Man, I never thought it would get this bad. After a laughable performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week Four, I was almost positive the Bills would come out flying against their Lake Erie neighbors. At games end, I was completely shell-shocked, as I'm sure many of you were.
No offense to guys like Johnathon Scott, Jon Corto, Ashlee Palmer, George Wilson, and Kirk Chambers. Actually, Wilson played his second solid game in as many weeks against the Browns. But these guys are the main reason why the Bills are becoming a feeble franchise.
They're all average role-players at best. When they log significant playing time, things can easily go from bad to worse.
Enter former practice squad player Johnathon Scott.
Then move him from right tackle to left tackle after the Demetrius Bell sidelining. Throw in "swing tackle" Kirk Chambers (What does swing tackle even mean? That he can play either tackle? If that's the case, Chambers is surely not a "swing tackle"). The shuffling of positions and personnel has slowed the line's gelling process to a near halt.
The Bills need the same five guys playing the same positions for more than a game. There's promise here, but not when injuries and different players are plugged in on a weekly basis.
Oh yea, Buffalo lost another starter on Sunday, linebacker Kawika Mitchell, for the season. Even his back-up, Marcus Buggs was placed on I-R. How wonderful.
Get well soon starters.
Quarterback Trent Edwards has certainly regressed from his first two starts of the season. It's a mixture of uncertainty and misfortune that's created the formula to his inconsistency.
First, he's not an over-confident guy to begin with, for some reason. He's never been the player to force the ball into a tight spot, and would rather leave it to his backs to make plays. That's fine on an occasion, but when you're doing it on every 3rd and long, the defense knows it's coming.
So after an interception or a fumble, the confidence goes down the drain.
Secondly, the offensive scheme is stunting his growth. Maybe urge Trent to throw it deep, or make that seam toss for a change. Last night, Chad Henne and Mark Sanchez both were given wide open playbooks, featuring a number of various passing plays.
Not in Buffalo. Same plays, that don't seem to work.
Lastly, and most importantly, his line hasn't put him on the road to success. They weren't horrible against the Browns, but Edwards has in his mind (I think) before every snap, that pressure's coming. He did a great job to allude pressure against Cleveland (4 scrambles, 40 yards) but whenever you think you're going to be running for your life before every play, you're not focused on the right thing as a quarterback.
Young QB's grow behind concrete offensive lines.
Dick Jauron, What else?
Had to add a segment about Buffalo's coach, who's behind is sitting squarely on the hottest seat in football.
After two devastating losses in a row, to bring the total to three on the season, a lot of finger pointing will be directed at the head coach.
Makes sense. If his team can't beat a win-less Browns team at home, when the opposing quarterback completes two passes, somethings got to be very, very wrong. Right?
I'm not sure. Listen, I don't love Jauron's coaching style by any stretch of the imagination, but what would a different coach do at this point? Even in the miraculous scenario of the Bills hiring a top-tier coach like a Holmgren, Gruden, or Shanahan, the team won't instantly become contenders.
They're all good coaches, don't get me wrong, but they did coach teams with extreme depth, that showcased many highly skilled players. Hall of Famers in some cases.
It's not that the Bills don't have those players, they do. It's just that most of them are hurt. Ha.
Outside of a comeback that rivals the Bills/Oilers playoff game in 1993, Jauron won't be here at season's end. Heck, if more losses accumulate that drop the Bills firmly into the NFL's laughing stock position, he may be gone before December.
But as of right now, his departure won't do much of anything.
The players need to perform.
I'm scared for the Jets game this Sunday. Are you?
P.S. Don't be shocked if the Bills use creative screen plays and actually move the ball.
P.P.S Whatever you do, don't give up on the team, keep watching.