Should the Bills trade Jackson?

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The Buffalo Bills are going nowhere anytime soon and one question was proposed on WGR 550 this afternoon by beat reporter Paul Hamilton, which you can listen to right here.

That question being should the Bills trade running back Fred Jackson if they got a high draft pick offered?

Jackson is 29 years old and will be 30 in February and the shelf life for running backs is usually 30 years old.

Also, its not like Jackson did nothing with his career after college as upon graduating in 2004 he played the next two years in the Indoor Football League and then played for the Rhine Fire of the now defunct NFL Europe in 2006, before catching on with the Bills that same year.

That means Jackson has already played a lot of football and no doubt will start to see his skills to decline real soon.

The Bills have younger solid running backs in CJ Spiller and Marshawn Lynch.  So, if the Bills can get a high draft pick they should take it.

In the end, it is a business and with the Bills attempting to get out of the basement of the AFC East any draft picks they can get they should take.

Good news for Bills fans

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It was looking like for a while that the Buffalo Bills may be without their top two running backs for the regular season opener.

However, the Bills got a dose of good news today.

According to WGR 550, Bills running back Marshawn Lynch returned to practice today and may even play in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Thursday.

Lynch playing on Thursday would be huge as it would give fellow Bills running back CJ Spiller a much deserved rest and would allow him to get caught up on things with his offensive teammates.

However, the big question is now who will be the starter come Thursday?

Spiller has shown why the Bills took him ninth overall as he is a rare difference maker and has shown the ability of greatness already as he is giving defenses nightmares already.

In the end, Spiller and Lynch will give the Bills a tough to handle one two punch come the regular season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

It doesn’t look good for the Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones always has high expectations for his football team.

However, after Saturday it looks like the Cowboys are in trouble.

The Cowboys lost 23-7 to the Houston Texans and to make matters worst the starter were shut out after playing three full quarters.

Yes, it is only preseason, but even when your starters have that many problems in the preseasson it usually spells bad thing to come.

In the end, if the Cowboys don’t get things moving in the preseason finale Thursday it will be a long season.

End of the road for Coles

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Wide receiver Laveranues Coles was released by the New York Jets earlier today, and is now contemplating retirement.

Even if he doesn’t retire it is most likely the end for Coles.

Last year with the Cincinnati Bengals Coles caught 43 passes for 514 yards and five touchdowns.

In 2005 with the Jets Coles caught 70 passes for 850 yards and seven touchdowns.

Clearly Coles is in the decline stage of his career and very few teams will take a chance on a old washed up receiver.

In the end, at least if Coles retires now he still will have some dignity left.

Defense needs to improve

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The Buffalo Bills saving grace last year was their passing defense as it was ranked second in the National Football League last year.

However, after the Bills third preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals the defense has a lot of improving to do for the start of the regular season.

The run defense was just as bad as last year as they allowed Bengals starting running back to rush for 50 yards on eight carries, which translate95 to a 6.25 yards per a carry average.

The passing defense did not fare as well either as they gave up 95 yards in just a little bit over one quarter worth’s work, which at that rate would translate into over 380 yards passing day for Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.

In the end, the Bills may have won the game, but they still have a heck of a lot of work to do on defense.

Edwards solid against Bengals however…

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was rock solid against the Cincinnati  Bengals completing 13 of 17 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.

As good as Edwards has been the last two games there is one problem.

Edwards in the past has done well against teams that use a 4-3 formation defensively and struggled against teams that ran a 3-4 defense.  The last two games were against teams that use 4-3 defense.

That means the way the Bills season will really go offensively will be how they perform in week one of the regular season as the Miami Dolphins also use a 4-3 defense.

To Edwards defense he has been a much different quarterback as he is distributing the ball more to his wide receivers and less to his running backs and tight end who received most of his passes last year.

The difference is that head coach Chan Gailey who is also calling the plays on offense uses a variety of formations on all three downs.  Last year the Bills  used two wide receivers and two tight ends on first and second down and then on third down would use three or four wide receiver sets.

My belief is that it is more likely that Edwards will perform the way he has the last two games over the course of the regular season as previous head coach Dick Jauron meddled with the offense too much when his background was defense.

In the end, Bills fans hopes of a playoff this year will hinge on how Edwards performs against Miami.

Bills might not take a quarterback next year

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Many National Football League experts are predicting that the Buffalo Bills will be bad and take a quarterback first overall then in April’s NFL Draft.

The thing is even if the Bills do have the first overall pick they might not take a quarterback at all.

What people are forgetting is that the 2011 Draft will be different as the collective bargaining agreement expires after this year.

That means the first overall pick won’t be getting the ridiculous type of contract in years past.

That should translate to a lot more offers with a considerable amount of picks for the first overall pick than in years past with the lower contract.

This is a certain thing as both sides have made it clear that a rookie cap is in the best interest of the NFL.

Also, the Bills have Brian Brohm at quarterback along with this past April’s seventh round pick Levi Brown who the team likes.

Brohm in his one appearance showed progress as he was decisive, accurate, and had tremendous arm strength.

Finally, there is still a whole regular season with two preseason games to play yet.

In the end, as ESPN’s Chris Berman would say, “That is why they play the games.”

NFL should keep season time frame

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National Football League owners have pretty much made up their minds that the regular season will expand from 16 to 18 games.

The time frame the NFL has in place should be the same one for the 18 game season

Currently training camps open in late July and the Superbiwl is played on the first Sunday in February.

Some think the NFL will just push the season back, which would then push back the Academy Awards and other events held in February.

What the NFL should do is just simply turn the last two preseason games into regular season games, and push forward the start of training camp by a couple days if needed.

In the end, the NFL season schdule needs a little tinkering with not an overhaul.

Link to ALS would be devastating

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A little over a week ago on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble, via Pro Football Talk,  it was discovered that there is a possible connection between National Football League players that suffer from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and concussions.

If that link is proven scientifically it would be devastating to the NFL.

Many parents are already worried about the dangers of football when it comes to their kids as even high school athletes sustain life altering injuries.

If the link was proven by science most parents would probably start pushing their kids towards other sports untill they are out of high school where they are able to make their own decisions.

If kids were to go into other sports than the level of talent in the NFL would be greatly diminished, thus offering a weaker product, and the loss of revenue.

In the end, the measures that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell takes in regards to concussions will shape the NFL’s future.

Saw this one coming

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner retired from football after last season it was expected that quarterback Matt Leinart would be the starter in 2010.

However, Pro Football Talk is reporting that  Leinart has already been benched as quarterback Derek Anderson will the starter this Saturday.

Simply, I saw this one coming a mile away.

People forget about what happened last time Leinart was the starter as Cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt kept benching Leinart over and over again.

The fact is that Wisenhunt has the patience of a five year old in a toy aisle.

The thing is though the Cardinals are different on offense this year as they traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin away.

You simply don’t trade away someone like Boldin away without having some kind of affect on the team.

If Leinart fails completely in Arizona Cardinals fans have only one person to blame and that is Wisenhunt as jerking Leinart around has clearly ruined Leinart’s confidence.

In the end, it looks like it is back to the basement of the NFL for the Cardinals once again.