I’ve seen enough to know I’ve seen enough.
Hours after the Green Bay Packers ran roughshod over the Bills, I received a couple of text messages. One text message read like this:
“I can’t believe the Packers were only a 14.5 point favorite…that was the steal of the day.”
The other message asked this question:
“Who do you think the Bills will take, Ryan Mallett or Andrew Luck?”
I’m a lot of things, but a liar I’m not. So truth be told, the previous message really got me thinking. And it got me thinking about what the real point is for the Bills in 2010, where they are right now and where they’re going. A few years ago, Adidas came out with a slogan that reads, ‘Impossible is Nothing’ . Clearly, the marketing people at Adidas never sat down and watched these Bills.
I remember last month scoffing at a prediction that the Bills could go 0-16. I remember reading the respective preseason power rankings and questioning why the only team the Bills were ranked ahead of were the St. Louis Rams. And I also remember predicting the Bills could be a four or five win team this season. To think that I actually counted the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs as wins for the Bills.
In case you haven’t caught on, this 2010 season promises to be long and disheartening. I mean, to be subjected to watching this team for 14 more games…how could that not be considered cruel?
The last thing I want to use this great website for is an avenue for me write routine diatribes about the Bills. But the crushing reality is, that if you haven’t already admitted it to yourself now is a good time to do so: this teams needs to completely sink to the bottom of the pile. And I’m talking about a top three draft pick next April.
Buffalo’s deep rooted personnel failures were on full display today. Boy that Clay Matthews III sure looks like a helluva player doesn’t he? That makes six sacks in two games this season for Matthews. Too bad the Bills passed on him and took Aaron Maybin instead. Buffalo isn’t the only guilty party to bypass Matthews, who fell all the way to 26. But they could’ve also had Brian Orakpo and Brian Cushing. Just like in 2006, they could have had DT Haloti Ngata and LB DeMeco Ryans instead of Donte Whitner and John McCargo.
The Packers seem to have their luck drafting in the twenties. In 2005, they selected Aaron Rodgers with the 24th selection and last year Matthews landed in their lap at 26. The Bills, on the other hand, seem to have a blueprint for inferiority.
Indeed they’re stuck with Maybin, hoping and praying he ever becomes a player. Call me crazy, but when a guy can’t get on the field and can’t get reps over marginal players like Chris Kelsay and Ryan Denney, then bells, whistles and red flags should be going off. A lot of good the switch to the 3-4 has done so far for Maybin, who again can’t seem to find his way on the field this season. Not exactly getting what they paid for from the eleventh overall pick now are they?
I wonder what Chan Gailey is thinking right now. He was brought in to revitalize the sorry state the offense is in, or at least get the offense to be competitive. The season is two weeks old and in fact, I’d say this offense is head and shoulders worse than last year. The passing attack is embarrassing. Trent Edwards is horrifying. Neither appears to show signs of improving anytime soon. Not when you’re averaging 8.5 points per game.
Maybe Gailey, like the rest of us, was flying on the wings of hope and change. Maybe he thought the problems of this team were exaggerated. I’m not really sure what he’s capable of doing or changing with this bunch. He inherited a team of misfit toys. His fingerprints weren’t on Edwards or McCargo. He didn’t have any say in drafting Maybin or James Hardy. He didn’t trade Jason Peters or release Langston Walkers days before the season opener last year. The Bills have a laundry list of personnel problems that Gailey has inherited. But Gailey did say in his press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach that you don’t need stars in the NFL to win football games. Maybe he’d like to retract that statement. It seems to work quite well for Indianapolis, New England and New Orleans.
If you’re a believer that the Bills need to reach rock bottom, stay tuned. They appear to be on the right track. Waiting in the wings are the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. 0-4 is almost a forgone conclusion right now.
We know how abysmal the offense is. Maybe they’ll keep Marshawn Lynch. Maybe today was his showcase and they’ll trade him in the near future. Lynch was the only Bill with more than 40 yards of offense on Sunday. It was probably wishful thinking to believe C.J. Spiller would ignite this offense. He’s having a real tough go of it. Six yards last week against Miami and this week, his first carry wasn’t until the final two minutes of the game. I expect we’ll see Ryan Fitzpatrick and/or Brian Brohm shortly. I’m not really sure it makes much of a difference right now.
For six quarters, the defense has done their job keeping the Bills in a competitive position to come away with a victory. To expect this unit switching to a 3-4 defense to win you games is unrealistic. I can’t totally look the other way, however. The Packers’ achillies heel is their offensive line and the Bills had no pass rush to go along with no sacks. The unit is still looking for their first forced turnover this season.
Things are about to get a whole lot worse. Buffalo heads to New England next week where they’ve lost 13 consecutive games to the Patriots. I’d say the Bills have the market cornered when it comes to the Patriots and being inferior.