But MOM, Lee Evans Was in Game Plan

Matt SchaeferCorrespondent INovember 19, 2008

Two little kids find themselves in big trouble. 

Both point at one another hoping that neither one of them will get into any trouble for their actions. 

Well in this case, Trent Edwards and Turk Schonert will both be punished for their actions from a 29-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns that will most likely seal the deal on their playoff fate this season.  But, in my eyes one is not as deserving as the other one.

Trent Edwards played terrible two nights ago and looked like a child who did not want to make a mistake.  Not only was he making terrible reads, but he was also turning the ball over, two things that he was successful in avoiding early in the season (quick release and good decisions making.)  He was also not throwing the ball in Lee Evans's direction.

Lee Evans just recently signed a 4-year, $37.25 million contract extension that keeps him on the team through 2012.  At the age of 27, Evans has been one of the best Buffalo Bills wide receivers at this point in his career. 

In only four seasons, Evans has already caught 234 passes for 3,725 yards and 29 touchdowns, and that doesn’t even include this year’s campaign.

This year, his receptions are a little low with only 37 but he has 700 yards and three touchdowns.  Lee Evans is defiantly capable of putting up 50 receptions and 1,000+ yards per season—if only the Bills quarterbacks could get him the damn ball.

And cue the finger pointing.

Evans was shut out against a defense that averaged letting up 6.8 catches, 104.3 yards, and one touchdown a game in the previous four matchups prior to Monday night. 

That is a major problem, and now the offensive coordinator and starting quarterback are starting to go back and forth. 

On media day today at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Schonert said, “It wasn’t that we didn’t try. You know he was open three or four times down the field and Trent went elsewhere with the ball.  Believe me, I tried to get him the ball.  He’s our money guy.  We’re always going to try to get him the football.”

Trent Edwards then countered with this statement, “He’s our best offensive playmaker.  We’ve got to get him the ball in order for our offense to go.  He needs to go.  In order for him to go, we need to get him the ball.  It’s just the situation on Monday night, we didn’t get a chance to get him the ball.  That’s something we have to learn from, move on from, and get better from.”

As much as I like you as a player, Trent, your offensive coordinator is right. 

Evans was open on multiple occasions, even one play in the end zone where he was standing, waving his hands, looking for the pass. 

If you want to continue your growth in the league, you have to get your number one guy the ball.  Trust me, it will get a lot of pressure off your back and will not only pan out in the stat book, but also in the win column.