A method to their madness

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Like many Buffalo Bills fans, when I heard Bills general manager Buddy Nix say that they were moving Arthur Moats from outside linebacker to inside linebacker my initial reaction was if they are stupid. However, thinking about it the move actually makes sense.

Many people forget that Moats started training camp last year at inside linebacker. Then later in the camp they moved him to outside linebacker where he made plays on the field later in the year. That means if need be Moats can easily move back to outside linebacker while he gets looks at another position.

Also, what it does is it allows the Bills to get a full look at outside linebacker Aaron Maybin. Maybin didn’t get a lot of snaps or looks, because the team was dissatisfied with his play at practice. It got to the point where he wasn’t on the game day roster a couple of times last year.

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However, there is hope for him as one of his close friends is fellow Bills outside linebacker Shawne Merriman. That means the Bills are looking for Merriman to mentor Maybin until he is ready to take the field. Merriman terrorized quarterbacks earlier in his career so if there is anybody that can get Maybin going it is him.

The Bills have a lot of time in that department as Maybin’s contract runs through the end of the 2013 season, actually it  runs through 2014, but it is voidable by the player. So, Maybin can learn under Merriman for two years and then take his place if Merriman doesn’t workout. Or, Maybin could take outside linebacker Chris Kelsay’s place, if Merriman works out, as he turns 32 this October.

In the end, hopefully things work out, because losing absolutely sucks.

The method to his madness

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Many Buffalo Bills fans were wondering why the team signed wide receiver Brad Smith. Well the answer isn’t quite that simple as there are a couple of factors.

The first factor is a change in the collective bargaining agreement that increase the active game day roster. The change is that the third quarterback on a team’s roster will be able to come in at any time during the football game. Previously, when the third string quarterback came on the field before the fourth quarter the first and second string quarterbacks weren’t allowed back in the game as they weren’t on the active game day roster.

The second is that Smith was actually a quarterback in college for the Missouri Tigers. Smith broke numerous records at Missouri and here is the list according to Wikipedia:

  • First player in division 1-A history to pass for 8,000 yards and run for 4,000 yards in career
  • First player in division 1-A history to pass for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in a season twice in a career
  • Second player in division 1-A history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in a season
  • Fourth player in division 1-A history to score 200 points and pass for 200 points in a career
  • Sixth player in division 1-A history to pass for 200 yards and rush for 200 yards in a single game (vs. Nebraska on October 22, 2005)
  • Most rushing yards in division 1-A history by a freshman quarterback
  • Holds school record for:
    • career rushing yards
    • career total yards
    • most points in a game (30) and most touchdowns (5) (vs. Texas Tech on October 25, 2003)
  • Holds 68 different MU, Big 12 and NCAA game, season and career records (as of 12/2005)
  • 2006 Independence Bowl MVP
  • 2006 Hula Bowl MVP
  • 2002 1st-Team Freshman All-American by FWAA, The Sporting News, College Football News, and Rivals.com
  • 2002 Honorable Mention All-American by CNNSI.com, College Football News
  • 2002 and 2003 honorable mention All-Big 12 by AP
  • 2002 and 2004 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 by coaches
  • 2003 4th-Team All-American by College Sports Report
  • 2003 3rd-Team All-Big 12 by coaches
  • 2005 Draddy Trophy finalist
  • 2005 Honorable Mention All-Big 12
  • 2005 Davey O’Brien Award Semi-Finalist
  • 2010 Pudding Pie Award

Yeah, I think throwing the football isn’t a problem. Also, Smith has done it a bit at the NFL level out of the New York Jets version of the Wildcat Offense.

Lastly, as Chris Brown of the Bills website pointed out, Smith, along with the signing of free agent quarterback Tyler Thigpen, give the Bills three consistent mobile quarterback options. That means they don’t have to change up their game plan in the middle of a game like they would of had to with quarterback Brian Brohm last year.

In the end, you got to give Bills head coach Chan Gailey and general manager Buddy Nix some credit, because defenses are now going to have fits with the Bills offense come Sundays.