Should the Bills Pursue Merriman?

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The Buffalo Bills are most likely going to be switching to a 3-4 defense, which means they will need another starting linebacker.

One possibility they could pursue is San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, via ProFootballTalk.com, Merriman is a restricted free agent that thinks he is not wanted by his team.

That is case as the Chargers in last April’s National Football League Draft took linebacker Larry English in the first round, and is now Merriman’s backup.

The Chargers have a long list of players that are more important to the team than Merriman that need to be signed

With Merriman being a restricted free agent this year the Chargers will tender him with the highest tender possible to make sure he goes nowhere, which is a first and a third round draft pick.

That way they can then turn around and trade him to get a draft pick back.

The question is now how much will it cost for Merriman?

If I were the Bills I would do a tiered trade with the starting value being anywhere from a fourth round pick to a second round pick in 2011 based on the number of sacks he accumaltes.

The tiers would be this:
1-5 sacks a fourth round pick
5-10 sacks a third round pick
10+ a second round pick

There are moves that can be made to turn the Bills into a playoff contender in 2010 and it is up general manager Buddy Nix to find them.

In the end if Nix doen’t do anything besides draft and sign a couple depth guys the Bills need to start thinking about a new general manager.

How Bad it has Gotten for Bills Fans

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It has been over a decade since the Buffalo Bills have appeared in a playoff game.

ESPN’s Tim Graham article on the top five best and worst Superbowl moments reminded me of just how bad it has gotten in Buffalo.

The worst Superbowl moment for Graham is wide right from Superbowl XXV.

You know just how pathetic it had gotten when you sit there and think to yourself man I would even settle for that.

That moment is one of the most painfullest moments in my life seeing that football sail wide as at that moment in time you didn’t know if the Bills had it in them to bounce back the following year.

Even making the playoffs and losing in the wild card round would be great at this point.
In the end who knows when the Bills will make the playoffs again.

Old Habits Die Hard

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The Cincinnati Bengals looked to have been improving when it comes to players getting in trouble.

As the saying goes old habits die hard.

According ro ProFootballTalk.com, Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was arrested in Kentucky for driving under the influence.

There is an obvious problem within the Bengals as each and every year someone on the Bengals gets arrested in the offseason for DUI.

There are two ways to solve this issue.

First, draft players that value spending time with loved ones more than partying, which won’t happen as the Bengals scouting department is small and doesn’t have time to look into those things.

The other is to provide transportation whenever their players go out partying.

In the end something must be done as these incident can’t keep going on.

Is Pendergast the Man?

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According to the Kansas City Star, via ProFootballTalk.com, the Chiefs and Clancy Pendergast have mutual parting of ways.

With Giff Smith hired as the outside linebacker coach Pendergast is the most logical candidate for the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator position.

Pendergast was demoted from the Chiefs defensive coordinator position in the middle of the 2009 regular season.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey and Pendergast do have a history as Pendergast was the defensive quality control and linebackers when Gailey was the Dallas Cowboys head coach.

Gailey’s defensive coordinator in Dallas was Jim Bates, but Bates has been available for a while now.

That means Bates would have been hired a while ago and would have been apart of the announcement of assistant coaches yesterday.

In the end us Bills fans will finally get our wish.

The Dark Side of Football

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(Que Emperor March)

There is a darkside of football, which you will never hear spoken of on a National Football League broadcast, or in a interview.

Until today that is.

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams revealed in an interview on a Tennessee radio station, which of course I learned from ProFootballTalk.com as the site is the best in the business, revealed that they want to hit Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and possibly even injure him..

Being a former defensive player in high school that is nothing new as coaches teach players to knock the snot right out of a ball carrier.

The reason being that when you hit the ball carrier so hard it can intimidate both the ball carrier and his teammates.

So, when a offensive player is down with an injury after getting the snot knocked out of him defenders are really saying in their head yes one less defender.

A true story:

In eighth grade my Cheektowaga Warriors took on the Maryvale Flyers on their field.

Their running back was nicknamed the cow as he was a little bit fat.

In the fourth quarter most of our starters were out or playing their backup positions on defense as this is high school.

Then on one play their running back ran a play up the middle and one of our defensive linemen grabbed him around his legs and then a linebacker plowed through him.

