Daboll and Allen provide hope

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Buffalo Bills fans are typically skeptical when comes to offensive coaches as you have to go back to the days of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly when the last time they had an elite offensive attack. Well for the first time in a long time Bills fans have hope in Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and quarterback Josh Allen.

Daboll isn’t a stranger to success as he was on the New England  Patriots coaching staff for all five of their Super Bowl wins, and was the offensive coordinator for the 2017 NCAA Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Daboll knows how to develop an offense.

“You need to try to do what you need to do each week to win,” Daboll said according to WGR 550.  “Whether it’s a zone, a gap scheme, you have to have a variety in everything you do. Whether it’s gap schemes sometimes this week, zone schemes sometimes this week, a mix of both, you have to have, I’d say, an expansive playbook because you have to dictate tempo offensively, but there’s also a part of scheming and seeing what the defense gives you and trying to attack those weaknesses.”

That is a good thing to hear as Buffalo’s weather can sometimes minimize passing attacks. Also, the team lost two starters on the offensive line, so this will keep defenders offbalanced  and give a young offensive line an edge while developing. However, things will be much different for Allen.

Allen won’t be rushed into things as they want the quarterback to settle in first.

“Been doing this a long time with rookies at all different positions,” Daboll said. “It’s such a learning experience for all the rookies, whether it’s a quarterback, running back, tight end. Not only are they coming to a new system and having to adapt and learn an offensive system, they have to learn the people in the building, they have to find a place to live, they have so many different things they have to learn.”

In the end, the results aren’t going to show right away, so be patient as they will eventually.

 

 

 

NFL anthem protesters could learn from Kemp

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Ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the United States national anthem prior to NFL games; a debate has consumed the nation on whether or not it’s a right to protest during its playing. If NFL players really want to make an impact they need to go brushup their history on former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp.

Kemp started his pro football career bouncing around, but eventually found a home with the Bills and led them to two consecutive AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965. His biggest impact came after he retired in 1969 as he turned to politics.

Kemp turned the skills that made him success on the field to off the field. Those skills helped him eventually become  a congressman in the U.S. House of Representativesin 1971. It would be a position he would hold until 1989 when he was made Secretary of Housing and Urban Developmentl by President George H. W. Bush.

Eventually, Kemp rose all the way to Republican Vice Presdient nominee for the 1996 presidential election. It would be the last political position that Kemp would hold.

In the end, if NFL players need to stop taking a knee and get more active in the political world to truly make a difference like Kemp did.

 

 

Paitence will be a virtue

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The Buffalo Bills have had quite the offseason at the quarterback position. The one thing that comes to mind when I think about the position is that patience will be a virtue.

The roller coaster started when the  Bills traded away quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The rumor during the 2017 Nfl season that the Bills would make a move. However, trading Taylor was a very unexpected since he led the to their first playoff appearance in over a decade.

The trade left many to wonder what the team will do for a starter when free agency opened.

That left some people hoping for the top free agents that were available at quarterback. With Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins and Minnesota Vikings Keenum available, the team could of made a commitment to taking the next step in the playoffs while still looking  toward the future. However, the Bills went with backup Cincinnatti Bengals quarterback  A.J. McCarron.

That didn’t matter to Bills fans as their eyes were all tuned to what was going to happen in the 2018 NFL Draft.

As ths Draft approached many were hoping for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. However, many were disappointed when they heard the Bills took Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

The difference between the two is that Rosen is more accurate than Allen. That is a huge thing for many Bills fans as they have seen a over 20 years of inaccurate  quarterbacks. So, Rosen to many would have been a breath of fresh air.

Thankfully, the Bills have time with the signing of McCarron. They can take all the time they need to correct an mechanical problems.

In the end, as the saying goes patience will be a virtue.

 

 

 

Bills looking to move Glenn

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The Buffalo Bills made headlines over the weekend with the trade of quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns. It looks like the team isn’t done as it is being reported that left tackle Cordy Glenn could be on the move as well.

According to Si.com’s Albert Breer, via Profootballtalk, the team is open to trading Glenn.

That shouldn’t be a surprise as after three straight years of playing all 48 games, Glenn has only played only 17 of the last 32. Last season Glenn played in six of 16 games, which opened the door for tackle Dion Dawkins. Dawkins was a second round pick for the Bills in the 2017 NFL Draft and was a solid replacement.

The Bills would save a lot of money on the salary cap if they are able to move Glenn. Glenn’s cap hit is $9 million and is the second highest among left tackles, which would bring

According to the Sporting News, the Bills have $24 million in cap space left. So, trading Glen would bring the available space up to $33 million and allow Bills General Manager Brandon Beane to start shaping the roster the way he thinks it should be.

