clock offense?, a deep strike offense?, a pound the rock offense?, a playground like offense and let Allen cook?

 

I know each game plan varies depending on your opponent. However, I never felt like the Bills offense with the exception of the first quarter of the season was in sync and in rhythm. The Dorsey offense lacked creativity and seemed predictable. How is he going to be better next year? 

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Id rather Chan Gailey came out of retirement to be our OC at this point.  They guy could dial up screens, run the spread, had timely runs that made sense and kept the defense off guard, and had timely downfield throws.

 

Dorsey needs to severely up his game next year.

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3 hours ago, jkeerie said:

There was only one game this year when I appreciated Frazier.  That was the KC game.  The defense he dialed up on the last play that resulted in Mahomes getting picked off by Taron was masterful.  Having said that, I think too many times he coaches scared.  There was not a DB within 10 yards of the Bengal receivers in this last game.  I'm so done with his passive defenses.  

 

Frazier had us in coaching purgatory. His scheme is good enough to win 11-13 games every regular season.

 

But once he hits the post season, he goes nuts and starts adding checks and audibles to every call.  Bills players were telling the cover 1 guys he has up to 15 checks per defensive playcall in the post season. And just the post season.  When it hits crunch time, he stops letting his guys play, and starts making his guys think.  Because he's chasing the perfect defensive call.

 

It's just insane. Then you have McD running down the sidelines, burning timeouts because somebody isn't lined up right, or couldn't get off the field in time. On account of the can't remember which of the 15 checks they're supposed to be in.  Which is a knock on McD too, because he must be ok with this ***** on some level. 

 

Meanwhile, guys like Joe Burrow, who know Frazier's tendencies just ignore all his attempts at baits and disguises. Then check it down for 5-7 yards, or throw hot to a first class receiver working with a 10 yard cushion. 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, newcam2012 said:

All teams have injuries and those excuses are just that excuses. Last year it was Tre. This year it was Hyde and Miller.

Well ... Tre, Hyde, and Miller are 3 of your 4 or 5 (Milano, Poyer) best players on defense. Frazier did a fantastic job holding it together during the season, and I'm not really sure that the secondary we were putting out there in the playoffs could have done better with lots of blitz action, etc. Tyreek, Waddle, Chase ... we would've been burned deep, and more than once.

So was it the best possible defensive scheme? No, in retrospect it wasn't. But the loss of some major playmakers out there had a profound effect.

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54 minutes ago, Coffeesforclosers said:

ills players were telling the cover 1 guys he has up to 15 checks per defensive playcall in the post season. And just the post season.  When it hits crunch time, he stops letting his guys play, and starts making his guys think.  Because he's chasing the perfect defensive call.

Interesting, and that may explain a lot - taking a bend/don't break defense by design and making it even more passive in the postseason.

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2 hours ago, Scott7975 said:

Id rather Chan Gailey came out of retirement to be our OC at this point.  They guy could dial up screens, run the spread, had timely runs that made sense and kept the defense off guard, and had timely downfield throws.

 

Dorsey needs to severely up his game next year.

Exactly. We need an experienced Offensive guru type of OC.  I think Dorseys a play caller!! Not a offense mind of technics and schemes to put players in position to succeed. I think Reich is that guy, his offense gave us trouble without an Allen type of QB. I think he would give us a run game and work great with Allen 

 

We've seen no difference or improvement all year on offense, Zero creativity.   I don't see him "upping his game next year at all"

Like, is he  going to design plays over the summer? Is he going to google football offensive plays?  Hell, while watching tape of other games he could have easily stole some creative, fun or easy plays and put it in our playbook.

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1 hour ago, The Frankish Reich said:

Well ... Tre, Hyde, and Miller are 3 of your 4 or 5 (Milano, Poyer) best players on defense. Frazier did a fantastic job holding it together during the season, and I'm not really sure that the secondary we were putting out there in the playoffs could have done better with lots of blitz action, etc. Tyreek, Waddle, Chase ... we would've been burned deep, and more than once.

So was it the best possible defensive scheme? No, in retrospect it wasn't. But the loss of some major playmakers out there had a profound effect.

I agree but good teams find ways to win. Cinci was down 3 ol starters. They manhandled  the Bills DL. Mahomes played on one leg and KC still won. Miami had a 3td string QB and almost beat Bflo. Buffalo had a healthy Allen and Diggs and were at home. Experienced players and coaches as well. The Bills result was abysmal. That doesn't all fall on injuries. Something has to chamge or it will likely happen again next year. I'll be looking for upgrades in the team and coaches as well. 