After the play was whistled dead we all noticed the Maryvale running back was injured.

Eventually, an ambulance was called in and while we were all waiting on the sideline a players started to say to each other we slaughtered the cow.

Now, don’t get me wrong defenders hope that someone doesn’t break their neck or sustains a life altering injury.

Usually, they aim for an injury good enough to keep them out of that game and be fine for the following week.

In the end next time you watch a football game and when a player is injured just remember his opponents inside are really happy.

Bills Shouldn’t Pass on Tebow

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Thanks to WECK’s Brad Riter many of you are new readers of the site, which got me thinking that it is time to readress my thoughts on former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow.

Simply, the Bills would be making a huge mistake if they pass on Tebow with the ninth overall pick.

What convinced me that Tebow will be a franchise quarterback was an article written by ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli (which you can read by copying and pasting the link since I’m on my blackberry http://m.espn.go.com/nfl/story?storyId=4848168)

In it Pasquarelli interviewed former National Football League general manager Ken Herock who has drafted quarterbacks Steve Young, Doug Williams, Chris Miller, and Brett Farve.

In it Herock gushed that Tebow has it as he got goosebumbs when Tebow walked into a room.

Also, Herock noticed that you don’t have to tell him something twice, he has the arm to make all the throws, and that he has a passion to succeeed.

As many Buffalo sports fans have learned through the Sabres that intangibles are something that just cannot be taught and is a key element for players in key positions to have.

In the end there are two things a player needs to succeed in the National Football League, which is talent and a relenting desire to succeed no matter how tough things get, and Tebow has both.

Its Not What You Know its Who You Know

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The Buffalo Bills announced the hiring of five assistant coaches two of which we already knew of in Curtis Modkins and Giff Smith.

In the case of all five its not what they knew about football its who they knew.

Joining Bills head coach Chan Gailey is Bob Bicknell who has been hired to coach tight ends, Joe D’Alessandris who will coach the offensiveline, and Kevin Patullo who has been hired has as a offensive quality control.

All five men have either worked with Gailey at his stops with Georgia Tech or the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gailey could have hired people of the likes of Dean Pees to be the defensive coordinator.

Also, they could sign the Minnesota Vikings quarterback coach Kevin Rogers who has left the team.

In the end Gailey should get the benefit of the doubt, but if the offense isn’t good in 2010 he should be immediately fired thereafter.

NFL Makes Things Worst

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National Football League vice president of officiating Mike Piera appeared on the NFL Network, which we learned through ProFootballTalk.com.

Piera made things worst for Minnesota Vikings fans as he admitted the officiating crew working th NFC Championship game.

On a play Vikings quarterback Brett Farve threw an interception, which should have been negated as he took a loe hit from New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray.

Piera admitted there should have been a flag on McCray.

It is pretty obvious that the head official just has to many things to watch for on a play.

In the end its time to add another official in the backfield.

A Bill Chimes in on a Quarterback

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The Buffalo Bills are inobvious dire need of a franchise quarterback.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Bills safety Donte Whitner gave his opinion on a possible option.

Whitner on his Twitter Page stated that he would like the Bills to trade for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Troy Smith and that he is a proven winner and leader.

Whitner was teammates with Smith at Ohio State University.
Smith in 2008 was slated to be the starter, but fell ill to tonsillitis, which opened the door for quarterback Joe Flacco who has yet to relinquish the job.

It wouldn’t hurt for the Bills to trade for Smith as he would most likely cost a second day pick and is a better option than current Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards.

In the end you just never know what your going to get in a player until he takes the field.

Wilfork Should get his Wish

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New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is looking for a big money deal with his contract soon to expire.

Wilfork should get his wish, but just not the way he wants it.

According to the Boston Herald, via ProFootballTalk.com, Wilfork doesn’t want to get franchised tag as it is a slap in the face.

Well Wilfork is just going to have to deal with it as the Patriots will tag him and then turn around and trade him in order to get back something of value.

Wilfork’s departure became evident when they took defensive tackle Ron Brace in the second round of last year.

The thing is Brace is an unknown commodity and for all they know he could turn out to be a huge bust.

However, inserting a young player instead of over paying a veteran is the way they go about doing business.

In the end sooner or later things will catchup to the Patriots as you cannot just keep letting everyone go.