 

Sabres Get Flambeed

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The Buffalo Sabres took to the ice Wednesday night to extinguish the Calgary Flames. Well the Sabres instead got flambéed by the Flames with a final score or 5-1.

The game got away from the Sabres early as it was apparent from the start the team was not ready to play. This lack of effort resulted in a quick goal only 5:35 from Sam Bennett. Bennett scored in the midst of a mad dash for the puck when it bounced off the end boards, off Sabres goalie Chad Johnson’s right skate and lay in the crease.

The Flames only need three more minutes to essentially put the game away as forward Mark Jankowski ripped a shot through the five hold of Johnson to make the score 2-0. The score remained 2-0 after one thanks to Johnson making some solid saves which included a shorthanded breakaway.

You would hope that the Sabres would come out firing after some adjustments and a talk to by head coach Phil Housley, but that didn’t happen as things got worst in the second

After losing the faceoff in their own end the Sabres went down 3-0 five minutes into the second after Flames defenseman Mark Giordano took advantage of their confusion. The confusion started when Sabres forward Jordan Nolan lost his stick after it got tangled in a Flames forward. Nolan instead of continuing with the play without a stick went back after it and caused a mass confusion, which allowed Giordano an open look to rip a slap shot.

The Sabres starting goalie’s night ended just a minute later as Flames forward Sean Monahan ripped home a one-timer into the net for his 30th of the season. This is the second time the young forward has reached 30 goals and is now just one away from his career high of 31 with a lot of games to play.

The fifth and final goal for the Flames was scored by defenseman Dougie Hamilton on the power play. Hamilton’s goal was very similar to Monahan as it was also a cross ice one-timer. Hamilton’s 15th of the year times him for most goals by a defenseman with Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban.

Third period saw only one goal as Sabres defenseman Casey Nelson scored his second of the season with a mere :17 remaining, which ruined the shut out for Flames goalie David Rittich.

The Sabres look to bounce back tomorrow as they take a quick trip up the road into Canada to play the Ottawa Senators. Game time is 7:30 pm with team being on MSG for television and WGR 550 for radio.

Playoffs still a long shot

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The Buffalo Bills haven’t gone to the playoffs since the 1999, which ended in the Music City Miracle. The team has some talent, but they are still going to be a long shot to make the playoffs.

The simple reason is their division rival New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady’s rookie year was in 2000, which also happens to be the first season of the drought. It’s not a coincidence that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs since then. There is one problem this year for Bills fans.

That is Brady isn’t slowing down at 39-years-old.

Most quarterbacks by now are beat up, suffered numerous injuries and are tired of the daily NFL grind. However, that isn’t Brady as he is planning to play a lot longer.

“I’d like to play until my mid-forties,” Brady told Peter King of Sports Illustrated in an interview. “Then I’ll make a decision. If I’m still feeling like I’m feeling today, who knows? Now those things can always change. You do need long-term goals too. I know next year is not going to be my last year.”

Until Brady retires or his performance drops dramatically; the playoffs most likely will be a pipe dream for Bills fans.

 

Pegula’s shine in time of crisis

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Kim and Terry Pegula faced a big crisis this offseason with both the Buffalo Bills and Sabres needing new general managers and head coaches. Even under intense scrutiny the Pegula’s shine.

The couple that owns both teams faced such intense scrutiny that some called the Bills dysfunctional.

“His issue hasn’t been that he’s overbearing or meddling, a common early problem for the billionaires who buy teams,” Albert Breer of MMQB.si.com. “It’s the opposite: He hasn’t done nearly enough to align his organization.”

The Pegulas were quoted in the article that they like collaborative organizations. The problem with the rest of the NFL world is that this is a foreign concept. This a league filled with big name leaders like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Denver Broncos quarterback, who is now the team’s executive vice president of football operations and current general manager.

The reason the Bills were dysfunctional wasn’t due to their owners, but due to a general manager that was meddling, confrontational, simply doesn’t fit in the collaborative mold and most importantly isn’t very good at being a NFL general manager.

First, many writes have forgotten a 2014 incident between former Bills head coach Doug Marrone, some front office personnel and former general manager Doug Whaley. The front office didn’t like how certain players weren’t getting enough playing time. Those players were wide receiver Robert Woods, offensive guard/center Kraig Urbik and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

Woods is nothing more that a number two wide receiver, who signed this offseason with the Los Angeles Ram. Urbik is a backup now with the Miami Dolphins and Kouandjio is nothing short of a complete disaster with the latest incident in this saga being an incident with the police half-naked just off the highway.

