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I Am Not Optimistic About the Buffalo Bills in 2014

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I love reading the comments on Buffalo websites as optimism reigns supreme at this time of year.  Every football team is 0-0 and the atmosphere, even in Buffalo, smells of playoff football.

That is just it. Every year we have done the same thing for well over ten years.  The people of Western New York are tough.  We do not have time for thinking the worst is about to happen or maybe the economy is so bad; we have to think positive thoughts about our beloved sports teams.

I know I sit on the other side of the pond and do not have an “insider’s look” at what is happening in the NFL, but everything points to a rough season in Buffalo.   Last week’s news of Kiko Alonso did not help the situation, but even before his injury the Buffalo Bills were not going to be any better than a .500 team.

Not only do they have to attempt to fill Kiko’s shoes, but they never filled Jairus Byrd’s shoes, never addressed the back-up QB position (we need to pray for a healthy Manuel), they are banking on a resurgence at tight end, and what is going to happen with Marcell Dareus? But it is not just what the Bills didn’t address; it is what the other division teams did to get better that keeps me in a realistic mindset.

I do not want to be a Buzz Killington on the season and I certainly hope that I am wrong, but there are good men in Vegas putting their livelihood on the line that the Buffalo Bills are not going to win seven games.  I will wait until this team is sold and see the new owner.  Will he keep Doug Marrone and Doug Whaley?  Will a new owner bring the stability to the franchise to lure top-tier free agents?  Once things settle in ownership and the front office, maybe then my lack of optimism will be justified.

What do you think Buffalo? Am I way off base?  Prove to me that we are better than the Jets or even the Dolphins?  Show me that we didn’t trade away a top ten pick in the 2015 draft.   Please give me some hope!

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  • Rich Quodomine

    THe problems you mention above are fixable; Weakside LB can be filled thanks to wise signings by the Bills (Rare statement that prior to Nix/Whaley) and Byrd was already planned for with Duke Williams, Da’Norris Searcy and Corey Graham. None is as good as Byrd, but as we saw, increased QB pressure makes for better D. Your article doesn’t focus on the only reason to be negative or not: Does EJ go from a first year where he experienced what most rookie starters do and develop into a quality starter or does he not? It’s important for him to develop. If he develops an offensive and QB identity, the Bills will be better. If he struggles or fails, we will be left searching for answers again. That’s got to be priority #1

  • Ken Loudenslager

    It is really a shame that we waste are time even playing the game.You seem to have the out come
    already figured out.

  • Zachary Alexander

    I find just as much reason to be optimistic about the Buffalo Bills 2014 season. We lost Jairus Byrd but now have the two best nickel corners in the league. We have a punishing hitter at safety with Aaron Williams and the deepest linebacker group we’ve had in a decade. Not only are they deep, but our D-Line as a whole had a career year and looks to pick up where they left off. There is plenty to be thankful for, but like all pessimistic Bills fans, you guys play the skeptic because you won’t be forced to pick a side. That skeptical viewpoint is too generic and I’m tired of trying to argue against it

  • Bill Garrison

    The only problem I have with this statement is that you seem to think that rookie qb’s only need one year and must develop into a quality starter by the next year. Sadly its a mindset that was brought about by free agency being added into the NFL. The win-now mentality that was brought about because you never knew how long you were going to keep your stars. All the NFL teams have become revolving doors. Do you think peyton manning would be playing for the broncos if not for free agency? blah blah blah i could go on forever. Simple fact is that it takes years for rookie qb’s to develop except for extremely rare cases. I plan on seeing progress in Manuel this year but I don’t forsee any second year rookie taking this “giant leap” that everyone wants out of him….its just not going to happen.

  • Rickie Herrmann

    is that all?
    i mean we can go back n forth with 1 minute long debates forever if its just gonna be “i like this, i dont like this” and not speak to why/how. you dont need to worry about insider-info, start with ANY.

  • Rich Quodomine

    I said develop into a quality starter – but I suggest that quality starter might mean two different things between us, I am not suggesting he is going to suddenly leap into the top echelons. Only that he reach a middle tier – quality. I didn’t say that was all that need be done for EJ, but if you look at some of the better QBs in the league (that played as rookies), the development from Rookie to Quality Starter, above the bottom quartile in the league. IMO, the difference really is one of three tiers: the bottom quartile, the middle 2 quartiles, and the top quartile. The top 8 are the Mannings, Brees, Brady, Roethlisberger types. Maybe Rivers. Then you’ve got a number of QBs who are good but maybe not consistent, or error-prone but hardworking talent maximizers, like Romo, or maybe potential guys like Bradford – I didn’t do all the math yet. I think that that will be the next goal.