The Buffalo Bills have tried to fix/start over/rebuild themselves for well over a decade now.
After their loss to the run-up-the-score Seattle Seahawks yesterday they were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for the 13th straight season.
Yeah, the thirteenth straight season. Also, coincidentally the longest streak in the NFL.
The main reason for this is the ownership and the misguided signings (or lack thereof) of the GM Buddy Nix.
It’s not that the signings he made where bad (they weren’t, well not all bad anyway), it’s that he didn’t go far enough. Mario Williams started slow, but has come on nicely after becoming more healthy.
DE Mark Anderson has been absent most of the year having only appeared in five games and managing only one sack and 12 total tackles. On paper though, I couldn’t hate on the signing because it made sense. Pairing him with Williams and DT’s Kyle Williams & Marcel Dareus seemed to fit. It, obviously, hasn’t worked out.
The Vince Young signing was a bust, but no harm no foul as it was only a 1 year, $2 million dollar deal.
“He’s my coach. I’ve got his back. Those people who want him fired, they must not understand football,” RB C.J. Spiller said Monday, per the BuffaloNews. “I mean, he’s been in this business for a long time. He understands what it takes to win. … For people to say he needs to be fired and all that stuff, that’s bogus, and I’m going to leave it at that.”
I’m not one for name calling, but C.J. Spiller appears to be delusional.
“Those people who want him fired, they must not understand football…” – Maybe I don’t understand football in the way you understand football, but I know enough that Chan Gailey should not be a head football coach in the NFL.
A coordinator? Sure, fine. A head coach? No.
His first season as a head coach in the NFL was a success, going 10-6, but followed it up with a disappointing 8-8 season. Both years were with the Dallas Cowboys and both years they made the playoffs, but exited after Wild Card round losses in both years.
Then he had a two year stint as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins before moving on to become the head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He underachieved his way to a 44-32 record from 2002-07.
After the Yellow Jackets bought Gailey out of his contract, the Kansas City Chiefs hired him to be their new offensive coordinator in 2008.
The Buffalo Bills then made Gailey their 15th head coach (and 5th in the last 10 years) in January 2010.
Since Gailey has taken over for the Bills he has compiled a win-loss record of 15-30 (as of 12/9/2012).
“He understands what it takes to win.”
His career NFL winning percentage of .429 seems to say otherwise. The truth is Chan Gailey needs to be fired. It’s just not working.
Sometimes I like to torture myself by thinking about times in my sports watching life that are almost apocalyptic. Well, to me at least.
As a true sports fan and having what could be called actual true love (nonphysical, because that would be weird and I’m not even sure how it’s possible, although this guy has sex with a car, so who knows…) for the teams that I follow, to think about the good almost goes hand-in-hand with the sludge and moments that scream to be forgotten, but can’t because they are permanently burned into your brain tissue.
Let me first say, I love Ryan Fitzpatrick. He has brought an excitement back to the city of Buffalo that hasn’t been seen since the days of the Flutie Flakes.
The Buffalo Bills decided to pull the trigger on a new contract for starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to the tune of $59 million over six years with $24 mil guaranteed. Like I said, I love Fitzpatrick and think he did deserve a new contract, but six years at $59 mil? Really? It’s averages out to a little under $10 million a year for a QB who didn’t come into his own until last year, his sixth in the league.
Fitzpatrick is, in my mind, a good to very good QB, he’s definitely in that 2nd tier of QB in the league. Ten million a year for a 2nd tier QB seems like too much.
In the Bills defense they have been without a playoff berth since 1999. I was 17 in 1999. I am currently 29. It goes without saying that Fitzpatrick has (with help) yanked the Bills back into being relevant again. He has put the Bills right in the playoff pictures.
When you take into account the way the Bills finished last year with him at the helm and add that to how the Bills have started this season, then I suppose I can’t fault them. This contract coming for a notoriously cheap owner like Ralph Wilson is a bit of a surprise though.