The real reason that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs is simply Whaley is just bad at being an NFL general manager to the point where one has to question his ability to evaluate incoming NFL Draft prospects.

In the NFL first round picks are gold as they can make or break your team.  That definitely is the case for Whaley as he foolishly gave up a 2015 NFL Draft pick to trade up and take wide receiver Sammy Watkins. All you have to do is look at the rest of the wide receivers in that first round to know how bad Whaley is.

Bills fans all remember that Odell Beckham Jr. was available to them at ninth overall as the New York Giants took him 12th overall. The problem is the team could have traded down and still got a stud wide receiver as that year was loaded with wide receivers. The rest of the round included Mike Evans, who was taken seventh overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brandin Cooks, 20th by the New Orleans Saints, and Kelvin Benjamin, 28th by the Carolina Panthers.

So, here is a look at their career numbers, which is organized by draft position:

Watkins: 37 games with 153 receptions for 2,459 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns

Evans: 46 games with 238 receptions for 3,578 yards receinv and 27 touchdowns

Beckham Jr.: 43 games with 288 receptions for 4,122 yards receiving and 35 touchdowns

Cooks: 42 games with 215 receptions for 2,861 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns

Benjamin: 32 games with 136 receptions for 1,949 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns

Finally on the Bills front, let’s not forget another big blunder this offseason that sealed his fate

One of the big headlines during the 2016 NFL season was if the Bills were going to resign cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The thing is most smart NFL teams tag franchise players like Gilmore and then trade them to a team for draft picks to get compensation, which the team did in 2009 with offensive tackle Jason Peters. Whaley didn’t do that and Gilmore signed with the New England Patriots, which would get any general manager in the NFL fired.

The Bills however look to be in a solid place as the team hired Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to be their head coach and hired Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane as their general manager. They also made a solid trade in last April’s NFL Draft as they traded down with the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2018 first rounder and still got a cornerback that they liked.

As for the Sabres their problem can simply boiled down to one point. Former general manager Tim Murray got too greedy and made a terrible trade that cost his team a solid young defenseman.

During the 2016 NHL Draft, Murray traded for Flordia Panther defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and the 33rd overall pick for defenseman Mark Pysyk, the 38th and 89th overall picks. The only way this trade works out is if center Rasmus Asplund, who was taken with the 33rd overall pick, turns out to be a good one.

That is easily fixable for the Sabres as they have four solid defenseman and two young defensemen.

The Sabres top four is already determined with Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe, Josh Georges and Zach Bogosian.   As for their young defensemen those would be Brady Ausin and Brendan Guhle.

Austin played five games near the end of the regular season for the Sabres and just finished his second season with the Sabres minor league team the Rochester Americans. So, he may be ready to make the jump to the NHL this year.  As for Guhle, he will be 20-years-old this summer, which means he will certainly be sent to Rochester to develop his game.

So, the Sabres are stacked with players and got off on the right foot as they hired Pittsburgh Penguin associate general manager Jason Botterill. That just leaves their head coach.

Give the Pegulas some creditas it takes great courage to stand up for what you believe in. Like it or not they have done just that as both organizations will be teams where front office personnel and head coaches will work together for one common goal.

 

Tyrant Trump

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Even before he became President of the United States, it was apparent that Donald Trump was a man that did what he wanted no matter what anybody thought.  For the first time ever we have a tyrant on our hands.

Even though the Constitution was created in the late 1800; to understand current events we need to visit the past.

Leading up to the American Revolution, the British Parliament tried to pass several taxation acts on the colonies to pay for the French Indian Wars. First there was the Stamp Act of 1765, then the Townshed Tariffs of 1767 and then finally the Tea Act. The last of which led to the Boston Tea party, which Parliament to pass the Intolerable Acts.

The Bill of Rights was built into the Constitution to ensure that Americans’ rights to certain things cannot be infringed upon by the President of the United States.

Due to these rights and beliefs in the system, Presidents have not challenged things. That is until Trump became President, which has brought nothing but chaos in the U.S. and around the globe

For the first time a President of the United States is fighting major news networks about their reporting policies. The thing is it isn’t just his comments that make him a tyrant. It’s the mere fact that they went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get them to knock down media reports  about his ties to Russia that makes him that.

The proof isn’t in the reaction from democratic lawmakers, but the reaction from a republican lawmaker that supported Trump’s election and gave a comment on an investigation into the issue and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was on his campaign staff, overseeing it.