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36 minutes ago, billsfan3482 said:

Exactly. We need an experienced Offensive guru type of OC.  I think Dorseys a play caller!! Not a offense mind of technics and schemes to put players in position to succeed. I think Reich is that guy, his offense gave us trouble without an Allen type of QB. I think he would give us a run game and work great with Allen 

 

We've seen no difference or improvement all year on offense, Zero creativity.   I don't see him "upping his game next year at all"

Like, is he  going to design plays over the summer? Is he going to google football offensive plays?  Hell, while watching tape of other games he could have easily stole some creative, fun or easy plays and put it in our playbook.

Great perspective. Agree a play caller but the other in depth needed skills aren't there. The Bills offense paid a deep price for his inexperience and lack of depth. 

 

Bills offense was excellent in 3rd down conversions. I'd agree it was more Allen's credit than Dorsey. That down is known as the QB down for a reason. 

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On 1/24/2023 at 8:22 PM, LABILLBACKER said:

We dont have to fire Frazier. Just let his contract expire shortly. This organization/ coaches won't have the stones to fire Dorsey being it's his first year.  Just super disappointing how much he's NOT similar to Daboll.

So keep Frazier one more year…. Why? 

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Just now, Boatdrinks said:

His contract is up. Just don’t renew him. He would not return for the upcoming 2023 season. 

Ok didn’t no that …. I thought he had one more year. Boy if they resign him to 5 years this fan base is going to lose it lol. 

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13 hours ago, Boatdrinks said:

Only one I can think of was BAL and they weren’t lighting the world on fire. Frazier also had success vs Jackson in regular season games so it just carried over. Patriots offense was not a top unit either. Overall his defenses have been less than impressive in playoff games. The Bills playoff wins were largely due to Josh Allen. 

 

Frazier's defense held Baltimore to 3 points and were responsible for 7 points due to the Taron Johnson pick 6 at the end of of the 3rd quarter.  The offense scored 10.    the final score was 17-3.  The Ravens were 2nd in scoring that year.  Yet somehow the win was "largely due to Josh Allen"?

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12 hours ago, Scott7975 said:

Id rather Chan Gailey came out of retirement to be our OC at this point.  They guy could dial up screens, run the spread, had timely runs that made sense and kept the defense off guard, and had timely downfield throws.

 

Dorsey needs to severely up his game next year.

I would love that. The Bills would still need a bell cow back like Fred Jackson to pair with Cooks (our CJ Spiller).

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12 hours ago, Scott7975 said:

Id rather Chan Gailey came out of retirement to be our OC at this point.  They guy could dial up screens, run the spread, had timely runs that made sense and kept the defense off guard, and had timely downfield throws.

 

Dorsey needs to severely up his game next year.

That was with just marginal talent, just imagine what he could do with the personnel on the current roster.

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8 hours ago, Boatdrinks said:

His contract is up. Just don’t renew him. He would not return for the upcoming 2023 season. 

Two possibilities:

- Beane and McD are still evaluating the season and eventually conclude that Frazier should be back --> no further action required by Beane

- They decide to change DCs --> Timing becomes important here as teams with vacancies start filling out their coaching team. I for one do not want a rookie DC, no matter how bright he/she is seen to be. We need experienced hands at the controls

 

When is the last date for his contract? I couldnt find it with a Google search

 

(Note that I personally don't believe McD will fire Frazier without resigning himself)

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11 hours ago, The Frankish Reich said:

Interesting, and that may explain a lot - taking a bend/don't break defense by design and making it even more passive in the postseason.

 

Yeah. It gets worse for Frazier. 

 

During the Bengals game, he'd change the scheme up completely on certain 3rd Downs. The Bills would run a 3 man Odd Rush with Matt Milano spying Joe Burrow.

 

I don't know what an Odd Rush is, but Burrow's passer rating vs. this alignment was something like 40.  However, Frazier only ran it a handful of times.  The Bills had more pressures, more negative plays and forced more incompletions rushing 3 with a Spy and dropping 7 than they did with 5 and 6 man blitzes.  So you'd figure once your team had given up it's 20th 1st Down in a playoff game, the DC goes ***** it, I'll try whatever is working.  But not our Leslie.  He went right back to his comfort zone and we were cut to ribbons. 

 

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