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#81 chris heff

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:19 AM

I tried to be hopeful about Ryan, the minute he was announced as the Bills coach my brother called him a blow hard, he was right. Ryan's defense was bad. People keep pointing out the players that were let to walk or cut, Gilmore is the only one that I think you can make an argument for, but he didn't have a great year. Some of it can be blamed on Ryan's "genius", but it is hard to blame poor tackling on that. What about Lawson and Ragland? Yeah Lawson looked lost, but so did some veterans. Can we give these guys the benefit of the doubt? My gut tells me the defense will be better.

Did everyone forget that Ryan fired the OC after two games? By the way the offense didn't lose the Jet game, the defense did. Ryan should have fired himself. Taylor's inability to throw a slant is infuriating, but last season's WR situation was bad. Watkins injured and after him the only legitimate guy was Woods, who is a nice third, but certainly not a first or second. They need to find a legitimate second, if they do the guys they have signed have to be better than last year's street FAs. My gut tells me the offense will be better.

As for special teams I think a new long snapper will make all the difference, just kidding. New kicker with same problem as the old one, same punter and same coach. At least there isn't a need for kickoff specialist. I have no gut on this squad.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:07 AM

I know, in the last 18 years we have seen the Bills make the playoffs 9 times, right? ;)

Sorry, but I think that focusing on DBs and RBs for the last 20 or so years put us exactly where we are today.

Oh I'm well aware. I think it has more to do with Qb's and overall team talent. There's certainly grey areas there. You still cannot or atleast haven't argued how that strategy is not sound. And as I said I don't always agree with it.



#83 Bill from NYC

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:08 AM

Oh I'm well aware. I think it has more to do with Qb's and overall team talent. There's certainly grey areas there. You still cannot or atleast haven't argued how that strategy is not sound. And as I said I don't always agree with it.

In my opinion it was never a sound philosophy. When those numbers in your screen name started to age, we should have been looking for replacements. Instead we were drafting first round defensive backs. Then, we let them walk after 1 contract. Of course, we also wasted picks on running backs.

Again jmo, but I think that people get thrown off when they look at a Whitner or Gilmore and declare them to be "good." It really doesn't matter if a top 10 pick is "good" when your team is losing football games and not making the playoffs year after year.

Quarterbacks make the difference, followed by WRs, blockers and pass rushers (not necessarily in that order). The defensive backfield is called secondary for a reason.

Edited by Bill from NYC, 19 March 2017 - 11:09 AM.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:11 AM

In my opinion it was never a sound philosophy. When those numbers in your screen name started to age, we should have been looking for replacements. Instead we were drafting first round defensive backs. Then, we let them walk after 1 contract. Of course, we also wasted picks on running backs.

Again jmo, but I think that people get thrown off when they look at a Whitner or Gilmore and declare them to be "good." It really doesn't matter if a top 10 pick is "good" when your team is losing football games and not making the playoffs year after year.

Quarterbacks make the difference, followed by WRs, blockers and pass rushers (not necessarily in that order). The defensive backfield is called secondary for a reason.

Fair enough. Don't entirely agree but point taken.

To me the importance list is QB, Pass Rusher, then everything else somewhere roughly equal (not including K, P ).



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:18 AM

I know, in the last 18 years we have seen the Bills make the playoffs 9 times, right? ;)Sorry, but I think that focusing on DBs and RBs for the last 20 or so years put us exactly where we are today.


Pretty sure it's because all of our QBs sucked. Maybe that's because we took rbs and Dbs in rd 1 instead of a qb but we'll never know

#86 chris heff

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:18 AM

In my opinion it was never a sound philosophy. When those numbers in your screen name started to age, we should have been looking for replacements. Instead we were drafting first round defensive backs. Then, we let them walk after 1 contract. Of course, we also wasted picks on running backs.Again jmo, but I think that people get thrown off when they look at a Whitner or Gilmore and declare them to be "good." It really doesn't matter if a top 10 pick is "good" when your team is losing football games and not making the playoffs year after year.Quarterbacks make the difference, followed by WRs, blockers and pass rushers (not necessarily in that order). The defensive backfield is called secondary for a reason.


Yes to all that plus Polian getting himself fired, Butler putting the franchise in cap hell. From there it just spiraled out of control.

#87 DaBillsFanSince1973

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:43 AM

 

What's your gut feeling?

 

 

10 wins and a wildcard. anything can happen after that?

 

 

I like grape, grape (since I'm a concord grape belt native) was always my favorite flavor.

 

since there are some that want to insist you drink the kool-aid for being optimistic, give me the whole pitcher.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:07 PM

My gut feeling is that Ragland will really help.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:34 PM

Pretty sure it's because all of our QBs sucked. Maybe that's because we took rbs and Dbs in rd 1 instead of a qb but we'll never know

OC/systems like the one Steve Fairchild brought to town didn't help.  Compounded with promotions from within a system that never worked well to begin with IMO.

 

There is no substitute for good coaching and not even the greatest QB's that ever played the game can overcome sub par coaching in my humble opinion.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:12 PM

The OP stated, we have a #1 WR, that other teams don't have?
Sorry, I disagree
10 of the 15 AFC teams, namely Pitt, NE, Mia, Indy, Den, Balt, KC, Hou, Cinn, and Oak, all have quality #1 WR's 
 
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Baltimore? Is that a joke? KC...Who?

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:16 PM

Hope for the best, expect the worst until proven otherwise.

#92 LangleyBillsFan

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:17 PM

My gut feeling.........just like the Skid Row song.....18 and life to go!


Edited by LangleyBillsFan, 19 March 2017 - 01:18 PM.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:36 PM

I don't see much changing.

We'll go 7-9 or 8-8.

 

The off-season conversation will go back to Tyrod and if he's good enough.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:53 AM

My gut feeling is with the schedule, new coaches in their first season I can see them winning less. Without a better QB this team won't win the close games. Who scores the most wins.

Edited by xRUSHx, 20 March 2017 - 09:57 AM.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:17 PM

I see two things improving. Tackling and fewer penalties. McDermott can only improve those areas.