This contract, whether they meant it to or not, puts tremendous amounts of pressure on Fitzpatrick to perform. Whether he knows it or not he has to perform to a playoff level for at least three of those six contract years or the contract will be viewed as a massive failure.
I’m so ready for football this season it’s ridiculous.
All I have been able to talk about recently is the NFL and college football. Hell I’m so excited I may even watch a poorly played local high school game on TW3.
Well, maybe not the last part, but I am over the top ready.
My Syracuse Orange, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Buffalo Bills, and New York Giants watching is going to be in ultra-full effect this year. Apologies to my wife, the poor girl.
The free agency season has been on now for a few days and I have some observations;
The Buffalo Bills have made a bad move by not pulling out all the stops to get Paul Posluszny to return to Buffalo. They lost him to Jacksonville who, by the way, is totally revamping their own defense with the Posluszny signing, in addition to bringing in safety Dawan Landry (from Baltimore) and LB Clint Sessions (from the Colts) and the release of former first round pick (2008) DE Derrick Harvey who produced only 8 sacks in three seasons.
Seahawks fans have to be ripping their hair out at the Tavaris Jackson signing. Jackson is far from franchise QB material and I highly doubt he will be any sort of improvement over the Hasselbeck/Whitehurst combo, unless between now and the start of the season they upgrade their offensive line, wide receiving corps and running backs (aka their entire offensive unit).
Reggie Bush to the Miami Dolphins appears to be a pretty good signing, though I am unsure how the cold weather of division foes Buffalo, New England, and the Jets is going to affect him. I don’t think he is going to be used as a primary back, but more like a do everything receiver, half back, wildcat guy which should help reduce the effect of cold weather on his sometimes brittle body.
It appears Vince Young is going to become the backup to Michael Vick in Philly. This tells me all that I need to know about Young. He had opportunities to sign with a team with which he would be the starting QB and he chose a place where he will be the backup with no hope of starting. With this I have officially written him off of having any chance of being an impact player on the NFL level, winning record as a starter or not (he’s 30-17 as a starter).
The NFL currently has two of the most pigheaded and ignorant people in all of sports in ‘retired’ QB Carson Palmer and Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown. Ridiculous situation.
The New York football Giants reportedly have a deal in place with DE Matthias Kiwanuka and are close with RB Ahmad Bradshaw. The re-signing of Kiwanuka means Giants fans may have seen the last of Osi Umenyiora, who is again threatening to hold out on the basis that he wants more money. If the Kiwanuka signing becomes official and I was the Giants I would tell Osi he can go kick rocks. I believe Jason Pierre-Paul is more than willing to step up to the plate.
The Kevin Kolb to Arizona for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 2nd round selection is an even trade and I like it for both teams. Ten years from now we could look back and hindsight will tell us whether one side ‘won’ or ‘lost’ the trade, but as of right now it’s a great deal for Philly and Arizona. The Cards needed a QB desperately and Philly wanted the most they could get back for him and that they did with a sometimes great, sometimes lacking focus CB in Rodgers-Cromartie and the 2nd round pick.
What move did the New Orleans Saints make to try and replace Reggie Bush, a small do everything back? They replaced him with another small, do everything back! Darren Sproles is tiny to say the least, but his impact on his team during the course of a game is roughly the same as Bush. Great signing for the Saints and I’m sure Saints QB Drew Brees is smiling just a bit right now.
Plaxico Burress is officially reinstated by the NFL and guess who’s interested in his services? The New York Giants and the PittsburghSteelers, his two previous teams with which he left on not the best of terms. Apparently this lockout and short free agency period is causing teams to just lose their damn minds! As to where he will end up, I’m not sure I can make an accurate guess because common sense is telling me it shouldn’t be either. Just a day ago I would have said the Eagles or the Jets.
The thought of Nnamdi Asomughaending up with the Jets is a scary thought. Just imagine a cornerback duo of Darrell Revis & Asomugha. It’s an incredible thought and Rex Ryan is probably drooling over this thought instead of that steak he saw in the grocery store the other day.