1. Be Championship Caliber (Sean McDermott)
I’m not asking McDermott to become a facsimile of Bill Belichick. Instead, he must aim to destroy his opponent rather than having a heavy reliance on field position and other serendipitous things to transpire.
Walk into the stadium on Saturday with supreme confidence. When the opportunity arises, go for it on fourth and short rather than punting it away or having your turbulent kicker attempt an audacious field goal.
Championship coaches simply don’t rely on the stars to align to hold the Vince Lombardi trophy.
2. Coach Fearless (Brian Daboll, Leslie Frazier, Heath Farwell)
Brian Daboll, please continue to utilize your stellar rookie running back, Devin Singletary. This includes scheming up and executing a screen pass or two – much like the rest of the NFL has proven capable of doing. Also, please don’t take your foot off of the gas pedal should the Bills take a lead. Another 17-point performance on Saturday will only stymie your chances of becoming a future head coach.
Leslie Frazier, should the Bills have a lead late in the Texans game, don’t go into full-blown prevent defense mode. Throw in the occasional exotic blitz to keep Deshaun Watson on his toes rather than allowing for Houston to pick up chunks of yardage underneath at will. I’m glad the Bills beat the Steelers a few weeks ago, but relying on two interceptions in the endzone to secure a victory over Duck Hodges was far too nerve-racking and does not spell Super Bowl contender.
Heath Farwell, don’t be afraid to get creative when it comes to your punt return formation. Although this element of the game isn’t hurting the team currently, it’s not exactly bolstering their likelihood of winning either. Teams like the Patriots know that their offense isn’t what it once was, and are scheming up other ways to put more points on the board. I’ll gladly accept a blocked punt and/or punt return for a touchdown with open arms.
3. Duke the Right Thing (Brandon Beane)
Brandon Beane, do the right thing and activate Duke Williams this Saturday. Lee Smith and Senorise Perry don’t make a tangible enough of a difference on the active roster.
I’m well aware that the fabricated lore of Williams has been a consistent theme ever since he signed with the Bills last January, but he does offer the team laden with diminutive receivers a big-bodied target that it has desperately been seeking – especially in the red zone.