Bills almost bagged a Fox

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When Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix introduced head coach Chan Gailey he stated had numerous coaches call about the position.

Another detail of that search was revealed today as the Bills almost bagged a Fox.

According to ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas, league sources stated that before the season soon to be former Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox was a candidate for the Bills opening. However, Fox then elected to finish out his contract with the Panthers.

That turned out to be a foolish move as the Panthers dumped a lot of veterans in trying to go younger.  That resulted in the National Football League’s worst record in 2-13. Even if the Panthers win their last game their 3-13 record would still be the worst in the NFL.

That doesn’t mean Fox is a terrible coach as he is far from it.  He led the Panthers to the Superbowl in following the 2004, but eventually fell to the New England Patriots.

The fact of the matter is that even the great head coaches in football with bad talent will lose.

In the end, in the right opportunity Fox will lead another team to the Superbowl.

Will the change last?

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger vowed to change his ways after his alleged rape of a young woman earlier this year.

The question is will the change last?

According to Pro Football Talk, Roethlisberger was given the “The Chief Award.”  The award is given annually to someone in the Steelers organization that exemplified “the spirit of cooperation” with the media shown by franchise founder Art Rooney.

That is all well and good now, but real change takes work every single day until it becomes second nature.

Obviously, Roethlisberger is human and there could come a time where he could come off the tracks. That will be the real indicator if he changed, for if he did he will assume full responsibility for it and get right back with the program.

Before the incident Roethlisberger’s relationship with the media wasn’t really on the greatest of terms.

In the end, let’s hope the change is permanent, because if it isn’t a promising career could be stunted by off the field problems.

No suspension makes sense

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Many National Football League fans are outraged over the punishment that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in regards to the sexual harassment claim against him by former New York Jets employee Jen Sterger.

The thing is if you actually think about it not suspending Favre makes sense.

What many people forget is that Favre has been adamant about retiring after the 2010 NFL season. With his consecutive starts streak ending, along with the numerous other injuries that Favre has suffered, there is no real reason to believe other wise.

The Vikings have also been eliminated from making the playoffs with a 6-9 record. That means Favre’s last game is Sunday, so with those in mind it makes no sense to suspend Favre.

However, the amount of the fine, which was $50 thousand, is absolutely outrageous.Favre’s base salary this year $11.6 million, so $50 thousand is nothing to Favre. The amount should have been equal to four game checks and that amounts to $2.9 million as Favre makes $725 thousand a game. Even that would be fortunate for Favre as people who aren’t famous suffer much more severe penalties.

In the end,  if the NFL wants the government off their back they need to stop making boneheaded decisions like this.

One wrong move can set a franchise back

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The Miami Dolphins in 2008 had the chance to select any prospect they wanted that was eligible for the 2008 National Football League Draft, which they used on offensive tackle Jake Long.

The thing is though one wrong move can set a franchise back for many years, especially when it comes to the quarterback position.

That year many NFL experts were calling quarterback Matt Ryan a sure fire lock to succeed in the NFL.  That has happened since then while the Dolphins on the other hand are still average at best.

If the Dolphins would have taken Ryan they would be pushing the New England Patriots for the AFC East division title and maybe even the top seed in the AFC conference as the Dolphins have a top notch defense. For whatever their reasons were not taking Ryan, the Atlanta Falcons are very thankful for it as they currently have the top seed overall in the NFC conference.

According to ESPN’s Tim Graham, the Dolphins are only one of seven teams that have not taken a quarterback in the first round since 1998. The others are the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and the Seattle Seahawks.  Everyone of the group besides the Dolphins and Panthers have a franchise quarterback.

In the end, unless you have that franchise quarterback you should never pass on the top quarterback in the draft as doing so could set you back for years to come, especially one that is a sure fire lock.

An example of media members go through

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On Tuesday the editor of the site FireGaryKubiak.com has decided to take down his website due to all the hate mail and threats he had received from other Houston Texans fans.

The story is a good example of what members of the media goes through.

Like many other things there is a negative side to freedom of speech. That being people are free to call you every single name of the book for whatever they don’t agree with.

I distinctly recall last spring watching a video of a speech that WGRZ Channel 2’s Marisa Bailey gave to a class at Buffalo State College.  She stated gets all sorts of hate mail like your hair sucks, along with other various other degrading comments.

It is just a part of the business, because some people just refuse to hear anything else but their own point of view.

In the end, as the saying goes if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen.

NFL made the right call

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The National Football League and the Philadelphia Eagles have been catching some fodder from rescheduling Sunday’s New York Giants versus Philadelphia Eagles game to Tuesday.

After what many saw nation wide earlier this month the two made the right call.

Earlier this month many Buffalo motorist were stranded on the I-90 after a tractor trailer tipped over in a snow storm. With the snow piling up fast many motorists were stranded for over 12 hours.

