Anderson’s addition is nice, however…

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The Buffalo Bills held a press conference yesterday ay One Bills Drive to announce the signing or free agent defensive end Mark Anderson. Anderson’s addition is nice, however injuries are still going to be the thing that makes or breaks their season.

The Bills at the beginning of last year showed that they have a talented team with an explosive offense. That is until injuries started to ravage the Bills and opponents figured out that you could pass all day long on them.

Now, teams won’t have the luxury of being able to pass all day long. If anything teams at first are going to run the football more. That will change later in the season if history keeps repeating itself.

The fact of the matter is the Bills have placed 15 players on injured reserve each of the last three years. Also, two of those years the number of players placed on injured reserve was over 20.

It doesn’t matter how talented your team is; if your starters keep on getting hurt for the year your going to wind up in the basement of the NFL.

There might be a little bit of relief for the Bills this year. According to reports, the National Football League Competition Committee is recommending a rule change to injured reserve. That being one player hurt early in the preseason or regular season can come off injured reserve in week six and be activated by week eight.

That is some good news as there is always a case of a player breaking an arm or leg and missing the season, even though they were all healed by mid-season.

In the end, if the Bills want to make the playoffs they need to find a way to minimize the number of players that get hurt each year.

Bills have another option at offensive tackle

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Currently the Buffalo Bills could use a starting left tackle as Demetrius Bell remains unsigned with free agency opening tomorrow. Well the Bills have another option available to them in tackle Levi Brown.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via Pro Football Talk, the Arizona Cardinals have cut Brown. The reason being the Cardinals coudln’t justify his salary cap number of $17 million this upcoming season.

Brown maybe one of those rare impact signings that you will see. Brown will turn 28 years old this week and has started every game the last four years.

In the end, with Jared Gaither also available, the Bills are better off going to free agency to solve their starting left tackle problem.

Bills enter free agency in good shape

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Free agency in the National Football League opens on Tuesday on time this year. As for the Buffalo Bills they enter Tuesday in pretty good shape.

The Bills got their biggest names resigned in wide receiver Stevie Johnson, tight end Scott Chandler and kicker Ryan Lindell. The only two names that remain that the Bills should consider resigning are offensive tackle Demetrius Bell and cornerback Reggie Corner.

Corner isn’t a starter, but a quality depth player and with Terrence McGee still on the roster they will need someone like him.

As for Bell, he is debatable as offensive tackle Chris Harriston filled in fine for him last season. However, there is also Jared Gaither is available and proved to be a quality starter with the San Diego Chargers last season.

So, what doe that really leave the Bills?

Linebackers: They are all set there as Kelvin Sheppard should be in the middle with Nick Barnett and Author Moats on the outside. Most likely there will be a competition between linebackers Chris White, Danny Batten and Moats with Moats winning it out due to his talent.

Defensive line: They are set at the defensive tackle position with Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams as the starters with Dwan Edwards and Torell Troup rotating in. As for defensive end, the left side should be fine with Chris Kelsay being the starter and Alex Carrington the backup. The right side is where the concern as the starter will be Shawne Merriman, but he has been plagued by injuries and there is no real backup behind him.

Defensive Back: At safety they are definitely all set there in regards to starters and backups. The question is cornerback as Terrence McGee has been plagued by injuries and Leodis McKelvin has been inconsistent. However, Aaron Williams last year gave a needed jolt to the group and if he continues to develop they should be okay.

Quarterback: There has been some lingering doubt about Ryan Fitzpatrick being the franchise quarterback for the team. However, in my opinion that was all erased when wide receiver Stevie Johnson signed his contract and Fitz shaved he’s back in his head. What it showed is that the guy is going to go to hell and back for you no matter what happens. He has a fire and a passion for the game I haven’t seen since Jim Kelly retired.

Running Back: Probably one of the best one two punch in the entire NFL.

Wide Receiver: They have dynamic number one in Stevie Johnson who I think will prove to be one of the elite wide receivers in the next couple years. Also, they have a solid slot receiver in David Nelson. The only question is the starting number two wide receiver.

The Bills have high hopes for wide receiver Marcus Easley, but a knee injury wiped out his rookie season and a illness wiped out his sophomore year. Donald Jones looked okay before he was injured, but if there is any doubt they could make a run at San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson or even bring back Lee Evans who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens recently.

