Cunningham should be fined

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On the football field there is a lot of trash talking, along with the occasional threat when things get heated, but there is never any room from threats off the field.

For that very reason Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham should be fined.

According to the Detroit Free Press Cunningham is upset over a couple of blocks Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has thrown.

“All I can say to Ricky Williams — I want him to know this — if he hits one of our DBs in the back on a crack block, then I’m coming on the field,” Cunningham said. “I mean, he’s had a couple of knockouts, but they’ve been nonlegal. I’ll just put it as that.”
That is probably the most unprofessional thing that I have head a professional coach say. What Cunningham should have done is bring the blocks to the attention of the National Football League and they most likely would have done something.
In the end, Cunningham will be lucky to come away from this unscathed.

Smith is barking up the wrong tree

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For months now there has been persistent chatter from National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith that there will most likely be a lockout following the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. That also has led Smith to call on players to prepare for it by saving the last few game checks of this year.

However, Smith is barking up the wrong tree.

Smith for a while now has been calling on players to save game checks to prepare for a prolonged lockout. This is most likely a tactic that Smith is using to drum up support from fans of the NFL to put pressure on the owners to get a deal done.

The thing is though there are many people out there like me that want a lockout. That way these ingrates can understand how lucky they are to have what they have and to  understand what thousands of every day people are going through with no job.  Many of those same people are struggling to put food on the table and provide the other necessities of life to their children.

Even some NFL rookies have seen ridiculous amounts of money before they even stepped out onto the field as this past April’s first overall draft pick Saint Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford signed a six year $78 million contract earlier this year. Even undrafted free agents see several thousands of dollars a year as a base salary.

Also, just the other day I caught an episode of MTV’s “Cribs” that featured San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.  His house featured many of the same things that you see in movie stars’ houses.

So, were to really feel bad for a bunch of millionaires that will lose a little bit of money that will not even dent their lifestyle?

I don’t think so.

In the end, Smith needs to shut up and get something done already, because nobody is believing that load of crap he is selling.

Bills better win

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The Buffalo Bills have lost the last fourteen games against the New England Patriots.

With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady being sick with the flu the Bills better win.

One of the most famous images in the National Basketball Association is former Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan hitting the game winning shot to win the his sixth NBA title in 1998, while having the flu.

Now, what do you think will happen if Brady has an outstanding game with the flu?

The game will be brought up for decades to come and only add to the embarrassment that Bills fans have endured over the last few years. In other words this is one of those defining games that will indicate how far the Bills really have to go to compete for a playoff spot.

For years former teammate Teddy Bruschi’s story of how he came back from a stroke was brought up every time he played. So, every time Brady and the Patriots face adversity for the remainder of his career this game will be brought up.

In the end, hopefully the Bills will win for all of our sanity’s sake.

Thank god the Bills don’t have Snyder for an owner

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Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has proven to be a dysfunctional National Football League owner. That has been resounding this year with everything that has happened since the start of the regular season.

Even though things haven’t look good for the Bills lately, thank god they don’t have Snyder as a owner.

In 12 seasons Snyder is already on his fifth head coach. That means head coaches under Snyder have an average of 2.4 years. The Bills in 51 seasons are on the 16 head coach in Chan Gailey and that is an average of 3.18 years.

Yes, the Bills have a mess on their hands, but everyone knows that it is just a matter of Wilson actually picking the right people for a change. That looks to be a possibility with current general manager Buddy Nix and Gailey. For the Redskins that doesn’t look to be any bit close to being solved even thought they have Mike Shanahan as a head coach.

The Redskins back in April sent a 2010 second round pick and a third or fourth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft in exchange for quarterback Donovan McNabb. However, this past Sunday Shanahan already benched McNabb.

In the end, with the Bills winning four of their last six they have proven that they aren’t as bad as several other teams.

Bills 2010 Draft looks promising

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Buffalo Bills fans over the past several years have seen entire draft classes come and go as the Bills have been unsuccessful in bringing in a solid draft class.

Bills fans may finally have that as the Bills 2010 draft class is promising.

The biggest revelation is outside linebacker Arthur Moats who the Bills took in the sixth round this past April. In his last four games Moats has recorded four sacks and has provided a consistent pass rush that the Bills defense has been lacking.

Bills first round pick C.J. Spiller has shown flashes of greatness with his speed and acceleration. What has been holding him back is the lack of touches he gets per a game as he is the backup to starter Fred Jackson.

Second round pick nose tackle Torell Troup has shown to be a solid contributor already as since he has saw extended action on the field the Bills run defense has gotten better.

Third round pick Alex Carrington has had an increased role in the defense after defensive end Dwan Edwards suffered an injury that landed him on injured reserve. Carrington did record a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but since then has been quiet.

In the end, it is nice to feel that a draft class could finally work out for the Bills.

Fitzpatrick holds a coming out party

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If Sunday’s performance by Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was by the likes of former Bills quarterbacks Trent Edwards or  J.P. Losman Bills fans would be doing cartwheels down the streets, but since it is Fitzpatrick people are nitpicking at it.

