Classic Bills Video of the Week: Doug Flutie's First Start

I had so much fun watching some classic Bills videos last week (check out the Frank Reich comeback and the opening day 2003 demolition of the Patriots), that I decided to make “Classic Bills Videos” a regular feature here at BLD. Basically, I’ll post the video and provide my thoughts as I’m watching it. We’ll see how it works out.

Today, here’s a look at a game from October 18, 1998. The Bills were hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars. This just so happens to be the first Buffalo start for one Doug Flutie.

The “embed video” feature doesn’t seem to be working, so check out the link.

My thoughts after the jump:

– Look at that young, agile Mark Brunell!

– Man, those Bills uniforms are awesome. Who the heck decided to change to the monstrosities the team had to wear this past decade?

– This is a pretty obvious, but Flutie is TINY. He wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the NFL today.

– Awesome play at 2:30, where Flutie rolls out, shovels the ball to the tight end, and then sprints out ahead of him to block. Holy crap.

– Man, I loved watching Eric Moulds. What a beast.

– Jaguars coach/crotchedy old man Tom Coughlin looks exactly the same as he does today. Only a little less red.

– Holy crap, Sam Gash! Running for big yards! That man was awesome.

– 5:13: I don’t get the whole “dressing up like Elvis” thing at sporting events. Can we stop doing this?

– It’s weird to watch the Bills offensive tackles actually stopping rushing linebackers. It’d be nice to see that again.

– The big play of the final comes at 8:24. And is it ever sweet. Flutie fearlessly steps up in the pocket and unleashes at 40-yard lazer to Eric Moulds. Flutie was just unflappable.

– What the heck was the Jacksonville secondary doing on that play? You’re up six points with 40 seconds left! You might want to know where Eric Moulds is!

– 9:15 – the winning touchdown is a naked bootleg by Flutie on 4th-and-goal. A naked bootleg with your tiny quarterback with the game on the line?  That’s gutsy.

That was fun…Flutie was maybe my favorite Bill ever to watch. And Rob Johnson might have been my least fav

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