Tight end: The team has a solid starter they resigned in Scott Chandler. The only question is his backup as they really don’t have one for him at this point.

Offensive Line: The only question is left tackle as last year’s starter Demetrius Bell and we already addressed that earlier.

The Broncos are fools

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The Denver Broncos are reportedly in the mix for free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. Well they are complete fools for doing so.

The Broncos already have a young quarterback that has a lot of potential in Tim Tebow. He is a quarterback that proved last year that he is a deadly runner and with a passing game that is starting to develop.

In 11 starts Tebow threw for 1,650 yards with 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. The key part is that is impressive is the touchdown to interception ratio as most quarterback in their first full season as a starter are usually a 1:1 ration in touchdowns to interceptions. What Tebow’s ratio tells you is that he understands the mental aspect of the game and that the only thing holding him back are mechanics.

The good thing with mechanics is that they are easily correctable and Tebow already showed that he is a hard worker as he improved his throwing motion. Tebow coming out of college had a long windup windmill motion. Even if he still has it as long as Tebow keeps working on that eventually he will fix it.

Manning on the other hand is going to be 36 years old this month and is on the downside of his career. Also, Manning has had three neck surgeries in just two years. On top of that he still isn’t throwing the football like he used to, and may never will.

In the end, if they knew what was good for them they would stick with Tebow.

Manning will never be the same

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The Indianapolis Colts today are announcing the release of quarterback Peyton Manning. Even if Manning gets his ARM strength back he still will never be the same.

What people are forgetting is that even before last season Manning was starting to decline. ESPN’s Ron Jaworski pointed out that Manning was losing speed on his passes.

Now, coming off neck surgery Manning’s arm strength will never be the same as once you mess them up they never fully come back. On top of that Manning will turn 36 years old, so even if he regains his arm strength other parts of his body will start breaking down.

In the end, the team that signs Manning is the biggest fool in the National Football League.

Bills fans should forget about Williams

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With the Buffalo Bills signing wide receiver Stevie Johnson many Bills fans are turning their attention to free agency. Many Bills fans should forget about the biggest name in defensive end Mario Williams.

Time and time again the biggest names in free agency have not really lived up to the hype. The only player so far that has lived up to the contract that they signed as a free agent is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. In my opinion not even Bears defensive end Julius Peppers is living up to his.

Peppers in 2010 signed a six year $84 million contact, which averages out to $14 million a year. so far in two years Peppers in 2011 recorded 11 sacks and 8 in 2010. Peppers 11 sacks has him tied for 11th place in the National Football League.

Williams is coming off a year in 2011 that was ended early by a torn pectoral muscle after five games and in 2010 he only played 13 games. That sounds like a player whose body is starting to break down.

Now, lets take a look at his sacks the previous two years in a 4-3 defense. In 2010 Williams recorded 8.5 and in 2009 recorded 9.0 sacks. The NFL leaders in sacks record over 15 sacks a year.

In the end, Williams isn’t worth the amount of money it will take to sign him.

Injuring is a part of the game

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It has come out that long time National Football League coach Gregg Williams had a program that rewarded defensive players for injuring offensive opponents. The fact of the matter is that is what defensive players are suppose to do.

Football is a violent sport, and when a high school football player puts the pads on for the first time you accept that your life will be different when your done. You know that at some point in time you’re going to sustain some type of major injury.

The whole point on defense is to stop the offense some way some form some how. Whether it be a good solid hit or knocking someone out, hurting offensive players is the name of the game. The reason being it sends a clear cut message that if your going to win there is going to be a price to pay for it.

However, I can understand why the NFL is making a big deal out of this. Things have gotten so out of control with injuries that the league has to minimize them some way some how.

What this incident really is is a message to the high school and other lower levels of football to start taking care of your players. Just don’t run your guys out there and do whatever in the name of a win.

As violent as the NFL is the fact of the matter is high school football is more dangerous. The reason being there are no athletic trainers available, until games that is, and coaches usually have free reign as officials are to busy with other stuff.

In the end, Williams should be punished for this as the intent to injure should come from within a player.