It is a shame Fitzpatrick has a coming out party, but nobody is deciding to show for it.

The Dolphins defense is the best that Fitzpatrick will face all year long as they are ranked fifth in the National Football League. The Dolphins have played Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Green bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Farve, but only one quarterback has thrown more than two touchdowns in a game on the Dolphins and that was New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Fitzpatrick in his 12 starts has only thrown for under 200 yards four times and has been consistent throughout the season. If anything it has been amazing the way he has played over the last month considering that the right side of their line has been devastated. Right guard Eric Wood missed games 12 and 13 and then Woods came back in week 14, but then had to move to center the last two weeks since center Geoff Hangartner went down with injury.

For whatever reason people just cannot be happy with what they have, and try to find a way to work with it. Life isn’t perfect as crap happens, but what makes teams great is how they react after they get knocked down. The first half of the season saw heart breaking loss after heart breaking loss, but week in and week out Fitzpatrick has came to play.

In the end, like it or not Fitzpatrick is here to stay.

Bills vs Dolphins will come down to offense

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The  Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills in the season opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium behind their running game and the terrible play of former Bills quarterback Trent Edwards.

The winner of this game will be the team whose offense is more effective.

The Dolphins defense is one of the best in the National Football League entering Sunday’s contest ranked fifth overall.  The Bills defense is ranked 23 thanks to their terrible run defense. However, the Bills proved last week against the Cleveland Browns that they are capable of defending the run much better than what their rank says.

The Dolphins achilles heal has been their quarterback play as Chad Henne has been down right average. If the Dolphins had gotten better play form him they be contending for the division probably.

As for the Bills the offense has been the strength of the team.  When the Bills offense is clicking on all cylinders they are a tough team to beat.

In the end, it all comes down to the quarterbacks.

Bills should resist temptation

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It was only five seasons ago in 2005 that many National Football League experts thought the Cincinnati Bengals were on the rise. That never came to be as after one good season the Bengals have failed to make the playoffs. Now, there are rumblings that Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer could be available for a trade.

As tempting as it may be to trade for Palmer the Buffalo Bills should resist that temptation.

When people talk about the Bills quarterback situation bring up current starter Ryan Fitzpatrick talent. However, nobody brings up the little things like timing, being on the same page when reading coverages and the addition of new plays if they were to keep Fitzpatrick.

All those thing become a problem if the Bills were to bring in a different quarterback to start for the team.  Fitzpatrick has done a very good job as in 11 starts he has thrown for 2,526 yards passing with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and with three games to go Fitzpatrick can easily surpass former Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s 24 touchdowns in 2002 for the most since Jim Kelly in 1991.

Winning takes a team effort and not just a great performance from one position. The Bills can easily be in the playoffs with a solid run defense.  However, that this year has been just absolutely atrocious.

In the end, how about we try and figure out what the heck is wrong with our run defense instead of beating a dead horse.

Whitner deserves it

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Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner’s agent has been in contract talks with the team this past week as Whitner’s contract expiring after the season. That of course means that Whitner wants to be paid.

Well Whitner definitely deserves something for his play this pas five years.

What Whitner deserves is a foot in his ass on the way out the door. The reason being he has been nothing short of an out right disappointment.

Whitner was drafted eighth overall in the 2006 National Football League Draft, but he has never lived up to his billing. The highest amount of interception in a single season for Whitner was two last year.

The top safeties in the NFL usually have at least double what Whitner has per a year. The NFL leader in interceptions for safeties this year is Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu. Last year New Orleans Saints strong safety Darren Sharper had nine interceptions.

So, let me get this straight Whitner wants to be paid like one of the best for what? Being second on the teams in tackles doesn’t mean as much to a safety as it does for a linebacker.

In the end, Whitner is going to get a rude wakeup call when he hits free agency and if someone signs him it will be a team like the Oakland Raiders that are desperate for talent.

Nelson and Johnson get their chance

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Many Buffalo Bills fans have been debating if the Bills should move on from wide receiver Lee Evans with the emergence of wide receiver Stevie Johnson and the solid play of rookie wide receiver David Nelson.

With Evans being placed on season ending injured reserve Johnson and Nelson get their chance to shine.

Evans has been a huge disappointment this year as he has had his worst season as a pro ever. His 37 catches for 578 yards receiving are the worst of his c areer. To his defense though he has recorded these in 13 games while in all of his previous six seasons Evans appeared in every game even though he may have not started it.

Johnson leads the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns as he has 66 catches for 874 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Nelson in a limited role is not that far behind Evans as he has 28 catches for 292 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

With Evans done Bills fans get a glimpse of how things could be without Evans since both will the starting wide receivers this Sunday. The pair will also be put to the test immediately as the Bills travel to Miami this week to take on the Dolphins  then the next Sunday they take on the New England Patriots and finish the season against the New York Jets.

In the end, hopefully the pair will prove that they can handle it.