Frustration Mounting for Evans

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 9: Lee Evans #83 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates during the game against the Miami Dolphins on December 9, 2007 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Don’t get me wrong by the title of this article, in his 7 years with the Buffalo Bills, Lee Evans has been the perfect teammate. Never do you see his name placed beside a negative quote trashing his QBs and never do you see him act out on the field or sidelines, but a man can only take so much frustration before letting off a little steam.

After the frustrating loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, capped off by failing to throw the ball down the field to score a late touchdown, Evans has every right to vent.

When asked by the Buffalo News why the ball wasn’t thrown down the field more, Evans replied, “We called some shots.” “We didn’t always take them, for whatever reason.”

Again, Evans comments shouldn’t be blown out of proportion, but its clearly obvious that Evans is frustrated by Edwards decision making throughout the years, and is simply speaking the truth of the matter. Edwards threw the ball seven times in the final two possessions, and completed only one of those passes for nine yards, which ended the game.

Down by a five, 4th down, under 20 seconds left, why in the world are we throwing a nine yard pass? With Evans and Roscoe Parrish on the field, what is Edwards scared of by throwing the ball 50 yards down the field to see if his receivers can outrun their defenders? Sometimes it seems that Edwards is scared of hurting his stats and relies on always throwing the safe pass so his numbers look better the next day on paper, rather then rating how he is actually playing.

I am all for Edwards and saw promise once before in his arm, as recent as this preseason, but there is something going on in his head during regular season games that doesn’t give him the confidence he needs to take shots down the field, hurting the career of Evans.

Let’s hope as the season goes on, Edwards can build trust in his arms and start moving the ball down the field on a regular basis.

And ending on a side note, how good did Michael Vick look on Sunday? He definitely wasn’t as good as he once was, but boy I wish the Bills worked out a trade for him to come to Buffalo. We could definitely use his mobility behind this spotty offense line of the Bills.

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