“You are right that you cannot have somebody, a friend of mine — Jeff Sessions — who was on the campaign and who was an appointee,” California Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Issa’s comment is important, because he sits on House Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committees.

“We’re going to have to do it,” Issa told told Maher about appointing a special prosecutor. “There may or may not be fault, but the American people … are beginning to understand that Putin murders his enemies.”

Americans want to know if Trump has any ties to Russia after a report came out alleging just that.

The dossier alleged Trump used the Russians were helping Trump to win the election. In turn the Russians gathered compromising intelligence on him. Since, Trump has do nothing to refute the claims, but the typical denial.

A major red flag from Trump came in during his presidential campaign when he refused to release his tax records. Most presidential candidates release their tax records as a sign of good faith to the American people. However, Trump refused to do so and is still refusing after the allegations came out.

In the end, it’s clear that Trump is guilty of conspiring with the Russians to throw the election. If he wasn’t he would of released his tax records showing he has no ties to Russia to further that the media is reporting fake news..

McDermott must show decisiveness

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The Buffalo Bills introduced Sean McDermott as their new head coach. McDermott displayed a hard working methodical manner. While that is all well and good Monday thru Saturday, McDermott must show decisiveness on Sunday.

The second question McDermott was given, who was WGR 550 reporter Sal Cappacio, which came from why he decided on coming to Buffalo.

“Yeah, you know Sal when I looked at this job I had done my research and you will get to know me soon enough here, I am a pretty meticulous and thorough guy,” McDermott started. “In my opinion this was the best job on the market. Some people may not agree with it, but it is important how I feel.”

We have heard that a lot of times, but what made it true was what he continued with.

“I say it was the best job on the market for a couple reasons namely the ownership of Terry and Kim (Pegula),” he continued. “I have seen what great ownership looks like and we have two great owners in Terry and Kim who are willing to give anything to this football team and this organization, and the city of Buffalo. Secondly when you talk about a fan base I have been up here and I have played here before and I have seen those fans, capacity crowd hanging over that railing screaming while we were trying to do something on the other sideline and that is what I want to be apart of.”

Mc Dermott’s methodical nature was overwhelminglying clear when he asked what kind of defense he would run.

“Whether we’ll be a 4-3 or a 3-4, I come from a 4-3 background,” he answered. “I’ve worked with a 3-4 as well. Again, strategically right now I’m not going to say we’re going to be– I don’t want to get into that right now. I’m going to put the players in position to be successful.”

As for calling the plays, McDermott stated he will be involved in all facets of the game. So everything will fall onto him.

In the end, McDermott has the all the the old of making the Bills great. The question is can he do it on Sunday when it matters the most.

 

 

Bills drought could get over 20-years-old

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Many Buffalo Bills fans are about to come to the age where they are legally eligible to vote. At the same time they have never seen their team in the playoffs as it’s been 17 seasons since they last were. The way things are going they will be legally able to drink before they do.

Things change in the National Football every year, but one thing remains the same. In order to win in the NFL you need a franchise quarterback.

The Bills haven’t had one since Jim Kelly retired.

They don’t have one from lack of trying. In the first round of the 2003 and 2013 NFL Draft the Bills took J.P. Losman and E.J. Manuel. Both have turned out to be major busts.

That leads up to their current dilemma.

For the past two seasons their starter has been Tyrod Taylor. A quarterback that has been their best since the drought started as he thrown for 3,058 yds, 37 tds, 12 int and rush for 1,148 yds and 10 tds. That is beside the fact that his best wide receiver Sammy Watkins was out half the year!

The problem is the team is built for right now. Many of their star player like defensive end/outside linebacker Jerry Hughes is in the their upper 20s. So, what it means is this.

The Bills have a three year window with their current roster. I say that based that Bills General Manager Doug Whaley is on his last chance. So, if the coach he hires in the coming weeks don’t work out three years then the team will have to go through a major rebuild.

A major rebuild happens whenever a new general manager comes aboard.

From there he hires a head coach has similar ideals as he has in a roster. Then the head coach fills out his staff based on his ideals.

From there the GM will purge the roster of players he doesn’t want. In the Bills case it will be players like Hughes, left tackle Cordy Glenn and defensive tackle Marcel Dareus. That will fetch draft picks in return that they will need to fill the roster.

From there the GM conducts the draft and right after hires a new scouting staff. The reason is the Draft is the end of their year for the scouting staff and it would be too much work to hire a new one midway through the year.

In the end, the Bills have a three year window to get to the playoffs with their current roster. So, pray they make the playoffs in the next three years. Cause if they don’t god knows when they will after a major rebuild.