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Is Anyone Surprised the Bills are 0-5?

Of course, that’s a rhetorical question for you all. 

Let me clear up any misconceptions: no one is surprised, shocked or scratching their heads at the Bills starting out 0-5.

Before this downward spiral commenced, there were many critics and pundits who were cruel to the Bills, pegging them to have three chances, four tops, to wins games this season.  I didn’t necessarily like reading all the negative ink about the Bills, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t agree with it.  Now as the Bills limp into their bye week with stinging pride and hurtful hearts, this team has a real chance to run the table backwards and finish 0-16.

There wasn’t really anything shocking about Sunday’s lost to Jacksonville, except maybe for the fact that Buffalo was actually favored in the game.  I’d love a plausible explanation from Las Vegas as to how in the world they came up with that conclusion. 

As for the game, the Bills lost to an average, young up-and-down Jaguars squad, and Buffalo made them look way better than what they really are.  Despite forcing three turnovers and an early 10-0 lead, Buffalo did not want to win the game.  Jacksonville scored 36 points, making it the fourth time in as many games an opponent hung 30-plus points on the Bills which had never happened before in the history of the franchise.

And of course the run defense was dreadful as ever.  Jacksonville ran wild to the tune of 216 yards.  The best thing you can say about the run defense is they kept the Jaguars out of the end zone.  Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 84 yards.  Deji Karim, making his first NFL appearance, had a nice debut with 70 yards.  At this point we need to be asking, “Who hasn’t chewed out the Bills’ rushing defense?”.   For the first time since 1972, Buffalo has now allowed 200 or more yards rushing in three consecutive games.

The stone cold truth is that this team simply doesn’t have the right personnel to excel in a 3-4 scheme.  In short, there’s not much talent to work with.  Despite what players have said in postgame interviews about talent not being issue, rather it’s all about execution.  Players insist they’ve got the talent on this team.  Honestly, I don’t see what Bills team they’re looking at.  They’re using cast offs like Reggie Torbor and Akin Ayodele.   Paul Posluszny is not a Pro Bowl caliber middle linebacker like some envisioned he would be.  They say they have the talent.  The record suggest they’re completely void of it.  But when you ignore improving on both the offensive and defensive lines, it’s silly to expect a team to be anything other than brutal.

But I disgress, and yet I have to go back to what Chan Gailey said when he was fired hired, about how you can win in the NFL without stars.  Yeah, so how’s that working out so far, Chan?

I wish this was just one of those years where a team hits a rough stretch, runs into a rough patch where things go awry for a month and at some point you know you’re going to dig your way out.  That’s not the case with this team.  This appears to be a 16-game rough patch.

All you had to do was look at the schedule.  It didn’t appear kind and the reality is it’s going to get a lot worse.  They had their chances with both Florida based teams, Miami and Jacksonville.  Those seemed like the best bets for the Bills to get an early win or two.  They failed on both counts.  Nobody pegged them to beat Green Bay, New York Jets or New England.

At this rate, the only thing people have the Bills pegged for is an 0-16 season.  After all, through five games the only thing we know for certain is that this team has proven they’re capable of losing every game.  They’ve got 11 games left, but that doesn’t mean a hill of beans.  It pretty much comes down to two, maybe three games:  Oct.31 at Kansas City, Nov. 14 vs. Detroit, and Dec. 12 vs. Cleveland. 

Nobody is shocked the Bills are at the bottom of the heap at 0-5.  I doubt there will be many jaws hitting the floor if they finish 0-16.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mark

    October 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I think defense is usually a bit easier to create on the fly than offense, but there are significant issues on all sides of the ball. Looking forward to the #1 pick next season, Luck looks like a real winner, although I wonder if the organization shies away based on him playing out at Stanford because California QB’s have not done well of late in Buffalo.

  2. Frank Minniti

    October 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Hey Mark thanks for the comment!! I definitely agree, and on behalf of Bills fans world wide, I think I can echo the sentiment that there in deed monumental problems all around with this team. The fish stinks from the head, and in this case, it starts with the owner Ralph Wilson and reeks all the way down. I hear ya on the the whole Stanford/California QB conundrum. It’s perfectly acceptable to draw the conclusion that Trent Edwards failed and it just so happens he went to Stanford, so does the same fate await the Bills should they happen to select current Stanford product Andrew Luck. I definitely worry they’ll find a way to screw up it. More importantly if they do end up with Luck, then the greater worry becomes is this franchise in the least bit competent to surround him with both the protection and the players in order to succeed??

  3. JJ

    October 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    This team is so broken…much like the ’84 and ’85 squads. We have a Coach who is looking for “sparks” to ignite his obviously flawed schemes. We have an O-Line that has needed a talent infusion since the last SuperBowl appearance. We have a mediocre 4-3 defense that is trying to run a 3-4…and hasn’t laid a hand on an opposing QB in the last 3 games!

    as for picking up a new QB….one word….Why? You could put Peyton Manning back there and still be 0-5. The ’92 Skins proved…you don’t need a super star QB to win a superbowl…just a damn good O-line and a smothering Defense.

    Lynch, Jackson and Spiller … and the Bills still couldn’t run the ball. Why? O-line. QB will have the same issue. Without an O-line….the Bills will continue to lose.

    As for Edwards, he was a very “servicable” QB…up until he got knocked-out in the Arizona game two years ago. I think the lights came ON at that time that he was gonna get killed back there with the lines he has had. End result…why risk it? Throw it away…and live to play another down. It’s hard to air it out …when you only have a second and a half of time back there.

    I could be wrong…but I doubt it. LOL.

    JJ

  4. Mark

    October 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Frank,

    Those are my concerns as well. I’d really hate for them to not take Luck, if they think he’s the best fit simply because of where he went to college.

    JJ-that was over 20 years ago. Just looking at the last say 5 seasons, very, very few teams are competitive consistently without a star at QB.

    The same teams make the playoffs year in and out and the QB is one of the positions on those teams which show the least turnover.

    Lastly, I don’t think anyone would argue that a star at QB seems to permeate the roster more so than any other position.

    Realistically, I don’t care who they take or how they turn it around, but this is a mess!

    • JJ

      October 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      20 years, 10 years, 5 years or right now ….its still the same football formula. If you can’t keep a QB protected….you won’t win. As for Premier QBs….look at Tom Brady and the undefeated Patriots. In games where he wasn’t sacked he disected defenses….then the NY Giants showed the world that if you hit him every other play…you break down the offense.

      It was clear that the Giants focused on Sacking the QB…and reduced Tom Brady’s effectiveness significantly. The O-Line failed to pick up the blitzes and look what happened…NY Giants win the superbowl and Brady’s Super Stud QB status was for naught on that game.

      It all comes down to protection. Last Bills game showed that. The O-line finally protected the QB and Fitzpatrick threw for 300+ yards. Now if we can ge the run blocking going…we might win a game.

  5. Multivariate Testing Tool

    October 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

    As a Pats fan no, i’m never suprised by the Bills crappy teams. Might be time to move the team out of Buffalo if you ask me. Sorry Bills fans

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