Well folks, preseason game number four is officially on the books and most Bills fans are crying for a coup d'etat of the government that is Dick Jauron. However, most people need to remember that preseason is nothing more than a scrimmage. It doesn't really have much meaning at all, besides creating competition between the reserves.
With that being said, I also don't think Trent Edwards is as terrible as everyone is making him out to be. Sure, statistics speak volumes about how well a player performs, in the REGULAR season.
Though he hasn't played admirably throughout the first four games, I don't believe there is reason to panic.
First of all, Edwards is not only working with a completely different offensive line, but he also has to do it with a whole new game plan. The no-huddle takes brains and brawn to function properly, both of which Trent exhibits.
Nonetheless, it also takes a little time to get used to after playing conservatively the last few years. Give the guy some regular season games before trying to throw him under the bus.
Also, while watching the last couple of games, I had to check my screen to make sure it was working correctly. For some reason, everyone seemed to be playing in slow motion.
Then I realized the reason behind the sluggish play. Both teams were slacking off a bit. And why shouldn't they? To many, including coaches, the preseason is an absolute waste of time and too risky to really put any effort in.
Why have a "full steam ahead" mentality in a game that doesn't count for anything? Save the motivation for September 14.
Finally, and this might sound a little crazy to a lot of people, but I think Dick Jauron is one clever man. Bill Belichick can be likened to a Mad Scientist, scheming of ways to better his team in cunningly surprising moves.
What makes us think Jauron is any different? While the past may have dictated that he make conservative calls and run a vanilla team, he is now officially on the hot seat.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, my friends. Who's to say that old Dick doesn't have a few last tricks up his sleeves? I think he might even be telling his team to purposely play semi-lousy so others underestimate them.
After all, the Bills seem to play their best games when they're flying under the radar as underdogs.
If that sounds too outlandish to fathom, think about Trent Edwards for a second. Do you really believe that he has regressed this quickly and that he is THAT horrible of a quarterback? I think not.
It's almost impossible to do. While his interceptions and fumbles may not have been planned, the mentality on the field may be to just have fun and try to avoid getting hurt.
The fact of the matter is we, as fans, need to give our signal caller a little break. None of us can possibly know what is going on behind the scenes. Trent is a better quarterback than what we've been seeing. Jauron is not the worst coach in history.
So let's wait until the regular season before advocating for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to take their places. No pun intended.
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