So, what do you think will happen if an accident happens in the middle of a snow storm? Many motorists would have been stranded and it wouldn’t of been just for a matter of several hours, but most likely a day or two due to the volume of traffic going to or from the game.

In the end, the game being moved may have been inconvenient, but not as inconvenient as being stuck in a car for hours on end.

Free agency isn’t the answer

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Many Buffalo Bills fans are hoping that the team will dip its feet into free agency come March to help improve the team.

The thing is free agency is never the answer.

Free agency has changed over the past several years.  Once formula for figuring out the salary cap switched from designated gross revenue to total football revenue the salary capped from under $100 million to over $125 million just in the matter of a couple of years.

That has thus allowed teams to just merely resign all of their own players. Now, there isn’t any difference makers in free agency anymore. Even if one hits free agency the amount of money that is required to sign him is just so astronomically high that it just isn’t worth it.

That means the only two real avenues available to them is trade and drafting. This year there is one option available for a trade that would immediately help the team in Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. However, that will depend on what Bills head coach Chan Gailey thinks of quarterback Brian Brohm as he has all the physical tools to be a starter in the National Football League, but has not shown it mentally in his decision making at times during the preseason this year.

As for the draft it looks like the best two quarterbacks that will be available is Washington Huskies Jake Locker and Arkansas Razorback Ryan Mallet. However, at this point in time neither of them are really worthy of being picked within the top five of the National Football League Draft.

In the end, the only way the Bills will ever get out of the basement of the NFL is by hitting some draft picks.

How much longer can Brady and Manning hold out?

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has played a lot of football in the past decade, which includes regular season and post season games.

That begs the question how much longer can these two hold out?

Manning is in his 13th season as the quarterback of the Colts and has played in 18 post season games. So, it is not surprising to hear ESPN’s Ron Jaworski say that Manning is lost a little but of velocity on his deep out passes.

Manning will turn 35 in March, so that means Manning may have one or two good seasons on top before he really starts to show that his body is declining.  It is very rare to see a quarterback reach 40 years old in the National Football League as Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Farve has, so don’t expect Manning to get near that age.

As for Brady he is in his 11th NFL season, but he will turn 34 in August that means his body has seen a lot of football as well.  Also, Brady has played in 18 post season games, so it is most likely that his body will start to show decline in about three years.

Another thing that people need to remember is that Brady tore up his knee in 2008. So, it wouldn’t be surprising to see knee problems start creeping up on him.

In the end, Patriots and Colts fans better enjoy it, because once those two are gone it is most likely back to the basement of the NFL.

No such Luck

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Many Buffalo Bills fans have been hoping all year long that the team would wind up with the first overall pick in this upcoming April’s National Football League Draft to pick Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck

However, not only can Bills fans can forget about Luck everyone in the NFL can forget about it.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, Luck’s current plan is to stay in school for his senior year.  King cited Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh who stated he thinks that he won’t go pro due to him being big on academics.

However, Luck’s decision would be foolish as of the 11 starters on offense seven of them are seniors or fifth year seniors. Three of them are offensive lineman. That means the offense will have some issues next year in communication, and that can lead to disaster sometimes.

The defense has four starters leaving in two defensive lineman and two linebackers. The thing is all these stats are based on solely on starters that are fifth year seniors, a player that was red shirted as a freshman, or a senior that is in the last year of his eligibility.

That means that any starter that is inn his junior year of college, which is three years removed from high school, can enter the Draft. All 22 of Stanford’s starters are juniors or high in college, which means that it is possible that all 22 starters could enter the draft.

In the end, if Luck stays in school and more than half the starters leave on offense and defense Luck will lose a lot of money come the 2012 NFL Draft.

Bills need some big men

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The Buffalo Bills were destroyed Sunday as they lost to the New England Patriots 34-3, which many many thought was going to happen in the first place.

As enticing taking a quarterback can be the Bills need big men first and foremost.

The Bills most glaring need is on the defensive side of the football. As many people are high on Kyle Williams he isn’t good enough to be a nose tackle in a 3-4. Great nose tackles command double teams, which frees up a linebacker, and makes plays still when double teamed.

Williams on the other hand make plays only when he goes up against a single blocker and even when he goes up against single teams he doesn’t make plays all the time.

Fortunately, the Bills already addressed that in last April’s National Football League Draft in selecting nose tackle Torell Troup in the second round. Also the Bills signed nose tackle Kellen Heard recently off the Oakland Raiders practice squad and the Bills have some high hopes for him with him being 6’6 and 355 pounds

The other glaring need is a right tackle. The Bills haven’t had a solid one all season long since Brad Butler retired in the offseason prior to this year.

Now, couple that with the injuries to guard Eric Wood and center Geoff Hangartner the Bills have no right side to their offensive line. That has most likely forced Bills head coach Chan Gailey to scale back his offense, which has caused it to sputter.

In the end, the big men are the foundation of your football team and if the Bills ever want to make the playoffs again they need to address them first.