Bills Lacking Blue Chippers


ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills intercepts a pass during the game against the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Houston won 31-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Jairus Byrd is one of two "red chip" players on the Bills

Michael Lombardi of NFL.com has recently written an interesting article about a way to rank the teams in the NFL. He uses a system of ranking teams based on how many blue and red chip players their teams have. He qualifies blue chip players as top 10 at their position and red chip players as top 15. He uses a point system that more heavily weighs positions that he feels are more important to a team’s success.

While this ranking system seems a tad more scientific than most, it really is still a pretty subjective way to rank teams. Be that as it may, I think it is an interesting way to evaluate NFL talent.

For the Bills, this ranking system wasn’t too kind, as he listed the Bills with no blue chip level players, and only two red chip players. The red chip players were ILB Paul Posluszny and FS Jairus Byrd. Since these positions were of lesser value than, say, a QB or LT (note to Bills management) it left the Bills ranked 29th in the NFL with 10 points.

I feel like Lombardi did a pretty good job of assessing the Bills’ talent in terms of their star players. I think Brian Moorman is a blue chip punter, but I’m assuming that Lombardi strictly checked the statistics, and didn’t go as far as watching punting film. Moorman often doesn’t get as much national credit as he deserves because he punts in Buffalo weather, as opposed to Shane Lechler, who punts in Oakland. Of course, the only player I’m defending is the punter, which isn’t a good sign.

If you’re trying to be an optimist, you can say this doesn’t take into account depth, which I think the Bills have in the defensive backfield. Also, Bills fans have to be hoping the 9th overall pick C.J. Spiller can eventually develop into a blue chip player in the Marshall Faulk/Thurman Thomas prototype.

More realistically, I think you have to take a look at how the Bills are doing at the vital positions for success in the league. Quarterback: Edwards/Brohm/Fitzpatrick; Left Tackle: Demetrius Bell; Pass Rusher: Aaron Maybin/Chris Kelsay; Coach: Chan Gailey. I think that’s enough said to understand the Bills ranking.

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